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Fatima Mohammed speaking at the CUNY Law school commencement ceremony.

Antisemitism on Display at CUNY Law Graduation

By now you may have seen the video of the City University of New York Law School commencement speech by graduate Fatima Mousa Mohammed, whose anti-American and anti-Israel remarks sparked outrage. Fox News reported:

"I want to celebrate CUNY Law as one of the few, if not the only law school to make a public statement defending the rights of its students to organize and speak out against Israeli settler colonialism," Mohammed said from the podium.


"That this is the law school that passed and endorsed BDS on a student and faculty level recognizing that…as Israel continues to indiscriminately rain bullets and bombs on worshipers, murdering the old, the young, attacking even funerals and graveyards, as it encourages lynch mobs to target Palestinian homes and businesses as it imprisons its children…that our silence is no longer acceptable," she said.

In an opinion piece at the New York Post, former Congressman Lee Zeldin, a member of the RJC Board of Directors, criticizes New York Governor Kathy Hochul for her silence about the hate-filled speech at CUNY, which is a state-funded university. He writes:

Leadership as New York’s governor is about passionately speaking out in moments like these, harnessing all your voice and power to condemn the cancer of antisemitism being unleashed throughout taxpayer-funded CUNY, and taking action to crush this hate that has left too many Jewish students and faculty feeling unwelcome and searching for the exits.


…This isn’t unchartered territory for CUNY. In fact, this is the second year in a row CUNY Law has allowed a commencement speaker to terrorize the audience with rabid hate, lies and demagoguery, leaving Jewish attendees and others infuriated with good reason.


…When Hochul’s play call is to look the other way, it further signals that it’s open season on Jews at CUNY.


The bottom line is this: The administration and culture at CUNY need to be overhauled. Until that happens, taxpayer funding must be immediately suspended.

In a thread on Twitter this week, former US Ambassador to Israel and RJC Board of Directors member David M. Friedman comments:

Read through the entire Biden Administration 60 page grand strategy on fighting antisemitism and you will note that disgusting speeches like this — which predictably inflame hate-filled passions against Jews — are not seriously addressed (if at all).

RJC in the News

RJC supports Fiscal Responsibility Act
RJC National Chairman Senator Norm Coleman and CEO Matt Brooks put out a statement this week supporting the efforts of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and his leadership team to put the brakes on the Democrats out-of-control spending. They said: "While not a perfect bill, the Fiscal Responsibility Act critically avoids a default on the national debt while securing historic reforms: forcing the US government to reduce spending year-over-year for the first time in over a decade, instituting new work requirements for welfare programs, cutting funding for Biden’s IRS army, and spurring domestic energy production by reforming the permitting process. And despite the Democrats’ best efforts, the Fiscal Responsibility Act includes no tax increases whatsoever"

Biden ‘blew it’
The RJC’s statement on the Biden administration’s "strategy to combat antisemitism" was quoted by many news outlets, including the New York Post, the Jewish Insider, the Jerusalem Post, and the Forward.

'Not good enough,' says RJC’s Brooks of Kennedy Jr explanation of tweet supporting Roger Waters
Robert F. Kennedy Jr, the nephew of former US President John F. Kennedy and a Democratic candidate for president in 2024, got into some trouble on Twitter this week for praising antisemite Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame. RJC CEO Matt Brooks called him out for it.

Short Takes

Biden’s antisemitism plan should take a leaf out of George Washington’s book

JPC Senior Director Shoshana Bryen compares Washington’s simple, principled, and direct defense of Jewish citizens’ rights in the United States with the Biden administration’s bureaucratic and divisive "strategy to counter antisemitism."

Russia pulled out of its nuclear transparency pact with the US; Biden administration still shares sensitive data

Adam Kredo reports: "The Biden administration has resumed the public disclosure of sensitive nuclear data as part of a treaty with Russia that Moscow pulled out of months ago, providing the country with critical information about America's offensive capabilities at a time when Russian president Vladimir Putin is threatening to launch an atomic war in Europe."

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