Columbia, NYU and Brooklyn College get low marks on combating antisemitism: report

A watchdog group that monitors anti-Semitism issued a scathing testimony that failed Columbia University, NYU and Brooklyn College of CUNY for failing to address Jewish hatred on campus.

The report, produced by StopAntisemitism, evaluated 25 colleges after asking students if it is “safe to be Jewish” on campus.

Columbia, NYU and Brooklyn College received an F.

Brandeis University, Tulane and the University of Pennsylvania received top grades of A or A minus.

At Columbia and NYU, the review said, “Students report a hostile and anti-Semitic environment when their identities or Zionist beliefs are expressed” — and that student groups passed resolutions in support of the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement against the passed the Jewish State of Israel.

“Students feel the administration ignores Jew-hatred,” the Brooklyn College review said, adding, “Students do NOT feel safe and say they need to hide their Jewish identity and support for Israel.”

The group cited examples of colleges allegedly coddling those they called anti-Semites under the guise of free speech.

Nerdeen Kiswani, the former director of Students for Justice in Palestine at CUNY Law School and Hunter College, was chosen to speak at the opening of CUNY Law School last spring, despite a complaint from the US Department of Education over allegations Charged with anti-Semitism and threats of anti-Semitism, the black man was on fire for wearing an Israel Defense Forces sweatshirt, the testimony said.

The report claimed that the administration of Brooklyn College "close your eyes to hatred of Jews."
The report claimed that Brooklyn College’s administration “turned a blind eye to hatred of Jews.”
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CUNY Law School student and faculty councils also passed resolutions in support of the BDS movement.

The report noted that civil rights complaints had been filed with the US DOE alleging anti-Semitism on the City University of New York campus.

In February 2022, Jewish students filed a complaint with the DOE’s Office of Civil Rights, alleging “pervasive anti-Semitism” from both students and faculty — including professors spewing anti-Semitic tropes and as beneficiaries of “white privilege.” ” were described, the testimony says.

The report also cited a civil rights complaint filed with the DOE in July – reported by The Post – that CUNY had become a “pervasively hostile environment for Jewish students.”

Court documents cited incidents at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, where a Jewish professor “found swastikas carved on the door and her keyboard soaked in urine” and another Jewish professor from Israel was asked how many people she had killed.

The testimony also highlighted how CUNY Chancellor Felix Matos Rodriguez was blown off at a city council hearing in June on anti-Semitism on campus, where students complained of harassment because of their faith.

“Discrimination against Jewish students because of their religious identity or because of their support for the Jewish state of Israel is not taken as seriously as acts of discrimination against others
fringe groups,” the group’s testimony reads.

StopAntisemitism also said college administrators don’t get a pass when students approve anti-Israel resolutions.

“The BDS resolutions against Israel, promoted and endorsed by student governments, created a hostile environment for Jewish students and contributed to antisemitism,” Liora Rez, executive director of StopAntisemitism, told The Post.

The failing New York colleges pushed back, defending their embrace of Jewish students and efforts to combat anti-Semitism.

“Columbia University prides itself on having one of the largest and most active Jewish communities of any university in the country. Anti-Semitism and all forms of hatred and racism have been and will be vigorously opposed by the university,” said Columbia spokeswoman Samantha Slater.

She was referring to a March 2020 statement by the university’s president, Lee Bollinger, warning of the dangers of anti-Semitism while opposing the sale of the Ivy League school from Israel.

NYU is “deeply disappointed by this ‘testimony’ and disputes its conclusions,” said NYU spokesman John Beckman, touting its presence in Israel and the university’s “long, unshakeable, and very public record of opposing the academic to boycott Israel”.

An NYU spokesman disputed the report's findings.
An NYU spokesman disputed the report’s findings.
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He also noted that NYU updated its nondiscrimination and anti-harassment policy to “explicitly prohibit discrimination based on common ancestry and ethnic characteristics, including antisemitism — strongly and unequivocally opposes antisemitism and is a leader in combating it on campus.” ”

NYU President Andrew Hamilton also hosted a summit of college presidents on combating antisemitism last spring, co-sponsored by Hillel International, the American Jewish Committee and the American Council on Education.

“None of this is mentioned in this ‘testimony,'” Beckman complained.

Brooklyn College also disputed his F grade.

“The testimony does not take into account the steps Brooklyn College has taken to ensure all students feel safe, including joining Hillel International’s campus climate initiative earlier this year to fight anti-Semitism and shut down Jewish students on campus support,” said college spokesman Richard Pietras.

CUNY issued a press release on Friday saying seven of its campuses — Baruch, Brooklyn, College of Staten Island, Hunter, John Jay, Queens and City College — are participating in Hillel International’s Campus Climate Initiative to end anti-Semitism to tackle on campus. Hillel is the world’s largest advocacy group for Jewish students.

“We have remained vigilant and unequivocal in our intolerance of anti-Semitism, but we know that more needs to be done globally and locally to combat anti-Semitism and bigotry in all forms,” ​​said Chancellor Matos Rodríguez. Columbia, NYU and Brooklyn College get low marks on combating antisemitism: report


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