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The University of the City of New York (CUNY) is supposedly downplaying accusations of anti-Semitism at Kingsborough Community College, which is part of the city's public university system.

This comes after an email leaked on February 21 to the CUNY Board of Trustees, President Claudia Schrader, seemed to blame the media for shedding light on anti-Semitism on campus

According to The Lawfare Project, a client Michael Goldstein, administrator and deputy professor at Kingsborough Community College (KCC), recently published an opinion piece in the New York Daily News about the severe anti-Semitism he has experienced on campus, and noted the failure. of his university administration to address the issue.

In the leaked email, Schrader told the Board of Trustees that the exciting news about how KCC got a prestigious recognition for narrowing capital gaps was "to a certain extent" followed by the streak of negative news that recently appeared in the press "

" The campus is also being besieged by a torrent of angry e-mails, which expresses outrage on the part of unknown and non-university people, "he wrote.

" As an unconditional supporter of the university, you undoubtedly share my concerns, "he emphasized in the email." In fact, it is unfortunate that our beloved university community has been subjected to a negative press that now has the potential to undermine the good reputation of the university. university and endangering the excellent work, carried out by many, to promote student success.

Schrader regrets that although he has no "authority" over the perspectives published in newspapers and other media, "rest assured that I am deeply committed to ensuring an environment of inclusion, diversity and respect on campus."

He added that investigations continue and "until these issues are resolved, we are taking all necessary measures to protect those who feel threatened and to protect the rights of the accused." Our focus remains on the education and welfare of our students

The Lawfare Project criticized Schrader's comments and said that instead of "responding with a strong public condemnation and taking action against harassment, the Kingsborough administrator opted to defame the press "for publishing the story of Goldstein.

What is worse, is that on February 25, in a university email addressed to the KCC community of the KCC president, "there was no explicit condemnation of the anti-Semitism experienced by Goldstein," the Project said in a statement. "Rather, the incidents were treated simply as 'allegations of anti-Semitism'"

"While electronic complaint investigations are ongoing, Michael Goldstein has not received any clarification on the status of his claims", they said. "The reaction of the administrator of CUNY underscores not only the abject failure of the university in the prevention of anti-Semitism, but also its refusal to accept anti-Semitism on its campus."

The Lawfare Project added that it would continue to defend the civil rights of Goldstein and asked the CUNY administration, "as well as the elected leaders of New York, to seriously investigate the anti-Semitism affecting their public campuses

. create a safer campus for all students and teachers, "he concluded.

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