Pro-Israel students at NYU are facing discrimination. We must demand that NYU fight this hatred and bigotry!
Israel advocacy groups wrote a letter this week to New York University President Andrew Hamilton calling on his administration to address a discriminatory joint statement issued in April by 53 NYU student groups, including the anti-Israel Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and the extreme left-wing Jewish Voices for Peace (JVP), which declared that the student organizations would boycott two pro-Israel student groups on campus, Realize Israel and TorchPAC.
This latest letter is a follow up to three previous letters sent to Hamilton by the organizations. This specific letter acknowledges that although NYU has condemned the BDS movement, the university has yet to adequately denounce the discriminatory statement and address how the vitriol has affected the NYU community.
The letter states that “unless you condemn the statement and clarify to students that they are expected to maintain a tolerant, inclusive campus environment during the coming year, we fear that the bigoted, hateful environment initiated at NYU in 2017-2018 will continue to fester and grow and put your university at risk of violating Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,” which prohibits discrimination based on color, race or national origin in any program or activity that receives federal assistance.
“Unless the NYU administration takes a stand against the discriminatory, hateful environment created by anti-Israel activists in the NYU student government last year, we are deeply concerned for pro-Israel NYU students in the year ahead and for further, unchecked violations of NYU policy,” said StandWithUs CEO Roz Rothstein.
“Alums for Campus Fairness is deeply troubled by NYU’s lack of response to these discriminatory actions,” said Alums for Campus Fairness executive director Avi Gordon. “As an organization that represents over 400 alumni at NYU, it is our hope that they will heed our call for change.”
Alyza Lewin, president and general counsel of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, said “if Catholic students were told they had to disavow the Vatican before they could engage with other members of the student body, everyone would agree that it would be blatant discrimination. This is no different. It is incumbent upon the NYU administration to condemn such bias and intolerance in the most forceful terms at the outset of the new school year to ensure that pro-Israel students are not excluded, and that they feel safe on campus.”
This anti-Israel, bigoted and hateful environment must be confronted immediately, and NYU President Hamilton must lead the process to stop it!
We must join these pro-Israel voices in demanding that NYU fight anti-Israel discrimination!
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