Cornell law professor criticizes Northwestern deal with anti-Israel protesters

Critics say Northwestern University near Chicago has rewarded anti-Israel demonstrators by reaching an agreement between the two groups that is currently under scrutiny by Congress and a heavily criticized agreement. That’s what it means.

Rep. Virginia Foxx, RN.C., Chair House Education and Labor Committeesent a letter to Northwestern University leaders on Friday demanding answers about an agreement reached with anti-Israel agitators to end illegal encampments on campus.

Under the agreement, the university announced that it will cover the full tuition fees of five Palestinian students who attend the school during their undergraduate studies. The agreement also provides temporary space for the time being. [Middle East and North Africa] Build housing for MENA/Muslim students and community-building MENA/Muslim students as soon as possible, or after 2026.

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Students and residents camp outside Northwestern University during a pro-Palestinian protest in Evanston, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, holding banners to express solidarity with the Palestinians. (Jacek Bocharski/Anadolu via Getty Images)

“This basically amounts to rewarding the hostage takers,” said William A. Jacobson, a professor at Cornell University School of Law. He is also the president of the Legal Rebellion Foundation and founder of the Equal Protection Project, which filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Northwestern over the deal. . “Who the hostages were was property to which they had no rights.”

“Whether we should punish them for that or not, we shouldn’t reward them for that,” Jacobson told Fox News Digital. “Rewarding behavior that the university alleges violates its rules only encourages people to do it again.”

In his letter, Fox said the committee had launched an investigation into the university’s handling of anti-Semitism and failures to protect Jewish students. She is requesting that the school provide documents and communications related to the camp and anti-Semitic incidents that occurred at Northwestern after Oct. 7, among other materials.

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U.S. Representative Virginia Foxx (inset, RN.C., Chair of the House Education and Workforce Committee). A banner hangs from a fence outside Northwestern University during an anti-Israel protest. (Getty Images)

“I have grave concerns about Northwestern University’s continued failure to address anti-Semitism,” Fox wrote.

Northwestern University said in a statement to Fox News Digital that the university is “committed to combating anti-Semitism on campus and ensuring the safety of all Northwestern students. I look forward to discussing the actions taken by Western University with the House Education Committee.” Labor force. ”

Mr. Jacobson said he had not yet read Mr. Fox’s letter and could not comment. The agreement between Northwestern University and the protesters was reached earlier this week, prompting several members of the university’s advisory board to resign.

“It’s one thing to make concessions,” Jacobson said. “It’s very different to say, ‘We’re going to break the law as a concession to you, but we’re not going to discriminate against other students as a concession to you.'”

Northwestern University pro-Palestinian protests

Students and residents camp outside Northwestern University during an anti-Israel protest in Evanston, Illinois, near Chicago, on April 27. (Jacek Bocharski/Anadolu via Getty Images)

While Jewish groups have called for Schill’s resignation, Jacobson said the issue will not be resolved unless the school takes a firm stance against disruptive and illegal behavior. . Cornell University announced this week that its president, Martha E. Pollack, will step down on June 30 amid anti-Israel protests on its New York campus.


“Even if the president resigns or resigns, the fundamental problem doesn’t really change, and that is that there is a very toxic culture on some of these campuses, and some of that is against Israel and the Jewish people. “It’s directed towards,” Jacobson said. “And just changing a placeholder won’t change that toxic culture.”

At Cornell University, Jacobson called for the school’s DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) program to be abolished.

“For an entire campus to focus on race, which is a central element of society, one, is not going to improve society, and two, it’s just going to pit students against each other,” he said. “And that’s what we’ve seen.”

Fox News Digital’s Chris Pandolfo contributed to this report.