November 23, 2019

Argentine university condemns 2 professors for promoting antisemitism

Source: JTA
An Argentine university has condemned two professors for social media posts that criticized “dual loyalty” and said “Zionist Judaism is the greatest catastrophe for humanity.”

On Wednesday, the leadership of the University of Cuyo, located in Argentina’s northwest, published a resolution that called the professors “discriminatory and promoters of antisemitism.” The resolution comes after a yearlong investigation of Julio Alejandro Neme Dorah and Silvia Beatriz Sassola.

On May 1, Neme Dorah, who teaches Arab studies, called for a rebellion against “Talmudist usurers.” He is regularly interviewed by a campus program called “Arab Debate,” and has claimed that “Zionist Judaism is the greatest catastrophe for humanity. … Masters of the lie, they poison every people and are the enemies of humanity. The Talmud and Torah are the true Sword of Damocles.”

Sassola, a journalist, accused Argentine Jews of “double loyalty” and has echoed other antisemitic stereotypes.

The resolution requests that both professors work “in respect of cultural diversity.” It also requires Sassola to remove the name of the university from his Twitter bio.

The Argentine Jewish political umbrella organization, DAIA, and the Simon Wiesenthal Center sent the resolution to the organizers of an upcoming conference hosted by Neme Dorah called “From Versailles to Gaza.” They are requesting that the event be canceled.

Last year, the Wiesenthal Center flagged the professors’ antisemitic speech in a letter to the university administration.

“The resolution ensures that university campuses are not to be the breeding ground for discrimination and incitement to hatred,” Shimon Samuels, the center’s director of international relations, said in a statement.