As’ad Abukhalil, a Professor of Political Science at California State University-Stanislaus, has an extensive reputation as a Jew-hating academic. In March 2020, Abukhalil reached a new level of bigotry by taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to propagate his ongoing antisemitic and anti-Israel hatred.
In response to an Israel Hayom tweet regarding Coronavirus quarantine news, Abukhalil falsely accused Israel of planning to place “Non-Jews in mass prisons” while eluding that Jews will receive special privilege. After he was immediately called out for his bigoted and untrue tweet by Jews and non-Jews alike, Abukhalil claimed he was joking and then went on a tirade about “Zionist hoodlums” reporting his tweet.
This isn’t the first time As’ad Abukhalil has openly spread his Jew hating ideology on social media. In December 2015, he compared both the Israeli Prime Minister and the U.S. president to Nazis, writing, “Trump and Netanyahu are different in the same way that Hitler was different from Goebbels.” Comparing Israel or Israelis to the Nazis is blunt antisemitism under the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition, which has been widely adopted by many countries around the world, including the United States.
Abukhalil is also an ardent supporter of the antisemitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Unlike many of his Jew-hating colleagues, Abukhalil doesn’t hide the true aim of BDS which is to destroy Israel. In a February 2013 article, Abukhalil confirmed that “the real aim of BDS is to bring down the state of Israel.”
As’ad Abukhalil also glorifies terrorists; he has publicly declared that George Habash, founder of the terror organization the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) known as “the godfather of Middle East terrorism”, is one of his greatest inspirations.
Universities and colleges have traditionally served as enclaves for intellectual expression; thanks to antisemitic Professors like As’ad Abukhalil they’ve instead turned into cesspools of bigotry and hatred under the mask of “free speech” and are poisoning the minds of young, impressionable students.