“Temple University on Defense Following Anti-Semitic Row”
Never again? WFB:
Temple University is seeking to reassure donors and top officials after a member of its staff engaged in anti-Semitic rhetoric on a secret listserv and questioned the deaths of 6 million Jews in the Holocaust.
Temple president Neil Theobald blasted out a message to university trustees over the weekend after the school came under fire for initially defending the controversial professor in comments made to the Washington Free Beacon.
Temple University adjunct professor Alessio Lerro originally came under fire from Jewish scholars after he and other professors were caught on a secret listserv engaging in highly inflammatory anti-Semitic discourse about a resolution by the Modern Language Association (MLA) to boycott Israel.
Lerro accused “Jewish scholars” of having “humungous influence” over the entirety of academia and said, “It is time that Zionists are asked to finally account for their support to the illegal occupation of Palestine since 1967,” according to one message left on the listserv.
A Temple University spokesman initially defended Lerro’s right to engage in such discourse when approached by the WashingtonFree Beacon last week.
“Temple University promotes open discussion and expression among its diverse community of scholars,” the spokesman said. “The exercise of academic freedom necessarily results in a vigorous exchange of ideas.”
After Jewish scholars and others expressed outrage at the university’s refusal to condemn Lerro’s remarks, Theobald addressed the issue in an email to the school’s trustees.
“You may have heard media reports about highly contentious statements made by a Temple adjunct instructor regarding the holocaust,” Theobald wrote in an email titled, “media issue,” according to a copy of the note obtained by the Free Beacon.
“The statements were made in a private, members-only academic forum, not at Temple University,” he wrote. “These statements have incited strong reaction, and rightly so. The university, predictably but nonetheless inappropriately, has been painted with those statements, which were those of the speaker and not Temple.”
Oh, horseshit. Did these professors acquire a permit and spit this shit out in a “free speech zone”? If not, time for some forced re-education and diversity training. At least, that’s what I thought universities were all about these days.
When you set the tune, don’t be surprised when your acolytes begin riffing off it in a kind of muddled, intellectually bankrupt form of bad jazz fusion. Recognize that you helped nurture this, and either stick with your defense of their speech or run the little Jew-hating fucks out of the university.
NYU or Columbia will be happy to take them on, I’m sure.
Other professors on the listserv also were found to be engaging in controversial rhetoric about Jewish people and Israel.
Professor Elizabeth Ordonez, a retired Spanish professor from Metropolitan State University in Denver, wrote that “Zionist attack dogs” are unduly pressuring the resolution’s supporters.
“As on the broader political scene, moves to seek justice and opportunity for Palestinians (or to remove obstacles to achieving those goals) are countered by Zionist attack dogs,” Ordonez wrote in a March 22 post on the leaked listserv. “When the Zionist lobby railroads its way through Congress, universities, and civil society no request is made for equal time for the other side.”
I wonder if Metro State gives pensions. Because if it does, it can expect a one-man “Zionist attack dog” to make sure this bitch’s pension is revoked — or at least, that she’s forced to stand up to account for what she’s said. If they want to play the divest and boycott game, let’s see how they like it when it’s their pocketbooks that are hardest hit.
Here. Contact the provost. See what she has to say about all this.