Columbia Rabbi Tells Jewish Students To Leave Campus After 'Unhinged Hatred Of Jews' From Anti-Israel Agitators

Over the weekend, Orthodox Rabbi Elie Buechler warned over 250 Jewish students that the environment at Columbia University was unsafe for members of the religion amid massive anti-Israel demonstrations led by antisemitic agitators who have harassed members of the Jewish faith.

Orthodox Rabbi Elie Buechler, the co-director of the school's Jewish Learning Initiative, warned over 250 Jewish students in a WhatsApp message over the weekend that the campus is no longer safe amid the ongoing anti-Semitic protests. "What we are witnessing in and around campus is terrible and tragic. The events of the last few days, especially last night, have made it clear that Columbia University's Public Safety and the NYPD cannot guarantee Jewish students' safety in the face of extreme antisemitism and anarchy," the rabbi wrote. "It deeply pains me to say that I would strongly recommend you return home as soon as possible and remain home until the reality in and around campus has dramatically improved."

"It is not our job as Jews to ensure our own safety on campus. No one should have to endure this level of hatred, let alone at school," Buechler wrote, concluding, "May we see better days on campus soon."

Over the weekend, demonstrators could be heard shouting, "Al-Qassam, you make us proud! Take another soldier out! We say justice; you say how? Burn Tel Aviv to the ground! Hamas, we love you. We support your rockets, too! Red, black, green, and white, we support Hamas' fight! It is right to rebel, Al-Qassam, give them hell! It is right to rebel, Hamas give them hell! Free, free, free Palestine!" Footage from the campus also showed the protesters telling Jewish students to "go back to Poland" and calling for the students, who were called "pigs," to be killed.

In response to the protests, the university initially brought in the NYPD to arrest 108 demonstrators who refused to leave the campus on Thursday. However, the protesters returned and forced the school to move all classes online as the campus became too dangerous for classes to resume on Monday. Columbia University announced on Sunday that they have more than doubled its safety personnel, improved ID checks, and increased security around the Kraft Center for Jewish Student Life, per National Review.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft, whom the Jewish center is named after, issued a statement on Monday that explained that he would no longer be donating to Columbia due to the ongoing protests. "It was through the full academic scholarship Columbia gave me that I was able to attend college and start in life, and for that, I have been tremendously grateful. However, the school I love so much - the one that welcomed me and provided me with so much opportunity - is no longer an institution I recognize," Kraft wrote. "I am deeply saddened at the virulent hate that continues to grow on campus and throughout our country. I am no longer confident that Columbia can protect its students and staff, and I am not comfortable supporting the university until corrective action is taken."

Jewish students at the New York City campus should not fear for their safety every time they go to class. The situation at the Ivy League has gotten out of hand, and the hatred seen from the students on campus should be a warning to any parent contemplating sending their child to a left-wing college campus. 

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