The College Fix thecollegefix.com 12 Jan, 2021 05:30 am

UC Merced disavows professor’s ‘repugnant’ anti-Semitic tweets, launches investigation

UC Merced disavows professor’s ‘repugnant’ anti-Semitic tweets, launches investigation
‘The opinions presented in this Twitter account do not represent UC Merced or the University of California.'

p p ‘The opinions presented in this Twitter account do not represent UC Merced or the University of California’ Officials with the University of California, Merced, have disavowed a series of vile, anti-Semitic tweets made by one of their professors, condemned the language used by the scholar as “repugnant,” and launched an investigation into the matter.On December 21, JWeekly reported that Abbas Ghassemi, a professor in the Engineering Department at UC Merced, had a recently deleted Twitter account riddled with various anti-Semitic tweets.“A Twitter account associated with a faculty member included messages that crossed the line established by the Board of Regents in their 2016 Statement of Principles Against Intolerance condemning anti-Semitism and ‘anti-Semitic forms of anti-Zionism,’ and affirming that ‘acts of discrimination that demean our differences are antithetical to the values of the university and serve to undermine its purpose,’” Chancellor Juan Sánchez Muñoz stated in a Dec.“The opinions presented in this Twitter account do not represent UC Merced or the University of California.

They were abhorrent and repugnant to us and to many of our colleagues and neighbors; they were harmful to our university, our students, and our years of work to build an inclusive and welcoming community,” the memo added, noting the Twitter account has since been deleted.” Additionally, the Assistant Vice Chancellor of External Relations, James Chiavelli, asserted that these comments were never officially linked to UC Merced, as “the now-inactive Twitter account made clear, these were the opinions of a private individual, not the positions of the institution.

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