Boston University set to hire anti-Israel professor

Sarah Ihmoud claims Jews are rapists, IDF commits Nazi-like crimes in ongoing attacks on Palestinian Authority women.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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Sarah Ihmoud, a postdoctoral associate at Boston University, is currently under consideration for a teaching position at the university, Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT) reported.

According to APT, the university has not yet made an offer to Ihmoud, but the offer is "imminent."

Education Without Indoctrination (EWI) called for action to prevent Boston University from becoming "a platform for Jew-hate."

Ihmoud, co-author of Sexual Violence, Women’s Bodies, and Israeli Settler Colonialism, presented the paper to BU. In it, she claims that "rape and killing of Palestinian women was a central aspect of Israeli troops' systematic massacres and evictions during the destruction of Palestinian villages in 1948" and describes Nazi-like actions, including the shooting of pregnant women and the murder of children.

The paper also claims that that both brutality and sexual violence against Palestinian Authority women is an ongoing tactic of the IDF.

"Israeli officials' repressive policies and incitement against the Palestinian people work to empower and embolden Israeli settler society to embody the power of the state and viciously attack Palestinians. This is clearly exhibited in the attacks on Palestinian women’s bodies inside Al-Aqsa mosque these last weeks in Jerusalem, by both settler publics empowered by the state’s military protection, and members of the state security forces," the paper writes, adding that the arrest and interrogation of a Muslim woman suspected of attacking a police officer was a "a form of gendered and sexual violence. The legalization of such forms of violence marks the Israeli legal system itself as deeply embedded in the settler colonial project’s machinery of elimination."

In contrast, in 2007, a paper by Tal Nitzan of the Hebrew University received an award for blaming Israel for exactly the opposite behavior, namely that IDF soldiers, in contrast to other armies, do not rape Palestinian Arab women - a fact based on research into the issue - which she saw as not as praiseworthy but as proof that the soldiers have dehumanized Arab women.

The papers also claim Israeli Jews poison the Palestinian Authority's wells. None of its claims are supported by references to evidence, however, since no evidence exists.

"The claims made are false," APT explained, adding that "the paper, like all of Ihmoud’s writings, is not simply anti-Israeli, it is blatantly anti-Semitic and unsupported by any facts and does not merit 'academic scholarship' status."

"Boston University should not hire a person who portrays Jews as rapists, Jewish leaders and academics as promoting rape...and more.

"This hateful propaganda, posing as scholarship, is no different from The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and the crudest German junk science proving that Jews are genetically inferior to Aryans."