Columbia University will not allow non-campus Jews from gathering at the university while the Holocaust denier Ahmadinejad is speaking on Monday!
Holocaust denying dictators– YES.
(Poster via Doug Ross)
Protesting Jews– No.
This is the first time that a college campus has closed itself off from the Coalition for Jewish Concerns (AMCHA) during an event.
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Obviously, “Free Speech” is not for everyone!
OUTSIDE DEMONSTRATORS DENIED ACCESS TO COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY;
AMCHA THREATENS LEGAL ACTION
AMCHA – the Coalition for Jewish Concerns is planning a major counter – vigil of conscience at 115th and Broadway as Ahmadinejad speaks at Columbia University on Sept. 24th at 12:30pm.
AMCHA has also sent the attached letter to Columbia University president Lee Bollinger, protesting Columbia’s decision to close the campus to outside demonstrators.
As the AMCHA letter indicates, “This limitation on non-University affiliated persons is particularly inappropriate here where the speaker and his considerable entourage is not affiliated with Columbia University.”
Rabbi Avi Weiss, National President of AMCHA, indicated that “We’ve raised a voice against Palestinian disinvestment conferences at Ohio State, Duke, and Michigan amongst others.This is the first time a university campus has been closed off to us.”
Should the university not grant AMCHA the right to protest on campus, AMCHA, as the letter indicates, “will consider pursuing legal remedies.”
Columbia officials also ban students from enrolling in the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) at the campus.
UPDATE: Charles Johnson has a list of the anti-Ahmadinejad protests being held tomorrow.
UPDATE 2: Only days ago, Columbia University announced that it would deny the founder of the Minutemen Project Jim Gilchrist from speaking on campus in October.