Columbia professors may be arrogant, dogmatic, and politically biased -- but anti-Semitic? That's a trumped-up charge, in my opinion. And it just might diminish the impact of future accusations. If some goateed academic -- sitting in an office stocked with Chomsky bestsellers, or nodding along at a pro-Palestinian conference led by Joel Beinin -- is an "anti-Semite," what is a Klansman? Extremely anti-Semitic?
I very much doubt that there's a single anti-Semite among the entire Columbia faculty. The MEALAC professors who've lately sparked controversy don't hate Jews; no, they're just very, very left-wing. They're left-wing all the way down the line, on every topic from corporate "greed" to affirmative action.
Could anyone expect these cloistered academics to switch worldviews when it comes to Israel? Well, apparently, some aspiring MEALAC majors did -- and what bitter disappointment they must have tasted.
No amount of committee deliberation, rule-passing, or tolerance-building will change the fundamental problem with most of Columbia's faculty: namely, that these people are on the wrong side of everything.