A Northeastern Illinois University sociology professor, Brooke Johnson, sent a controversial mass email justifying the Oct. 7 terrorist attacks by Hamas and urging support for Palestinians, angering a number students.
Another professor, Brett Stockdill, similarly sent an email advocating for a cease-fire and condemning Israeli actions.
Both emails focused on supporting Palestinian rights and criticizing Israel, but did not address rising antisemitism or the hostages held in Gaza. (Trending: Jury Reaches Verdict In Paul Pelosi Hammer Case)
Chicago college professor justifies Hamas attack ‘after 75 years of Israeli White supremacy’
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“After 75 years of Israeli White supremacy, including displacement, human rights violations, and systemic violence, Hamas attacked Israel on October 7th which resulted in 1400 deaths and 240 hostages,” Johnson wrote.
“Israel is now collectively punishing Palestinians. The Palestinian death toll from Israeli airstrikes exceeds 10,000, and almost half of these are children.”
“This number increases daily as airstrikes continue; water, food and medical aid are cut off; and demands for a humanitarian cease-fire increase.”
“I called my mom and I started crying,” one student recalled.
“She’s saying like there was over 75 years- they had to deal with displacement and human rights. And then it commutes almost like after 75 years, they were like, ‘we’re done with it.’”
“So I guess justifying it by saying they struggled for 75 years, and since they struggled, is acceptable to slaughter families and take them hostage,” the student added.
The messages has since sparked criticism and concern among the university’s students.
“I doubt that she meant to hurt people, but what she did really, really hurt me and honestly put a pretty negative idea of the school in my head,” the student added.
“I would say that before this email was sent, I enjoyed the school, I liked my teachers. I was pretty neutral. But now it really changes the way I look at the school, knowing that they hire people who will go and do this.”
“It’s pretty upsetting.”
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