I Executive Summary
II Summer 1999: A Season of Hate
III The Findings
IV Anti-Semitism and the Internet
V Harassment, Threats and Assaults
VI Vandalism Incidents
VII Campus Incidents

Regional Breakdown

IX Arrests
X Conclusion
XI President Clinton on ADL & Hate Crime
XII Federal Hate Crime Response Initiatives
XIII A Note on Evaluating Anti-Semitic Incidents
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Campus Incidents

After a 17 percent decrease in 1998, the number of anti-Semitic incidents on college campuses in 1999 dropped even more dramatically, to 60, a decrease of 30 percent. This represents the fewest number of such incidents since 1989, and a decrease of more than 50 percent over the past five years. This was reflected in the marked decrease in certain kinds of anti-Semitic activity which had been directed at college campuses in the past, such as an anonymous document entitled "Anti-Semitism Found" mailed to professors at as many as 16 different colleges and universities around the country in past years. There was also a decrease in the number of invitations issued to well-known racist speakers to appear on college campuses in 1999.

However, one troubling phenomenon that persisted on campuses in 1999 was the Holocaust-denying advertisements, opinion pieces - and on two campuses - a longer insert, by Bradley Smith and the Committee for Open Debate of the Holocaust. Seventeen college newspapers across the country (9 less than in 1998) ran such pieces in 1999. For 10 years, Smith has attempted to place Holocaust-denial material in campus newspapers. It should be noted that, in some instances, the editors of the newspapers may not have fully realized the anti-Semitic nature of Smith's propaganda. However, most editors and faculty advisors of the college papers and administration officials from the schools where the ads were printed, subsequently issued strong apologies, and refused to print any further Holocaust-denial material. However, the responses from administration officials at a few of the colleges where the ads appeared were less forthcoming, ranging from no statement at all to a weak statement of regret.

For further detail on campus incidents:

  • Campus Anti-Semitism 1999

  • Listing of Reported 1999 Campus Incidents.

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