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- An anti-Israel student group at Columbia University was told they could not host their pro-Hamas info session in a campus classroom
- On Monday, the dean of the school of social work said the event that was about the ‘significance’ of the October 7 ‘counteroffensive’ was not moving forward
Columbia University has banned a woke student group’s plans for an on-campus event justifying Hamas’ October 7 massacre in Israel.
‘Columbia Social Workers 4 Palestine,’ the group running the event, had advertised the gathering at the Manhattan college as a time to discuss the ‘Significance of the October 7th Palestinian Counteroffensive.’
The group’s so-called ‘teach-in and discussion’ had been scheduled to take place in a room at the Columbia School of Social Work this coming Wednesday afternoon.
But on Monday, school administrators said the group ‘did not seek approval for the fliers and text,’ and announced the event would not be going forward at the school of social work.
A social media post promoting the event said the group would be discussing the ‘significance’ of the ‘counteroffensive’ and the ‘centrality of revolutionary violence to anti-imperialism.’
‘In advocating for Palestinian liberation, Palestinians have engaged in nonviolent resistance tactics for years. These peaceful actions have been met with tear gas and armed opposition by the Israeli government,’ the group continued.
Last week, the group hosted a similar ‘teach in,’ during which students were taught about Hamas’ October 7 massacre as as a means of ‘resistance’
The post on X promoting the event was slapped with a community note that read: ‘
‘October 7 was not a ‘counteroffensive.’ There was a ceasefire in place that Hamas broke on Oct. 7., when it launched thousands of rockets, invading Israel, and committing hundreds of war crimes. The term ‘counteroffensive’ applies to Israel’s response, not the Hamas attack.’
On Monday, Melissa Begg – the school’s dean of social work – told Fox News that the December 6th event would not be moving forward and clarified that it was ‘not a CSSW-sponsored event.’
‘The students who organized the event did not seek approval for the fliers and text as required by CSSW processes. CSSW supports free speech but does not condone language that promotes violence in any manner, which is antithetical to our values. This event will not go forward at CSSW,’ she added.
The event, though it will not take place on official school property, will likely still move forward elsewhere.
Columbia University in New York City has been a hotbed for anti-Semitic activity to unfold in the wake of the October 7 massacre in Israel.
In November, the Ivy League’s administration banned the student groups Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace.
Both far-left groups had orchestrated unsanctioned anti-Israel demonstrations, during which they called for an immediate ceasefire, in addition to ‘threatening’ and ‘intimidating’ Jewish students on campus.
In the wake of that decision by the administration, more than 20 progressive elected officials, including New York congressional representatives Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, Jamaal Bowman, and Nydia Velázquez reportedly sent a letter to Columbia calling for the reinstatement of the groups.
Pro-Palestine demonstrators gather for a protest at Columbia University on October 12, days after Hamas’ attack on Israel
Days after Hamas’ attacks, Columbia’s Students for Justice in Palestine said that Hamas’ actions were a ‘counter-offensive against their settler-colonial oppressor’
On October 7, at least 1,200 Israelis were barbarically slaughtered in a surprise attack orchestrated by the radical Palestinian terror group.
Some 240 hostages were also kidnapped into Gaza, about 140 of whom remain there.
Israel promptly announced its entrance into a full-scale war and began a ground offensive in Hamas-controlled Gaza, which Hamas officials say has killed upward of 15,000 people as of Monday.
A week-long ceasefire ended last week when Hamas broke the terms of the deal and chose not to move forward with more hostage exchanges.