Tell Columbia University to Condemn Anti-Semitism, Disclose Foreign Donations
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For years, Columbia University Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS), has been criticized for its anti-Israel sentiment and academic intimidation of Jewish and pro-Israel students.
Columbia University officials still stood by them. Not only did the university continue hiring professors with well-documented histories of demonizing Israel and the Jewish people, it also allowed these professors to freely spread their hateful propaganda without leaving any room for more balanced opinions.
As a result, many of MESAAS’ professors:
Support the Boycotts, Divestments, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel
Endorsed anti-Israel petitions
Support anti-Israel resolutions
Deny Israel’s right to exist and call for its destruction.
Express blunt anti-Semitic views
The message is clear and it is disheartening: any student who takes a class on the Middle East at MESAAS at Columbia University is guaranteed to be bombarded with one-sided anti-Semitic and anti-Israel propaganda.
HERE ARE OUR CALLS FOR ACTION:
We call on Columbia University to condemn anti-Semitism, to remove professors who bluntly promote anti-Israel propaganda, and to hire professors who will provide their students with balanced views of the Middle East and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and will teach them to respect other cultures and religions, including Judaism.
We call on Columbia University to publicly disclose the annual amounts the university in general and the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS), are receiving from foreign foundations, or from American foundations funded by foreign foundations.
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