CUNY Prof Claims School is Investigating Him After Asking for Removal of BDS Supporter From DEI Search Committee
“It’s very obvious I’m being investigated. They’re doing it in the most cryptic of ways.”
The BDS movement is toxic, and it is flourishing in higher education.
The Jewish Journal reports:
CUNY Prof Alleges Being Targeted in Retaliatory Investigation After Calling for Removal of BDS Supporter from DEI Search Committee
City University of New York’s (CUNY) Kingsborough Community College Professor Jeffrey Lax is alleging that the university is investigating him in retaliation for Lax calling for a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) supporter to be removed from a search committee.
In August, Jewish News Syndicate (JNS) had reported that Kingsborough assembled a search committee to hire a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) assistant dean, whose purview includes dealing with instances of antisemitism on campus. The JNS report noted that a member of the committee included someone who has signed onto public pro-BDS petitions and that the committee doesn’t have any Jewish members on it. The day after the JNS report was published, Lax, who at that time served on the college’s Personnel and Budget Committee, filed a complaint against Kingsborough President Claudia Schrader over the matter, alleging that it was symptomatic of a hostile environment against Zionist Jews on campus. Later that month, Lax resigned from the committee.
Lax tweeted out a picture of a letter on which he was copied saying that CUNY would be investigating a complaint filed by the BDS supporter on the DEI search committee and that the investigation would be overseen by an independent firm. The investigation would be completed by January 2023 at the latest. The email did not specify what exactly was being investigated.
Lax told the Journal that while he has not been told that he is under investigation, the fact that he was copied at the bottom of the letter suggests that he is the target of the investigation. “That’s how it works, the respondent is sent a copy of the letter,” Lax said. “It’s very obvious I’m being investigated. They’re doing it in the most cryptic of ways.” Lax has asked Kingsborough what he’s being investigated for but has yet to receive a response.
In August I filed a complaint against @CUNYKCCPRES for several antisemitic actions, including assigning a BDS advocate to help hire a DEI officer to cover antisemitism.
On Monday, this cryptic letter from CUNY revealed I was under investigation for fling this complaint. pic.twitter.com/3rPioUeK9J
— CUNY PROF ((Jewish Zionist)) (@CUNY_Prof) November 23, 2022
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