The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has suspended Professor Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian following remarks she made in an interview where she denied crimes perpetuated by Hamas on October 7. In their statement, the university emphasized their action was necessary to maintain a safe climate on campus for students.

During a local podcast, Shalhoub-Kevorkian commented on the fear she perceives Israelis have towards her when she speaks Arabic on the phone, suggesting that such fear is warranted because “criminals are always afraid,” reports Aruz Sheva. She further criticized Israeli control and power dynamics, arguing that Israel’s perceived strength is bolstered by international support rather than inherent power.

“That’s why they’re afraid because they can’t look us in the face. Their strength is the strength that the international community gives them. Yes, they have strength, and the strength doesn’t come from them, they don’t have power,” she said.

Shalhoub-Kevorkian also called for the abolition of Zionism, labeling it as criminal and stating that Israel operates as a “killing machine” and a “necropolitical regime.” She accused the Jewish State of resorting to lies to justify its actions, including false claims about babies and assault.

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