Israeli Student Attacked on US Campus

( – Extremists are taking over campuses around the country, as a disturbing incident unfolded at Columbia University’s School of General Studies when a 19-year-old female suspect allegedly assaulted a 24-year-old Israeli student.

The altercation began when the victim and a friend were putting up posters featuring Israeli hostages held by Hamas. The assailant initially asked to join their efforts but soon tore down the signs, unleashed obscenities, and resorted to violence when confronted.

Maxwell Friedman, the 19-year-old assailant, was arrested and charged with one count of assault. The victim sustained minor injuries, including a broken finger and laceration, and requested anonymity, a Columbia University student publication. reported

According to the NYPD, the altercation turned physical when the assailant struck the victim’s hand with a wooden stick. The victim declined medical attention at the scene but expressed concerns about returning to campus in light of planned protests by pro-Palestinian groups, urging caution among Jewish and Israeli students.

The victim stated, “This is because me being an Israeli these days. Not me because being myself. It is because me being an Israeli who is under a certain kind of threat.”

In the backdrop of this incident, the death toll from Hamas attacks continues to rise, with at least 1,200 Israelis killed after terrorists breached the Israel-Gaza border. Secretary of State Antony Blinken confirmed that the American death toll from these attacks has reached 27.

Columbia University’s School of General Studies has not commented on the incident at the time of publication.

Amid concerns about the safety and well-being of Jewish college students, a group of 44 House Republicans penned a letter to Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona. The letter calls on the federal agency to protect Jewish students, particularly in light of the “national day of resistance” planned by the national leadership of Students for Justice in Palestine. The Republicans argue that these demonstrations could create a hostile environment for Jewish students and lead to harassment.

Notably, some student groups at various colleges and universities have justified Hamas terrorism as a response to Israeli actions. However, according to reports, at least eight of the original 34 Harvard student groups that initially signed a statement blaming the Israeli regime for ongoing violence have since retracted their endorsements. This evolving stance reflects the complex and divisive nature of discussions surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on college campuses.