Columbia University leaders testify before Congress on antisemitism

by Renata

A “moral crisis on our campus” is how Columbia University leaders described the school’s uptick in antisemitism. The remarks were made during a congressional hearing that came amid a rise in antisemitism on college campuses following the October 7th terror attack on Israel.

Two Ivy League presidents have already been forced to resign for failing to say that calls for the genocide of Jews would violate campus policy – a mistake Columbia didn’t want to repeat.

But that’s not to say all the answers were so straightforward – such as when Columbia’s president was asked whether the phrase “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” is antisemitic.

Yesterday, Columbia was forced to close its campus to the public as students took over the main campus lawn for an anti-Israel protest. Protestors could be heard chanting “Intifada, intifada” and “death to the zionist state.”

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