Conservative US judges boycott Columbia grads over campus Gaza protests

A group of 13 conservative US federal judges say they will not hire law students or undergraduates from Columbia University, in response to its handling of pro-Palestinian demonstrations.

The judges, all appointees of former US President Donald Trump, call the Manhattan campus an “incubator of bigotry” in a letter to Columbia President Minouche Shafik and Law Dean Gillian Lester.

“Both professors and administrators are on the front lines of the campus disruptions, encouraging the virulent spread of antisemitism and bigotry,” the letter says.

The letter calls for “serious consequences” for students and faculty who participated in campus disruptions and for the enforcement of free speech rules.

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