A new group at the City University of New York is committed to “unlearning Zionism” by Jews and supporting the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.
The “Jewish Anti-Zionist Coalition at CUNY” recently began circulating a pledge with its goals, garnering 36 signatures from students, faculty and alumni.
The document notes that a dozen CUNY bigwigs recently visited the “illegitimate state of Israel,” calling it “an act of ultimate betrayal of students, workers, and their Palestinian allies.”
The group’s launch, which was first reported by the Forward, came just days after the city council last month heard testimony from CUNY students and staff about anti-Semitism endemic on public university campuses.
CUNY Chancellor Felix Matos Rodriguez has come under fire for not attending the June 30 hearing, where a law school student said she was transferred because she was demonized by other students because of his Jewish faith and Zionist beliefs.
“I am deeply troubled by the continued attacks on Zionists and Jewish students,” Bronx Councilman Eric Dinowitz, chairman of the higher education committee and head of the council’s Jewish group, said of the coalition.
A CUNY representative said the university “is home to many membership organizations that represent students, faculty, and staff. These groups speak for themselves, and the opinions they express are entirely their own and do not represent the views of CUNY or the vast majority of the nearly 300,000 members of our community.