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Columbia University has “permanently fired” three employees after they were caught sending text messages using “old anti-Semitic stereotypes.”

According to FOX 5, the messages were allegedly sent during the “Jewish Life on Campus: Past, Present and Future” reunion event on campus.

Columbia President Minouche Shafik condemned the messages in a letter to the Columbia community on Monday, saying the “unacceptable and deeply disturbing” exchanges demonstrated a lack of concern about negative experiences Jewish community members face.

The university plans to launch an “intensive program” in the fall to train faculty and staff on anti-Semitism and anti-discrimination.

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The Israeli flag flies over a protest camp in support of the Palestinians at Columbia UniversityThe Israeli flag flies over a protest camp in support of the Palestinians at Columbia University

The Israeli flag flies over a protest camp in support of Palestinians on the campus of Columbia University during the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas in New York City, U.S., April 29, 2024.

“While this disturbing incident has presented challenges for us as a community, Columbia’s leadership team recognizes this as an important moment to implement changes that will build a stronger institution as a result. I know you all share this commitment,” he wrote.

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Dean Josef Sorett, one of the employees involved in the incident, apologized in his own letter on Monday.

“I am deeply sorry that this happened in a community that I lead and have been involved in sharing, and I promise to drive the necessary changes to ensure this never happens again.”

The New York Post reported that Susan Chang-Kim, Matthew Patashnick and Cristen Kromm were the three administrators fired. They had been placed on leave for the past month.

The incident came three weeks after a Columbia University task force on anti-Semitism on campus reported a series of disturbing incidents at the Ivy League university, uncovering “harassment of Jewish students” and anti-Semitic remarks by professors.

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A pro-Palestinian protester holds a flag on the roof of Columbia University's Hamilton Hall.A pro-Palestinian protester holds a flag on the roof of Columbia University's Hamilton Hall.

A pro-Palestinian protester holds a flag on the roof of Hamilton Hall at Columbia University in New York, U.S., Tuesday, April 30, 2024. Pro-Palestinian student protesters barricaded themselves inside the Hamilton Hall building at Columbia on Tuesday after the university began suspending students who defied a call to clear their encampment.

A professor reportedly told his class to avoid the mainstream media because it “belonged to the Jews.”

Members of the task force, speaking to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, described a pattern of anti-Jewish prejudice at Manhattan University, which has been plagued by anti-Israel protests since the October 7 Hamas massacre.

Jewish and Israeli students regularly feel “attacked and excluded” on campus and are often excluded in classes, members of the task force told the newspaper.

The report also found that professors repeatedly encouraged their students to participate in the anti-Israel protests or the Gaza solidarity camp, with some even offering them extra credit or conducting classes at the protest site.

Columbia University did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

Fox News’ Yael Halon contributed to this report.

Source of the original article: 3 Columbia University employees fired after anti-Semitic text message exchange: “Deeply disturbing”