College Professor and Students Do Something Super-Insulting To Jews to Protest Islamophobia
A University of San Diego college professor and students are protesting Islamophobia by doing something incredibly offensive to Jews: wearing yellow Jewish star badges with the word “Muslim” and a crescent moon.
The Washington Free Beacon reports that professor Bahar Davary, who teaches theology and religious studies at USD, held the protest with her students to speak out against “anti-Muslim rhetoric.” There were at least 100 students and faculty members wearing the offensive badges.
Davary defended the protest and said through a university spokesman, “This is 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 U.S. to that of Jews in Germany and wider Europe before the Shoah [Holocaust].”
The professor also said that wearing the badge is for people to realize the dangers of “marking any group of people as the ‘other.'”
“We realize that it is a stark symbol that carries a lot of weight and meaning today not only for Jews but for humanity. That is as it should be, if we are to learn anything from our collective history,” Davary said. “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.”
Davary and her students are insulting the Jews who perished in the Holocaust. Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, told the Free Beacon that the professor’s use of the yellow Jewish star badge was not appropriate:
“When we talk about the yellow star, let’s
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