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Jewish Students Told to ‘Go Back to Poland, Germany’ at Queens College

Pro-Israel demonstrators were subjected to antisemitic abuse during a rally at Queens College on Monday.

During the pro-Israel rally, Jewish demonstrators were confronted by anti-Israel counter-protestors, one of whom shouted that Jews should “go back to Poland, go back to Germany.” He also cursed at the Jewish students.

A video of the incident was posted to X (formerly Twitter) by the StopAntisemitism organization.

The counter-protestors also grabbed Israeli flags from demonstrators and stomped on them.

Assemblyman Sam Berger, who represents the area of Flushing where the campus demonstration was held, said that he had received multiple complaints from Jewish students and parents of continued antisemitic harassment at Queens College, the New York Post reported.

“Tensions have been high on campus for several weeks. The Muslim Student Association is making antisemitic posts. They’re using the Queens College name to spread hate and there are no repercussions,” Berger said.

“I have grandparents who are Holocaust survivors. To hear someone say, ‘Go back to Poland, go back to Germany’ is terrifying,” he said. “We’re from disagreement to hate speech. That has to stop. I hope we can de-escalate the tension. I don’t want to see anyone get hurt.”