A desire to protect free speech over all else has Oberlin College President Marvin Krislov coming out in defense of Professor Joy Karega despite her social media statements of anti-semitism. Oberlin is now dealing with conflicting demands for her protection and her dismissal.
The Chronicle-Telegram is reporting that President Krislov is conflicted, as he is a practicing Jew. Though Karega posted her anti-semitic rants on social media, she was allegedly surprised by the negative reaction, and has since changed her settings to limit those who can view her pages. Professor Karega’s posts include attacks on Jews, Israel, and statements that Jews were behind all of the attacks on September 11th.
Krislov claims to be the grandson of an Orthodox Jewish Rabbi, who has no patience for hate speech.
“As someone who has studied history, I cannot comprehend how any person could or would question its existence, its horrors and the evil which caused it. I feel the same way about anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.”
Charge claims that she is a victim and a target, because she is a black woman on the tenure track at a university. She also blames propaganda articles masquerading as journalism.
“And… I’m going to talk about why it is so important to resist these intimidation and silencing tactics and not coil under pressure. But for now, still unbothered.”
Karega will continue in her position at Oberlin, to continue to express her personal opinions about Israel and Jewish people.
According to The New York Post, the Oberlin College professor has been professing these anti-semitic views for some time on social media, and her agenda has not changed. In addition to blaming Jews for 9/11, she also says that they were behind the Charlie Hedbo attacks in France.
“This ain’t even hard. They unleashed Mossad on France and it’s clear why,” Karega wrote in a now-private post, referencing Israel’s intelligence agency.
Professor Karega writes that she remains “unbothered” during all of the fuss, and will have a lot to say when the dust has cleared.
Haaretz is expressing the opinion that Oberlin College is progressive except when it comes to hate against Jews. They have shared Facebook posts made by Oberlin’s Joy Karega which insist that Jews control banking and media, and have financed “both sides of every war since Napoleon, and control all of the world’s oil.”
It seems that Karega has a personal dislike of the Rothschild family, and blames them for a whole host of crimes against society.
“With this false flag,” she was quoted as posting, “the Rothschild-led banksters, exposed and hated and out of economic options to stave off the coming global deflationary depression, are implementing the World War III option.”
Oberlin’s president Marvin Krislov issued a statement saying that Oberlin respects the right of everyone at the college to express their views, though the views expressed by Joy Karega are hers alone. Haaretz is suggesting that Oberlin and Krislov should accept a new designation.
“PEAS – Progressive Except For Anti-Semitism.”
The Forward says the Oberlin’s President Krislov is in panic mode as he also posted a message on the Oberlin Alumni Facebook page. Professor Alan Dershowitz of Harvard has come out with a strong opinion about Oberlin’s allegedly selective views on bigoted speech.
“If Karega had expressed comparably bigoted views about Blacks, Muslims or gays, the President of Oberlin would not have posted the boilerplate he posted. He would have condemned those views, even if he defended her right to express them.”
Meanwhile, Oberlin is still supporting a visit to campus by a supporter of Black and Palestinian solidarity.
Do you think that Joy Karega should face any sort of censure for her behavior?
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