A group of Jewish students at Hunter College CUNY in New York City were left anxious and distraught after they said pro-Palestinian activists, including professors, hijacked a remote lecture and used the public forum to express anti-Semitic views and condemn Israel. .
As Fox news First reported, the incident occurred at the Silberman School of Social Work during a Zoom lecture at the end of the semester on May 20 as part of a course called “Practice Lab,” which explores various forms of oppression throughout history. were investigated.
Students speaking to the outlet on condition of anonymity said that during the virtual lecture, many of the 192 participants suddenly changed their backgrounds to the Palestinian flag and their usernames to “Free Palestine: Decolonize.”
Those who took part in the stunt then reportedly took turns reading a prepared manifesto condemning Israel for committing an “ethnic cleansing of native Palestinians of their land.”
Multiple Jewish students at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College CUNY said a May 20 Zoom lecture was hijacked by pro-Palestinian activists, who changed their names to “Free Palestine: Decolonize” and changed their backgrounds to Palestinian flag
A Jewish student said she was ‘shocked’ and afraid to return to campus next fall (pictured) for in-person classes
The statement praised US Representative Rashida Talib, a Democrat from Michigan, who recently accused Israel of subjecting the Palestinians to an ‘apartheid’ system.”
The manifesto’s authors also praised the organizers of the Black Lives Matter movement for “condemning the deadly, racist attacks by the Israeli state.”
Speaking of the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which has escalated with deadly consequences in recent months, Hunter College protesters are said to have stated, “these aren’t ‘two sides’ – it’s occupier and occupied. Like ‘All Lives Matter’, talking about ‘two sides’ distracts from power inequality and structural injustice.’
A Jewish student who attended the lecture said the stunt “shocked” her and scared her to return to campus next fall for in-person classes.
“It gave me a stomachache,” the student said, adding that it was the most anti-Semitic display she’s ever seen in person.
While the protesters were reading their pro-Palestine manifesto, professors present in the Zoom room reportedly did nothing to interrupt them, and some even changed their name to “Free Palestine: Decolonize” and joined in the stacking. of contempt for Israel.
Adjunct professor Simone Gamble (pictured) reportedly participated in the stunt and changed her name on Zoom to ‘Free Palestine’
“They’re supposed to be the mediators in the discussion, not the ones fueling the fire,” the student told Fox.
According to the student, adjunct professor Simone Gamble changed her username to show her support for Palestine.
Zoom’s chat section soon filled with anti-Semitic comments, according to students who took part in the talk, with one participant reportedly writing, “The Holocaust has been used as a tool. The fear of anti-Semitism as the fear ‘this could happen again’ is used preventively to oppress and kill others.’
Jewish students who spoke to Fox said there was no room for them to speak out and counter the pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel arguments being voiced.
The Hunter College incident comes amid a spate of anti-Semitic attacks on Jewish-Americans in New York City and elsewhere in the US.
Last month, multiple hate crimes were reported in which Jewish people were verbally and physically assaulted on the streets of New York and California, and synagogues were targeted for vandalism.
Hunter College president Jennifer Raab stated less than a week after the lecture that the university “unequivocally” condemns anti-Semitic attacks
The Anti-Defamation League has reported a 70 percent increase in anti-Semitic incidents since the violence began in Israel.
In a statement posted to the university’s website on May 26, Hunter College president Jennifer Raab said the university “unequivocally condemns” anti-Semitic attacks and reiterated Hunter’s “strong commitment to fairness, justice and mutual respect.”
When asked to address the hijacked lecture, a spokesperson for the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College confirmed to Fox News that the class discussion was “moving in an unplanned direction as students take strong and sometimes heated opposing views.” and feelings about the recent conflict in the Middle East.’
According to the spokesperson, the chief instructor eventually asked for “mutual respect and empathy for all points of view.”
“While we respect the principle of an open and free exchange of ideas, we do not tolerate hate speech in any form,” the school said.
DailyMail.com contacted Professor Gamble on Thursday, but she was not immediately available for comment on her conduct during the lecture.
According to her LinkedIn page, Gamble has been a part-time adjunct professor at Hunter’s Silberman School of Social Work for the past 10 months.
She is also the founder of an organization called OAARS, which provides consultants to provide social justice training in the workplace.