A sweeping Home probe into anti-Jewish hate at elite faculties was prolonged to research Columbia College and Barnard School Monday.
The New York faculties had been hit with a 16-page letter from Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chair of the Home Committee of Training and the Workforce, who warned it had “grave issues” about antisemitism on their campus.
It comes days after an antisemitic poster of a skunk with the Star of David was plastered throughout Columbia’s Higher West Facet campus.
Foxx accused them of a “failure to guard Jewish college students” earlier than and after the October 7 Hamas assault and demanded each hand over data on their dealing with of antisemitic assaults — and radical pro-Palestinian teams.
“We now have grave issues relating to the inadequacy of Columbia’s response to antisemitism on its campus,” stated the letter despatched to to 5 officers at Columbia and Barnard School, together with Columbia’s president Minouche Shafik and Barnard’s president Laura Rosenbury.
The committee is similar one whose questioning on campus antisemitism of Harvard president Claudine Homosexual and College of Pennsylvania president Liz Magill in December led to each apologizing and quitting after Homosexual stated that whether or not calling for the genocide of the Jews broke campus guidelines was depended “on the context.”
The letter is demanding documentation from the 2 faculties, together with details about a Dec. 12 demonstration by two anti-Israeli teams — College students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) — that had been already suspended from campus.
Regardless of the ban, the Home committee alleges, the teams chanted “from the river to the ocean” and “intifada, intifada, intifada, lengthy reside intifada.”
“In response to the Columbia Jewish Alumni Affiliation, a number of Barnard deans handed by the occasion however didn’t cease it, and no less than one Jewish scholar was assaulted at it,” the letter says.
The letter warns that “an surroundings of pervasive antisemitism has been documented at Columbia for greater than twenty years earlier than the October 7, 2023, terrorist assault,” and goes on to chronicle a number of studies on antisemitic incidents on the faculty, starting in 2004.
The letter cites a 2016 report by the Jewish publication, “The Algemeiner” which ranked Columbia first on its checklist of the 40 worst faculties for Jewish college students within the US and Canada. Three years later, the watchdog group Alums for Campus Equity chronicled dozens of antisemitic incidents at each Barnard and Columbia.
“The file recognized Columbia and Barnard as ‘arguably probably the most outstanding settings for university-based antisemitism in the US,’” the letter stated.
And it particulars a sequence of antisemitic incidents on the faculty that occurred within the wake of the Oct. 7 Hamas terrorist strikes towards Israel, together with a “die in” staged by each SJP and JVP on Oct. 12.
“Following the rally, the gang of protestors moved towards the college’s Kraft Heart for
Jewish Life, inflicting the constructing to be locked down and Jewish college students to shelter
inside,” the letter says.
“Through the protest, a Jewish scholar sporting an Israeli flag was yelled at and known as a ‘assassin,’ whereas one other Jewish scholar leaving the protest had an Israeli flag he was sporting torn off and thrown down a subway staircase.”
The letter calls for “all studies of antisemitic acts or incidents and communications since January 1, 2021” from the workplace of the president, the provost, common counsel and “any Columbia workplaces targeted on range, fairness and inclusion.”
The committee has additionally demanded “all paperwork and communications reflecting sources of funding for Columbia College students for Justice in Palestine, Columbia-Barnard Jewish Voice for Peace,” amongst different teams.
A spokesman for Columbia stated if would cooperate with the probe and stated: “We’re dedicated to combating antisemitism and all types of hatred.” We now have acquired the letter from Chairwoman Foxx and can cooperate totally with any investigation.” Barnard School didn’t reply to a request for remark.