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North Carolina Professor Steps Down Amid Posts Celebrating Israeli Deaths

A private university professor has resigned after saying she would be “tempted to shoot up” dance parties like Hamas terrorists did on Oct. 7 — later whining about being a victim because horrified school officials did not defend her.

Wake Forest University Professor Laura Mullen sparked outrage with a since-deleted social media post just days after Hamas’ surprise attack killed around 1,200 people, including hundreds at the Supernova Music Festival.

“So it’s kind of a Duh, but if you turn me out of my house, plow my olive groves under and confine what’s left of my family to the small impoverished state you run as an open-air prison, I could be tempted to shoot up your dance party, yeah, even knowing you will scorch the Earth,” she wrote, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

The post sparked widespread condemnation, including angry letters from parents demanding the firing of the professor who was also the Kenan chair of the humanities in the English and creative writing department.

“Students and parents alike have expressed concern for their safety in reaction to her hateful words,” the North Carolina university’s Chabad chapter said.

“As Jewish students, we are alarmed and appalled that she is willing to make a joke of the massacre at the Supernova Music Festival that killed over 250 Israeli civilians,” the student board said.

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“Her threatening language plays into antisemitic sentiment, a problem that poses a threat to Wake Forest students and that has no place at our school.”

The university told the Journal that while it “affirm[s] the right to individual freedom of expression,” the “posted comments caused significant anxiety and fear for members of our community.”

“And to be clear: statements that diminish the value and dignity of human life or condone the use of violence are counter to the values inherent in the Pro Humanitate ethos of Wake Forest University,” the university said.

Mullen eventually resigned, citing “personal reasons” — but made clear she felt like a victim because the school refused to stand by her.

She whined to the student newspaper, the Wake Report, that the university’s statement “is like if you watch animal films and you isolate one gazelle, that’s the one that gets eaten.

“They kind of threw me to the wolves,” she complained.

Mullen said her initial post was meant to be “raw, direct, [and] poetic, in that it involved imagery.”

In explaining her post, Mullen said: “When 9/11 happened, I was asking myself and others, ‘What did we do to make people want to come and do that to us?’ That is how my mind works.

“I don’t believe in clear lines between victims and perpetrators, that terrorism comes out of a vacuum,” she said, according to the Journal. “That doesn’t mean I condone terrorism.

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“I care deeply about what happens to innocent people everywhere. My tweet reflected my understanding of history and the results of oppression.”

She also claimed that she received no personal backlash from students, and the mother of a Muslim student even offered her “any support you need.”

“I don’t have any students coming to me and saying, ‘Hey, you increased my fear and anxiety,’” she told the Report, contrary to the school highlighting such fear.

The Chabad chapter also insisted that “Jewish students now feel scared to take her classes” after the post by “a professor in a position of authority and influence.”

“Any of us could have been one of those attendees, and many of us have relatives and friends who are in danger or have been killed in Israel in recent weeks,” the student group said of the massacre.

Source: https://nypost.com/2023/11/21/news/professor-said-shed-be-tempted-to-shoot-up-dance-parties-like-hamas/