Unrest is brewing at Brooklyn College in New York City.
A group of students burst into a faculty meeting this past Tuesday, demanding all “Zionists off campus” and “Zionism out of CUNY!”
The meeting was adjourned nearly 30 minutes into the session because it became so unruly, with some professors in attendance cheering the disruptive students. Students directed chants toward the chairman of the faculty council, calling him a “Zionist pig.”
The students also demanded better pay for adjunct teachers because it would put an end to “racist class offerings.” It is unclear how adjunct professors or the classes they teach are inherently less racist than tenured or full-time professors and their classes.
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Democratic New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind said on Twitter that he is “disgusted” over the students’ actions. He said “dozens” of faculty members complained about the anti-semitic protesters’ interruption of their meeting.
— Dov Hikind (@HikindDov) February 17, 2016
“Many of the administrators reached out and said they were intimidated and feared for their safety,” said Hikind in a statement.
Other college professors in attendance cheered the students on. The college’s president, provost and top deans were there as well, but their immediate responses to the commotion were unclear.
Heard @BklynCollege411 released an apology over anti-Israel student protest. We want disciplinary action! W/o that, what msg does it send?
— Dov Hikind (@HikindDov) February 18, 2016
Assemblyman Hikind is demanding that CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken” implement a plan of action to prevent this kind of intimidation and disruption” from occurring again within the City University of New York.
Without punishment, he said, students will continue this radical anti-Jewish behavior.
The Anti-Defamation League issued a statement recommending that Brooklyn College administrators “take appropriate disciplinary action.”
“We are concerned about the manifestation of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic hatred at Brooklyn College,” said Anti-Defamation League Regional Director Evan Bernstein in a statement on Thursday. “We urge Brooklyn College leadership and all academic institutions across New York State to make clear that anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism that denigrates Jews has no place on campus.”