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STEFANIK SHREDS SHAFIK! Columbia University Prez in the Hot Seat for Surge in Antisemitism on Campus [WATCH]

posted by Hannity Staff - 4.17.24

“You see the concern here with the lack of enforcement?”

House Conference Chair Elise Stefanik went after Columbia University President Nemat Shafik during a hearing on the Hill on Wednesday for allowing antisemitism to flourish on campus on her watch.

Teachers and students have expressed strong antisemitic views with little-to-no punishment from the Ivy League institution.

Stefanik accused Columbia’s leadership of refusing to “enforce their own policies and condemn Jewish hatred on campus, creating a breeding ground for antisemitism and a hotbed of support for terrorism from radicalized faculty and students.”

From The Daily Mail:

Stefanik, who led the line of questioning that stumped Harvard and Yale’s presidents in December, asked a series of pointed questions directed at Shafik.

She asked him about ‘disciplinary actions’ taken against Columbia professor Joseph Massad, who celebrated the Hamas attack on Israel calling it ‘awesome.’

Shafik said that he is still a professor at Columbia, but had a stern talking to.

Another professor, Mohamed Abdou, said that he was ‘with Hamas’ just days before his hiring.

‘He will never work at Columbia again,’ replied Shafik, without answering directly if he has been fired.

‘He is grading his students’ papers, and will never teach at Columbia again,’ she said.

‘Isn’t it a problem with the hiring process at Columbia by hiring someone after they make those statements?’ asked Stefanik.

The president said they would need to ‘toughen up’ the processes.

‘You see the concern here though, with the lack of enforcement. You see the concern that speaking to these professors is not enough. And it’s sending a message across the university that this is tolerated,’ replied Stefanik.

Watch the heated exchange above.

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