George Washington University School of Medicine hosted a faculty meeting Hamas terrorists declared last week that they had a “right to resist” against Israel, according to video footage obtained exclusively by the newspaper.
The Dec. 4 discussion was titled “Understanding the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” and was sponsored by the School of Medicine's School of Health Sciences' Anti-Racism Coalition and the Middle East Institute.
The panelists called the Jewish state's military operations in the Gaza Strip “ethnic cleansing” and “genocide,” but they also cited the atrocities committed by Hamas in its Oct. 7 attack on southern Israel and its designation as a foreign terrorist organization. The designation of Hamas was not discussed. It still holds more than 100 Israelis and American civilians hostage.
“Israel can legitimately claim a right to self-defense, but I also want to keep in mind that Hamas and the Palestinians also have a right to resist,” Michael Barnett, a professor of international affairs and political science, said during a panel discussion.
“We are all shaken by the events of October 7,” added Sheila Robinson, professor of history and international affairs. “But we all recognize that there is a history to those events.”
The Hamas attack ended a ceasefire reached after the May 2021 conflict, in which Hamas fired thousands of rockets into Israel over 11 days until peace was brokered.
Israeli authorities estimate that about 1,200 people were killed in the Oct. 7 attack, including 33 Americans. The jihadists also took about 240 civilians hostage, including about 10 Americans, one of whom, 4-year-old Abigail Edan, was released last month.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would declare war on the terrorist organization, carry out airstrikes and launch a full-scale ground offensive in the Gaza Strip in a major effort to “destroy Hamas.” I complied.
At least one GWU panelist affirmed the Jewish state's right to self-defense, while several more characterized the IDF's actions as part of a larger “colonial” project to ultimately eliminate Gaza's civilian population. characterized.
“Israel has launched an unprecedented carpet bombing campaign in the area, which has deliberately targeted, and continues to deliberately target, high-rise residential buildings, bakeries, schools, universities, and UN shelters over the past eight weeks. We now know that it continues,” Robinson said. panel.
Hamas is known to use civilians in the region as human shields, putting them at risk by conducting operations and storing weapons stockpiles in hospitals, schools, and mosques. However, this is a reality that the panel has never acknowledged.
A senior IDF official noted last week that for every Hamas terrorist fatality, approximately two civilians have died in the war, corroborating reports that approximately 5,000 terrorists and 10,000 civilians have died in the fighting. Ta.
An Israeli Defense Forces spokesperson noted that this ratio is “unprecedented in the history of modern urban warfare,” as the Gaza Strip is one of the most densely populated areas in the world.
Several concerned students and faculty tried to ask questions about the panel's presentation but were ignored. Some of them were criticized by anonymous users in the chat box during Zoom meetings.
Jewish students at the medical school were particularly appalled by the panel discussion, which they told the Post only contributed to the rampant anti-Semitism on campus that has exploded in the wake of the Hamas terrorist attacks.
Dean of Diversity and Inclusion Yolanda Haywood apologized to medical school officials after the panel discussion, but her statement in the aftermath of the discussion did not mention Jewish students or condemn anti-Semitism. There wasn't.
“Our primary goal was to provide an experience that would lead to thoughtful reflection and inspire broader and more open communication,” Haywood's statement said. “As the webinar progressed, it became clear that this program was not a balanced presentation on this most divisive and difficult subject.”
Jewish students who spoke to the Post said the statement was a sign of “general corporate behavior” by administrators who “have taken no actionable steps to make Jewish students feel safe on campus.” He emphasized that this is part of a pattern of “apology.”
“Becoming a medical student at GW made me feel alone and scared for my future in medicine,” said one person. “I am shocked that medical schools and their students, who have dedicated their careers to saving lives, have remained silent since October 7th.”
“Many of my colleagues who are passionate about women's health don't care about the rape, mutilation, and desecration of women's bodies when it comes to Jewish women,” the same student added. “My Jewish friends and I have worked with our classmates to amplify the #MeToo movement, abortion rights, and Black Lives Matter. Their silence now is deafening.
“I am more empowered than ever to become a physician and use my voice to stand up for Jewish patients, because clearly many of my classmates are not willing to do the same. Because I don't think so.”
Another student pointed out that, “In Israel, when medical professionals arrive at the scene of a terrorist attack, they treat the injured in the worst way.”
“In many cases, it's the terrorists themselves,” the Jewish student said. “That's because we value the protection of human life above all else. I thought that was what it meant to be a medical professional, but clearly some of my colleagues feel the same way. Some people don’t feel it.”
George Washington University has the fourth-largest Jewish student population among private universities in the United States, but still records high rates of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel hostility on campus (2016) Report from Brandeis University found.
At least 17 anti-Semitic incidents have occurred on campus this year. According to the AMCHA initiativeincluding the school's Palestine Justice student chapter's recent defense of Hamas terrorism.
In late October, students projected anti-Semitic and pro-Hamas messages such as “Glory to the Martyrs” and “Liberate Palestine from the River to the Sea” onto the side of the library building. This is widely understood as a call for the eradication of Palestine. Israel.
The U.S. Department of Education is also investigating a civil rights discrimination complaint against a George Washington psychology professor who allegedly harassed Jewish students with anti-Semitic comments during a required diversity course. He then allegedly retaliated against her by reporting her to her manager.
Congressman Josh Gottheimer (Democrat of New Jersey) I wrote a letter to GWU President Ellen Grunberg. In October, he urged her to “take immediate disciplinary action against those who project anti-Semitic messages onto campus buildings.”
“Jewish students do not feel safe on their campuses, and university presidents and administrators, including GW, have yet to forcefully condemn Hamas terrorism and the vile speech of student organizations. I am appalled by this,” Gottheimer said at the time.
“You have a responsibility as well as an obligation to protect all students, including Jewish students, and to ensure that they can continue to be safely part of our campus community.”
“GW has repeatedly condemned the horrific Oct. 7 terrorist attack on Hamas and Israel,” a university spokesperson told The Post Sunday.
“GW faculty and students are entitled to freely express their opinions, but they do not speak on behalf of the university. Most issues, including this one, are subject to a variety of event themes from a variety of perspectives. and many events and discussions do not, and cannot be expected to, reflect all sides of all issues.”