A petition to fire a Yale professor from her position after she sent a number of tweets supporting and celebrating Hamas’ terrorist attacks in Israel has attracted 35,000 signatures.
The petitiontitled “Remove Zareena Grewal from the Yale Faculty for Promoting LIES and VIOLENCE,” refers to a series of tweets sent by Grewal, professor of ethnicity, race and migration in the wake of the barbaric attacks in Israel this weekend.
On October 7, Grewal wrote: “My heart is in my throat. Prayers for Palestinians. Israel (sic) is a murderous, genocidal settler state and Palestinians have every right to resist through armed struggle and solidarity. #LiberatePalestine.’
A few 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 colonial settler state.”
She has also retweeted messages in recent days claiming that Israel has a “crazy bloodlust” and that those who support the Jewish state have “posted ‘I stand with slave owners’ during uprisings.”
Zareena Grewal has posted many times in support of Palestinian terrorists since the brutal attacks began on 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 was 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 on Professor Grewal’s personal accounts represent her own views.”
It is not clear whether Yale will take action or review Grewal’s messages.
The school’s Jewish chaplain, Jason Rubenstein, told the newspaper that he “would like the Yale administration, without compromising freedom of speech and academic freedom, to also respond to these statements as they are: fundamental challenges to the ethos of belonging’. Yale.”
“We would like this professor — and everyone at Yale — to say the obvious: that she cherishes and will protect every member of the Yale community, including Jews and all others,” he said.
Rubenstein further pointed out that Hamas has taken the lives of members of the Yale community, including Matthew Eisenfeld of the class of ’93, who was killed in a Hamas bombing in Jerusalem in 1996, and Eitan Neeman, a clinical researcher at the Medical school that was murdered this weekend by Palestinian terrorists.
“When a member of the Yale community – faculty or student – raises his voice in support of Hamas, we are not thinking of geopolitics, but of the fact that this person is advocating for an organization that has not only declared its intention to to kill members of Hamas, our community, but has done so,” he said.
The petition, written for the class of 2025, has received approximately 35,000 signatures (as of 7 p.m. Thursday) in the two days it has been published.
It reads in part: “Condoning violence, advocating a terrorist organization, and historical revisionism and inaccuracies are all ideas that conflict with the values of Yale University.”
Grow ‘has unequivocally proven that she has no right in her current role or in the field of education she is considering war crimes against civilians as acts of resistance.’
More than 34,000 people have signed a petition demanding that Yale University remove Grewal from its faculty
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According to her university biographyGrewal is a “historical anthropologist and documentary filmmaker whose research focuses on race, gender, religion, nationalism, and transnationalism across a broad spectrum of American Muslim communities.”
Her first book is described as “an ethnography of transnational Muslim networks connecting American mosques to Islamic movements in the postcolonial Middle East through debates over the reform of Islam.”
In her X (formerly Twitter) biography she describes herself as a ‘Yale prof’ and ‘radical Muslim’.
She probably has recently limited access to her tweets.
On Saturday, Iranian-backed Palestinian terrorists stormed Israel in a coordinated attack that has so far claimed the lives of 1,200 Israelis, some of whom were raped, burned alive and mercilessly beheaded by Hamas operatives.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared war shortly afterwards, and by Thursday the IDF counter-offensive was in full swing. So far this has involved aggressive bombing of Gaza, but also rockets into Syria and Lebanon.
Gaza is preparing for a possible ground offensive that would further escalate the conflict. Netanyahu has vowed revenge for his people and death to all Hamas operatives.