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Stefanik calls on Columbia University president to resign for ‘endangering the safety of Jewish students’ – One America News Network

Top left: Columbia University President Nemat Shafik testifies before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce hearing "Columbia in crisis: Columbia University's response to anti-Semitism" on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) Background: 18 of 20 |  Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik, RN.Y., questions Columbia President Nemat Shafik during the House Committee on Education and the Workforce hearing on "Columbia in crisis: Columbia University's response to anti-Semitism" on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Top left: Columbia University President Nemat Shafik testifies before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce hearing on “Columbia in Crisis: Columbia University’s Response to Antisemitism” on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 17, 2024. (AP Photo/ Jose Luis Magana) Background: Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik, RN.Y., questions Columbia President Nemat Shafik during the House Committee on Education and the Workforce hearing on “Columbia in Crisis: Columbia University’s Response to Antisemitism” on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Elizabeth Volberding of OAN
5:00 PM – Sunday April 21, 2024

Rep. Elise Stefanik, chair of the House Republican Conference, called on Columbia University President Minouche Shafik to resign over the weekend, arguing that she has failed to “protect Jewish students on campus ‘.

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On Sunday, Stefanik (RN.Y.) issued a statement calling for the immediate resignation of Shafik, president of Columbia University, and the selection of a new trustee “who will protect Jewish students and enforce school policies.”

Stefanik made the statement after Shafik’s hearing last week on Capitol Hill, where she was questioned about the Ivy League school’s response to anti-Semitism on campus.

The Republican’s comments were also made on the same day that Columbia Rabbi Elie Buechler warned Jewish students on campus to leave due to “extreme anti-Semitism.”

Stefanik’s full statement on Columbia’s failed leadership reads:

“While Columbia’s failed leadership spent hundreds of hours preparing for this week’s Congressional hearing, it was clearly an attempt to cover up their despicable inability to enforce their own campus rules and protect Jewish students on campus. In recent months and especially in the past 24 hours, Columbia leadership has clearly lost control of the campus, endangering the safety of Jewish students. It is crystal clear that Columbia University – previously a beacon of academic excellence founded by Alexander Hamilton – needs new leadership. President Shafik must resign immediately. And the Columbia Board must appoint a president who will protect Jewish students and enforce school policies.”

In response to Columbia’s lack of enforcement of the new demonstration policy, students have reported several anti-Semitic events in the past week. Columbia’s Task Force on Anti-Semitism referenced this very fact in its first report, released in March.

In addition, there has been harsh criticism amid the violent anti-Israel demonstrations on campus that have led to more than a hundred arrests.

In a WhatsApp message on Sunday, Rabbi Buechler stated: “The events of the past few days, especially last night, have made it clear that Columbia University Public Safety and the NYPD cannot guarantee the safety of Jewish students in the face of extreme anti-Semitism and anarchy. ”

“It pains me to say that I would strongly advise you to return home as soon as possible and to stay at home until the reality on and around campus has improved dramatically.”

In addition, Stefanik urged the Columbia University administration to “appoint a president who will enforce school policies and protect Jewish students.”

Shafik confirmed during her confirmation hearing before the House Education and Workforce Committee that it is against the school’s code of conduct to advocate the genocide of Jewish people.

Before last year’s education panel, leaders at Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Pennsylvania had all been asked the same question.

Stefanik sparked national outrage in December when she questioned the presidents of these three universities about their efforts to address anti-Semitism on campus. The Education Commission has conducted investigations into anti-Semitism on college campuses across the country.

“While Columbia’s failed leadership spent hundreds of hours preparing for this week’s Congressional hearing, it was clearly an attempt to cover up their despicable inability to enforce their own campus rules and protect Jewish students on campus, ” said Stefanik.

Shafik was also questioned extensively about the possibility of firing professors and staff members who had supported anti-Semitism.

During the hearing, Shafik stated, “Any Columbia faculty member who engages in anti-Semitic or discriminatory behavior should go elsewhere.”

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