Anti-Israel Students at Cornell Stage Mock Trial of School President, Accusing Her of Complicity in ‘Genocide Against Palestinian Civilians’
“The Cornell Coalition for Mutual Liberation — an on-campus group advocating for the Palestinian cause — organized the demonstration.”
This is not normal behavior, and it’s disrupting the learning process for other students.
Cornell students are putting their president on trial today: pic.twitter.com/vYghzvvtHa
— Steve McGuire (@sfmcguire79) December 1, 2023
From the Cornell Daily Sun:
Pro-Palestinian Demonstrators Occupy Campus Buildings, Stage Mock Trial of President Pollack
Pro-Palestinian students occupied Day Hall on Friday, Dec. 1, demanding the University adopt policies against doxxing, a new definition of antisemitism and commit to divestment in companies that support Israel’s military. After speaking to Vice President of Student and Campus Life Ryan Lombardi, their first demand will be addressed, but the others are up in the air, leading to a continuation of the occupation into the night.
Starting at noon, organizers began a “mock trial” for President Martha Pollack outside of Day Hall, accusing her of complicity in “genocide against Palestinian civilians.” The Cornell Coalition for Mutual Liberation — an on-campus group advocating for the Palestinian cause — organized the demonstration.
In an email to the administration, CML demanded protections for pro-Palestine speech, recognition of anti-Zionism as an ideology distinct from antisemitism and revisions to the University’s endowment that divest from companies with “involvement in human rights abuses” in Palestine.
They demanded Cornell work with them to make determinations about environmental, social and governance policy around investments. They also demanded that the University agree to a Wednesday, Dec. 6 meeting between President Martha Pollack, Vice President for University Relations Joel Malina, Provost Michael Kotlikoff, a representative from the Board of Trustees and group liaisons for CML to discuss these policies.
And there’s more:
I also have a direct report from @Cornell that SJP students there have been walking into buildings and disrupting students studying for finals, and when complaints were lodged with the dean's office, the response was that the protestors have the right to express themselves so… https://t.co/OR61i2sVpi
— David Bernstein (@ProfDBernstein) December 1, 2023
Here's brief video/audio from a @Cornell engineering building. Imagine paying 62K a year plus room and board and having your kid subjected to this while trying to study, and then having the dean's office tell you it isn't "too disruptive." https://t.co/cVosq2wxZf pic.twitter.com/SYeXauNuCm
— David Bernstein (@ProfDBernstein) December 2, 2023
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