The petition, titled ‘Remove Zareena Grewal from the Yale Faculty for Promoting LIES and VIOLENCE,’ refers to a series of tweets sent by Grewal, an Ethnicity, Race, and Migration professor in the wake of the barbaric attacks in Israel over the weekend.
On October 7, Grewal wrote: ‘My heart is in my throat. Prayers for Palestinians. Israeli [sic] is a murderous, genocidal settler state and Palestinians have every right to resist through armed struggle, solidarity. #FreePalestine.’
Several days later, as the depravity of the Hamas attacks became clear, Grewal wrote in response to a tweet from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: ‘No government on earth is as genocidal as this settler colonial state.’
She has also, in recent days, retweeted posts that claim Israel has a ‘mad bloodlust’ and that those who support the Jewish state would have ‘been posting ‘I stand with slave owners’ during rebellions.’
Zareena Grewal has posted many times in support of Palestinian terrorists since the brutal attacks began Saturday
The petition has now collected at least 35,000 signatures two days after it was posted
On October 8, Grewal retweeted a video of a news report about the brutal Hamas attacks with the caption: ‘It’s been such an extraordinary day!’
In a student-written article for the Yale Daily News, the school defended Grewal’s right to exercise free speech.
A spokesperson for the Ivy League institution said: ‘Yale is committed to freedom of expression, and the comments posted on Professor Grewal’s personal accounts represent her own views.’
It is not clear whether Yale will take action or conduct a review of Grewal’s messages.
The school’s Jewish Chaplain, Jason Rubenstein, told the outlet that he ‘would like the Yale administration, while not compromising on freedom of expression and academic freedom, to also respond to these statements as what they are: fundamental challenges to the ethos of belonging at Yale.’
‘We would like this professor – and everyone at Yale – to state what should be obvious: that she cherishes and would protect every member of the Yale community, including Jews alongside everyone else,’ he said.
Rubenstein went on to point out that Hamas has taken the lives of members of the Yale community, including Matthew Eisenfeld of the class of ’93, who died in a 1996 Hamas bombing in Jerusalem, and Eitan Neeman, clinical fellow at the medical school who was murdered by Palestinian terrorists over the weekend.
‘When a member of the Yale community – faculty or student – raises their voice in support of Hamas, we think not of geopolitics, but of the fact that this person is advocating for an organization that not only has stated its intention to kill members of our community, but has done so,’ he said.
The petition, written be a member of the class of 2025, has received roughly 35,000 signatures (as of 7pm Thursday evening) in the two days it’s been up.
It reads in part: ‘Condoning violence, advocating for a terrorist organization, and historical revisionism and inaccuracies are all ideas that run contrary to the values of Yale University.’
Grewal ‘has unequivocally proven that she has no right being in her current role or in the field of education if she considers war crimes against civilians to be acts of resistance.’
More than 34,000 people have signed a petition demanding that Yale University remove Grewal from its faculty
An Israeli army self-propelled howitzer fires rounds near the border with Gaza in southern Israel on October 11
A house left in ruins after an attack by Hamas militants on this kibbutz days earlier when dozens of civilians were killed near the border with Gaza
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According to her university biography, Grewal is a ‘historical anthropologist and a documentary filmmaker whose research focuses on race, gender, religion, nationalism, and transnationalism across a wide spectrum of American Muslim communities.’
Her first book is described as ‘an ethnography of transnational Muslim networks that link US mosques to Islamic movements in the post-colonial Middle East through debates about the reform of Islam.’
In her X (formerly Twitter) bio, she describes herself as a ‘Yale prof’ and ‘radical Muslim.’
She has, likely recently, limited access to her tweets.
On Saturday, Iran-backed Palestinian terrorists stormed Israel in a coordinated attack that has so far taken the lives of 1,200 Israelis, some of whom were raped, burned alive, and beheaded mercilessly by agents of Hamas.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared war shortly after, and of Thursday the IDF counteroffensive was in full swing. It has so far involved the aggressive bombing of Gaza, as well as rockets being sent into Syria and Lebanon.
Gaza is bracing for a possible ground offensive that would further escalate the conflict. Netanyahu has sworn vengeance for his people and death to all agents of Hamas.
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