A Jewish student at Columbia University is reportedly suing the school over what she says was an “explosion” of anti-Semitism since the October 7 terrorist attack on Israel.

Mackenzie Forrest, a 23-year-old graduate student, filed the lawsuit against the Ivy League institution alleging that she faced discrimination because she is an Orthodox Jew and Sabbath-observant, Bloomberg News reported. Forrest said protests calling for the genocide of Jews and anti-Semitic manifestos at the School of Social Work where she studied created a “virulently hostile” environment after Hamas’ attack on the Jewish state.

Forrest said his rights under Title VI of the United States Civil Rights Act of 1964 were compromised, alleging that the school “violated federal and state anti-discrimination laws that prohibit discrimination and retaliation against Jewish persons” and failed to enforce its own rules of conduct to prevent “anti-Jewish harassment, threats, intimidation and hostile environments,” the Columbia Spectator reported.

“Columbia University failed Mackenzie and decided to launch a retaliation campaign instead of protecting her from Jew-hatred,” said Brooke Goldstein, founder and executive director of the Lawfare Project. “If the university had provided him with the appropriate accommodations to which he is legally entitled, we would not be in this situation. Columbia, like every other college and university, must protect the civil rights of its students and provide them with safe learning environments free from discrimination “

Columbia University Protest

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators protest in front of Columbia University on February 2, 2024 in New York City. (Eduardo Muñoz Álvarez/VIEWpress)

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The move came the same day Columbia was added to a U.S. House Committee investigation into campus anti-Semitism. On Monday, the committee sent a letter to Columbia and its administrators requesting documents and information about several incidents that they believe show the school failed to protect its Jewish students in the week and months after the October attack, which left at least 1,200 Israelis killed and led to the capture of more than 250 hostages.

Events in Israel and Gaza “sparked an explosion of anti-Semitism on Columbia’s campus, making it, at least temporarily, unsafe for Jewish students,” the complaint said, according to the Bloomberg report. “Columbia became a ‘war zone’ for (Mackenzie) simply because she is Jewish.”

As a result of the campus environment, Forrest asked to continue her graduate program remotely, but the school “did not consider her concerns for her personal safety worthy of accommodation” and instead told her she risked failing the portion of placement in the program field. .

Pro-Israel protesters attend counterprotest at Columbia University

Pro-Israel protesters attend a counterprotest at Columbia University in New York City, New York, on Thursday, October 12, 2023. Facing demonstrations by pro-Palestinian and pro-Israel student groups were organized on campus amid calls for global protests. about the current war between Israel and Hamas. (Julia Bonavita/Fox News Digital)

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Additionally, Forrest’s academic advisor allegedly told her that she was “the only person who felt unsafe” and that it was an “unreasonable request,” the Columbia Spectator reported. As a result, he was not allowed to attend classes via Zoom “even though (CSSW) had previously allowed other students to attend certain online classes” and “allowed all students to attend online classes on 6 December 2023, the day of a scheduled date.” ‘teaching’ in support of Hamas,” the complaint said.

Additionally, before accepting her position in the program, Forrest told Professor André Ivanoff, director of her graduate program, that she observes Saturday but planned to do what is “required to be successful in the DBT program.”

“That’s a problem,” Ivanoff responded, according to the lawsuit. “Well, it’s not a problem, it’s an issue,” Ivanoff allegedly said afterward.

Pro-Palestinian protesters attend protest at Columbia University

Pro-Palestinian protesters attend a protest at Columbia University in New York City, New York, on Thursday, October 12, 2023. Dueling demonstrations by pro-Palestinian and pro-Israel student groups were organized on campus amid calls for global protests in relation to the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas. (Julia Bonavita/Fox News Digital)

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Ultimately, Forrest withdrew from the program on December 14, but “until the end, CSSW administrators attempted to characterize Macky’s withdrawal from the DBT program as his choice, even though in reality it was quite the opposite,” the lawsuit states.

Students at Harvard University, New York University, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California at Berkeley have also filed lawsuits similar to Forrest’s.

Columbia University declined to comment to Fox News Digital.

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