The trouble with Columbia

Columbia University presents an extreme case of the rot infesting our major institutions — elite organs of higher education, corporate America, the mainstream media, the entertainment business, the legal profession, the teachers’ unions, and so on. We can learn from Columbia’s extremity. It highlights elements of the phenomenon that otherwise remain beyond our view.

The rot at Columbia runs through the students, the administration, and the faculty of the university. Yesterday a group of Columbia professors held a rally Monday to express solidarity with the pro-Hamas/anti-Semitic students suspended for holding unauthorized protests on campus and to lambaste university president Minouche Shafik for cracking down on them. They called for Shafik’s resignation. In an ideal world, they would all resign and the students would be expelled.

The Washington Free Beacon’s Jessica Costescu was on the scene to cover the professors’ rally. She reports on it here. The Beacon also compiled the video below to accompany Costescu’s story. As usual: “Columbia did not respond to a request for comment.”

The New York Post makes the fallout from Columbia President Minouche Shafik’s continuing nonfeasance the subject of its cover story (cover below). The victims of Shafik’s nonfeasance aren’t happy with her either.

In today’s Wall Street Journal MEMRI executive director Steven Stalinsky looks at “Who’s Behind the Anti_Israe Protests.” He gets around to Columbia toward the bottom of his column:

On March 25, the Columbia University Apartheid Divest student group hosted an event called “Resistance 101” on campus. It featured leaders of the PFLP-affiliated Samidoun, Within Our Lifetime and other extremist organizations. At the event, former PFLP official Khaled Barakat referred to his “friends and brothers in Hamas, Islamic Jihad [and] the PFLP in Gaza,” saying that particularly after Oct. 7, “when they see students organizing outside Palestine, they really feel that they are being backed as a resistance and they’re being supported.” On March 30 on Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV, Mr. Barakat said “the vast majority” of young Americans and Canadians now “support armed resistance” because of “the introduction of colonialism, racism, and slavery studies into history curricula.”

Stalinsky concludes on a portentous note:

The collaboration between senior terrorists and their growing list of friends in the U.S. and the West has real-world consequences. These groups are designated terrorist for a reason. They don’t plan marches and rallies—they carry out terrorist attacks. And when the U.S. and Western activists, including college students, see that their marches and protests aren’t achieving their goals, they may consider their next steps—which will be influenced by the company they have been keeping.

Whole thing here (behind the Journal’s paywall).

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