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Monday, May 20, 2024

Student Who Ripped Down Israeli Hostage Posters Interned at ADL

'After review, we can confirm that one of the participants was part of an ADL high school-level summer internship in 2019...'

(Dmytro “Henry” AleksandrovHeadline USA) It was revealed that one of the New York University [NYU] students who ripped down posters of Israeli hostages on campus also used to be an intern for the Anti-Defamation League who was “extremely passionate about fighting racial profiling.”

Yazmeen Deyhimi — a junior at NYU and an ex-intern for the ADL — admitted to tearing apart banners that were plastered outside the university’s Tisch Hall, the New York Post reported.

After people on social media called for the university to hold the perpetrators accountable, Deyhimi admitted in a now-deleted Instagram post that she did that.

“I have found it increasingly difficult to know my place as a biracial brown woman, especially during these highly volatile times… In this age of social media and digital footprint, these moments of anger are selfish and self-absorbed, and not reflective of who I am as a person or who my family had raised me to be,” she wrote.

Deyhimi apologized for what she did, adding that she stands against terrorism and hopes for the safe return of the Israeli hostages.

Other NYU students quickly identified Deyhimi after the video went viral, with hundreds of students and other people on social media calling the university to punish the three “cowards.”

“Our fear as Jewish students is valid, and the university needs to create an environment where all students feel safe and respected. NYU has a responsibility to take action against any form of discrimination, including antisemitism, in line with its zero-tolerance policy,” a petition, which racked up more than 4,000 signatures since it was launched on Tuesday, read.

One of Deyhimi’s accomplices was identified as Hafiza Khalique, a freshman at the university who serves as a Muslim Youth Leadership Council member at Advocates for Youth. The third student — a male wearing a dark hood — has not yet been identified.

Deyhimi’s LinkedIn profile indicated that she is an advocate against Muslim bigotry. It also added that she spent a summer working with the ADL as a CSC education intern when she was just 15 years old.

“After review, we can confirm that one of the participants was part of an ADL high school-level summer internship in 2019. We fully condemn her actions and hope that the apology she issued is the first step towards working to repair the harm and deep hurt her actions caused,” an ADL spokesperson said.

To disassociate itself from Deyhimi, the ADL also took down a blog post, in which the organization announced her as one of the 12 student leaders joining the program, adding that she is “extremely passionate about fighting racial profiling and championing gender equality.”

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