More Than 60 Organizations Plead with Colleges to Protect Jewish Students’ Civil Rights

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More Than 60 Organizations Plead with Colleges to Protect Jewish Students’ Civil Rights


Richman, Jackson, Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The


In response to recent anti-Israel activity across four college campuses, more than 60 civil rights and educational organizations are demanding answers from the college heads representing Columbia University, New York University, Syracuse University, and University of California, Irvine.

At Columbia, the school’s chapter of Students Supporting Israel filed an incident report to the university’s student governing board. In it, they present overwhelming evidence that anti-Zionist campus groups, specifically Students for Justice in Palestine, have “systematically harassed and silenced SSI members and other pro-Israel voices on campus, in apparent violation of university policy and New York state law.”

“If students feel that school administrators address peer-on-peer harassment subjectively or with a double standard – responding promptly and vigorously when harassment is directed against some students but ignoring or downplaying similar behavior directed at others – it creates a sense of inequity and increased vulnerability, which in turn can lead to further suppression of students’ willingness to freely express themselves,” the letter added.

Nearby at NYU, alumni and other members of the university community sent a letter to President Andrew Hamilton in response to a couple anti-Israel events last month.

“The anti-Zionist sentiment that lies at the heart of these student groups’ statement grows out of an ideology whose primary goal on campus is the suppression of any and all pro-Israel expression,” it stated.

The letter continued, “On many college campuses, anti-Zionist sentiment translates into actions that target Jewish and pro-Israel students for harm, including the shutting down or disrupting of pro-Israel events; the vilification and harassment of Jewish and pro-Israel students in order to delegitimize their Zionist perspective or cause them to be too afraid or uncomfortable to express it; and the malevolent manipulation of student government procedure in order to eliminate pro-Israel voices.”

Further north, Chancellor Kent Syverud of Syracuse University received a letter regarding an incident last month where 20 student protesters and outside groups, like Code Pink, disrupted an event featuring Ambassador Dani Dayan of the Consul General of Israel in New York. …

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