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Calls for Hofstra University President’s Resignation Over Statements on Israel-Hamas Conflict

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Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman is demanding the resignation of Hofstra University President Dr. Susan Poser, accusing her of drawing a  “moral equivalence” between Hamas’ actions and the political agenda of the Palestinian people in the aftermath of the October 7 attacks. Blakeman, a Republican and former Business Law instructor at Hofstra, expressed his dismay according to a letter obtained by Fox News Digital on Sunday.

In the letter addressed to the Hofstra University Board of Trustees, Blakeman criticized Poser’s statement on the Israel-Hamas conflict, deeming it “misguided and antithetical to good moral values.” He asserted that her remarks, characterized as “callous and unconscionable,” raised concerns about her ability to lead the university, the largest private institution in Nassau County.

Blakeman’s objection stems from Poser’s October 18 message to the Hofstra community, responding to the conflict between Israel and Hamas. In her statement, Poser acknowledged the loss of life on both sides and highlighted the complex history and conflicting views contributing to the ongoing crisis. She emphasized the tragic loss of innocent lives among Israelis, Palestinians, and others.

Blakeman, however, asserted that Poser should have unequivocally condemned Hamas without any equivocation, particularly in the face of the terrorist organization’s attacks. He criticized what he perceived as “fence-sitting and handwringing” in her response to the conflict.

Poser’s message also announced a “Vigil for Peace” at the university and reaffirmed Hofstra’s commitment to preventing discrimination or harassment based on religion or national origin. She assured that the university collaborates with law enforcement to monitor risks and ensure campus safety.

The call for Poser’s resignation adds to the ongoing debate over how institutions navigate and respond to discussions around the Israel-Hamas conflict, highlighting the challenges of maintaining a balanced perspective while addressing the diverse views within academic communities.

 

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Michigan asks residents to house migrants, enroll children in school and help adults find employment

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Michigan is asking its residents to help with the mess its leadership created and house migrants in their own homes. The state Department of Labor and Economic Development said volunteers who participate must commit for at least 90 days as part of the refugee support program.

In addition to opening up their homes, sponsors are expected to support newly arrived refugees by greeting them at the airport, securing and preparing initial housing, enrolling children in school and helping adults find employment.

“Programs like the Welcome Corps advance the Office of Global Michigan’s mission to make Michigan the home for opportunity for our immigrant, refugee and ethnic communities,” said Poppy Hernandez, Global Michigan Director and Michigan’s Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer. “Expanded refugee resettlement pathways empower more Michiganders to support our state’s growing refugee population and build a more welcoming and inclusive Michigan for all.”

The migrants will come from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela, all points of origin where many have been hoping to apply for asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Fox News reports “cities like New York and Chicago have also dealt with issues related to migrants committing crimes, as well as pushback from residents who have voiced anger and concern over the influx. Migrant shelters in those cities have largely been full, forcing officials to come up with ways to safely house the migrants.”

Last year, Massachusetts officials asked residents to open their doors as migrant shelters were full at the time. “Most importantly, if you have an extra room or suite in your home, please consider hosting a family. Housing and shelter is our most pressing need and become a sponsor family,” said Massachusetts Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll.

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