Barnard College told observant Jewish students that the school’s COVID-19 protocols required them to use technology on Rosh Hashanah before quickly reversing course, according to emails obtained by the Forward.
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Student delegates voted to begin crafting a letter to college president Sian Beilock, before voting again next Monday on whether to send it to her.
“Now it’s not just about divestment from Palestine. Now it’s about free speech, it’s about student rights, it’s about the administration’s power.”
“We all should be disturbed by the fact that the president knowingly undermined student voices,” one student told the college’s newspaper.
Contrary to popular belief, many Jewish students at Barnard actually helped ensure the anti-Israel referendum’s passage.
“Choosing a side therefore would be inconsistent with our mission… Barnard will not take action in response to this referendum.”
As much as it pains me as a fourth-generation alumna, if anti-Israel and anti-Semitic trends continue, I can no longer support Barnard.
The elite women’s college, one of the most heavily Jewish in the country, voted 64%-36% last week to call on the board of trustees to divest.
Pro-BDS students were understandably jubilant when the results were announced — and they predicted it could lead to similar wins at other schools.