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Columbia University Hosts ‘Zionists Are Racists’ Forum

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 6:54
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Universities and colleges, controlled totally by the hard-left,
are becoming increasingly hostile and threatening environments for
Jewish and pro-Israel students. The worst thing about this Columbia
University forum is that it is just another anti-Israel event in an
endless stream of them on campuses today.

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“Columbia University Hosts ‘Zionists Are Racists’ Forum,” by
Adam Kredo, ""
target="_blank">Washington Free Beacon
, February 27, 2017:

Columbia University is facing criticism from pro-Israel groups
for hosting an on-campus forum entitled, “Zionists are

The event, set to be held Monday evening in a university
building, is being organized by Columbia University’s “Apartheid
Divest” groups, which is comprised of several anti-Israel
organizations committed to boycotting Jewish goods and

The event will feature speeches by individuals critical of the
Jewish state, according to information publicly posted on

The event is just another salvo in the campus war over Israel,
which has become bound up in accusations of anti-Semitism against
Jewish students and, in some cases, violence.

Much of this is being spearheaded by virulently anti-Israel
campus organizations, including Students for Justice in Palestine,
or SJP, and Jewish Voice for Peace, both of which advocate boycotts
of Israel. SJP has been banned on some college campuses for
promoting anti-Semitic materials. Both organizations are backing
the forum at Columbia.

Monday evening’s event is being billed as an opportunity to
“learn about Israel’s racist and imperialist policies,” according
to event information.

“Come learn about Israel’s racist and imperialist policies and
hear Barney Pityana, leading figure in the Black Consciousness
Movement and the South African Students’ Organisation, as well as a
close comrade of Steve Biko, will discuss what the BDS [Boycott,
Divestment, and Sanctions] struggle looks from the perspective of
South Africa (sic),” the organization writes on a Facebook page
promoting the event.

Similar events have been held at universities across the country
and have been tied to a rising wave of anti-Semitism on U.S.
college campuses, according to multiple pro-Israel and Jewish

Multiple commenters on the Columbia organization’s Facebook page
blasted the group for advocating anti-Semitism and hatred of

One pro-Israel leader told the Washington Free Beacon that the
event is merely an excuse to forward pernicious lies about the
Jewish state and foster an atmosphere of hostility towards Jewish

“This is a stance that has long been rejected by all people of
good faith, including the overwhelming majority of Americans,
because it’s an obvious and anti-Semitic attempt to erase the
history of Jews as an indigenous people in the land of their
origin,” said Josh Block, president and CEO of the Israel Project,
which works to combat anti-Semitism on college campuses and

“Anyone is entitled to think and say what they want, even when
those things are hateful and outrageous,” Block added. “But let’s
be clear that’s what this is: Hate directed at Jews.”

The Columbia event is being held amid an uptick in threats
against Jewish community centers and other facilities. At least
eight Jewish centers were hit with bomb threats on Monday in yet
another wave of potential violence.

“On a day in which there are more bomb threats and Jewish
nursery school children are being evacuated from classrooms and
parents frantically racing from work to yet another eight Jewish
community centers, and there are more desecrated Jewish cemeteries
to clean up, it raises real questions about the judgment of
administrators at Columbia who would let a campus like Columbia
become a place that feels unwelcome and unsafe safe for Jewish
students,” Block said. “Our elected officials need to take notice
if they won’t fulfill their duty to provide an atmosphere conducive
to learning and free of the fear of such discrimination.”…


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