A tenured Muslim Columbia University professor of Iranian studies, Hamid Dabashi, has called Jewish Americans “diehard Fifth Column Zionists,” and recently posted a tweet blaming Israel for “every dirty treacherous ugly and pernicious act happening in the world.” If this were an issue of anti-African American or anti-Muslim bias, Columbia would never ignore or whitewash such charges.
FOX News (h/t Marvin W) Hamid Dabashi, who also teaches comparative literature at the Ivy League school, blamed Israel for every “dirty” problem in the world, much as he has done nearly everyday he has been a professor at Columbia.
In a Facebook post, he called the Jewish State a “racist apartheid state” and then attacked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“This ridiculous man, this notorious, corrupt, criminally insane creature, this laughing stock of every decent civilized human being on planet earth, this pathetic pathological liar, this vulgar vicious charlatan,” he wrote, “this settler colonialist racist thug, this war criminal, this leading perpetrator of crimes against humanity, this nightmare who needs to be put in a [straitjacket] and chained to a cage in an asylum house or a zoo…”
ACF Director Avi Gordon told Campus Reform that this is not a free speech issue, noting that the Columbia Students Supporting Israel chapter has made complaints about the professor creating a hostile environment for Pro-Israel and Jewish students in the past.
“While everyone certainly has the right to freedom of speech, Professor Dabashi is a teacher of higher education who emits anti-Semitic rhetoric,” Gordon explained. “Due to his anti-Semitic remarks, he is creating a hostile environment on campus for Jewish, Israeli, and pro-Israel students who should be entitled, like every other student, to a safe and welcoming learning environment.”
Canary Mission “Blaming the Jewish state for every problem in the world is virulent anti-Semitism, echoing rhetoric that has led to oppression and violence against Jews for centuries,” Rena Nasar, a StandWithUs campus director, told Campus Reform. “Unfortunately, this is unsurprising coming from a professor with a long history of hatred against Jews and Israelis.
Hamid Dabashi has spread conspiracy theories about Jewish influence in the U.S. and equated Israeli policies with Nazi Germany and ISIS.
Dabashi has repeatedly propagated the anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that “rich and powerful” Zionists control American politics.
On November 12, 2017, Dabashi posted a picture on his Facebook account of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman.
Along with the photo, Dabashi wrote “There is a reason why a small gang of European Zionists could land in Palestine and in broad daylight of history steel it from under the feet of Palestinians… and today that reason is in the shape of this contemptible coward Mohammed bin Salman — Like a rich brat teenager that [bin Salman] is he hides behind the wing of his Israeli and American protectors and benefactors, buys them with his windblown wealth, so that Jared Kushner’s Zionist kins can kill and rob Palestinians even more as they enable him to slaughter Yemeni women and children apace.”
On November 12, 2015, Dabashi posted on Facebook that “Hillary Clinton has white house ambition the first thing she does is pledge to her Zionist bosses…”
On June 23, 2016, Dabashi proposed on Facebook his “simple solution,” that Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton “pick up Benjamin Netanyahu as her VP and get it over with.”
In a July 2008 editorial, Dabashi referred to a “Zionist cabal,” writing that “[U.S. President] Obama began his speech in front of AIPAC by falling right into the oldest trap that the American Zionist cabal has in its bag of tricks — dispatching its lunatic fringe to spread rumours (via emails) of facts and fantasies…”
In that same editorial, Dabashi also wrote that “[f]or [American Zionists], Israel is a dyslexic Biblical exegesis, a vicarious avocation, a profitable business deal, a dangerous delusion, a Jewish apartheid state”
Dabashi then slammed President Obama’s momentary recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital as giving Jerusalem to a “band of white European colonial settlers and the pack of their billionaire American supporters.”
Dabash also referred to Israel as a “racist apartheid state” and “a colonial outpost of American military barbarism.”
In a December 2009 article, Dabashi claimed that “the pro-Israeli Zionist lobby in the US banked and invested heavily in infiltrating, buying, and paying for all the major and minor corridors of power.”
On December 28, 2015, Dabashi used his Facebook to endorse a statement by Ofer Cassif — a lecturer at Hebrew University — calling Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked “Neo-Nazi Scum.”
On August 8, 2014, Dabashi compared Gaza to Auschwitz, and asked “What are Israelis? Who are Israelis? They are Israelis by virtue of what? By a shared and sustained murderous history – from Deir Yassin in 1948 to Gaza in 2014. Is that not Zionism, the ideological foundation stone of being an Israeli?”
In a July 19, 2014 Facebook post, Dabashi juxtaposed a picture of the Warsaw Ghetto with a picture in Gaza and wrote: “Warsaw Ghetto 1943 (the site of Jewish uprising against Nazi barbarism)–Gaza 2014 (the site of Palestinian resistance against Zionist militarism)”
In a December 2009 article, Dabashi promoted BDS and also stated that Israel had lost any “moral” claim to the Holocaust, referred to Israelis as a “militant band of European colonizers” and accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing.”
In a September 2002 interview with the anti-Israel Electronic Intifada website, Dabashi referred to pro-Israel advocates as “Gestapo apparatchiks” and said that “The so-called ‘pro-Israeli lobby’ is “an integral component of the imperial designs of the Bush administration for savage and predatory globalization…”
On September 16, 2015, Dabashi wrote on Facebook that “Israel is the most well funded terrorist organization on planet earth over the last sixty years plus –the Islamic State looks up to the Jewish State as its exemplary model.”
In a March 2015 article, Dabashi wrote that “the majority of Israelis… are delusional fanatics who have worked themselves into a frenzied stupour [sic.] to murder more Palestinians, steal more of Palestine, wage war against Lebanon, Syria or Iran, and do whatever other murderous mischief is necessary to convince them from within that self-propelling hurricane of death and destruction that they are right and the whole world is wrong.”
Dabashi has also accused Israel of committing an “incremental genocide“ of the Palestinian people, and has described Israel as “a military garrison that has stolen another people’s homeland at gunpoint and forced them into exile and refugee camps. Like the rest of Palestine, Jerusalem belongs to Palestinians”.
In July 2015, Dabashi posted on Facebook that “There must be a global uproar against the thuggish vulgarity of Netanyahu and his Zionist gangsters in Israel and the US Congress to force them to dismantle their nuclear program–systematically used to terrorize and murder Palestinian people and steal the rest of Palestine!”
On August 21, 2014, Dabashi posted on Facebook that Operation Protective Edge (OPE) was “the continuation of the selfsame logic of Zionist conquest and depopulation of the entirety of Palestine.”
Israel implemented OPE to destroy Hamas attack tunnels and stop rocket attacks from Gaza targeting Israeli civilians — that increased dramatically in the weeks prior to the Operation.
In a 2012 article, Dabashi claimed that Israel attacked Gaza in Operation Pillar of Defense (OPD) to gain political standing (rather than to stop the Hamas rocket attacks fired at civilian population centers) and is “interested in nothing but maiming and murdering more Palestinians.”
In March of 2016, Dabashi signed a petition, created by a student initiative, to rebrand BDS at Columbia as: Columbia University Apartheid Divest (CUAD).