Supporters of Israel were explicitly banned from an on-campus black lesbian film event being held at Columbia University with the leader of an LGBTQ group contending The Holocaust “wasn’t special.”
“It’s FREE PALESTINE over here. Zionists aren’t invited. See you soon, Lion Lez,” declared an ad promoting the “Black Lesbian Film” event which is set to feature one film called “Shakedown” which “chronicles explicit performances in an underground lesbian club in Los Angeles.”
The promotion directly stated that “Zionists aren’t invited” to the event and the group’s founder Lizzy George-Griffin included a message that declared “THE HOLOCAUST WASN’T SPECIAL,” according to the New York Post.
Lizzy George Griffin, president of LionLez at Columbia University, says 95% of Jews aren’t welcome in the club. pic.twitter.com/gOO6souTlz
— Israel War Room (@IsraelWarRoom) October 24, 2023
George-Griffin held her ground when asked, telling the Post in a written message that ” We are . . . within our right of freedom of speech to verbally disinvite a genocidal group of people: Zionists,” while also noting that this did not actually mean all Jews.
She also elaborated on her comments about The Holocaust.
“When I say The Holocaust wasn’t special, I mean The Holocaust was not significantly unique from the many other large-scale genocides. When I say the Holocaust wasn’t special, I mean it was not special enough to justify this current genocide against Palestinians,” she wrote.
Ethiopian Jews, Yemenite Jews, Jews from North Africa, Asia, etc all live in Israel. The Israeli government even sent soldiers on dangerous rescue missions to save some of them from their host countries. How in the world did these “LionLez” morons get into Columbia? https://t.co/UZym8N55to
— David M Friedman (@DavidM_Friedman) October 24, 2023
One student told the New York Post that it was “bewildering” that someone as “disturbingly ignorant” as George-Griffin could have been admitted to the university, and also noted that “antisemitism has become commonplace at Columbia.”
“Israel is the sole democracy in the Middle East, has 2.1 million Arab citizens who have the EXACT SAME rights as all Jews and hold positions in the government, and is the only country in the area where you can hold hands with your same-sex partner and live to see tomorrow,” the student, who wished to only be identified by the initials KA, said in a written statement to the paper.
Lizzy George Griffin, the leader of the @Columbia queer nonbinary women student group LionLez, says that zionists are not welcome to her upcoming campus event. In another post, she said the holocaust is not special or unique. “Decolonization” & DEI ideologues are calling for the… pic.twitter.com/W84vzCtf3Z
— Andy Ngô ️ (@MrAndyNgo) October 25, 2023
A spokesperson for Columbia University told The Post, “As we have reiterated many times over the past few weeks, antisemitism or any other form of hate will never be tolerated in our community.”
The spokesperson also noted that “the event organized by Lionlez is not proceeding on Friday and is being reviewed.”
“LionLez does not follow the traditional club structure that most clubs, LGBTQ or otherwise, follow,” explained a piece published earlier this year in the Columbia Spectator. “George-Griffin identified LionLez as ‘an event-based group,’ and labels herself and the rest of the board as ‘event planners.’ Rather than holding weekly meetings, the LionLez board meets approximately once a month to plan their four to five semesterly events, including LezMixes.”
Columbia student Lizzy George-Griffin, who said “THE HOLOCAUST WASN’T SPECIAL” when explaining that Zionists aren’t allowed at her black lesbian film screening, has other views on geopolitics.
Here, she asks the Dominican president about “transphobia” and says he’s trying to… pic.twitter.com/bxjb02oq9n
— Max Meyer (@mualphaxi) October 24, 2023
The group and the film event’s disinvitation of “Zionists” were taken apart on social media where many reminded George-Griffin that in Middle East locations like the Hamas-run Gaza, homosexuality is illegal.
I hope the LionLez who wrote this piece of drek gets the opportunity to take a stroll though the streets of #Gaza one day holding hands with her girlfriend. #Antisemitism #LionLez https://t.co/M42zLvuAQp
— (((רחל Steinmetz))) (@RachelSteinmetz) October 24, 2023
Methinks Lizzy should start LionLez chapters in Gaza, Iran, etc. and let us know how it works out.
— Isaac Seliger (@SeligerGrants) October 25, 2023
LionLez is just another whataboutist hate group. About half of Israelis are mizrahis, Jews expelled from their centuries long Middle East homelands; the idiocy of trying to force Jews into the American black/white binary betrays LL’s racism, ignorance and stupidity.
— Steven Grenell, MD (@GrenellMD) October 25, 2023
How to turn your college education into a hate fest. And they want taxpayers to absorb the cost of their student loans.
— Rita MD (@ritaperrellamd) October 25, 2023
Many also called out Columbia University:
Hey @Columbia! Seems like a student, Lizzy George-Griffin is using Columbia resources (Email, rooms) to spew hate crime, holocaust denial, and other lies.@MinoucheShafik do you condone this behavior? Is that what she learned?
That email contains about 5 outrageous lies per line pic.twitter.com/MFp4QEg6Mq
— Eyal Yavor (@yulkes) October 25, 2023
She’s known to them. This is not her first controversial action. I guess they don’t care. Google Lizzy George Griffin for more. My daughter is no longer applying to Barnard or Columbia now. We loved the tours but cannot stomach what they’ve allowed to go on on their campuses.
— Stacey E. Burke (@StaceyEBurke) October 25, 2023
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