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December 23, 2015 3:08 pm

San Diego Students Wear Jewish Stars to Protest Islamophobia

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The Holocaust-era Jewish Star of David used by San Diego students to protest Islamophobia. Photo: StandWithUs.

The Holocaust-era Jewish Star of David used by San Diego students to protest Islamophobia. Photo: StandWithUs.

JNS.org – In an controversial effort to protest Islamophobia, an Iranian-American professor from the University of San Diego led her students on campus wearing the yellow star badges with “Muslim” written on it, similar to the Holocaust-era stars Jews were forced to wear by the Nazis.

Bahar Davary, professor of theology and religious studies, told the Washington Free Beacon that the protest last Thursday was a “class/campus project to raise awareness against Islamophobia. It is not intended to make an analogy between the current situation of Muslims in the US to that of Jews in Germany and wider Europe before the Shoah.”

“We realize that it is a stark symbol that carries a lot of weight and meaning today not only for Jews but for humanity,” Davary added. “That is as it should be, if we are to learn anything from our collective history. The yellow Star of David with the word Muslim written on it is a symbol that my students and I wear with utmost respect for the memory of the Jewish lives lost.”

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The idea originated during Dahary’s class “Islamic Faith and Practice,” an introduction to Islam, the Times of San Diego reported. She estimated that over 100 stars were being worn by students and faculty members on campus.

Dahary also advised her students to not wear the stars off campus “in case the meaning is misunderstood.”

StandWithUs, a pro-Israel advocacy and education organization, criticized the move by Davary.

“While protests against anti-Muslim bigotry are understandable and legitimate, using the Holocaust in this inappropriate and shocking way serves to trivialize and deny meaning to the unspeakable horrors that Jews suffered at the hands of Nazi Germany,” said StandWithUs San Diego area director Sara Schoonmaker, The Blaze reported.

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  • Sherlock Holmes

    During the Holocaust about 13 million people were murdered including 6 million Jews. There was a range of symbols people were forced to wear to identify their ‘crime’, but as the Grand Mufti was among Hitler’s staunchest supporters, and Hitler needed Arab oil Muslims were normally left alone. It would have been more original to study the range of badges and create a new one to label Muslims. German triangle badges could be red, green, blue, pink, purple brown or black. Perhaps invent a green star with the word Muslim.

  • David Dancyger

    Enough with this Islamophobia. A phobia is an irrational fear. Muslims, albeit a minority (still a huge number though), are slaughtering innocent people on every continent save Antartica.. Trains, planes, and automobiles are but a few of their weapons. So, let’s knock off this nonsense about IslamoPHOBIA. There are plenty of legitimate reasons to be afraid. Just be French, Jewish, Nigerian, live in Sydney, Mumbai, the Phillipines, Spain, Russia, Argentina, the United States, Belgium, Mali… Actually, where is it not a real fear?

  • Carol

    Are these expletive brain dead? Then, again, they are mindless, so apparently, born without one. I would call this stupid act, a violation, disrespectful action. The Mogen David does not need a word, such as what has been placed, within its center.

  • Jonas

    Bahar Davary, is a bit banana.
    His symbol for islamophobia should be a banana, with a bit of fantasy it looks like a crescent.
    Perhaps he can think of a symbol for realitophobia.

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