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Khymani James

Khymani James, a prominent figure in the ongoing “Gaza Solidarity Encampment” at Columbia University, has garnered national condemnation following the resurfacing of an Instagram video where he vehemently expressed incendiary sentiments, notably stating that “Zionists don’t deserve to live.”

In January, James was filmed sharing violent rhetoric against his Jewish peers. His statement, “Zionists don’t deserve to live,” along with the additional assertion, “Be grateful that I’m not just going out and murdering Zionists,” demonstrate a shocking level of hostility and violence. These comments were made in the context of a meeting with school officials over a social media post about fighting a Zionist, where James further expressed his intent not to fight to injure, but to kill. Despite being questioned about the problematic nature of his statements by a Columbia official during the meeting, James defiantly dismissed any concerns, emphasizing his comfort in calling for harm to others.

On April 17, an encampment known as the “Gaza Solidarity Encampment” was established by students at Columbia University. Videos from the event have surfaced, capturing Khymani James directing participants, stating, “We have Zionists who have entered the camp,” and instructing others to form a human chain to push them out. Under James’ leadership, disturbing incidents have unfolded, including the burning American and Israeli flags, chants of “Death to America” and “Israel,” targeted harassment of Jewish students urging them to “kill themselves,” campus-wide warnings advising Jewish students to leave campus for Passover due to safety concerns, and ultimately resulting in Columbia’s decision to continue virtual instruction until the end of the semester.

On Friday, April 26th, James was captured on video embracing former ‘Antisemite of the Week’ Congresswoman Ilhan Omar and her daughter, Isra Hirsi, who had been arrested earlier in the week for defying police and campus directives. Ultimately, the Congresswoman’s daughter faced suspension from Barnard College due to her antisemitic behavior.

Students like Khymani James, with their espousal of violent and antisemitic rhetoric, have no place in American education, particularly within the esteemed halls of Columbia University. His statements not only perpetuate hatred but also pose a significant threat to the safety and well-being of Jewish students on campus. Thankfully, as of Friday April 26, Khymani James has been banned from Columbia University.