Lawfare Project, World Jewish Congress urge Stanford to effectively address threat of violence against Jewish students
Last week, an incoming Residential Assistant and former student government member at Stanford University, Hamzeh Daoud, wrote that he would "physically fight Zionists on campus next year […] after I abolish your ass I’ll go ahead and work every day for the rest of my life to abolish [Israel]."
Zionism is a longstanding and sincerely held religious belief central to the Jewish religion. Hamzeh Daoud holds a position of power over his peers as an incoming Residential Assistant and former student government member, and he has expressed his real desire to physically harm members of the Jewish religion.
The Lawfare Project, together with the World Jewish Congress, calls on the Stanford University administration to take immediate action in response to this clear threat to Jewish students. There should be no room on any campus for these kinds of threats and intimidation. No students should have to live with threats of physical violence because of who they are. Moreover, the law mandates that minority communities be offered protection from this kind of vicious, bigoted targeting.
We have reached out to the Stanford administration, and we offer our support and services to the university's Jewish students and faculty. As always, The Lawfare Project's legal fund is available to protect the Jewish community around the world from discrimination and threats of violence.
Chairman of the Board of Directors, The Lawfare Project
Executive Director, The Lawfare Project
Amb. Ronald S. Lauder
President, World Jewish Congress
CEO & Executive Vice Chairman,
Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations