November 18, 2018

SFSU Won’t Take Action Against Professor Who Said Zionists Weren’t Welcome On Campus

San Francisco State University (SFSU) has signaled that they won’t be taking any action against an ethnic studies professor who said that Zionists weren’t welcome on campus, according to the Algemeiner.

As the Journal reported in March, SFSU Professor Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi wrote on Facebook that she was unhappy with SFSU President Leslie Wong for stating that Zionists were welcome on campus.

“I am ashamed to be affiliated with SFSU administration and demand the immediate retraction of this racist, Islamophobic and colonialist statement, and the restoration of SFSU social justice mission,” Abdulhadi wrote.

SFSU’s Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas (AMED) program Facebook page shared Abdulhadi post. University Director of News and New Media Strategic Marketing and Communications Mary Kenny told the Journal at the time that SFSU had requested that AMED remove Abdulhadi’s post.

But Abdulhadi’s post can still be seen on AMED’s Facebook page. SFSU told Algemeiner that while they find the post “offensive,” they are unable to take it down.

“San Francisco State directed Dr. Abdulhadi and asked Facebook to remove the post and is not planning any further actions in that regard,” the university said. “The University’s ability to remove the post is limited since it was generated by an individual on a platform that the campus does not have access to or control over.”

Tammi Ross-Benjamin, director of the anti-Semitism watchdog AMCHA Initiative, told the Algemeiner it was disgusting that a “hateful and discriminatory message targeting Jewish and pro-Israel students remains on an official university program’s Facebook page.”

SFSU is currently facing a lawsuit alleging that the university has allowed the campus to become an incubator of anti-Semitism, citing the university’s refusal to discipline a Palestinian student who threatened to kill Israeli soldiers, as an example.