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Jewish, Pro-Israel Columbia University Professor Says He Was Blocked from Entering Main Campus: ‘This Is 1938’

A Jewish Columbia University professor who has been critical of the school’s response to widespread anti-Israel protests and planned a counter-demonstration said Monday, April 22, that he was blocked from entering the main campus.

Assistant business professor Shai Davidai, who was born in Israel and has called for Columbia leadership to resign as anti-Israel agitators wreak havoc on campus, said his keycard to enter the school’s main campus had been deactivated.

“I have, not just a civil right, a civil right as a Jewish person to be on campus. I have a right as a professor employed by the university to be on campus. They deactivated my card,” Davidai told demonstrators Monday.

The moment when Davidai realized his entry card was deactivated was captured on video that quickly spread on social media. “My card has been deactivated? Why? Wait, wait, wait, everybody, my card has been deactivated. This is Cas Holloway, the COO [Chief Operating Officer], this is [Vice President for Public Safety] Gerald Lewis. They were in the meeting when I asked them if Hamas is a terror organization, and they couldn’t say that it is a terrorist organization,” Davidai told the crowd as Holloway and Lewis looked on. (FN / VFI News)