Columbia University's administration has shut down a pro-Palestinian Arab student group's planned discussion that aimed to justify Hamas' October 7 massacre of Israeli civilians, Fox News Digital reported on Monday.
A group that calls themselves the "Columbia Social Workers 4 Palestine" was advertising an event to discuss the "Significance of the October 7th Palestinian Counteroffensive."
What would have been the group’s second so-called "teach-in and discussion" had been advertised to be taking place in a room of the Columbia School of Social Work on Wednesday between 12:00 p.m. and 1:50 p.m., according to a flier that circulated on social media.
The group, which shared the flier on X, said that the discussion would have centered on “the significance of the Palestinian counteroffensive on October 7th and the centrality of revolutionary violence to anti-imperialism.”
"In advocating for Palestinian liberation, Palestinians have engaged in nonviolent resistance tactics for years. These peaceful actions have been met with tear gas and armed opposition by the Israeli government," it claimed.
Now, however, it appears the event will not be going on as planned, at least not at its original location.
"We learned late last night of a flier and accompanying text being circulated about a December 6th event at the Columbia School of Social Work (CSSW). This is not a CSSW-sponsored event," Melissa Begg, the dean of Columbia School of Social Work, said in a statement to Fox News Digital on Monday.
"The students who organized the event did not seek approval for the fliers and text as required by CSSW processes. CSSW supports free speech but does not condone language that promotes violence in any manner, which is antithetical to our values. This event will not go forward at CSSW," Begg added.
Columbia University announced last month it was suspending the pro-Palestinian Arab groups Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace through the end of the fall term, cutting off the groups’ University funding and eligibility to hold on-campus events.
Jewish groups have pressured universities to withdraw funding for SJP in the wake of Hamas’ October 7 attack on Israel, when the group described the attack as “a historic win for Palestinian resistance.”
Antisemitism has been on the rise in campuses across the US since the Hamas attack.
Last month, a 21-year-old student was charged with assault after he punched one person and slammed the thumb of another during a pro-Israel demonstration at New York University’s main library.
At Cornell University, a professor said he was “exhilarated” by Hamas’ attack on Israel, and declared that “Hamas has challenged the monopoly of violence”. The professor, Russell Rickford, later apologized.
Also at Cornell, a student was criminally charged after allegedly making threats of a mass shooting and antisemitic violence.
In another incident, Jewish students at Cooper Union College in New York City were forced to lock themselves inside the library as a mob of anti-Israeli protesters blocked the doors.
About 40 minutes later, security escorted the students out of the building via a tunnel.