A law firm committed “violence” when it withdrew a job offer from a pro-Hamas New York University law student, according to a letter from fellow NYU law students, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
What’s the background?
Ryna Workman, president of the school’s Student Bar Association, issued a statement saying Hamas’ deadly surprise attack on Israel earlier this month was “necessary.” Workman’s statement also expressed “unwavering and absolute solidarity with Palestinians in their resistance against oppression toward liberation and self-determination. Israel bears full responsibility for this tremendous loss of life.”
With that, Chicago-based law firm Winston & Strawn withdrew its offer to hire Workman, saying it learned that a “former summer associate published certain inflammatory comments regarding Hamas’ recent terrorist attack on Israel and distributed it to the NYU Student Bar Association. These comments are profoundly in conflict with Winston & Strawn’s values as a firm.”
How did Workman’s fellow students respond?
A letter from Workman’s fellow students says the law firm’s decision to rescind its job offer is an example of “systemic, concentrated violence” Workman has endured in the wake of Workman’s controversial pro-Hamas statement, the Free Beacon reported.
The outlet added that the letter — signed by the likes of the Black Allied Law Students Association and the Women of Color Collective — also accuses NYU of complicity “in the abuses of the Israeli government” and condemns “the broader NYU administration for not protecting Ryna as a student and important member of our community.”
The letter adds that Workman “has been an incredible leader in our community” and is “an integral part of NYU law,” noting that Workman also makes “Halloween goody bags” for students, the Free Beacon noted.
“We, too, condemn the violence of silence,” the letter also reads, according to the outlet. “We are deeply ashamed of and angry with NYU Law, the NYU Law Board of Trustees, the Office of the Dean, and the broader NYU administration for not protecting Ryna as a student and important member of our community.”
Despite the reported letter supporting Workman, the NYU Student Bar Association moved to kick Workman out of office.
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