“The school year just started, and we already see an attempt to attack the Jewish state,” said Ilan Sinelnikov. “The anti-Zionist forces don’t take a break; neither do students equipped to fight back.”

(September 21, 2020 / JNS) Students at Columbia University in New York City are scheduled to vote this week on a referendum over whether the school should “divest its stocks, funds and endowment from companies that profit from or engage in the State of Israel’s acts towards Palestinians” that, according to the student group Columbia University Apartheid Divest (CUAD), “fall under the United Nations International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid.”

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In November, the Columbia College Student Council voted in favor of holding the referendum proposed by CUAD.

Ahead of the vote, the university’s weekly student newspaper, The Columbia Daily Spectator, issued a statement on Sunday over an advertisement placed in its ”Sunday Sports” newsletter on Sept. 20 by the school’s branch of Students Supporting Israel (SSI).

The statement was signed by the publication’s editor in chief, Karen Xia; managing editor Shubham Saharan; and Isabel Jauregui. Read more at JNS