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Jewish groups slam event with alt-right leader at Texas A&M

(JTA) – Jewish groups and leaders urged a Texas university not to allow the founder of a white supremacist think tank to speak on campus. Richard Spencer, who recently railed against Jews at an alt-right conference in Washington D.C. – during which audience members gave Nazi salutes – is slated to speak at a private event on the Texas A&M University campus on Dec. 6.

“[O]ur leadership finds [Spencer’s] views as expressed to date in direct conflict with our core values,” said the university’s senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Amy Smith. “Private citizens are permitted to reserve space available to the public as we are a public university, as is the case here.” Spencer was invited by a former student who has brought other white nationalists to speak on campus, the Battalion reported.

“I think for the vast majority of students, even though it’s a conservative student body, they’re definitely against people like (Spencer),” Rabbi Matt Rosenberg, who leads the campus Hillel, told The Houston Chronicle. The Anti-Defamation League released a statement urging people not to attend the event. The World Jewish Congress called on Texas A&M to cancel the event.

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