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Cooper Union College in New York City, Dec. 8 2010

Jewish students at Cooper Union College in New York City found themselves targeted Wednesday by an aggressive, hate-filled mob of fellow students rallying to support Hamas terrorists who massacred more than a thousand innocent Israeli men, women, children and babies on October 7 in southern Israel.

The antisemitic mob trapped the Jewish students in a library at the school, a private college at Cooper Square in the city.


“My sister is currently locked in the school library as a pro-Hamas rally outside of the Cooper Union Building learnt (sic) the Jews were afraid and sitting in the library, then brought the protest inside and are barricading all exits,” one of the Jewish students’ relatives in a fear-filled social media post.

“Police have been called for 40 minutes and are afraid to get involved. Security locked the students in as they are worried they cannot protect the Jews right now … My sister is actually in danger.”

The post was updated shortly after, saying police had “just escorted them in an underground evacuation route. Guess we have those, too.”

The hate-fest came as part of the rising wave of antisemitism that appears to be swallowing many top colleges and universities across the United States, and flooding New York, which has the highest population of Jews outside the State of Israel.

Also on Wednesday, antisemites spray-painted a message of hate in large red letters on the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. The graffiti, “ISRAEL IS FASCIST” was spray painted on the sidewalk outside The Cornell Store.

One week after the start of the Hamas war against Israel, an antisemitic hater allegedly attacked a 29-year-old Jewish woman inside the 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue Station, punching her in the face.

Christopher D’Aguiar, 28, was arrested this past Tuesday and charged with a hate crime in connection with the October 14 attack, according to the NYPD. D’Aguiar allegedly told his victim he slugged her because “you are Jewish,” police said.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.