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Moderate Professor Expelled From Al-Quds Teacher’s Union for Auschwitz Trip

May 6, 2014 3:54 pm 25 comments

A scanned copy of a letter to Al-Quds University Professor Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi expelling from the teacher's union. Photo: Screenshot / Facebook.

A scanned copy of a letter to Al-Quds University Professor Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi expelling from the teacher's union. Photo: Screenshot / Facebook.

Al-Quds University Professor Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi, who was maligned for bringing Palestinian Arab students to visit the Auschwitz concentration camp, was expelled from the school’s teacher’s union last week, according to a copy of the letter posted to the Facebook page of a colleague.

Rima Najjar, an assistant professor of English Literature at Al Quds, headlined her Facebook post: “Dr. Mohammad Dajani’s union Membership at Al-Quds University has been suspended because of his visit to Auschwitz.”

She wrote, “The attached text is a letter published on the Facebook page of Al-Quds University Union of Professors and Employees, in which it is announced that Dr. Mohammad Dajani’s membership in the association has been suspended because of ‘behavior that contravenes the policies and norms’ of the association (meaning the academic and cultural boycott of Israeli universities that the association had voted on). The letter does not state this, but the discussion prior to the announcement refers to the trip he took with some students to visit Auschwitz.”

Blogger Elder of Ziyon, who flagged her Facebook post on Tuesday, wrote that Najjar “goes on to say that there is no comparison between Arab students visiting Auschwitz and Jewish students visiting an UNRWA camp – because visiting Auschwitz is unforgivable. She also quotes another prominent Arab academic, Mazin Qumsiyeh, as saying that Dajanis’ visit to Auschwitz is antisemitic!”

Najjar quoted Qumsiyeh as saying, “[Dajani] adopted the Zionist perspective that Judaism and Zionism are the same thing and in our opinion this is an antisemitic attitude to equate Zionism and Judaism and somehow link making peace and Zionism with the issues of Jewish suffering around the world.”

Elder of Ziyon commented on the news: “The fact is that at least 99% of intellectual Palestinian Arabs cannot stomach the idea that Jews have ever been victims of any sort. They viciously attack the extraordinarily few Palestinian Arabs who truly want to live in peace and coexistence. If anyone can seriously believe that true peace is possible in such a toxic and hateful environment when a simple admission that Jews were slaughtered is controversial and insulted, I’d love to see their logic.”

The controversial professor, as well as another leader of the Auschwitz trip who co-founded with him the Palestinian centrist movement Wasatia, also made waves by meeting former Israeli MK Dr. Einat Wilf, and gaining the dubious notoriety of being the only Palestinian Arab she could find to agree and sign on to her formulation of “two states for two people.”

Wilf’s text was: “The Jewish people around the world and Palestinian people around the world are both indigenous to the Land of Israel/Palestine and therefore have an equal and legitimate right to settle and live anywhere in the Land of Israel/Palestine, but given the desire of both peoples to a sovereign state that would reflect their unique culture and history, we believe in sharing the land between a Jewish state, Israel, and an Arab state, Palestine, that would allow them each to enjoy dignity and sovereignty in their own national home. Neither Israel nor Palestine should be exclusively for the Jewish and Palestinian people respectively and both should accommodate minorities of the other people.”

25 Comments

  • It is a crying shame that this is not uncommon.

  • University Professor Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi might well have been out of a Collegiate role, but Humanity has gained a further advocate! The lessons of Tolerance or not restricted to Christianity nor Judaism. Islam must hold forth and deliver a Tolerance Allah would recognise!

  • The Nazis were willing to send the Jews to Israel; it was the English who kept Jews out. The Muslims wouldn’t kill Jews if we accepted our dhimmitude and stopped trying to act like equals. Luckily for Islam, the Europeans do accept their dhimmi state, but there is nothing in the Koran that prepared Muslims for Jewish recalcitrance.

    Without oil, the Muslims would return to the 2nd class status they’ve had since the Middle Ages.

    Professor Daoudi is a hero to most Jews. To Muslims he’s an apostate.

    • Am just trying to figure out where you are getting some of you facts, the Nazis never wanted to send the Jews to Israel, they wanted them all dead!!As for the English not letting them in , not really sure how that is possible when those who live in Israel aren’t all English (not even sure what the English have to do with anything.) Girl I hate to say this but you can’t make up stories to make yourself feel better. I think the Professor should be held in high regard for realizing how important the real history is. Teaching lies and half stories will never get anyone anywhere!!!

      • Maria,

        The British had the Mandate for Palestine, that is a mandate in essence to try to keep the peace after WW1. Google “British have (or get) the Mandate for Palestine” (or something close to that) and look for article by Eli Hertz about 4 or 5 down for reliable history of that time.

      • Ron Blower

        The Nazis had a program of releasing Jews from Germany if they had (and left it all behind) cash, diamonds, gold, property outside the Reich, etc. Jewish Freedom Fighters paid cash, etc. to get some high profile Jews, families, etc. out.

        It became extremely problematic after the UK in the Middle East refused to accede to Jewish entreaties for their entrance to the Holy Land.

        After Roosevelt denied them access to the US… Well, that was THAT!!

        As for our intrepid Professor: kudos, of course. It takes a certain type of bravery, honor to admit to PART of the Truth but… should I REALLY be so taken when someone does? However…

        G-d’s Blessings on him for a long life going forward.

        Looking back, Marla: Beatrice DID praise our good Professor.

      • Well Marla, Beatrix is partly right! Hitler had decided on a Territorial Solution, be it Madagaskar, Israel, Warsaw or Lodz. That holding pen for Jewry was and will be remembered for its transitory nature as they fed the Death Milos and Destruction sites for the Jews of Europe!

      • Before the Nazi started killing the Jews, they tried to deport them anywhere, to any country which would take them, including the Mideast nations at the time. Oddly enough, the only two people Hitler thought who were lower than Jews were Blacks and Arabs.

    • Excellent analysis.

    • Be it understood. Jews sent to Israel by the Nazi’s would have been Murdered in equal measure. Palestine at the time would have been a Ghetto from which Jews would have been liberated to a Death Camp closer to home than Auschwitz, Treblinka, Chelmno, Belzec, Sobibor or Majdanek. A Camp might well have been established by Eichmann in Israel itself?

  • Where is the WORLD’S POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS leadership? I call for a mass rally against extremist Muslims. Over 200 girls have been kidnapped and the world does nothing against the Islamists. DO EXTREMIST MUSLIMS RUN Rutgers. Am I the only one with guts o speak out. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

  • Many things have been accomplished by blatant lies. One sees how lies influence the Arab UN, the EU & many institutions in the world who support BDS. The world has been mesmerised by Arab lies & oil. “Friends “of Israel are also succumbing to the continuous stream of lies.
    The counter to these lies seems week, even Kerry has proven this. It is good Israel has the fortitude to withstand this barrage of immoral attacks. Hitler hateful legacy lives in the Arab psyche they nothing constructive & hate keeps them above water.

  • Several years ago an Arab Palestinian music teacher took her students to perform at a retirement home for elderly Jews – many Holocaust survivors.

    The student orchestra performed, the residents were so pleased and so appreciative – applause and warm compliments for the students and good feelings all around.

    The teacher was driven out of her home and village – never allowed to return to her family and friends.

  • Bernard Ross

    “If anyone can seriously believe that true peace is possible in such a toxic and hateful environment when a simple admission that Jews were slaughtered is controversial and insulted,……….”
    Israel and Jews suffer from delusions: no matter how obvious this is they cannot digest it.

  • Winston Churchill said it best: “Islam is as dangerous in a man as rabies in a dog”.

  • esther noodelman

    I agree.

  • Mohammed's Keffiyeh

    I would sooner have a Jew pee on my keffiyeh than to have peace with the ZO.

    • Mohammed’s comment speaks much about the level of ignorance and hate that fills the hearts of those who would rather exterminate the Jew than build their own peaceful,economically upward and democratic country.

    • Bart A. Charta

      Bring me your keffiyah, especially if it is still on your head, and I will not only grant your wish but add my own fecal gift to your calabasa…..

    • You just proved the ignorance of so many people, try using your brain sometime and realize what you said is asinine. I am still trying to understand what the entire State of Israel of all of the Jewish people ever did to you?? I realize you have no brain power, but you also have no respect, try calling people properly, we are JEWISH and you are aware that not only Jewish people live in Israel. Too bad certain brains can’t grasp anything more than lies At least we try not to hate all of you, that is because we have common sense and not everyone like you is a brainless as you

    • You’re sick!

    • nehamashira

      I pity you. To harbour such hatred in your heart must take up a lot of energy.

  • How can Israel make peace with hateful People like that?
    That they even deny that the Holocaust existed, and the
    ones that prove that it indeed existed are being punished

  • The Land of Israel belongs to Jews because G-d gave the entire land to them.

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