ZOA urges CUNY to act on pro-Palestinian harassment of Jews on campus

Brooklyn College. Credit: Gabriel Liendo via Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has urged Chancellor of the City University of New York (CUNY) system James B. Milliken to take action in response to the harassment of Jewish students at four CUNY colleges in recent months.

ZOA wrote in a letter submitted to the chancellor this week that Jewish students are complaining about harassment by students from pro-Palestinian groups such as Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at Hunter College, John Jay College, Brooklyn College, and the College of Staten Island.

In just one of many incidents, 10 students interrupted a faculty council meeting at Brooklyn College by calling for “Zionists off campus.” At the College of Staten Island, swastikas were discovered on desks and walls. At John Jay College, Jewish students have been afraid to attend their classes, with some choosing to transfer to other institutions, according to ZOA.

“SJP has created a hostile campus environment for many Jewish students, causing them to feel harassed, threatened, and even physically unsafe, in violation of the law,” ZOA National President Morton Klein wrote in the letter.

“Such bigotry would never be tolerated by CUNY if it were being directed against another ethnic, racial or other targeted group. CUNY should not be tolerating it when the bigotry is directed against Jews,” he wrote.

New York’s city-wide chapter of SJP responded to the allegations by claiming that the accusations, and an article published on the subject Thursday in the New York Post, “comes as part of a larger offensive by the Zionist movement, both across campuses and worldwide, in the face of the victories of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement, and the further popularization of the Palestinian cause.”

Posted on February 26, 2016 .