The ZOA criticized Columbia University and the Columbia University Student Government for violating pro-Israel students’ First Amendment rights and civil rights by banning and forcing the removal of a pro-Israel Pinocchio balloon display – just 90 minutes after the display was erected by Artists 4 Israel – despite the fact that the pro-Israel students had obtained the necessary permits for the display. The Chair of Columbia’s student government, Mariam Elnozahy, who is also a member of the anti-Semitic, anti-Israel Hamas-affiliated hate group, Students for Justice in Palestine (“SJP”), ordered the removal of the pro-Israel display while wearing an Israel Apartheid Week T-shirt calling for Boycotts, Sanctions, and Divestment (BDS) against Israel. The Vice-Chair of Columbia’s student government, Karim Nader, accompanied Elnozahy while wearing a Palestinian keffiyeh.
The pro-Israel display was also a response to a large, defamatory, anti-Semitic, anti-Israel “Apartheid wall” display, erected by SJP at Columbia University’s most prominent location.
The pro-Israel Pinocchio (with a large nose) had held up a sign saying ““Apartheid” Week Compassion Abuse” to dramatize the fact that the “Apartheid” charges leveled at Israel during Columbia University’s ongoing “Apartheid week” are a lie. The pro-Israel display was also a response to a large, defamatory, anti-Semitic, anti-Israel “Apartheid wall” display, erected by SJP at Columbia University’s most prominent location – at the top of the steps in front of Columbia University’s famous main library. The anti-Israel display has been permitted to remain there, and continues to incite hatred against Jews and Israel. The “Apartheid wall” is covered with anti-Israel slogans and symbols (including what looks like a pig, supposedly representing Jews, with an X over it).
It is an outrage that anti-Semites such as SJP are permitted to freely exhibit their enormous, venomous, defamatory anti-Semitic, anti-Israel displays on the Columbia University campus – while Jewish and pro-Israel students are banned from exhibiting displays that challenge SJP’s anti-Israel lies.
Last year, the David Horowitz Freedom Center listed the once-great Columbia University as the university having the worst anti-Semitic activity in the country, and explained that Columbia University is home to the “most well-known antisemitic professors in the nation such as Rashid Khalidi and Joseph Massad, who has been accused of harassing Jewish students on multiple occasions. In addition, it is home to a highly active SJP chapter that has recently brought BDS founder Omar Barghouti and disgraced anti-Semitic professor Steven Salaita to campus.”
Columbia University alumni can get involved and demand that Columbia University put an end to the blatant, hateful, dangerous anti-Semitism and violations of Jewish students’ rights on the Columbia University campus. Contact Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger, Phone: (212) 854-9970; Fax: (212) 854-9973; Email: officeofthepresident@columbia.