Jewish students at New York University have been targeted by a pro-Palestinian group that reportedly slipped ‘eviction’ notices under the doors of several Jewish students in one of the university’s Greenwich Village residents halls last week.
‘If you do not vacate the premise by midnight on 25 April, 2014 we reserve the right to destroy all remaining belongings. We cannot be held responsible for property or persons remaining inside the premises,’ the fake eviction slips read.
The NYU student group Students for Justice in Palestine have taken credit for notices, which came with a disclaimer at the bottom stating, ‘this is not an eviction notice,’ and explaining that the notices were meant to draw attention to the group’s claim that the Israeli government issues similar eviction notices to Palestinians living in Israel.
The pro-Palestinian group targeted the NYU resident housing facility Palladium, on East 14th Street in Manhattan, because it is believed to house a lot of NYU’s Jewish students, the Times of Israel reports – according to the paper, the building even has elevators that operate without buttons for students acknowledging the Sabbath.
A spokesman for NYU says the prank crossed a line.
‘It is disappointingly inconsistent with standards we expect to prevail in a scholarly community,’ spokesman John Beckman told the New York Post. ‘Our Residence Life and Housing Office will be communicating with the students in the dorm, looking into the matter, and following up appropriately.’