NEW YORK (VINnews) — Last April, a complaint was filed by Adela Cojab,a 22-year-old senior at NYU, about anti-Semitism on campus. Her complaint mainly centered around a group called Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), an on-campus pro-Palestinian group. According to the complaint, Adela alleges that SJP has created a “hostile atmosphere” for Jewish students, and that NYU has allowed “extreme anti-Semitism” to thrive.
Initially, the NYU administration declined to take any steps against the hostile organization. “It was breaking my heart and I immediately went to the administration from the very time SJP put Zionism in the same equivalent as Nazism,” Adela told Fox News. “I told the administration that SJP was creating an unsafe environment where students felt they were being threatened and targeted. The administration essentially told me that they were supportive of the Jewish community, but no concrete actions would be taken against SJP.”
But after filing a formal compalint with the US Department of Education, it appears that Adela’s efforst were worthwile. The Department of Education has sent a letter to Adela’s attorneys, stating their intention to investigate “whether, as a result of incidents that occurred at the university, a hostile environment existed for Jewish students on the university campus and, if so, whether the University responded appropriately.”
Adela was the president of an Israel advocacy group at NYU, as well as a representative for Jewish students in student government. She graduated in May, but filed the complaint with the Department of Education one month before garduating.
“The reason why I filed this complaint is so that no student has to go through what I went through,” Adela said.