Pro-Palestine activists left fake “eviction” notices under the doors of Jewish students living in an NYU dorm on Wednesday night. The flyers, delivered by the university’s Students for Justice in Palestine group, alleged that the Palladium Hall dorm would be demolished.
“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 notice read, according to Laura Adkins, an NYU student who reported the propaganda attack to the Times of Israel.
It then stated in all-caps: “THIS IS NOT A REAL EVICTION NOTICE.”
The pro-Palestinian group, which reportedly has financial ties to Hamas, said that the fake notices were replicas of the real ones left by the Israeli government in Palestinian homes.
“Being very straightforward, this made me feel targeted and unsafe in my own dorm room and I know others feel exactly the same as myself. I understand free speech rights but if this was targeted solely to Jewish students then this appears to be of a more threatening nature rather than informative,” one of the dorm’s Jewish residents told Adkins.
The fact that the Palladium residence was targeted worried school officials.
“It is unclear why the flyering took place in this particular dorm. We don’t believe there is perception of this dorm as having an a high percentage of Jewish students,” NYU spokesman John Beckman told the New York Post.
“However, were it to be the case that the flyering was done there because it was perceived be a dorm with a higher proportion of Jewish students, that would be troubling, dismaying and a matter of deep concern for our community.”
Beckman called the act “inconsistent with standards” expected in any university community.
“NYU encourages free speech and the free exchange of ideas, but our hope is that the discourse – including debate on controversial issues – will be conducted in a fashion that is mature and that is meant to elicit thoughtful discussion rather than simply provoke,” Beckman said.