New York mayor ‘horrified and disgusted’ by antisemitism at Columbia

Pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel protesters march outside Columbia University in New York City on April 18, 2024. (Kena Betancur / AFP)
Pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel protesters march outside Columbia University in New York City on April 18, 2024. (Kena Betancur / AFP)

New York Mayor Eric Adams says he is “horrified and disgusted” by reports of antisemitism at Columbia University, and that police “will not hesitate to arrest anyone who is found to be breaking the law.”

“Supporting a terrorist organization that aims to kill Jews is sickening and despicable. As I have repeatedly said, hate has no place in our city, and I have instructed the NYPD to investigate any violation of law that is reported,” the New York Mayor says in a statement.

However, he says, “Columbia University is a private institution on private property, which means the NYPD cannot have a presence on campus unless specifically requested by senior university officials.”

The comments come amid a week of heightened pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel protests at the New York City university amid the ongoing war in Gaza, sparked by Hamas’s October 7 massacre.

“In this moment of heightened tension around the world, we stand united against hate,” Adams adds.

 

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