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NY Post
New York Post
2 Dec 2023

NextImg:Ryna Workman removed as NYU student bar president after blaming Israel for Hamas attack

The head of the New York University Student Bar Association has been booted from the post for publicly blaming Israel for the Oct 7 terrorist attacks.

The bar association voted 707-428 in an online vote between Nov. 15 to Nov. 22 to remove Ryna Workman, who said, “Israel bears full responsibility” for Hamas’ brutal massacre.

“We elected Ryna Workman to that prestigious role to lead in the best interest of the student body. They egregiously misused their platform and instead served their own personal interest and soapboxed as many students were still processing the horrific things we were seeing out of Israel on October 7th,” Cole Kauffman, an NYU law student who voted to oust Workman told The Post.

“Somebody who can’t see beyond their own perspective isn’t fit to lead a diverse constituency and doesn’t deserve the distinction of being the President of the SBA at NYU Law.”

Workman’s ouster was set in motion by their colleagues almost immediately after she sent the Oct 10 letter NYU leadership swiftly moved to disavow.

The entire SBA was later disbanded for safety reasons.

Ryna Workman’s public condemnation of Israel after the Oct. 7 attack sparked controversy. Ryna Workman / Facebook
NYU law school students voted to remove Workman as president of the bar association. Helayne Seidman

“NYU Law unequivocally condemns the recent terrorist acts and the atrocities perpetrated by Hamas in Israel. The murder and kidnapping of civilians, and the use of sexual violence and the separation and torture of children, are all abominable and atrocious,” the school said in an Oct. 11 statement.

“We want to say, loud and clear, to our community: Any statement that does not recognize this brutality does not reflect the values of NYU Law.”

Workman, who is trans, also faced swift professional consequences when a job offer at the law firm Winston & Strawn, the white shoe form which reps Hunter Biden, was swiftly rescinded.

Workman — who has been spotted on campus ripping up flyers of Israelis being held hostage by Hamas — has remained defiant and unapologetic.

Workman lost a job offer after blaming Israel for the Oct. 7 attack. James Keivom

“I will continue to speak up for Palestinian human rights and use whatever platform I have available to me to call for a ceasefire and end this occupation that’s harming the Palestinians,” Workman told ABC News.

In a statement to Washington Square News, Workman said she was “disappointed in the outcome” of the vote.