WHEN A BLINDING ECHO CHAMBER STIFLES DIVERSITY OF THOUGHT
JONATHAN HAROUNOFF, CALEB GALARAGA
Sat Oct 20 2018
The mere thought of voicing support for Israel, while still advocating for Palestinian rights, seems unfathomable for some here. The gross mistreatment of Ofir Dayan, a political science major and daughter of Consul General of Israel in New York Dani Dayan, is symptomatic of an environment that shies away from ideological diversity.
Dayan believes that the public safety official who stood by idly as she was being harassed, as well as the school’s inability to act on complaints filed by frightened pro-Israel students, helps advance the simplistic narrative that Israel is always the evil oppressor, and that Palestinians are the perennial victims, leaving little room for discussion or nuance.
The “We’ve Had Enough” rally, held last Thursday outside Columbia’s main gates, was a reaction to the university’s dismissal of complaints filed by pro-Israel students who had been “harassed and systematically silenced,” according to the event’s Facebook page....