File this story under you can’t make up a headline like that. Luckily, the committee the CSU Polytechnic professor was selected for has expired.
Oliver Darcy of Campus Reform reports.
Anti-Israel prof picked to lead non-existent anti-Semitism committee due to ‘clerical error,’ says university
A professor known for opposition to Israel was mistakenly selected to chair an expired California State University (CSU) committee designed to curb anti-Semitism in California schools, a California State University spokesperson told Campus Reform on Wednesday.
CSU’s Academic Senate’s choice of Manzar Foroohar, a professor of history at CSU Polytechnic (Cal Poly), to lead the committee shocked a number of conservative Jewish groups late last month because of her alliance with several group actively working against the state of Israel.
“Her selection defeats the whole purpose of the task force,” said Roz Rothstein, CEO of the pro-Israel education group Stand With Us, in an interview with the Jewish News Service, JNS.org.
“We urge the [CSU] Academic Senate to take its responsibility seriously and replace Professor Foroohar with someone more suitable for the role,” he added.
Manzar is reportedly an active member of both the Israel Divestment Campaign and the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. Both groups allege that the state of Israel is illegal and regularly violates international law and human rights.
Campus Reform learned Wednesday, however, that that committee, charged with implementing the “Governor’s Task Force on Tolerance and Anti-Semitism,” was actually dissolved in 2010.
“The committee does not exist,” Mike Uhlenkamp, Director of Media Relations for CSU told Campus Reform on Wednesday.
Anti-Israel prof picked to lead non-existent anti-Semitism committee due to ‘clerical error,’ says university (Campus Reform)