“The school stands by as I’m harassed.”
The daughter of
Israeli Consul General in New York Dani Dayan says she is being harassed at Columbia University and fears for her safety.
Ofir Dayan, 24, told New York Post last week that the university has failed to protect her
The political science student, who served in the Israel Defense Forces, said the harassment began last Fall when she was having a phone conversation in Hebrew.
“A girl heard me and started screaming, ‘Stop killing Muslim babies! You’re a murderer!’” Ofir recalled. “Then she screamed, ‘Zionist, get out!’"
"A nearby public-safety administrator did nothing," she added.
Ofir allegedly faced more intimidation from SJP members in October 2017 after she and four members of
“They started screaming their slogans with a microphone to intimidate us," Ofir said.
In January, she and SSI filed a complaint about the incident
“The school stands by as I’m harassed,” Ofir said.
Ofir said hostility towards her has intensified since February,
Her claims come amid concern that American universities are becoming increasingly biased against Israel.
In a lengthy Twitter thread, SJP dismissed the Post's story as "
The fourth most interesting and least researched story on this page of the New York Post is about a group of folks, Students Supporting Israel, feeling terrified at the lack of power they wage on campus. pic.twitter.com/8vR6HO8dQ5— Columbia SJP (@ColumbiaSJP) September 30, 2018
In recent years, a growing number of young Jews have complained about a spreading anti-Zionist bias spreading across American colleges, which are generally seen as left-leaning.
Anti-Zionist groups, like the SJP, insist that they are not anti-Semitic, but only oppose the military and political activities of the State of Israel, which they view as an imperialistic project that should be held accountable for the oppression of the currently-stateless Palestinian people.
But critics insist that this distinction doesn't hold up to scrutiny, and in reality groups like the SJP and the "Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions" movement follow an agenda that is more ethnocentric than it is political.
Germania is a staff writer at Pluralist.
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