NYC councilwoman Inna Vernikov hits CUNY, Eric Adams over ‘anti-Israel’ antisemitism probe

A Brooklyn councilwoman is taking town’s public faculty system to process for assigning a former worker of an anti-Israel BDS group to analyze a high-profile incident of antisemitism flagged by a Jewish faculty professor.

“@CUNY assigning a former @CAIRNational rep to analyze allegations of Antisemitism, is like asking a sexual abuser to analyze the sexual harassment/rape allegations of a sufferer of such abuse,” tweeted Republican Councilwoman Inna Vernikov, a Ukrainian-born American Jew on Thursday.

“Would @CUNY rent David Duke to analyze claims of racism? #endjewhatred,” she added.

Vernikov and SAFE CUNY – a bunch of scholars and school preventing in opposition to antisemitism on CUNY campuses – had been referring to a report within the Every day Caller detailing CUNY’s task of chief variety officer Saly Abd Alla, a former worker of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, to an ongoing discrimination case tied to CUNY’s Kingsborough Neighborhood Faculty professor Jeffrey Lax.

Inna Vernikov is taking the city’s public college system and NYC mayor Eric Adams to task.
Vernikov is taking town’s public faculty system and NYC mayor Eric Adams to process.
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CAIR is a recognized proponent of the pro-Palestine, BDS motion – Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) motion – in opposition to the Jewish state.

Lax filed a grievance after studying that left-leaning school members at CUNY’s Kingsborough Neighborhood Faculty, in Manhattan Seashore, had been allegedly plotting to exclude the extra conservative, orthodox Jewish Lax from showing at a March 2018 assembly by intentionally scheduling it on a Friday night time – the beginning of the Sabbath – so he couldn’t attend. 

The assembly ended up not going down after complaints surfaced that it was held on the Jewish day of relaxation. 

Reviews of “skyrocketing” anti-Jewish incidents and even a not too long ago filed grievance to the US Division of Schooling alleges that CUNY has turn into a “hostile surroundings” for Jewish college students. 

Though CUNY has condemned the troubling incidents, the problem got here to a head final month, when CUNY Chancellor Felix Matos Rodriguez didn’t attend a Metropolis Council listening to on allegations of antisemetic harassment on campuses.

Vernikov advised The Put up Alla’s task is the final straw.

She stated she’s been making an attempt to get Mayor Eric Adams on the case and to sentence repeated studies of antisemitism on CUNY campuses – however accused him of delaying taking motion.

“I’ve been talking to the mayor’s workplace about antisemitism at CUNY for over two months now. I’ve requested an announcement and a gathering with the Mayor to debate this crucial subject that impacts hundreds of Jewish New Yorkers. A brand new semester has begun however I’ve been given the runaround,” stated Vernikov.

Reports allege that CUNY has become a “hostile environment” for Jewish students. 
Reviews allege that CUNY has turn into a “hostile surroundings” for Jewish college students. 
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“The delay on the a part of the mayor’s workplace to deal with the problem of pervasive Antisemitism on campuses, the place college students are afraid to be brazenly Jewish or freely categorical their pro-Israel viewpoints, is puzzling and quiet frankly irritating. I do know the Mayor cares in regards to the Jewish neighborhood, however an announcement acknowledging and condemning Antisemitism at Metropolis College of New York is just not difficult. I’m hopeful that the Mayor involves the desk very quickly,” she stated. 

Alla didn’t reply to an e mail looking for remark. CUNY responded on her beha;lf, with spokesman Joseph Tirella saying: “CUNY is dedicated to cultivating a various and inclusive neighborhood, free from antisemitism and all types of hate, and protected for all people. All CUNY chief variety officers are professionals and educated to make sure the College and its campuses adjust to office guidelines and perform when wanted truthful and neutral investigations of office discrimination.”

An Adams spokeswoman advised The Put up in response: “Mayor Adams has been unabashed and unapologetic in condemning antisemitism and preventing in opposition to hate throughout our communities. Hate has no place in our metropolis and in our state.”

The rep stated the Adams administration is “actively working” with CUNY to give you options that may hopefully make Jewish college students really feel safer. 

“New York Metropolis is a various panorama of many alternative cultures, languages and nationalities that make this metropolis the best on the planet. As we work to fight a spike in hate crimes, particularly antisemitic ones, you will need to help and uplift all New Yorkers to make sure nobody is focused for hatred,” stated the Adams spokeswoman.

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