Columbia, Cornell and other colleges face US inquiries over antisemitism

Columbia, Cornell and other colleges face US inquiries over antisemitism

Columbia, Cornell and other colleges face US inquiries over antisemitism

WASHINGTON — The federal government has opened civil rights investigations into several schools and universities over allegations of antisemitism since the outbreak of the Israel-Hamas war.

Netanyahu responds to 'world is watching' comment

Chad Groening, AFN.net

A Canadian conservative activist is questioning his country’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, after the far-left politician begged Israel to show “restraint” in its current war against Hamas terrorists.

"I urge the government of Israel to exercise maximum restraint,” Trudeau lectured this week during a public appearance.

“The world is watching on TV, on social media,” he said. “We're hearing the testimonies of doctors, family members, survivors, kids who have lost their parents. The world is witnessing this killing of women, of children, of babies. This has to stop."

“All of a sudden it's the Hamas babies that he's concerned about,” says conservative activist Brian Rushfeldt, a frequent critic of Trudeau.

Trudeau’s statement did not go unnoticed in Israel, where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu replied and defended his country’s attack on Hamas.

“It is not Israel that is deliberately targeting civilians but Hamas that beheaded, burned and massacred civilians in the worst horrors perpetrated on Jews since the Holocaust,” Netanyahu told Trudeau in a Twitter post.

The list includes three Ivy League institutions — Columbia, Cornell and the University of Pennsylvania — along with Wellesley College in Massachusetts, Lafayette College in Pennsylvania and Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York. It also includes one K-12 system, the Maize Unified School District in Kansas.

The Education Department says it has also opened investigations into reports of Islamophobia at two schools.

But by far, most of the complaints have come from Jewish students facing a variety of threats.

At Cornell, a student was arrested last month after posting threatening statements against Jewish people. Some Jewish students at Cooper Union say the school failed to protect them during an October pro-Palestine demonstration that left Jewish students sheltering in a campus library.

Along with complaints filed with the Education Department, some students have filed lawsuits alleging civil rights violations. Three Jewish students at New York University sued the school this week, saying it failed to address persistent antisemitism that has worsened since the Oct. 7 incursion of Israel by Hamas terrorists.

U.S. university campuses have frequently been condemned in recent years for promoting anti-Israel attitudes.