NEW YORK (PIX11) – Gov. Kathy Hochul will be addressing New Yorkers Tuesday on hate crimes and speech as the war between Israel and Hamas continues to unfold.
Jewish students at Columbia University spoke out Monday, saying they don’t feel safe and claim there has been a rise in antisemitic hate crimes on campus. They called on the school to do more to support students who have dealt with antisemitic behavior and to enforce policies for hate speech.
A spokesperson from Columbia University told PIX11 News in a statement, “As President Shafik and the administration have consistently made clear, antisemitism or any other form of hate are antithetical to Columbia’s values and can lead to acts of harassment or violence. When this type of speech is unlawful or violates University rules, it will not be tolerated.”
The school previously told PIX11 News following a rally that the university will not tolerate any forms of hate speech and acts.
School officials said they have increased a public safety presence across campuses and are collaborating with a security firm for more support.