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Hochul condemns Jew-hatred at Columbia University

“On any campus, threatening Jewish students with violence or glorifying the terror of Oct. 7 is antisemitism,” the New York governor said.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul. Photo by Lev Radin/Shutterstock.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul. Photo by Lev Radin/Shutterstock.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul condemned antisemitism threats against Jewish students and glorifying the Oct. 7 atrocities in a social media post on Sunday evening.

“The First Amendment protects the right to protest, but students also have a right to learn in an environment free from harassment or violence,” the New York Democrat wrote. “At Columbia, or on any campus, threatening Jewish students with violence or glorifying the terror of Oct. 7 is antisemitism.”

The governor’s comments came after a weekend in which anti-Israel activists encamped on the Columbia University campus and at other educational institutions, intimidating and sometimes attacking Jewish students, praising Palestinian violence and calling for the severing of ties with Israel.

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