Yale University is coming under fire for hosting a French academic accused of horrifying anti-Semitism over Easter, challenging Jewish groups who have pleaded with the university to call off the conference.
The Ivy League university invited French-Algerian Houria Bouteldja to speak on April 6, the night of the second Passover seder, despite calls to withdraw her invitation over a history of alleged anti-Semitism and homophobia.
Bouteldja has been accused of being a serial anti-Semite and homophobe, after posing with a banner demanding Zionists be sent to gulags, saying she identified herself with a terrorist who carried out a mass shooting at a Jewish school and calling the same-sex marriage “part of homonationalism”.
He also said that people “must support” the Palestinian “resistance”, including the Hamas terror group.
Bouteldja was invited as part of a “Decolonizing Europe” lecture series organized by Fatima El-Tayeb, a Yale professor of ethnicity, race and migration, and women’s studies, gender and sexuality, who described attempts to challenge Bouteldja about her history as “a waste”. of time.”
El-Tayeb declined to respond to The Post’s requests for comment.
Yale ignored demands from the StopAntisemitism campaign group not to host Bouteldja during one of Judaism’s holiest seasons, when it would be impossible for observant students to debate her.
Liora Rez, executive director of StopAntisemitism, criticized Bouteldja as a “vicious anti-Semitic and homophobic fanatic” who does not deserve to be housed in any institution.
“StopAntisemitism is appalled that Yale has provided this known racist with a platform to spread his poisonous ideas,” Rez told The Post. “In addition, we are extremely disappointed that Yale President Peter Salovey has ignored requests for dialogue from students, alumni, and StopAntisemitism around the Bouteldja event.”
Other critics of Bouteldja’s visit, including actor and Jewish advocate Jonah Platt, said they were dismayed by the timing of his lecture, which took place on the second night of Passover.
“You cannot have a free and open debate if you are planning this discussion on purpose or through ignorance for a time when the other side of this so-called free and open debate obviously cannot attend,” Platt told The Post. “That is an error”.
Platt accused Yale of being apathetic or intentionally harmful in allowing Bouteldja to appear at Easter.
“It feels underhanded, like there’s a sinister agenda at work,” Platt continued. “I certainly sympathize with students who feel that their university has not served them, seen them or heard them.”
Bouteldja, who could not be reached for comment, did not address allegations of being homophobic, anti-Semitic and anti-white during her April 6 appearance at Yale. Yale News reported.
When a student tried to ask for an unequivocal statement that she supported LGBT rights and condemned an anti-Semitic mass murderer, El-Tayeb called the question a waste of time, The Yale News said.
“Whether this event was scheduled for the second day of Passover deliberately or through inadvertence, the net effect was that many students who otherwise would have wanted to make their voices heard were unable to do so,” Uri Cohen, CEO of Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale, he told The Post, adding that he disenfranchised many would-be protesters.
“Jewish hatred is one of the oldest and most nefarious evils in human history, and we are seeing it rise dramatically around the world right now, including here in New Haven. The world needs less hate, not more, and I hope the campus community does better in this regard in the future.”
Bouteldja has long been one of France’s most controversial academic and political figures.
Your book “Whites, Jews and Us” With a foreword by the incendiary former Harvard and Princeton professor Cornel West, it claims that Israel’s existence is a plot by white Europeans to defend white supremacy.
In 2012, she publicly lined up with Mohammed Merah, an Islamic jihadist who killed a rabbi and three children in a mass shooting at a Jewish day school and killed two off-duty soldiers during a series of attacks in Toulouse, France.
She blamed “white supremacy” for the attack, which French authorities said at the time was clearly anti-Semitic.
“On March 21, 2012, I went to bed as myself and woke up as Mohamed Merah,” Bouteldja said, stating that the mass murder had endured an “incredible Islamophobic political and media campaign” in the aftermath of 9/11. terrorist attacks
“Like me, he knows that he would be accused of anti-Semitism if he supports colonized Palestinians, and of religious fundamentalism if he supports the right to wear a headscarf,” Bouteldja said. “Mohamed Merah is me, and I am he.”
He also dismissed the 9/11 attacks as “towers get hit by planes and come crashing down like houses of cards”, and described the 2005 July 7 London terrorist attacks, when four UK-born suicide bombers killed 56 innocent passengers as “bombs explode in the subway”.
Bouteldja, who moved to France as a child from his former colony of Algeria, accused French Jews of being part of “white supremacy” by oppressing the country’s Muslim population.
A Yale spokeswoman declined to provide additional details about Bouteldja’s lecture when contacted by The Post.
Yale’s associate vice president for university life, Pilar Montalvo, told the protesting students that the conference would not be rescheduled because of her stance on free speech, the student newspaper reported.
“Anti-Semitism has no place at this university,” Montalvo told the students. “There is a lot of work underway to support the Jewish community on campus.”