Columbia University Faces Second Recent Complaint Alleging Antisemitic Discrimination
Mon Dec 23 2019
An alumna of Columbia University in New York submitted a complaint to the US Education Department on Tuesday alleging a hostile environment for Jewish students — the second of its kind recently filed.
Jamie Kreitman said she received a master’s degree in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures from Columbia in 1980, but was deterred from pursuing a doctorate — despite being “recommended for further studies by a sympathetic professor” — due to a climate of antisemitism, specifically among faculty in the area of Middle East studies.
She lodged her complaint against Columbia’s Middle East Institute (MEI) with the Office for Civil Rights, which last week also received a separate complaint alleging discrimination against Jewish and Israeli students and faculty at Columbia. The complaint is not based on her personal experience at the school, “but as a Jewish alumna with the concern that the hostile environment toward Jewish students has intensified exponentially,” she wrote....