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Prof. Dabashi is on the advisory board of the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.[1] Dabashi has compared Israel’s military maneuvers to prevent suicide bombings in Jenin with the Nazi Holocaust, and when questioned by a student who protested Dabashi’s cancelling of class to attend an anti-Israel sit-in, he replied “I apologize if cancelling our class in solidarity with [Palestinian] victims of genocide… inconvenienced you.”[2]

In 2004, after receiving an e-mail from a Columbia graduate student (and former soldier in the IDF), accusing him of anti-Semitism, Dabashi, rather than responding to the student, informed university officials that he felt physically threatened by the student and that security should be advised “of this slanderous attack against my character and appropriate measures taken to protect my person from a potential attack by a militant slanderer.”[3]

[1] USACBI. Advisory Board. Retrieved from http://www.usacbi.org/advisory-board/

[2] Pipes, D. (Dec. 1 2004). Hamid Dabashi: Columbia University’s Hysterical Professor. Middle East Forum. Retrieved from http://www.danielpipes.org/2255/hamid-dabashi-columbia-universitys-hysterical-professor

[3] Gershman, J. (November 22, 2004). Professor Fearful of Attack. The New York Sun. Retrieved from http://www.nysun.com/new-york/professor-fearful-of-attack/5175/

Associated Organizations:

Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP).

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Departmental Contact

Timothy Mitchell, Department Chair of the Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies department

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