December 2, 2023

By Taylor Romine, Kelly McCleary and Cheri Mossburg | CNN

An teacher at Stanford College has been faraway from educating duties as the varsity investigates reviews that in a dialogue on the battle between Israel and Hamas, the trainer downplayed the Holocaust and singled out college students “primarily based on their backgrounds and identities.”

“With out prejudging the matter, this report is a trigger for critical concern. Tutorial freedom doesn’t allow the identity-based concentrating on of scholars,” Stanford mentioned in an announcement Wednesday.

“The teacher on this course shouldn’t be at the moment educating whereas the college works to determine the details of the scenario,” the assertion continued.

The teacher, who shouldn’t be a school member, has not been named. CNN has reached out to the trainer for remark.

The college’s motion comes as fierce preventing this week between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza has elevated tensions past the Center East.

Some Jewish folks within the US say they worry being focused because the nation contends with widespread reviews of antisemitism. Final 12 months, the Anti-Defamation League, which tracks antisemitic incidents, recorded almost 3,700 incidents within the US, the best quantity since monitoring started in 1979.

Stanford’s Rabbi Dov Greenberg, who serves as government director of the college’s Jewish neighborhood heart, informed CNN the scholars have been “shaken up.”

Greenberg, who mentioned he spoke with the scholars concerned within the incident, mentioned they’re “not doing properly” and are afraid to face backlash or bullying on campus.

In keeping with Greenberg, the scholars mentioned the trainer tried to justify the actions of Hamas and requested the scholars what number of Jews have been killed within the Holocaust.

After one scholar answered “6 million,” the trainer then mentioned extra folks have been killed by colonizers and mentioned, “Israel is a colonizer.”

The teacher then illustrated his level by asking some college students to bodily go to the again of sophistication. “That’s what Israel does to Palestinians,” the trainer mentioned, in line with Greenberg.

“That was the principle alternate that made college students really feel marginalized, attacked, and remoted,” mentioned Greenberg.

The scholars who spoke to Greenberg didn’t push again in opposition to the trainer on the time. “The scholars informed me clearly they have been traumatized, frightened. They may not consider this was taking place to them,” Greenberg mentioned.

“It is a traditional case of younger college students, first time away from residence, feeling traumatized,” Greenberg mentioned of the school freshmen. “They didn’t really feel like they’d the capability right now to argue with a trainer at Stanford. They’re simply children.”

The Stanford teacher’s alleged feedback got here throughout two courses Tuesday, with a complete of 18 college students, throughout which the trainer introduced the day’s lesson would give attention to colonialism, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The outlet cited Jewish scholar leaders who spoke with college students within the course known as Faculty 101, a required class for first-year college students.

Nourya Cohen and Andrei Mandelshtam, co-presidents of the Jewish Pupil Affiliation at Stanford, mentioned the scholars informed them the trainer requested Jewish college students to lift their palms, separated these college students from their belongings and mentioned they have been simulating what Jews have been doing to Palestinians, the Chronicle reported.

The scholars with whom Cohen and Mandelshtam spoke requested to stay nameless, the Chronicle mentioned.

Cohen and Mandelshtam declined CNN’s request for remark.

College students informed Cohen and Mandelshtam the trainer introduced up the colonization of Congo by Belgium’s King Leopold II within the nineteenth century and mentioned extra folks have been killed then than throughout the Holocaust, and Israel had colonized Palestinians, the Chronicle reported.

College students from each courses informed Cohen and Mandelshtam the trainer requested college students the place their ancestors have been from and labeled them as a “colonizer” or “colonized,” in line with the Chronicle.