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StandWithUs objects to agreement made with protesters at Northwestern

A legal letter to the university administration states that the action was unlawful and made without official approval by the Board of Trustees.

The main entrance to Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. Credit: Rdsmith4 via Wikimedia Commons.
The main entrance to Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. Credit: Rdsmith4 via Wikimedia Commons.

A leading pro-Israel campus group sent correspondence to the trustees of Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., urging the cancellation of what it calls an unlawful agreement administrators made with anti-Israel demonstrators.

StandWithUS dispatched a legal letter on Monday written by the Kasowitz Law Firm to the school’s leaders, laying out reasons why the agreement capitulating to tent encampment protesters’ demands, dated April 29, breached the law.

Some of the points named include the wrongful offering of disciplinary amnesty to the activists; inaction to protect Jewish students who violated Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act; and failing to follow university policies by making a financial agreement without the approval of the Board of Trustees.

StandWithUs calls for the rescinding of the agreement and the removal of the leadership who allowed it.

“Northwestern has surrendered to agitators’ unlawful conduct and outrageous demands in a move that threatens to set a national precedent for university leadership enabling and supporting in the complete breakdown of civility, policies and the law,” said StandWithUS CEO Roz Rothstein.

She said that “at a time when Jewish and Israeli students across the country are under unprecedented attack, Northwestern’s leadership shouldn’t engage in patchwork unlawful actions but instead strive to be a part of the solution.”

In related news, the university was expected to provide documents, including communications about the “Northwestern Liberated Zone,” antisemitic incidents on campus since the Hamas terrorist attacks in Israel on Oct. 7 and funding provided by Qatar, last month to the House Education and the Workforce Committee.

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