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Antisemitic Woke Mob at Columbia Threatens Jewish Students’ Safety

United States: In a fervent and impassioned plea aimed at safeguarding the welfare of Jewish scholars amidst burgeoning tensions, Rabbi Elie Buechler, the esteemed Orthodox scholar at Columbia University and Barnard College, has issued a firm suggestion for Jewish scholars to contemplate a temporary departure from campus.

Rabbi Buechler, who serves as the director of OU-LJIC at Columbia/Barnard, conveyed his profound apprehension through a meticulously composed message distributed via WhatsApp to numerous scholars, strategically timed before the commencement of Passover.

Articulating profound distress over recent events, Rabbi Buechler underscored the seriousness of the situation unfolding in and around the university grounds. He highlighted the inadequacy of Columbia University’s Public Safety and the New York City Police Department in offering sufficient assurance of safety amidst escalating incidents of anti-semitism and disorder perpetrated by anti-Israel activists.

The rabbi’s missive urged scholars to prioritize their safety and well-being by contemplating a temporary departure from campus until a substantial amelioration in the prevailing circumstances is discerned.

The decision to proffer such counsel was not taken lightly but emanated from a profound sense of duty and concern for the Jewish scholars under his tutelage. Rabbi Buechler’s words manifest a deeply ingrained concern for the welfare of the scholarly community, acknowledging the distressing reality of being subjected to animosity and threats while pursuing their scholarly pursuits.

The anti-Israel fourth post, which has been of prime concern for a long, has worsened in character increasingly. Thus, language and actions targeted at blaming and sabotaging the Jewish professors have taken center stage. The subsequent physical assault of participants on the basis of their political opinions has spurred a wide variety of voiced condemnations, most notably from legislators and proponents of the conservative ideology, whose criticisms have been the most incisive in this matter, asking whether the university has fully committed to providing the protection of scholars regardless of their political affiliation.

The meaningfulness of the chanting “Say it loud and say it proud, we’re pro-Israel, and we’re pro-Jew” underscores the undisputed need for urgent interventions before the present problems of anti-semitism and extremism in campuses metamorphose into a bigger crisis. It becomes a superb reminder for our campus environment to be experimental, tolerant, and protected for everyone, regardless of their religious or philosophical opinions.

In view of these developments, the call to prioritize safety and well-being reverberates not merely as a pragmatic step but also as a profound affirmation of solidarity and backing for the Jewish community at Columbia University and beyond. It serves as a reminder that the pursuit of erudition should never be at the expense of one’s safety or dignity and that every scholar merits to acquire and flourish in an atmosphere devoid of trepidation and coercion.

It is also a reminder of the ramifications of the vocal and vehement anti-Semitism currently in vogue among Joe Biden’s radical left base.

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