Protect UConn Student From Antisemitic Harassment

Protect UConn Student From Antisemitic Harassment

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This month, an a capella group at the University of Connecticut - the UConn Chordials - expelled its former president, Jewish senior student Natalie Shclover, after she was unconsensually filmed by hostile students in the library being confronted by a group of anti-Israel activists. Shclover and her boyfriend had been filmed taking down posters that claimed the Israel was an “apartheid state,” depicted the entire map of Israel painted with a Palestinian flag (an indication that the country has no right to exist), and showing a disturbing image of a strangled child – a version of the “blood libel” anti-Semitic trope, originating in the Middle Ages, which alleges that Jews kill children for ritual purposes. 

The video only depicts Shclover and her boyfriend calmly explaining that they are removing posters that were placed in violation of school rules, while being countered with screaming and slurs, as the anti-Israel activists called her a “Jew,” a “f*cking b*tch,” a “white supremacist” and a “f*cking Zionist.” Notably, it is highly dangerous for a Jewish person - historically the group most targeted for hate crimes by white supremacists - to be referred to in such a way. The video was posted to TikTok with misleading captions that accused her of “verbally harrassing” the women behind the camera who had delivered the anti-Semitic slurs.

Within an hour of the filming, the TikTok video had gone “viral” on campus, and recieved hundreds of hateful messages from people on and off campus calling her “bigoted,” “racist,” a “b*tch,” a “disgusting human being”, and a “dirty f*cking Jew.” Another harasser publicly posted her campus address to YikYak, threatening her physical safety.

Additionally, without listening to her side of the encounter or utilizing any due process protections, the Chordials promptly expelled Shclover, who had been active in the group all four years of her college experience and in which she had acted as a past president.

We call on the administration to intervene in the matter and for the a capella group to restore her membership in the Chordials, and to issue a public apology for her mistreatment. Failing to do so would provide an official stamp of approval of the campaign of anti-Semitic harassment that was conducted against this student for no other reason than her being Jewish and exercising her rights of free speech. UConn cannot be the kind of school where this time of racist and bigoted persecution can be allowed to stand.

Read more, https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/an-open-letter-to-the-uconn-community/

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