Demand that Columbia U president Lee Bollinger acts on his condemnation of antisemitism!

Demand that Columbia U president Lee Bollinger acts on his condemnation of antisemitism!

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On March 6, 2020, Columbia University President Lee Bollinger condemned antisemitism promoted by BDS movement, which generates "hostility and even hatred toward all members of groups of people simply by virtue of a religious, racial, national, or ethnic relationship" according to his statement.

Unfortunately, despite President Bollinger's strong condemnation, his own faculty members continued to spout antisemitic statements on social media. And the antisemitic BDS referendum that President Bollinger warned against has been rescheduled to the next semester.

Please join students, faculty, alumni and members of Jewish community in telling President Bollinger that words are not enough and that action is also needed at Columbia.

Demand that President Bollinger acts to put and end to the hostile anti-Zionist climate at Columbia by implementing the following items:

1) Adopt IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism as encouraged by Natan Sharansky. This is not a controversial step; many colleges across the globe have done so already.

2) After adoption of the IHRA definition, make Columbia apply it when evaluating whether any event or statement were antisemitic and, if found so, act as one would act against racism, homophobia or misogyny.

3) Set up a special committee to fully investigate all claims of Zionophobic harassment.

4) Apply Columbia's Rules of Conduct to anti-Israel activists who violate them, when they disrupt pro-Israel events, and harass physically and verbally Jewish and pro-Israel students.

5) Revoke authorization for all clubs that engage in ostracism of Jewish and pro-Israel students and require students to declare themselves as anti-Zionist in order to participate in other clubs and causes.

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