Complaint filed against City University New York for being ‘pervasively hostile’ to Jewish students

The American Center for Law & Justice in Washington DC filed a complaint to the US Department of Education against the City University of New York for allegedly creating a hostile environment for Jewish students, which violates the Civil Rights Act.

According to the complaint filed by the the American Center for Law & Justice in Washington DC to the US Department of Education US Department of Education, “Some of the harassment on CUNY campuses has become so commonplace as to almost be normalized.” The complaint cites a long list of harassment going back to 2013, reports the New York Post.

One of the incidents recalls when a Jewish professor at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn “found swastikas carved into the door and her keyboard drenched in urine”, while in another instance, a Jewish professor from Israel was asked how many people she had killed. According to a report by the New York Post, the college’s former interim president complained there were “too many Jews” among the school’s faculty at the Kingsborough Community College.

At one instance in 2016, during a Faculty Council meeting at the Brooklyn College, a group of students interrupted the meeting “to demand the removal of all Zionists from campus,” and they called the council’s chairman wearing a kippah a “Zionist pig.”

According to the complaint, in May 2021, a John Jay College student posted a picture of Adolf Hitler on Instagram with a message saying, “We need another Hitler today”. The college president did not publicly condemn the act.

Most recently, in December 2021, CUNY’s Law Student Government Association passed a resolution that bans Hillel and other Jewish institutions from campus. A Faculty at the law school voted to endorse the pro-Palestinian BDS movement against Israel.

CUNY claims the university has “consistently and strongly condemned all forms of bigotry and discrimination, including antisemitism.”

“Every day, the University engages in efforts to combat antisemitism, violence, hate, racism, and intolerance of any kind within our campus communities. This is important but hard, never-ending work, and we are always learning new ways to improve our efforts,” a CUNY spokesman said.