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Eviction Notice Prank Lands NYU Students in Hot Water

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Some NYU students are in hot water after a so-called prank to raise awareness about the Palestinian conflict is labeled anti-Semitic.

Now those behind the act are trying to clear the air.

The group Students for Justice in Palestine placed fake eviction notices in two residence halls yesterday.

The notice refers to the demolition of thousands of Palestinian homes, allegedly at the hands of Israeli forces.

A note on the bottom of the flyer makes it clear it isn't a real eviction notice, but said it is a reality that many Palestinians face every day.

An article published in the Times of Israel claimed the notices targeted Jewish students.

Members of the group say that's not true.

"Our goal was to make it very clear that the posters were not real. That you are not being evicted. It was to bring light to the reality that Palestinians face being kicked out of their homes at a second's notice," said Emad Rajeh of Students for Justice in Palestine.

"There was no targeting of any rooms whatsoever, very explicitly no targeting," said Students for Justice in Palestine Co-President Shafeka Hashash.

NYU released a statement saying the school encourages free discussion but perhaps they disagree with the method of distribution in this incident.

They say the two dorms do not have a disproportionate amount of Jewish students but the Residence Life office is reaching out to everyone.

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