“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 from the group Students for Justice in Palestine.


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 Students Supporting Israel left an event on campus.


“They started screaming their slogans with a microphone to intimidate us," Ofir said. “They were really angry and it was scary. I believed it would escalate to physical violence.”


In January, she and SSI filed a complaint about the incident to the Student Governing Board, which directed them to the student-run adjudication board.


But when the SSI student president met with a school administrator who advises the board, he was told the complaint was not eligible because it was from the previous semester and "it was too complicated for the student-run board to handle."


The complaint was dismissed in March, and this summer a school administrator reportedly told SSI that Columbia can't do anything about the harassment by SJP if there is no proof of anti-semitism.


“The school stands by as I’m harassed,” Ofir said.


Ofir said hostility towards her has intensified since February, when her father gave a speech on campus.


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 "a group of folks, Students Supporting Israel, feeling terrified at the lack of power they wage on campus."

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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