Columbia University president says two professors ‘under investigation’ for antisemitic remarks

Columbia University president Nemat Shafik confirmed during a hearing Wednesday on campus antisemitism at her school that two professors are “under investigation for discriminatory remarks.”

Shafik was asked by multiple members of Congress about allegedly antisemitic remarks from several faculty members, and she confirmed during her testimony that Arab politics professor Joseph Massad and law professor Katherine Franke are under investigation by the school.

Massad, a tenured professor, had been mentioned by Democrats and Republicans alike in the House Education and Workforce Committee hearing titled “Columbia in Crisis: Columbia University’s Response to Antisemitism.” The professor referred to the Oct. 7 Hamas terrorist attack on Israel as “awesome,” “astonishing,” “astounding,” and a “resistance offensive” in an Oct. 8 Electronic Intifada article.

His article drew widespread criticism, and a petition for his removal
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