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August 1, 2016 2:50 pm

Oberlin Alumni Outraged That Assistant Prof Who Blamed Jews, Israel for 9/11 Still Employed by College

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Oberlin assistant professor Joy Karega. Photo: Facebook.

Oberlin assistant professor Joy Karega. Photo: Facebook.

The continued employment by Oberlin College of a blatantly antisemitic assistant professor can no longer be ignored, the head of an alumni group told The Algemeiner on Monday.

Melissa Landa of Oberlin Alums for Campus Fairness (ACF) — part of a national network engaged in combating antisemitism and anti-Israel bias on campus — blasted her alma mater for not having taken swift and serious action against Joy Karega, who also publicly blamed Israel for global terrorism in comments posted on the internet.

Last week, Oberlin ACF sent a letter to Board of Trustees Chair Clyde McGregor — who in a March 5 statement called Karega’s posts “antisemitic and abhorrent” — asking for clarification on Karega’s continued employment and the school’s ostensible investigation of her behavior. The letter — which was obtained by The Algemeiner — stated in part:

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…As you may know, members of our chapter were the first to bring Professor Joy Karega’s antisemitic Facebook posts to the attention of the college…

We were encouraged by your response of March 5, in which you stated, ‘These grave issues must be considered expeditiously. In consultation with President Marvin Krislov, the Board has asked the administration and faculty to challenge the assertion that there is any justification for these repugnant postings and to report back to the Board.’ We share your view that Professor Karega’s posts are repugnant, and we are appalled that she openly shared her antisemitic views with students on Facebook and during her class sessions.

Given that four months have passed since your statement and that the academic year begins next month, we are writing to inquire whether you have received the report that you requested.

Our current understanding is that Professor Karega is still employed at Oberlin College and is scheduled to teach classes at Oberlin during the upcoming semester. If this information is correct, we remain gravely concerned. To date, Professor Karega has brought shame and disgrace to Oberlin College…

We trust that our alma mater will redeem itself in response to Professor Karega’s public display of hate and to the campus climate that allowed her hateful messages to appear for years without public outcry…

Landa told The Algemeiner: “The last word communicated to us was five months ago. How can it be that we have not heard a word since then?”

While Landa said she “doesn’t believe Oberlin is attempting to sweep the issue under the rug,” she criticized the school’s handling of Karega’s provocative behavior, telling The Algemeiner, “If a professor can say things that are so atrocious, and the college can deliberate behind closed doors for months, with no transparency or communication to the public, then that’s a major problem.”

“We can’t really monitor what everyone thinks, but for a college professor to think she is in an environment where it is acceptable and legitimate to make these claims publicly is very troubling,” Landa said. “Antisemitism is everywhere. I’m sure many people have these thoughts, but at least in today’s world, for the most part, people have learned to kind of monitor and censor them publicly.”

As reported by The Algemeiner in March, it was first revealed by The Tower that Karega’s Facebook page was riddled with years’ worth of posts — that have subsequently been deleted — invoking traditional antisemitic tropes and conspiracy theories found in the notorious forgery the Protocols of the Elder of Zion.

In one January 2015 post, following the infamous Charlie Hebdo murders, Karega shared an image of an ISIS terrorist disguised as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — with a Star of David tattoo on his arm and the acronym JSIL, a slur used to compare Israel to the Islamic State. The caption accompanying the image implies the attack was a “false flag” aimed at halting French support for Palestinians.

In March 2015, Karega shared a blog post with an embedded video of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. In the video, Farrakhan says, “It is now becoming apparent that there were many Israeli and Zionist Jews in key roles in the 9/11 attack.” Karega wrote, “Farrakhan is truth-telling in this video.”

She also accused Israelis and Jews of being behind ISIS, the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 — and of controlling the world.

Landa said that this attitude on the part of Karega — who teaches composition and rhetoric — “spills over into the classroom” and is reflected in her “use of articles that are very hostile and anti-Israel. She fails to balance them out with counter-arguments. She is not actually teaching students to think deeply or look at different perspectives. She is using her classroom to express her very biased political perspective.”

Landa also took issue with Karega’s defenders, who claim she has a right to freedom of speech. “Free speech means that we can stand on a street corner and say whatever we want. But in the context of a private college, where parents are paying a lot of tuition, and where the college rests on its laurels built on a tradition of equality, it’s problematic that there was tolerance, and in some cases, defense of her speaking this way,” she said. “There is a real line that was crossed, and excusing Karega as speaking within parameters of free speech really mischaracterizes the issue. The issue is her judgement about when, where and how she expressed herself.”

Oberlin College did not respond to The Algemeiner’s request for comment by press time.

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  • If politicians and media whores are allowed to brazenly lie, then why shouldn’t academics be allowed to espouse opinion and theory, especially intelligent theories?

    There was a time when I thought some of the conspiracy theories Joy Karega espouses sounded a little wacko. But after doing my homework, I support Joy Karega. I hope she and her supporters will support my campaign to retire that stupid word “antisemitism” in return.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zC8oaYcvPU

  • Sheldon

    There’s an unwritten rule in liberal colleges that anti-Semitism is permitted, provided you do it under the cloak of free speech. Too bad I’m not an alumni of Oberlin as I’d love to withhold my financial support from the college.

    • B.T.

      Becoming very mainstream – just dare to try and fight it.

  • Free speech we enjoy here in the USA as long as you don’t oppose the wrong view. BSD

    • Jenna

      Free speech is a right. Being employed as a university professor is not.

  • Rica

    Linda & her group, which is isolationist and REFUSES to allow those that disagree with her and her tactics, but want to stop antisemitism on campus, is spooning histrionics to get herself on the map. From the college:

    Dear Oberlin Community Members:
    In response to recent renewed national media interest in the matter of Professor Joy Karega, I am writing to provide an update to you in advance of any public statement.
    In March, in consultation with me as President, Oberlin’s Board asked the administration and faculty to use its governance processes to review Professor Karega’s professional fitness in light of her social media postings. Accordingly, the faculty governance process began and is ongoing.
    I am committed to continuing and completing an equitable review process. While the process is pending, Professor Karega is on paid leave and will not be teaching at Oberlin. Arrangements are being made to cover her teaching and advising responsibilities.
    In recognition of the sensitivity of this continuing review process and the privacy of the individuals involved, we will have no other comment until the conclusion of the process.
    Sincerely,
    Marvin Krislov
    President

    Don’t get sucked into the hyperbole Landa is trying to spread. There is an issue on campus. There has been for some time. But she’s hardly working with alumni or the college. She’s working on padding her resume.

  • nat cheiman

    Oberlin College obviously employs lecturers whose qualifications are suspect or just asine people

    • and employs people that look at facts and have the guts to say what is right not what is PC. “Jews” didn’t do 9/11 but some people who happened to be jewish were involved. the buildings fell down accelerating in their decent which means mathematically they had to be wired for demo,and muslims didn’t have access to wire. But the owner who happens to be jewish did have access.

      • Mike

        jar r you are as much of a moron as Joy

  • Robin Yvonne

    Apparently, Oberlin is not as good a college as they think they are. I would recommend to all parents sending their kids there, to take them out immediately because having Oberlin on a future resume will only impact them negatively. Who would want to be associated with a school that is less than mediocre? That has a reputation for hiring professors that probably can’t get a job at a quality college?

  • Anna Schiffer

    Has the ADL weighed in on Oberlin’s continued employment of Joyce Karega, despite her promoting of hate speech and incitement?

  • Scott

    First, I am fed up with the berating of liberals, Obama, etc., which is not the issue. Many liberals oppose BDS and this anti-Semitic crap, just as there are many anti-Semitic conservatives. As the child of a Holocaust survivor, I am offended by Karega. That being said, her anti-Semitism is blatant. Having worked in academia, I am more worried about the anti-Semitic faculty who more subtly couch their anti-Semitism in more acceptable “scholarly” jargon and attempt to influence the minds of tomorrow’s leaders.

  • Free speech is NOT unbridled!! What I find so amazing is the number of young Black Americans who have joined the anti-Jew rhetoric that is sweeping US communities!!! Fascinating! You won’t even find this level of hostility in Arab countries (many of which are secretly very enamored of Israel).

    • B.T.

      Racism is very (and properly) politically incorrect. Unfortunately, anti-semitism these days
      Is apparently very politically correct. Even the black lives matter movement is coming out as anti-Israel ignoring basic history. Their claims about Israel shows a basic predjudice which they themselves do so much to demonstrate against when it comes to black victims of police
      brutality.

  • Reform School

    How to Win the White House:

    Dig up Idi Amin’s bones. Glue them together. Dip them in chocolate. Dress them in a dark suit and blue necktie. Nominated them at the Democratic National Convention. American Jewish Liberals will vote for it time after time.

    Before Leftist Oberlin would show its latest token shvartze the Karega door, it would drop the O from its name to prove its commitment to national socialism. Make no mistake. Programmed Leftists NEED commitment! Will you be the last one to leave our Noble Experiment?
    Please turn off the lights.
    Where did the well-paying jobs go? Where folks THINK!
    National average SAT scores fell every year since 1964. Teaching WHAT to think instead of HOW has no cost? Welcome to Ding-Dong-Schooled, Hillary-US Obamerica.
    Every idiot has an advanced degree in some useless field.

    • Dan Kaufman

      What a vile rant. Perhaps you could go back to watching your Fox news shows now, and leave the conversation to the grown-ups.

  • Dick Johnson

    In case anyone is interested, here’s her office phone number: (440) 775-5728

  • j-p

    When somebody makes a claim to you that contradicts your understanding/belief about a certain subject, your reaction should always begin with “What is your evidence?” “How do you substantiate your claim?” If these steps are skipped, or the other person has not had an opportunity to correctly represent their point of view, then a proper conversation has not even begun. This article fails to go into an detail about how this woman arrived at the conclusion that Israel was behind the 9/11 attacks. If she is correct, then her conclusions are not racial in nature whatsoever. As Americans we are able to criticize and mock our own politicians, and many people do this regularly. Does this make us hateful of all Americans? Surely we should therefore be allowed to do the same for a foreign government, especially one we donate over 3 billion to annually. Claims of “anti-semitism” or other forms of racism, can themselves BE FORMS OF AGGRESSION, especially when based on assumptions, because of the damage that can be dealt to a person’s reputation or social standing.
    I am a half Jew with a grandmother who escaped Nazi Germany in 1938 to come to this country, but I find it disgusting how often this term “anti semitism” is used to turn any conversation that could be handled rationally, into a purely emotional one.

    Are the FACTS related to the attack on the U.S.S Liberty anti semetic?
    Are the FACTS related to the Israeli’s in white vans with explosives on 9/11 anti semetic?
    Are the FACTS related to Director of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff shutting down the FBI investigation of these Israelis anti semetic?
    Are the FACTS related to Larry Silverstein and his purchasing of the WTC 6 weeks prior to 9/11 and his fortuitous insurance policy protecting them against acts of terrorism, anti semetic?
    Are the FACTS related the physical impossibility of two steel structure obliterating themselves to fine powder because of an oxygen starved fire across a single-digit floor span, despite having 3x structural redundancy, anti semetic?

  • j-p

    This article and the entirety of the comments here are the true indicator of our failed educational system in this country. When somebody makes a claim to you that contradicts your understanding/belief about a certain subject, your reaction should always begin with “What is your evidence?” “How do you substantiate your claim?” If these steps are skipped, or the other person has not had an opportunity to correctly represent their point of view, then a proper conversation has not even begun. This article fails to go into an detail about how this woman arrived at the conclusion that Israel was behind the 9/11 attacks. If she is correct, then her conclusions are not racial in nature whatsoever. As Americans we are able to criticize and mock our own politicians, and many people do this regularly. Does this make us hateful of all Americans? Surely we should therefore be allowed to do the same for a foreign government, especially one we donate over 3 billion to annually. Claims of “anti-semitism” or other forms of racism, can themselves BE FORMS OF AGGRESSION, especially when based on assumptions, because of the damage that can be dealt to a person’s reputation or social standing.
    I am a half Jew with a grandmother who escaped Nazi Germany in 1938 to come to this country, but I find it disgusting how often this term “anti semitism” is used to turn any conversation that could be handled rationally, into a purely emotional one.

    Are the FACTS related to the attack on the U.S.S Liberty anti semetic?
    Are the FACTS related to the Israeli’s in white vans with explosives on 9/11 anti semetic?
    Are the FACTS related to Director of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff shutting down the FBI investigation of these Israelis anti semetic?
    Are the FACTS related to Larry Silverstein and his purchasing of the WTC 6 weeks prior to 9/11 and his fortuitous insurance policy protecting them against acts of terrorism, anti semetic?
    Are the FACTS related the physical impossibility of two steel structure obliterating themselves to fine powder because of an oxygen starved fire across a single-digit floor span, despite having 3x structural redundancy, anti semetic?

    • Silverstein was involved. Pull it WTC7. Con Ed was notified to cut the power to WTC7 because they knew that the building was going to fall hmmm I don’t think osama bin laden called con ed.

  • al talena

    Tyranny of the Left.

  • Mike

    The reason Oberlin has had trouble responding to this is that it comes out of Black anti-Semitism, a reality that many good liberals don’t want to acknowledge. How do they deal with Karega without raising the wider issue?

    • Rica

      Dear Oberlin Community Members:
      In response to recent renewed national media interest in the matter of Professor Joy Karega, I am writing to provide an update to you in advance of any public statement.
      In March, in consultation with me as President, Oberlin’s Board asked the administration and faculty to use its governance processes to review Professor Karega’s professional fitness in light of her social media postings. Accordingly, the faculty governance process began and is ongoing.
      I am committed to continuing and completing an equitable review process. While the process is pending, Professor Karega is on paid leave and will not be teaching at Oberlin. Arrangements are being made to cover her teaching and advising responsibilities.
      In recognition of the sensitivity of this continuing review process and the privacy of the individuals involved, we will have no other comment until the conclusion of the process.
      Sincerely,
      Marvin Krislov
      President

  • The best way to punish Oberlin is to ask the Alums to stop their financial support of Oberlin. I am a grad of the University of Pennsylvania. I stoped my support of Penn when the Political Science Department sponsored Anti Semetic speakers try this. It will work to remove this person.

  • Linda

    Fire her ass! An unreconstructed Jew hater is no one to hire when there are so many other qualified people can fill her position. Her students will only produce more hate in the world. Free speech doesn’t mean free hate.

  • The difference why nothing will happen to her is that Jews don’t demonstrate for themselves but they do for everyone else.

    There is no Jewish unity and this Jew hater should be forced to resign or maybe she is a FBI asset getting in with Louis Farrakn to spy on the Nation of Islam.

    Sounds right to me just as Wolf Blitzer is an Israeli asset.

  • If a white had made similar remarks about blacks we all know that person would have been fired in 2 seconds.

    This black anti-Jew has no concept of history, much less what the Jews have done for blacks starting with the founding of the NAACP in the early 20th century.

    I regret every Jew who put their lives in jeopardy for these people who weren’t worth it.

    • John

      “I regret every Jew who put their lives in jeopardy for these people who weren’t worth it.”

      Good job, moron.

  • Francis Figliola

    Our educational institutions are rotting from the head down!

  • E Pluribus Wombat

    She will no doubt be made president of Oberlin soon and her her first act will be to demand the expulsion of all Jewish students and staff. Liberals will cheer.

  • enufizenuf

    By making up crap about Jews blacks don’t feel so inferior.

    • Judy

      Racism against one group does not justify or demand racism against a different group. Your comment is disgusting.

      • John

        Agreed. When people fight hate with hate, in this way, it often unveils the bigotry they likely hide on a daily basis. They use the ‘offense’ as a way to justify the hate resting in them all along.

  • Steve

    Also, you should post a list of the bigoted professors who are defending her, and list their excuses. Do an article on that so the world knows which professors at Oberlin defend anti-semites. It seems like far-left Jew-haters now seem to feel that if someone rants deranged anti-semitic hate, and people criticize it, “free speech” is somehow being affected.

    It sounds like a lot of leftist professors seem to support anti-semitism if it’s a female+black professor doing it.

  • Steve

    Any idea if Joy Karega is on a contract? And when her contract with the university is up?

    Maybe it’s easier/better for the school to simply let her contract run out and then not hire her back than to fire her and risk every anti-semite in the world rallying to support her?

  • Ani

    But they’re not going to do anything about her. She’s a black woman and thus a token minority prof. It’s not like she’s a Jew dissing Moslems or blacks or something important that would get the Oberlin admin upset.

    So given that she seems to be staying, what sane Jew would send their kids to school there? Or donate money to the school? We need to BDS Oberlin.

  • Ron millen

    Get rid of her!

  • Pathetic that a third grade “intellectual ” not herself from a racial group distinguished for their contribution to civilisation
    has the temerity to show her total ignorance and jealousy instead of trying to improve the lot of the so called discriminated against

    • Judy

      Racism against one group does not justify or demand racism against a different group. Your comment is disgusting.

  • Oberlin College did not respond.
    What did you want them to respond?

    What can one respond when one hires anti Semitic imbeciles, pretending to know history and letting them freely spout their ignorance.

    It proves only one thing….lately the title of ‘professor’ has been degraded in a big way!

  • I cannot understand why students do not boycott her classes, or hold sit-ins and publicly shame her, the way anti-Israel students do to pro-Israel academics.

  • Don’t hold your breath for the Prof to be fired!

  • Lia

    To all concerned, if alumni and parents withhold contributions and donations and if parents remove their children/wards so that tuition fees, hostel payments and attendance drop, Oberlin will take note … and sadly, not before.

  • stevenl

    You recognize an antisemite as soon as they open their mouth!

  • Elaine Fidel

    Only anti Semitism is PC in colleges

  • fred

    Karega seem to have the college support. Free speech even in abysmal ignorance has the College support and the other side of the coin such as responsibility, truth & fact this does not exist , also she is colored person so her right to lie is paramount. Go figure……..

  • I am glad to see that alumni are doing something. Voices must be raised against the madness. This professor sounds like a lunatic with a temper. She needs to be out of there. The college is probably afraid of a lawsuit and violence. Still.

    Educations at heretofore excellent colleges and universities are going quickly downhill by allowing monsters like this to intimidate students and fill their head with obscenities.

  • I’m outraged and I’m not even an Oberlin alumnus.

    She needs to be fired for anti-semitism and stupid-ism. We know who did 9/11 – 19 Saudis.

    She also has a PhD from a nowhere school that doesn’t give PhD’s in the discipline she’s a tenure track professor of. All of the other profs in the department have PhD’s from top schools. Her resume is basically blank. No undergrad school is even mentioned. It’s all online.

  • Bandersnatch9

    Joy Kaarenga, she wouldn’t be the spawn of Ron Karenga of Kwanza fame?

  • Amos Lassen

    It is indeed shocking that nothing has been about this. Surely Karega knew exactly what she was doing and she has had her say and that should have opened the door for to leave and for it to be firmly slammed behind her. Maybe ISIS will give her a job–it is clear that is where she wants to be. Oberlin should be embarrassed to have a mouth like hers on the faculty. There is already too much hatred in the world for it be mouthed by professors on college campuses. This entire affair is shocking especially when other academics have ben fired for less.

  • mika

    Low IQ individuals such professor Joy Karega are simply parroting antisemitic CIA propaganda.

  • Mike

    What is Oberlin College waiting for, permission to do the right thing? This is a private college. The board of trustees can fire her anytime they want. Maybe some of them agree with the professor.

  • Ms. Landa is doing the right thing, i.e. protesting “racism” and intolerance (and, one might say, in the Karega’s case, hatred, stupidity, and ignorance).

    and, Ms. Landa is right to persist.

    but Ms. Landa is wrong to expect that she will get any satisfaction from the administration of Oberlin.

    university administrators, generally, are notoriously cowardly. and, though only some faculty will admit it, it is, on campus (especially at Oberlin), permissible, even admirable, to hate Israel and the Jews. expressions of angry hatred and intolerance against Israel and the Jews are expected in some circles and are considered unobjectionable in other, more moderate, circles. even faculty members who know how indecent such hatred is lack the courage to risk the disapprobation of their colleagues or students; the most that one will get from these timid, quivering, mice will be a few words, mumbled privately.

    so, no one should expect any decency or equal treatment from Oberlin. when it comes to the Jews and Israel, Oberlin has none to offer.

  • Jonah

    Welcome to Obamas America. The antisemitic hoards are being prepared and the stage is being set for the slaughter of Jews. What Jews do not seem to understand is that know one cares what they say anymore just Judeo Christians and Trump. The liberal press is out to fascillitate the elimination of Jews as a race, as a country and as a people. The best and probably the only friend you have now is your nukes. They are what separates you from what the Germans did to you and most of the world seems to be warming up for a second run. But their question is…they have nukes what can we do to end run that. Psych them out with the liberal press. Tell them Hillary and Obsma will guarantee them peace with security. What Israel needs is a pope staged love fest. Take down your borders go back to pre 67 borders and we will all trade with you and love you. One thing that bothers me is that Israel has approx 1% of the Mideast if that much and they want to further slice and dice that. With attitudes like that ….Israel does not need love and acceptance….they need nukes!! As a side note if trump gets elected Obama will attempt to annhilate Israel before he takes office. My advice to Israel is keep your finger on the trigger hopefully it will be a hair trigger.

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