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Joy Karega came to wide attention when she shared a series of Facebook posts blaming Israel and Jews for the 9/11 and Charlie Hebdo attacks and the rise of ISIS. She, for example, shared a graphic shortly following the Charlie Hebdo attacks of an ISIS terrorist pulling off a mask in the likeness of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with a Star of David tattoo on his arm and the words ‘JSIL’ written beneath (an analogy to ISIL). In the accompanying text, Karega wrote, “this aint even hard. They unleashed Mossad on France and it’s clear why.”[1]

Karega also posted a photo of a well-known Jewish banking family member with the caption “we own your news, the media, your oil, and your government.” This was followed by a proclamation that “I stopped letting folks bully me with that ‘you’re being anti-semitic’ nonsense a long time ago.”[2]

Additionally, she wrote in a post that “the same people behind the massacre in Gaza are behind the shooting down,” of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. In the aftermath of Karega’s exposure, she was initially put on paid leave by Oberlin, with the university’s board deploring her comments as “anti-Semitic and abhorrent.”[3] Prof. Karega was ultimately dismissed from her position in November 2016 for failing “to meet the academic standards that Oberlin requires of its faculty and failing to demonstrate intellectual honesty.”[4]

[1] Gertsman, D. (Feb. 25, 2016). Oberlin Professor Claims Israel Was Behind 9/11, ISIS, Charlie Hebdo Attack. The Tower. Retrieved from http://www.thetower.org/3012-oberlin-professor-claims-israel-was-behind-911-isis-charlie-hebdo-attack/

[2] Flaherty, C. (March 1, 2016). Unacademic Freedom? Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved from https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/03/01/does-academic-freedom-protect-falsehoods

[3] Rogers, K. (Aug. 3, 2016). Oberlin Professor Accused of Anti-Semitic Remarks Is Placed on Paid Leave. New York Times. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/04/us/oberlin-professor-accused-of-anti-semitic-remarks-is-placed-on-paid-leave.html?mcubz=0

[4] Flaherty, C. (Nov. 16, 2016). Oberlin Ousts Professor. Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved from https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/11/16/oberlin-fires-joy-karega-following-investigation-her-anti-semitic-statements-social

Associated Organizations:

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

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