COLUMBIA UNIV. OFFICIALS FIND SWASTIKA AFTER STUDENTS CALL FOR DIVESTMENT OF ISRAEL

Columbia University officials reportedly found a swastika drawn on the steps of the school’s Low Library a week after students voted to support a resolution calling on the university to divest from Israel, according to The College Fix.

The outlet reported that on October 6, “the University received a report that a swastika had been drawn on the steps in front of Low Library,” according to Suzanne Goldberg, the school’s executive vice president. That statement was made the following day in a news release.

“We condemn this expression of antisemitism,” Goldberg said. She added that the school is “investigating the incident.”

Goldberg added:

The divisions that now roil our nation and the world have given rise to increasing acts of bias and hate in far too many communities. Antisemitism does not have a place at Columbia, as our community strives every day to remain a welcoming and inclusive place where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

The Columbia Spectator—the campus newspaper—reported that this is the fourth instance of anti-Semitic vandalism on campus this year. It also elected not to post a photo of the swastika in its October 9 article.

This comes after a September 29 vote by Columbia students to support a divestment resolution.

The Columbia University Apartheid Divest student organization pushed for the referendum by asking students:

Should Columbia University divest its stocks, funds, and endowment from companies that profit from or engage in the State of Israel’s acts towards Palestinians, that according to Columbia University Apartheid Divest (CUAD), fall under the United Nations International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid?

The campaign passed with 61 percent of voters in favor of the divestment, 27 percent of votes against divestment, and just 12 percent in abstention, according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. About 40 percent of students voted. This runs counter to the student government at the private New York university rejecting a divestment resolution in 2019.

“I made clear earlier this year that I do not support the referendum,” President Lee Bollinger noted in a September 29 news release after the referendum was passed.

He added:

To do so would contradict a long-held understanding that the University should not change its investment policies on the basis of particular views about a complex policy issue, especially when there is no consensus across the University community about that issue.

Furthermore, in my view, as I have expressed many times over the years, it is unfair and inaccurate to single out this specific dispute for this purpose when there are so many other, comparably deeply entrenched conflicts around the world.

“I have also raised concerns about how this debate over BDS has adversely affected the campus climate for many undergraduate students in our community,” Bollinger said.

Anti-Israel and anti-Semitic ideology appears to be a regular issue on the New York university campus, one activist shared with The College Fix.

“I think radical ideas about Israel easily translate into antisemitism and more often than not they are the same thing,” Ofir Dayan, president of the university’s Students Supporting Israel chapter, said.

Dayan said that Columbia’s attempt to condemn anti-Semitism is not enough, “but they are trying.”

Dayan continued by saying that the university could do more by creating an inclusive environment by addressing “extreme anti-Israel sentiments on campus.”

“There are professors who talk this way and teach that material in class and Columbia should intervene.”

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