Professor accused of posting anti-Semitic statements fired


OBERLIN, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio college has fired a professor accused of posting anti-Semitic statements on Facebook.

Oberlin College’s trustees announced Tuesday they voted to dismiss Joy Karega. The assistant professor of rhetoric and composition has been accused of posting that Israel was behind the 9/11 attacks.

The Board of Trustees says it fired Karega for failing to meet the college’s academic standards and to demonstrate intellectual honesty. The board says Karega refused to “acknowledge and remedy her misconduct” and attacked colleagues questioning her description of the connection between her scholarship and her statements.

Karega told Inside Higher Ed her statements were taken out of context and the school attacked her professional fitness and her rights. She says on her Facebook page there will be a “challenge and defense of my rights.”

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