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NEW YORK – The president of New York University said he did not support a prize given by the college to the pro-Palestinian group Students for Justice in Palestine.
Andrew Hamilton made his comments in an opinion piece on Monday Wall Street Journal written in response to an article claiming that the university was tolerant of anti-Semitism.
"If it were up to me, the SJP would not have received the award – not because of its policy or NYU's opposition to its pro-boycott, divestment, and sanctions positions, but because SJP's behavior has been divisive," Hamilton wrote.
SJP chapters throughout the country promote the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement against Israel on college campuses. The Anti-Defamation League says that the chapters "regularly demonize Jewish students who identify themselves as Zionists or proud supporters of the State of Israel."
The University of New York (NYU) was criticized earlier this month after the university gave the group a Presidential Service award. The awards "are offered to students or student organizations that have had an extraordinary and positive impact on the university community."
Hamilton said the award is given to 150 clubs and individuals every year, recipients are "chosen by a committee of volunteer staff and a student" and he had no contribution on the recipients.
The university president, who denounced calls by students and groups for boycotting Israel, also wrote that the college "has compiled a long and strong record of support for the Jewish community, a record that surely must count for more than a single student award. "
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