“Jewish students are forced to contend with antisemitism on campus and are subjected to intense abhorrence from diversity administrators who fracture the student body based on identity politics”
According to Samuel J. Abrams, this problem even extends to the faculty and administration.
He writes at Jewish Journal:
The Hate for Jews at Sarah Lawrence Does Not End with Administrators; It Has Deeply Infected the Faculty as Well.
The current climate on college campuses for Jewish students is incredibly dangerous. Cases are now commonplace with the most visible being Jewish students at Cornell, for instance, having been physically threatened and forced to hide in their dorm rooms for safety. As a political science professor at the Sarah Lawrence College for almost 15 years, I have sadly borne witness to the hostility toward Jews on my own campus and around the nation. Fortunately, a host of Jewish institutions and groups are beginning to push back in earnest and the Board of Directors of Hillel of Westchester, the local branch of the international Jewish campus agency, just wrote a letter to the president of Sarah Lawrence College demanding that the College take the “steps necessary to combat anti-Semitism on campus” as there is “persistent and pervasive … discriminatory conduct suffered by Jewish students.”
While it is yet to be seen how effective demands for Jewish security will be, it is critical to no longer hide or minimize what Jewish students are facing on our campuses but support the Jewish students and acknowledge that Jewish hate is rampant in our higher education system.
While Sarah Lawrence has had a long and troubled history with Jewish students, the school’s stated policies and mission theoretically promote open inquiry, diversity and tolerance. Despite this, I could not agree more with Hillel’s statement to the school’s president that, “Jewish students are harassed, intimidated, bullied, and “cancelled” for simply expressing themselves as Jews, or discussing or identifying with Israel, a place of deep religious and cultural connection for many Jewish students.” The fact of the matter is that today, and even before the tragedy in Israel with the terror attack from Hamas, Sarah Lawrence, along with far too many other colleges and universities, has failed to truly embrace diversity and inclusion, instead becoming incubators of hate, divisiveness and exclusion, and has chosen a deeply disturbing path.
Jewish students are forced to contend with antisemitism on campus and are subjected to intense abhorrence from diversity administrators who fracture the student body based on identity politics, condition discussions and the terms of discourse, and punish dissent with biased reporting systems. Administrators have perverted reality into a world of oppressors versus the oppressed; Jews are the oppressors and Israel is considered a genocidal, apartheid-imposing, colonialist state. One former DEI official observed that “criticizing Israel and the Jewish people is not only acceptable but also praiseworthy.” Behavior like this happens far too often at Sarah Lawrence.
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