NEW YORK (PIX11) — Students at NYU were fearful they were going to be evicted from their dorms this week after mock notices were placed at their doors by a pro-Palestinian student group.
In bold letters, the notice reads “Eviction Notice” and is followed by this italicized statement:
“If you do not vacate the premise by midnight on 25 April 2014 we reserve the right to destroy all remaining belongings. We cannot be held responsible for property or persons remaining inside the premises. Charges for demolition will be applied to your student accounts.”
The New York University Students for Justice in Palestine took responsibility for phony fliers.
“Eviction notices are routinely given to Palestinian families living under Israeli occupation for no other reason than their ethnicity,” the notice read.
Kumars Salehi, a member of the student group, said his organization chose Palladium and Lafayette halls because they are the university’s two largest dorms, adding that the fliers were not meant to target specific groups of students.
A spokesperson for the Anti-Defamation League they were contacted by scared students.
“We were very disturbed by the fliers,” said Etzion Neuer, the Anti-Defamation League’s deputy regional director.
In a statement, the university said it “encourages free speech and the exchange of ideas.”
“But our hope is that the discourse — including debate on controversial issues — will be conducted maturely and in a way meant to elicit thoughtful discussion rather than simply provoke,” the school said.