Middle East studies in the News
Badges Aimed At Islamophobia Spark Controversy [incl. Bahar Davary]
by Michael Chen
A badge used to create awareness of Islamophobia on the University of San Diego campus is sparking controversy.
Last week, theology professor Bahar Davary and a group of students wore yellow badges during a protest.
They donned yellow Stars of David with a crescent and the word "Muslim" on them.
The use has sparked a wave of criticism.
Some seven decades ago, Max lost most of his family in Nazi concentration camps.
So did his wife, Rose, who is also a Holocaust survivor.
For the couple, the first introduction to the Nazis came years before the camps, with a decree Jews must wear the Star of David. Max was living in Poland.
"The locals would shout at us and spit at us, and we were identified," said Max.
Rose was in a village in Hungary.
"They were calling us dirty Jews," said Rose.
So many years later, the pain is revisited.
"It's very distressing," said Max.
"It doesn't seem right, doesn't seem right at all," said Rose. "It's very insulting. It hurts, because we went through hell."
The local chapter of Anti-Defamation League - which tracks anti-Muslim sentiment, calls the use of the badge unfortunate.
"Drawing linkages across history in a way that lacks sensitivity and understanding, only serves to provoke and offend," said Jenna Corbin, who works with the group.
"This is not a learning tool. Hitler used pictures like this as his learning tool," said Max.
In a statement, USD said this:
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