A farce or a protest erupted at New York University this week, when about 7 dozen of NYU’s more than 20,000 students occupied the third floor of a building and made demands of the university. Several hundred supporters demonstrated outside of the Kimmel Center on Thursday, and some scuffled with NYU and New York City public safety officers. The protest is being led by TBNYU, or Take Back NYU, which has called for tuition freezes, budget transparency, greater rights for teaching assistants, pubic access to the main university library, and more respect for NYU employees. Ironically, while calling for more respect for NYU employees, the students injured two public safety employees, one of whom had to be taken to a local hospital for treatment.
So why do I post this on Jewlicious? Because the protest forced students to avoid the Kimmel’s highly trafficked cafeteria? Because two female protestors removed their blouses to get attention? No and No. Come on, you know whyâ€¦ , well, of course, this protest and melee also involves the Middle East. TBNYU, as part of its protest, is demanding that NYU provide 13 annual scholarships for Palestinian students, investigate all investments in genocide profiteers, as well as companies profiting from the occupation of Palestinian territories (they don’t mention if that is pre-1948), and that NYU donate all excess supplies and materials in an effort to rebuild the University of Gaza.