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CUNY Prof Claims School is Investigating Him After Asking for Removal of BDS Supporter From DEI Search Committee

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.

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Comments

This is what happens when you play at racializing everything. Hire someone to handle racism, and find out you have racists involved in the process. Spend extra money to de-racialize it. The people you hire will also be racists.,

The treadmill never stops while the price tag keeps climbing.

    artichoke in reply to irv. | November 29, 2022 at 10:36 am

    Once the bell is rung, maybe it cannot be unrung. Anyway, un-ringing it is too hard; we don’t know how to do it. I used to wish and wonder how to do that, how I’ve moved on from the question. It’s not my job.

    It’s important to realize the actual situation, to be able to fight bureaucratically with situational awareness. Great article.

CUNY since the days when open admissions became the policy, has become the home for advocates of diversity, , equity and inclusion which in practical terms means an increase in anti Semitic views among faculty and students with an administration that fails to respond to complaints of anti Semitism on its many campuses