A group of pro-Palestinian students allegedly hijacked a Zoom lecture at Hunter College to deliver anti-Semitic comments that “totally demonize” Israel – including claims that the Holocaust was used as a “tool” in the conflict in the Middle East , said classmates.
Several students from the Silberman School of Social Work abruptly changed their background to Palestinian flags and their names to “Free Palestine: Decolonize” in the middle of the required session when reading some statements opposing the conflict between Israel and Hamas were discussing, Fox News reports.
Professor Simone Gamble is also said to have teamed up with students to change her name to “Free Palestine: Decolonize,” the outlet said.
“You have Israel totally and completely demonized, and I was so horrified that my stomach went sick. I was so stunned, and to be honest, this is the most anti-Semitic I’ve ever seen on my own, “said a Jewish student at the point of sale.
” There was absolutely no room for anyone to speak out against this what they said … There was absolutely no vote for anyone pro-Israel. “
The protest took place during the final session of a course called” Practice Lab “that focuses on forms of oppression from history, on May 20 – the day Israel and Hamas reached a ceasefire after more than a week of deadly fighting.
The footage of the Zoom call showed that the students took turns reading a long-prepared statement saying it said: “Anti-Zionism is not synonymous with anti-Semitism,” reported Fox.
Other participants also praised Black Lives Matter for “condemning the deadly, racist attacks by the Israeli state” and claimed that the US had di e “Colonization of Palestine caused by funding”.
In the comment area one of the participants reportedly wrote: “The Holocaust was used as a tool.”
“The fear of anti-Semitism as fear of ‘this could happen again’ used preventively to suppress and kill others, “the comment continued.
A second student who refused to be identified told Fox News that the statements were” absolutely horrific and really advocate this mob mentality and this one side of a very complex subject “.
” For professors who are experts in this anti-suppression curriculum, it was quite shocking not to stand up or do anything or say anything to intervene, “said the student to Fox. “What violence could have happened if this had happened personally? Because it really felt like a virtual mob. “
The Silberman School of Social Work said in a statement that it” takes any anti-Semitism allegations very seriously, “Fox reported.
” In a recent one In the virtual class held at the end of the year via Zoom, the discussion went in an unplanned direction as the students expressed strong and sometimes heated contrasting views and feelings about the recent conflict in the Middle East, “said the school.
” After this exchange, the senior lecturer encouraged mutual respect and empathy for all points of view and reminded students to continue their discussion in smaller class segments. The virtual course was completed as planned. “
The statement continues:” Although we respect the principle of open and free exchange of ideas, we will not tolerate hate speech in any form.
“As elders and largest public social work school in NYC, we will continue to work seriously with our students, faculty, staff and alumni to ensure that our school remains a safe and inclusive environment for all, ”the statement said.
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