Prestigious French Institute Expels Student Over anti-Semitic Facebook Comments

Kuwaiti national got into a Facebook debate with an Israeli student and said, 'my country can buy you and your parents and put you in ovens.'

A 20-year-old student at the prestigious French university Sciences Po, has made history by being the first student expelled from the institution since it was founded in 1872, over her anti-Semitic comments made on Facebook several months before.

She was expelled in December in a decision from the university's disciplinary committee, composed of five professors and five students. Her expulsion however, remained unreported, posted in a very quiet manner on a piece of paper posted on the wall in one of the corridors of one of the university buildings in Paris. 

The French weekly Nouvel Observateur discovered the identity of the expelled student and published the story on Tuesday.

The student previously made headlines in October when she suspended from the university and fired from her job as an intern at the French Consulate in New York for making anti-Semitic remarks on social media in the midst of an online debate with an unidentified Israeli student.

"You don’t belong anywhere in this world — that’s why you guys are scums and rats and discriminated against wherever you are. Do not blame it on the poor Palestinians," she said to her Israeli counterpart.

In response to being accused of racism she wrote: “First of all you dispersed rat, I am not an immigrant from France. I am from Kuwait so my country can buy you and your parents and put you in ovens.” 

The student worked in the consulate’s cultural division; the university arranged her internship in New York as part of her studies. 

She apologized a few days later and admitted she had made a mistake, and had written out of anger and frustration.  She said the matter was a sensitive one for her because her mother is Palestinian.

The Inglourious Basterds website, whose stated goal is to expose anti-Semitism in social media, reported the story first, and on October 23, 2015 the information reached her supervisors at the consulate. She had also previously worked in the Kuwaiti Embassy in Athens.