In March, [Professor Jasbir] Puar — an associate professor of women and gender studies, with an emphasis on queer theory, feminism, globalization and diaspora studies — made headlines when, at a Vassar College lecture, she accused Israel of a host of crimes against Palestinians, including field executions and medical experiments involving the deliberate “stunting” of bodies.
Sergei Kan, an anthropology professor at Dartmouth, told the student newspaper that Puar’s statements were “academic antisemitism.” He reported witnessing a Jewish student present at the panel visibly distraught, as well as others troubled by Puar’s remarks, because their religion “was being covered in dirt,” he said.
Don’t be fooled by the photo. This individual is a dangerous anti-Semite who is attempting to legitimize her extreme views by cloaking them in the mantle of academic rhetoric.
Let us not forget that the benches of the accused at Nuremberg were populated with credentialed academics who cooked up rationalizations for the most atrocious Nazi laws and policies. And let us be very clear: this is the fraternity Puar has joined, and for which she proudly waves a banner.
The State of New Jersey holds in its hand the ability to grant – or withhold – tenure from this individual. Whatever her other contributions to her core field of study, her blatant disregard for the truth in service of her ideology is intolerable in legitimate academia, especially as she commingles her agitprop with her academic work.
The trajectory of Dr. Puar’s career at Rutgers will be a litmus of whether America respects the rights of all of its citizens, or whether the nation is slouching toward a new, more terrifying Holocaust.