April 1, 2020

Fired Professor Who Accused Israel of Being Behind 9/11 Settles With Oberlin

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A woman who was fired from her position as an assistant professor at Oberlin College after making a series of social media posts that included her accusing Israel of being behind the 9/11 terror attacks reached an undisclosed settlement agreement with the Ohio college.

In February 2016, the pro-Israel website The Tower compiled a series of Facebook and blog posts from Joilynn Karega-Mason, who was then an assistant professor at Oberlin. The posts included a cartoon of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu removing an ISIS mask off his own head, posts about the Rothschild family having too much global influence and sharing a Louis Farrakhan video stating that “there were many Israeli and Zionist Jews in key roles in the 9/11 attack.” Karega-Mason wrote that the Farrakhan video was “truth-telling.”

Other posts accused Israel of being behind the downing of the Malaysian airliner in 2014 and the 2015 Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris.

Karega-Mason was placed on leave in August 2016 after the social media posts came to light and was fired the following November. She had been an assistant professor of rhetoric and composition since December 2013. Karega-Mason filed a lawsuit against Oberlin in November 2018, alleging that the college filed false charges, attempted to procure student complaints against her and tried to keep blacks out of a position of power in the university. She also accused the college of ignoring acts of racism from faculty and staff members who are white.

According to MSN, the docket on Karega-Mason’s case shows that a settlement was reached on the case on Feb. 3; the terms have not been publicly disclosed. Karega-Mason demanded $885,000 from the university when she filed the lawsuit.

Oberlin College spokesman Scott Wargo declined to comment to The Chronicle website on the matter. Karega-Mason’s attorney, Gary Benjamin, told Cleveland.com that “he and his client were happy the lawsuit was resolved.”

The StopAntisemitism.org watchdog tweeted, “Jew hatred sure does pay!”