The Chancellor’s Advisory Committee held a meeting on Wednesday to discuss the latest involvements surrounding cases of potential anti-Semitism on campus.
Interim Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz led the meeting. The Chancellor’s Advisory Committee consists of a group of delegates who directly advise and communicate with the chancellor on matters of importance. Members of the committee are either elected or hold an ex officio position, meaning they retain their position by virtue of its status.
Much of the meeting focused on the controversy surrounding a video released last week showing Palestinian rapper Tamer Nafar making anti-Semitic remarks. Nafar had been performing at the FedEx Global Education Center as part of a Conflict over Gaza Conference co-sponsored by the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies. The comments made at the Nafar concert have caught the attention of U.S. Rep. George Holding, R-N.C., who called for a federal investigation into the conference on Monday.
The video, released by conservative filmmaker Ami Horowitz, has sparked debate across campus.
Delegate Ariana Vigil from the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies said she is Jewish and knows some organizers of the conference. While Vigil did not attend the performance, she was present for other aspects of the conference and disagrees with the anti-Semitic narrative being used.