Columbia U professor says Israel is similar to Islamic State

April 6, 2019 13:02
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CONNECT WITH them. Students walk outside the Library of Columbia University in New York.

CONNECT WITH them. Students walk outside the Library of Columbia University in New York.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

(JTA) — A Columbia University professor wrote on Facebook that the only difference between Israel and the Islamic State, is that Zionist columnists defend the Jewish state’s “terrorist cause.”

Hamid Dabashi, a professor in the university’s Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, wrote this last week, triggering an outcry by pro-Israel students.

The “murderous thugs” of the jihadist group “conquered parts of Syria and declared a ‘caliphate,’” Dabashi wrote. “Their ISRAELI  counterparts meanwhile conquered parts of Syria and declared it part of their Zionist settler colony.”

He added: “The only difference: ISIS does not have a platoon of clean shaven and well coiffured [sic] columnists at the New York Times propagating the cause of the terrorist outfit as the Zionists columnists do on a regular basis.”

The university chapter of Students Supporting Israel wrote in a statement Thursday: “This kind of utterly despicable and repugnant statement is not to be expected from a tenured faculty holder in an Ivy League institution.” Fox News and other media reported that the university did not immediately reply to queries on Dabashi.

Separately, in the United Kingdom a candidate running for the National Union of Students’ executive committee also equated Israel to the Islamic States.

Zeid Truscott, a University of Bath student, shared an article five years ago alleging that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, was trained by the Mossad.

The Union of Jewish Students said it is “deeply troubled” by what is called antisemitic social media posts by Truscott.

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