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rewrite this title Stefanik demands the resignation of Columbia’s president: ‘Endangering the safety of Jewish students’

Elise Stefanik, chair of the House of Representatives Republican Conference, is calling on Columbia University President Minouche Shafik to resign over her failure to protect Jewish students on campus amid rising concerns about anti-Semitism. Stefanik’s demands come after Shafik’s testimony last week on Capitol Hill, where she faced questions about the handling of anti-Semitism on the prestigious Manhattan campus. Stefanik believes Columbia University needs new leadership and calls the safety of Jewish students a top priority for the institution.

The call for Shafik’s resignation was supported by former lawmaker Dov Hikind, who heads American Against Antisemitism. Hikind expressed his gratitude to Stefanik and urged Shafik to resign immediately, stating that the current situation contradicts the concept of “Never Again” often used in reference to preventing a recurrence of the history. The backdrop of anti-Israel protests on campus, resulting in more than 100 arrests, has heightened concerns about the safety of Jewish students at Columbia University.

Rabbi Elie Buechler of Columbia warned Jewish students about the extreme anti-Semitism on campus and advised them to return home until the situation improves. He highlighted the challenges campus security and the NYPD face in ensuring the safety of Jewish students amid a rise in anti-Jewish sentiment. Stefanik also called on the Columbia University administration to appoint a new president who will prioritize the protection of Jewish students and enforce school policies to combat anti-Semitism.

During Shafik’s testimony before the House Education and Workforce Committee, she confirmed that advocating the genocide of Jews is a violation of the school’s code of conduct. The commission conducted an investigation into anti-Semitism on college campuses across the country, with a focus on ensuring college leaders effectively address and combat such hate speech. Stefanik’s questioning of Shafik follows similar questions directed at other university presidents, resulting in resignations and national attention on the issue of anti-Semitism.

The phrase “from the river to the sea” was discussed during Shafik’s testimony, where she acknowledged that it is considered offensive but not explicitly anti-Semitic. The phrase has been associated with Hamas terrorists calling for the removal of Jews from the area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, mainly targeting Israel. Shafik also faced questions about consequences for faculty members who promoted anti-Semitic views, stating that such behavior should lead to the individual finding employment elsewhere, indicating a zero-tolerance approach from Columbia University.

Despite intense scrutiny from lawmakers and demands for leadership change, Columbia University did not respond to requests for comment on the situation. Stefanik remains steadfast in her position that university leadership has failed to enforce campus rules and effectively ensure the safety of Jewish students. The issue of anti-Semitism on college campuses remains a concern for lawmakers and educational institutions, with efforts underway to address and prevent such discrimination to create a safe and inclusive environment for all students.