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NYU Latest Site of Anti-Israel Mock Eviction Notices

The NYU Students for Justice in Palestine admitted they distributed their propaganda by shoving the leaflets under the doors of students in the dark of night. That action has been recognized by no less than the U.S. Supreme Court as unprotected activity.
Mock Eviction Notice shoved under the doors of students' rooms in predominantly Jewish NYU dorm by NYU SJP.

Mock Eviction Notice shoved under the doors of students' rooms in predominantly Jewish NYU dorm by NYU SJP.
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The latest distribution of mock eviction notices being distributed in the dorm rooms of students – primarily Jewish – in order to inflict upon those American students what they claim are the “horrors of life” for Palestinian Arabs took place at New York University on Wednesday evening, April 23.

The mock eviction notices were distributed in Palladium Hall, a dorm at NYU which most students acknowledge is known for having a heavy representation of Jewish students.

These notices misrepresent reality and are a cowardly method of harassment. It allows anti-Israel students and their leadership both to make themselves feel as if they are actually doing something constructive and also to make life unpleasant for Jewish students. It has happened at enough campuses -  half a dozen others already this year alone – that one would expect university leadership would be fully prepared to respond quickly and effectively.

But if you were expecting that, you’d be wrong.

NYU students at Palladium Hall woke up early on Thursday morning and found the mock eviction notices in their rooms.

A current NYU student, Laura Adkins, wrote about the matter in a blog at the Times of Israel. Variations of the story appeared throughout the day, including at the influential legal blog, Legal Insurrection.

The Jewish Press reached an NYU spokesperson mid-afternoon on Thursday and was told the school was still “investigating and preparing a statement.”

WERE JEWS BEING TARGETED BY THE LEAFLETS?

When the school finally released its official statement late in the day, the school insisted that it did not believe that Palladium Hall was targeted because it has a disproportionately large number of Jewish students (the presence of a Sabbath elevator in the building was explained by a stairway issue and security concerns).

It is unclear why the flyering took place in this particular dorm; we don’t believe there is perception of this dorm as having an a high percentage of Jewish students (the presence of a Sabbath elevator is the result of a stairway that empties to the street and cannot be entered through the lobby behind the security desk, not because of a disproportionate presence of Jewish students in the building).  However, were it to be the case that the flyering was done there because it was perceived be a dorm with a higher proportion of Jewish students, that would be troubling, dismaying  and a matter of deep concern for our community.

The notice was sent out under the name of John Beckman, who is NYU’s vice president for public affairs. The person with whom we spoke in the Public Affairs office, Philip Lentz, is the director for public affairs.

Lentz insisted that the research done by NYU revealed that Palladium is not known as a dorm known as having a large Jewish population. Students and hard evidence prove otherwise.

While NYU went to some length to explain away the existence of a Shabbat elevator in Palladium, a simple visit to the building would have revealed that it is there to serve the Jewish population in the building.

Plaque on the wall next to the Sabbath Elevator in Palladium Hall, an NYU dorm.

Plaque on the wall next to the Sabbath Elevator in Palladium Hall, an NYU dorm.

Adkins, an economics major from Springfield, Missouri who is the vice president of TorchPac, NYU’s pro-Israel advocacy organization, said that as long as she has been on campus Palladium has had, and is known as having “a large Jewish population,” even for NYU, which itself has a large Jewish population. It is listed as number one in the “Top 30 Private Universities by Jewish Population,” according to a 2013 Hillel survey. NYU’s Lentz was adamant that the school does not keep information about student housing location by ethnicity, which is good, but ignoring the facts on the ground is hard to understand.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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18 Responses to “NYU Latest Site of Anti-Israel Mock Eviction Notices”

  1. This is a horror. Those students responsible for this action should be routed out and expelled from NYU. How dare they. It is an outrage.

  2. What kind of sick people do this!

  3. Lee Friedman says:

    These are hate crimes that must not be tolerated in any way. Let;s see how the “authorities” respond.

  4. this make me mad! this is terroristic.

  5. I have family at NYU, and I am deeply offended by this blatant act of antisemetism!

  6. those arabs should be evicted .

  7. The West Bank is on land Jews have lived on for thousands, yes thousands of years. It’s the Arabs occupying us and it’s about time Israel did something about it! And Peace is not/was not and I highly doubt will EVER be an option!

  8. I’m from a mixed family. I’m a Jew and have Muslim and Christian family, too. I do not hate any man, infact it’s a famous Albanian quote that Jews and Muslims are cousins, but the fact is Jews have been in Israel for 3000 years. you can kick us out, but we will always return to our fatherland. i could care less what Muslims live in Israel, if they are willing and able to live peacefully with Jews and even Christians. I am sure most Jews agree, but the fact is… antisemitism is on the rise. Terrorist organizations are protected and Israeli Jews and all Jews are the new face of evil…. well..not New… i.e. Spanish inquisition, or (our reasons for observing Chanukah and Purim..), Holocaust… the recent resurgence of antisemitism in Europe. it will never end, but We are strong! We bow to no man! We will persevere!

  9. Judy Pimlott says:

    islam is evil to the core.It is a political movement and a cult who’s goal is death and destruction.

  10. Waffen Ss was in Bosnia not Albania and was comprised of Bosnians, Croats, Albanians etc. Wikipedia is not an accurate search engine. What is your point anyway? The Albanian flowing through my veins was a direct result of Albanian heroism in helping save Jews..

  11. And I am a history /political science major in school and I live for my family history. I’m well educated on the facts. There were even Bosnians that saved Jews from camps by claiming the people that the Nazis were going to take had highly contagious disease and they were able to escape.

  12. I am assuming your point is that Muslim and Jewish people have to be enemies, but my mixed family proves that stereotype wrong

  13. P.s. The waffen was just a military alliance. They fought in battles…they didn’t kill children, rape women or gas/burn people. Bosnian’s Ss mountain was an alliance out of self preservation, so as not to have Hitler as an enemy. They were not a bunch of hate mongering psychopaths like the Croat’s who were eager to set up death camps and exterminated Jews, Serbs, Gypsies and any Nazi resistance with pleasure

  14. We as Jews, have always been oppressed, will always be oppressed and we must simply rise above it.

  15. NYU, you should be ashamed

  16. Judith Dowla says:

    Psalm 2:8-9. ''I will give him authority over the nations; he will rule them with a staff of iron and dash them to pieces like pottery.'' Ruach HaKodesh. If the perpetrators do no repent, ADONAI will take care of it.

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