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Hochul urges colleges to act against antisemitism

Governor Kathy Hochul has taken a strong stance against antisemitism and calls for genocide on college campuses, urging the state’s higher education institutions to promptly address these issues.

In her letter to college and university presidents, Hochul emphasized the enforcement of the state’s Human Rights Law and referred to potential violations of federal civil rights law to U.S. officials.

She stressed the importance of compliance with federal and state laws that protect students from discrimination, warning that non-compliant institutions could lose state and federal funding.

The governor’s call to action follows contentious testimony by Ivy League presidents during a recent congressional hearing on antisemitism, where they faced criticism for their responses to hypothetical scenarios of violence against Jewish students. Harvard President Claudine Gay and University of Pennsylvania President Liz Magill have since clarified their positions, with Magill also announcing her resignation amid criticism.

In response to growing reports of antisemitism, particularly following the Hamas attack on Israel in October, Hochul has commissioned an independent review of antisemitism and discrimination policies at CUNY, the nation’s largest urban public university system.

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