Middle East studies in the News
University of San Diego Prof 'Highlights' Islamophobia With Nazi-Era Yellow Stars of David [on Bahar Davary]
The College Fix
An Iranian-American theology professor and some students at the University of San Diego sought to raise awareness of "anti-Muslim rhetoric" by donning yellow Stars of David with a crescent and the word "Muslim" on them — a symbol straight out of Nazi Germany.
Professor Bahar Davary defended her decision to wear the stars despite claims of insensitivity towards members of the Jewish community.
Via a university spokesperson, Davary said the stars "w[ere] not meant to draw an analogy between the Holocaust and the current atmosphere Muslims face."
Jacob Baime, executive director at the Israel on Campus Coalition, called the use of the symbols "highly offensive."
"The industrial slaughter of 6 million innocent Jews by the Nazis is unique in human history. Any serious professor would have the decency to respect the memory of the victims," he said.
Rabbi Abraham Cooper said "the imagery is off," adding that European Jews "constituted no threat whatsoever to the German state" back during the 1930s while the [current] threat of extremist terrorism "is real."Note: Articles listed under "Middle East studies in the News" provide information on current developments concerning Middle East studies on North American campuses. These reports do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch and do not necessarily correspond to Campus Watch's critique.
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