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‘Academic Freedom Week’ Hosts Only Leftists

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Columbia University’s Apartheid Divest is hosting an academic freedom week, inviting a slew of left-wing academics, reported Campus Reform.

On Monday, Columbia students will be treated to a panel called “On the Palestine Exception,” featuring Rutgers professor Jasbir Puar, who argues that Israel harvests Palestinian organs, UCLA professor Gil Hochberg, who thinks the “militarized gaze” of Israeli soldiers is a “tool of dominance,” and Columbia’s own Joseph Massad, who has redefined anti-Semitism to also include hatred of Muslims. Yay! Diversity of opinion!

And it gets even better with Tuesday’s “White Supremacy in Academia.” Get out your pen and paper for some insightful comments from Trinity College professor Johnny E. Williams, who called whites “inhuman assholes,” using the hashtag #LetThemFuckingDie.

But if there’s a VIP of the VIPs, it’s gotta be George Ciccariello-Maher, the professor who tweeted “all I want for Christmas is white genocide” and said the Las Vegas massacre “is what happens” when white people “don’t get what they want.” Ciccariello-Maher will be paneling Wednesday’s “Academic Antifascism” panel because he is, of course, also a big fan of the men in black. Now there can only be one winner, but his fellow panelist San Diego State University prof “Ozzie” Monge deserves a shout-out for threatening to lower a white student’s grade when she dared disagree with him over the school’s Aztec mascot.

What’s really fascinating about this Columbia event is that while the pro-Palestinian student sponsors say universities have attacked and silenced these speakers, almost none of them actually were. Drexel put Ciccariello-Maher on leave and then made him teach classes remotely for security reasons until the professor chose to resign and San Diego State kicked Monge out of the classroom, but only after the California DOJ found him guilty of racial retaliation, but that seems to be it. If you want to host a real academic freedom event, Columbia, maybe you should invite fewer lefties who are a little too edgy for the in-group and more conservatives who have no hope of making it into the group to begin with.

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Pro-Palestinian Students Protest During Holocaust Remembrance

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Pro-Palestinian students held a “Gaza solidarity rally” near a candle lighting pro-Israel students hosted to commemorate Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel, reported The Algemeiner. Columbia’s Students Supporting Israel chapter claims that the anti-Israel Jewish Voices for Peace, Students for Justice in Palestine, and another divestment group “have monopolized the conversation on campus relating to the Israeli-Arab conflict and have systematically maligned, harassed and silenced” Zionist opinions, The group says “One individual’s right to protest does not supersede another individual’s right to lawfully assemble, speak and listen.”

Students Supporting Israel cites pro-Palestinian students’ disruption of Danon’s speech. But the pro-Israel group also claim they were targeted with anti-Israel and anti-Semitic slogans while attending an event and that, when they attended another pro-Palestinian event, six students were assigned to watch their group, asked them to stop filming, and ultimately asked them to leave when one girl wouldn’t turn over her phone. Victor Muslin, head of Columbia’s Alums for Campus Fairness group said “In general, the attitude of Columbia appears to be to stonewall and simply to ignore alumni. Right now we are like flies hitting a glass window.”

But this doesn’t seem like an isolated incident of wackiness at the Ivy League institution. In October, Columbia pledged to spend at least $100 million on diversifying its staff. This amount was in addition to the $85 million spent since 2005. And last summer, Columbia hosted 300 K-12 principals and teachers to learn about topics like whiteness and microaggressions.

A lot of guys use a hotness/craziness scale to rate girls, saying the hotter they get, the crazier they get. With Ivy League institutions like Columbia, it seems like there’s a similar correlation between craziness and prestige.

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