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Law Firm Rescinds Job Offer to NYU Student After Anti-Israel Post

The president of the New York University Student Bar Association will be unemployed when she graduates.

The law firm of Winston & Strawn withdrew their job offer over a newsletter Ryna Workman wrote to the bar association condemning Israel.

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Workman said her solidarity with Palestine is unwavering and absolute. And she blamed Israel for last weekend’s terrorist attacks.

“I want to express, first and foremost, my unwavering and absolute solidarity with Palestinians in their resistance against oppression towards liberation and self-determination,” Workman wrote. “Israel bears full responsibility for this tremendous loss of life. This regime of state-sanctioned violence created the conditions that made resistance necessary. I will not condemn Palestinian resistance.”

I condemn the violence of apartheid. I condemn the violence of settler colonialism. i condemn the violence of military occupation. I condemn the violence of dispossession and stolen homes. I condemn the violence of trapping thousands in an open-air prison. I condemn the violence of collective punishment. i condemn the violence of phosphorous bombs.  I condemn the violence of the United States military-industrial complex. I condemn the violence of obfuscating genocide as a “complex issue.” I condemn the violence in labeling oppressed people as “animals.” I condemn the violence of silence.

Ryna Workman

Workman had served as a summer associate at the law firm and planned to join fulltime after graduation. But no more.

“Today, Winston & Strawn 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,” said the firm in a statement. “These comments profoundly conflict with Winston & Strawn’s values as a firm. Accordingly, the Firm has rescinded the law student’s offer of employment.”

“We look forward to continuing to work together to eradicate anti-Semitism in all forms and to the day when hatred bigotry, and violence against all people have been eliminated,” they added.

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Even former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio blasted the school – accusing the bar association of embracing disgusting acts of terrorism.

And the university posted a statement saying that acts of terrorism are immoral.

“The statement issued by the Student Bar Association does not in any way reflect the point of view of NYU. Acts of terrorism are immoral. The indiscriminate killing of civilians and hostage-taking, including children and the elderly, is reprehensible. Blaming victims of terrorism for their own deaths is wrong,” NYU Spokesperson John Beckman wrote. 

We are living in very unsettling times, America.

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