Letter from UNC Dean in response to our concerns over anti-Semitic event

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 9:33am

Earlier this month, the American Jewish Congress wrote to leadership at the University of North Carolina (UNC) to express concern over an event titled "Conflict Over Gaza: People, Politics, and Possibilities," cosponsored by the UNC School of Medicine, the UNC Eshleman School of Pharmacy, and the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. The event featured a display of flagrant anti-Semitism, in which Palestinian rapper Tamer Nafar performed what he called his "anti-Semitic song" and requested that audience members join in because he "[could not] be anti-Semitic alone."

In response, we received the following letter from Barbara K. Rimer, the Dean of the UNC Gillings School of Public Health. We appreciate that Dean Rimer shares our concerns and condemned the unfortunate event. We are encouraged by the sentiments she expresses, and hope that UNC and all universities are more careful in the events that they sponsor and more active in efforts to fight anti-Semitism on campuses.