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NY House GOP Lawmakers Call For Resignation Of Columbia President Minouche Shafik

Columbia University President Nemat “Minoush” Shafik testifies before the House Education and Labor Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on April 17, 2024 in Washington, DC. The committee held a hearing on “Columbia in Crisis: Columbia University’s Response to Anti-Semitism.” (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

OAN’s James Myers
1:45 PM – Monday, April 22, 2024

On Monday, New York House Republicans called on Columbia University President Minoush Shafiq to resign after anti-Israel protests erupted across university campuses.

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The call was led by Rep. Elise Stefanik (RN.Y.), who said the school was ruled by “anarchy” and Shafik was failing to provide a safe learning environment for students.

The attempt to oust the university president came after days of protests calling for an end to the Israel-Hamas war. Protesters daily appeal to Congress to stop sending military aid to Israel.

On Friday, more than 100 protesters were arrested following Mr. Shafiq’s order to clear the campus, but the anti-Israel protests have only grown and are now being witnessed on other university campuses across the country.

“The situation currently occurring on campus is a direct product of your policies and poor decisions,” the letter reads. “Based on these recent events and your testimony before Congress, we have no confidence in your leadership of this once respected organization.”

“The ongoing situation is a direct sign of lax policy enforcement and clear double standards.” “Corruption is systemic, but the responsibility for it rests squarely on your shoulders. It is time for Columbia University to turn the page on this shameful chapter. This will restore order and ensure that you promptly resign.” This is only possible by doing so.”

Meanwhile, Shafiq said in a statement Monday that Columbia University needs to “reset” and “address safety concerns” from students “across our diverse communities” and implored undergraduates to go home. did.

Columbia University reportedly moved classes to an online platform starting Monday, hours before the start of the Jewish holiday of Passover.

Additionally, Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman, who is Jewish, said the president’s decision to hold classes remotely on Monday was “waving a white flag” because the school had no Jewish students. He argued that this was an “admission” that he was unable to protect the United States.

“It’s waving the white flag. She’s lost all courage. She’s lost her moral compass,” he added. “At this point, we are concerned about sending students to Columbia, let alone Jewish students.

“They’ve made the rise of anti-Semitism even worse. Professors are overwhelmingly liberal, woke, anti-American people.”

In addition, university leaders plan to hold talks with student protesters and faculty in the coming days to stop tensions on campus.

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