Johns Hopkins University TA suggests penalizing pro-Israel students

The TA asked in a Twitter poll if he should give a pro-Israel student their points in an exam "even though they support your ethnic cleansing."

A VENEZUELAN student walks over a cloth with red paint and the Star of David during an anti-Israel demonstration. (photo credit: REUTERS)
A VENEZUELAN student walks over a cloth with red paint and the Star of David during an anti-Israel demonstration.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
A graduate researcher and teaching assistant (TA) at Johns Hopkins University's chemistry department has suggested penalizing Zionist students for being pro-Israel, according to a series of letters sent from StandWithUs to the university.
Rasha Anayah, a graduate student in the chemistry department at the Baltimore school, defended what she called her fair treatment of students in response to the poll she posted on Twitter on Nov. 15, the Forward reported Thursday.
“Ethical dilemma: if you have to grade a zionist students exam, do you still give them all their points even though they support your ethnic cleansing?” she wrote. Like idk.”
Anayah put the question up to a survey, in which 77% of the respondents replied, “Free Palestine! Fail them.” Commenting on the result, she wrote, “like I agree but also too many of you want me to get fired.”
Contacted by the Forward, Anayah told the paper, “I have always acted with the utmost integrity and fairness. I am a dedicated teacher and scholar with a commitment to social justice and to my role. My record as a teaching assistant is a testament to these facts.”
On Wednesday, the campus chapter of the Hillel Jewish group called on students to step forward if they believe that Anayah had lowered their grades unjustly. Faculty at Johns Hopkins are looking into the case, the Forward reported.
Howard Libit, the executive director of the Baltimore Jewish Council, told the Forward that he was unaware of any student who believes Anayah has unjustly lowered their grades.
According to StandWithUs, the university had pledged to "take seriously any and all allegations of discrimination, harassment, or other misconduct – including [antisemitism]."
StandWithUs has demanded that the university confirm a number of steps that they should have taken, including: that they prevent the TA from teaching in the coming semester; that they provide a list of the classes in which the TA has served as the teacher's assistant; that there be oversight of who the TA had graded throughout the previous semester; and that steps be taken to make sure that the TA had no negative impact directed at the students spoken of in the tweets.