USA - Study: Overwhelming number of diversity officers at US colleges hold anti-Israel views

An overwhelming number of diversity, equity, and inclusion officers at American universities, who are ostensibly hired to create a welcoming space on campus, use social media to bash Israel and Jews, according to a study.

Researchers reviewed the Twitter feeds of 741 diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) officials at 65 different U.S. universities to determine their attitudes on Israel and, for purposes of comparison, China. They found that DEI staff "tweeted, retweeted, or liked almost three times as many tweets about Israel as tweets about China." Of the tweets in question, 96 percent were critical of Israel, and 62 percent of the China-centered tweets were favorable. "The overwhelming pattern is that DEI staff at universities pay a disproportionately high amount of attention to Israel and nearly always attack Israel," the study concludes.

The study, Inclusion Delusion: The Antisemitism of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Staff at Universities, was released this week by the Heritage Foundation, a Washington-based think tank, and provides one of the first evidence-based looks into the anti-Israel attitudes of campus diversity, equity, and inclusion officials. The average U.S. college employs 45 DEI officials, and that number is growing as schools seek to combat hatred on campus.

Jay Greene, one of the study's authors, told the Washington Free Beacon that his findings indicate that DEI staff are acting as political activists, rather than combating bias and creating a safe space for all college students as their job dictates. "We have documented, established the fact, that DEI staff are overwhelmingly hostile to Israel in a way that clearly shows anti-Semitic motivations," Greene said.

The findings come as antisemitic attacks on students have skyrocketed in recent years, putting the pro-Israel community on edge. There were at least 244 documented antisemitic incidents during the 2020-2021 school year, compared with 181 during the previous year.