Saree Makdisi is a Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UCLA and an outspoken advocate for the Hamas-funded Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, a genocidal plot to weaken and destroy the world’s only Jewish state. Makdisi supports a one-state solution and promotes the Palestinian “right of return” which would eliminate Israel as a Jewish nation. “What’s wrong with Jews being a minority” in Israel, he has asked. Mahmoud Abbas, head of the Palestinian Authority of course has declared that there will be “no Jews” in a liberated Palestine.
A nephew of the notorious Israel-hating professor Edward Said, Makdisi has repeatedly and enthusiastically promoted anti-Israel Hamas propaganda in numerous articles published on websites such as Mondoweiss, Salon, Electronic Intifada, and the Los Angeles Times. In a 2014 op-ed, he defended the labeling of Israel as an “apartheid state” although Palestinian Israelis sit in the Knesset and on Israel’s Supreme Court. He further claimed that Israel maintains “a systematic, vigilantly policed separation of the two populations and utter contempt for the principle of equality” – accusations that are transparently false.
A prolific user of social media, Makdisi is known for defaming Zionists as “Ziotrolls” and mocking claims about the Jewish people’s thousand year ties to Israel. Makdisi has no respect for the truth. According to the Canary Mission, “Makdisi often lies, in articles and on social media, that Israel is an ‘apartheid’ state… In a January 2016 Los Angeles Times article, where he advocated for an academic boycott of Israel, Makdisi showcased the use of debunked statistics that he uses to bolster his claims.”
Makdisi has frequently promoted anti-Semitic tropes and libels in his public writings and addresses. Speaking at a 2009 UCLA event on “Human Rights and Gaza,” Makdisi claimed that Israel attempts to starve, kill and stunt the growth of Palestinian children in Gaza as a matter of “deliberate premeditated, totally thought through [Israeli] state policy.” Such blood libels are a classic form of anti-Semitism. He also claimed falsely that Israel uses white phosphorus and uranium to target the people of Gaza.
The UCLA professor has also demonized Israel (another classic form of anti-Semitism), condemning Israel for responding to rocket attacks from Hamas and characterizing this defense as “the slaughter of innocents in Gaza.” In addition to promoting the wider BDS movement, Makdisi has also endorsed the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI). Perhaps most ominously for a professor who ought to defend free speech on campus, Makdisi testified in court in defense of the “Irvine 11,” a group of anti-Israel members of the Muslim Student Union who were arrested for repeatedly and maliciously disrupting a campus address by former Israeli ambassador Michael Oren at UC-Irvine.
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