An adjunct professor at NYU told a group of students last month that ‘it’s not true’ that Hamas beheaded babies and raped women in Israel on October 7, according to a video clip obtained by The Free Press.
During a December 5 ‘teach-in’ organized by the Students for Justice in Palestinechapter at The New School, Amin Husain told students that they live ‘in a Zionist city.’
He then cited a petition in circulation that calls for his dismissal from NYU due to his promotion of ‘hate speech,’ and joked that he has ‘won the honors of anti-Semitic multiple times.’
In a statement given to DailyMail.com, NYU spokesperson John Beckman confirmed Husain’s suspension from the institution.
‘To be clear, Mr. Husain has been suspended and is not currently teaching any classes at NYU.
‘All members of our community must adhere to the University’s discrimination and anti-harassment policies; We investigate all complaints we receive and take appropriate action, which may include taking measures, such as suspension,’ he said.
A spokesperson for The New School said ‘the remarks made by Husain at these events (teach-ins) are outrageous and offensive.
‘Antisemitism has no place on our campus or anywhere else.’
Husain, 48, who was recorded at the teach-in on a livestream, sported a keffiyeh and spoke to the classroom about the many facets of the ‘Palestinian liberation struggle.’
‘These groups are fighting for the liberation of their people and their land. That’s a right. You do it,’ he said.
‘If you don’t like Hamas, read the land and the people. But if you don’t like Hamas, also read their charter in 2017,’ he said.
The 2017 updated charter removed language included in the original version that explicitly urges Muslims to kills Jews.
The current version contends that ‘Hamas affirms that its conflict is with the Zionist project not with the Jews because of their religion.’
He cautions the students against trusting what the media says, because their questions ‘try to put you on the defensive.’
‘They try to say … “Oh my God, you’re supporting rapists and people that behead babies,” both of which, you know, whatever, we know it’s not true,’ he said.
Husain, an attorney, does not currently appear to be teaching any classes at NYU.
Between 2016 and 2022, he taught a spring semester class called ‘Art, Activism, and Beyond,’ which incorporated lessons based on activist movements including Black Lives Matter, Direct Action Front for Palestine, Occupy Wall Street, and Decolonize This Place, and others.
He was also apparently an adjunct professor at The New School of Public Engagement, where he once taught a graduate course called ‘Race, Class, and Ethnicity in the Media.’
Though a spokesperson for the institution told DailyMail.com that ‘Husain has not been affiliated with The New School since 2019.’
On the livestream, he joked to the students that his Canary Mission profile ‘is one of the best biographies I have.’
Canary Mission is a site that catalogues people and groups who promote hatred aimed at Jews, Israel, and the United States.
‘It’s endless. The citations are better than I could ever imagine,’ he said. ‘And everything they cite is true.’
Husain’s lengthy profile claims, correctly according to him, that he ‘has organized multiple violent New York City disruptions, promoted hatred of America and the police and incited hatred against pro-Israel supporters with Within Our Lifetime (WOL), an anti-Israel activist group in New York.’
‘He has also expressed support for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terror group and glorified its leaders, promoted other terrorists and spread hatred of Israel,’ according to the site.
He further claims to have ‘participated in the first intifada and personally visited a leader of the terror group Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). He has also expressed support for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terror group and glorified its leaders, promoted other terrorists and spread hatred of Israel.’
Husain is also the founding member of Decolonize This Place, a radical activist group that, in the immediate aftermath of October 7, praised the radical Palestinian terrorism as ‘heroic.’
The group has also previously participated in causing $100,00 worth of damage to the NYC subway system during various anti-police riots.
Prior to the December ‘teach-in,’ Husain participated in a November event at The New School, during which he said he understood why October 7 has become an ‘important’ date to Palestinians.
Referring to the land of Israel, he said: ‘This land isn’t for the Jews, I’m sorry. This land is for a lot of other things that has to do with profit, that has to do with imperialism, that has to do with interests, geopolitical interests, so that’s something also to keep in mind.’
‘There is no perfect f**king victim. You’re either on the side of the colonizer or the colonized.’
‘The best thing we can do right now is think of ungovernability as a strategy,’ he continued, endorsing Hamas’ barbaric violence.
‘When you take the streets, when you break windows, when you care for each other, when money doesn’t mean what they want it to mean, when you figure out how to set different values, when you know how to say to a Zionist “no,” when you take a position even though you know it’ll make your life a little bit more difficult, trust me, it’s worth it. It’s worth it, and it scares the s**t out of them,’ he said.