Hearing gets intense over accusations of growing anti-Semitism at CUNY schools

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The New York City Council postponed an early June hearing on anti-Semitism on college campuses to accommodate the schedule of the chancellor of the City University of New York.

Chancellor in the Press – The City University of New York

At the rescheduled hearing on Thursday, Chancellor Felix Matos Rodríguez was a no-show anyway.

“Moreover I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own and move no more; nor shall the sons of wickedness oppress them anymore, as previously” 2 Sam. 7:10

A group of pro-Israel and Jewish supporters gathered outside a New York City Council hearing on growing anti-Semitism and CUNY schools, particularly at the law school, on June 30, 2022. Credit: #EndJewHatred.

Instead, he sent a lawyer and two witnesses to appear on Zoom, as the council’s Higher Education Committee investigated what it calls “a pervasive culture of anti-Semitism on City University of New York’s campuses.”

Combined with a lack of concrete answers from CUNY administration representatives to questions they likely should have expected, some council members grew frustrated.

“This makes me question how seriously this problem is being addressed. Between you being virtual and the chancellor not being here, this doesn’t fill me with hope. And I’m a hopeful person,” said Higher Education Committee chair Eric Dinowitz.