'Being a Jew at NYU right now is scary': Students recall fear on campus as antisemitic sentiments rise

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Two New York Jewish college students detailed the fear they have felt with the rise of antisemitic sentiments on campus since Hamas' terror attack on Israel last month.

Bella Ingber and Yola Ashkenazie spoke to "America Reports" Thursday about antisemitic radicalism on campus amid the war in Gaza. On Oct. 7, Hamas launched a multi-pronged terror attack on Israeli army bases, civilian communities and a music festival that led to at least 1,400 deaths and 240 kidnappings in Israel.

While many in the international community were initially horrified by the events, soon after, many teachers and students in American schools nationwide started expressing support for Hamas and antagonizing Jewish students.

"Being a Jew at NYU right now is scary," Ingber, a student at the university, said. "We are seeing an uptick in anti-Israel protests that are turning antisemitic. There are signs that read ‘globalize the Intifada,’ which is a historical call for the extermination of Jews and call for violence against Jews."

Ingber added that Jewish people are hearing chants of "gas the Jews" and "Hitler was right," leaving students horrified.

"As the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, these statements being thrown around so carelessly and thoughtlessly are extremely harmful," she said.

"We are seeing a constant contextualization and justification of Hamas’ brutal terror attack at NYU. If this was any other minority group on any college campus or anywhere else in the world, everyone would be up in flames. There would be condemnation everywhere, and when it comes to Jews, the world is silent."

Ashkenazie, who attends Barnard College, which is partnered with Columbia University, noted that Barnard president Laura Rosenbury recently released a letter detailing security changes for the campus.

Co-anchor John Roberts read the letter, noting that there had been posters in the halls that "justify the deliberate murder of innocent civilians, employ racial slurs, espouse misinformation, and call for the elimination of entire groups of people" as students walk to class with "bowed heads" in fear of confrontation.... (Read more)