Professor faces backlash after asserting Israel's right to annex West Bank

"The students have claimed that I'm racist, xenophobic, and have called for my removal. That I am an Islamophobe and that I am guilty of advocating ethnic cleansing and genocide, which I have not."

By ZACK EVANS
May 4, 2019 07:05
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A general view shows the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba in Hebron, in the occupied West Bank Septe

A general view shows the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba in Hebron, in the West Bank September 11, 2018. Picture taken September 11, 2018. (photo credit: MUSSA QAWASMA / REUTERS)

 
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 The Faculty Council at DePaul University voted to condemn an article written by professor Jason Hill, in which he advocated for Israel's moral right to annex the West Bank.

The university's newspaper, the DePaulia, tweeted that the Council voted 21-10 in favor of a resolution condemning the article.
The council resolution did not censure Hill himself.


Hill, a professor of philosophy, has faced a surge of backlash and even death threats since the article's publication in the Federalist on April 16, according to Fox News. 


In addition to asserting Israel's right to annexation, Hill wrote that the Palestinians "have no moral authority" and that they "have never come into their own as a people largely because they have never explicitly held a philosophy that can support freedom, the basic liberal principles of individual rights, and a free market economy."


DePaul professor of political science Scott Hibbard, speaking to the DePaulia, commented that he saw the resolution not as about "limiting academic freedom- or stifling debate...but, rather, calling out a faculty member for shoddy research and for not living up to his responsibilities as a member of the academic community."


For his part, Hill said in an interview with Fox News that "The students have claimed that I'm racist, xenophobic, and have called for my removal. That I am an Islamophobe and that I am guilty of advocating ethnic cleansing and genocide, which I have not." 

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