Students living in Palladium Hall on East 14th Street allege that members of Students for Justice in Palestine delivered the notices to replicate the sorts of notes that are left at the homes of Palestinians by the Israeli government.
“If you do not vacate the premise by midnight on 25 April, 2014 we reserve the right to destroy all remaining belongings. We cannot be held responsible for property or persons remaining inside the premises,” according to the notice. “Charges for demolition will be applied to your student accounts.”
A spokesman called the incident “disappointingly inconsistent” with NYU standards.
“THIS IS NOT A REAL EVICTION NOTICE,” the note concludes. “This is intended to draw attention to the reality that Palestinians confront on a regular basis.”
Students who received the letter were certainly concerned about it.
“A lot of people felt transgressed upon because they felt threatened by it,” sophomore Hunter Goet told the New York Post. “They felt like their housing was being threatened. It was a massive source of panic.”