NEW YORK – Three Jewish students are taking legal action against New York University (NYU) over alleged incidents of antisemitism at the university’s lower Manhattan campus.
According to CNN report, the law firm Kasowitz Benson Torres, representing the students, accused NYU of violating the civil rights of the three individuals.
They claim that these students faced consistent acts of antisemitic hatred, discrimination, harassment, and intimidation during their time at NYU.
Filed in the Southern District Court of New York, the lawsuit alleges that the university has shown deliberate indifference toward hostilities impacting Jewish students while safeguarding the rights of other minority groups, violating the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
The situation allegedly escalated after Hamas terrorists attacked Israeli citizens, leading to a conflict in the Gaza Strip where Hamas operates.
The plaintiffs, Bella Ingber, Sabrina Maslavi, and Saul Tawil, reported enduring persistent harassment at school, including chants like “Hitler was right” and “gas the Jews.”
The lawsuit contends that these students have not only been denied the ability to participate fully in NYU’s programs but also faced severe emotional and physical risks.
The legal action singles out NYU’s president, Linda Mills, accusing her of disregarding concerns raised by students who feel targeted by hate speech and “gaslighting” their fears.
The plaintiffs are seeking court orders requiring NYU to take action against responsible employees and students, including termination and suspension, and demanding compensation for damages.
NYU has firmly refuted the accusations, asserting its commitment to combating antisemitism despite the allegations made by the students.