Israel Is Almost Identical to ISIS, Columbia University Professor Says

'Only difference' is that ISIS does not have columnists 'propagating the cause of the terrorist outfit as the Zionists columnists do on a regular basis,' Hamid Dabashi writes

File Photo: Demonstrators gather to listen a speech at the Columbia University campus where former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks during his stay in New York, September 24, 2007.
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A Columbia University professor said on social media that the only difference between Israel and the Islamic State, is that Zionist columnists defend the Jewish state’s “terrorist cause.”

Hamid Dabashi, a professor in the university’s Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, posted this on Facebook last week, sparking outcry among pro-Israel students.

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The “murderous thugs” of the jihadist group “conquered parts of Syria and declared a ‘caliphate,’” Dabashi wrote. “Their ISRAELI counterparts meanwhile conquered parts of Syria and declared it part of their Zionist settler colony.”

He added: “The only difference: ISIS does not have a platoon of clean shaven and well coiffured [sic] columnists at the New York Times propagating the cause of the terrorist outfit as the Zionists columnists do on a regular basis.”

The university chapter of Students Supporting Israel wrote in a statement Thursday: “This kind of utterly despicable and repugnant statement is not to be expected from a tenured faculty holder in an Ivy League institution.” Fox News and other media reported that the university did not immediately reply to queries on Dabashi.

Furthermore, a candidate running for the National Union of Students’ executive committee in the United Kingdom also equated Israel to the Islamic States.

Zeid Truscott, a University of Bath student, shared an article five years ago alleging that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Isis, was trained by the Mossad.

The Union of Jewish Students said it is “deeply troubled” by what is called anti-Semitic social media posts by Truscott.