College of California professor deletes Twitter account filled with anti-Semitism


J. the Jewish News of Northern California through JTA — A educating professor on the College of California Merced’s engineering faculty owns a Twitter account that featured a sample of anti-Semitic posts, J. has found. The content material was described by the Anti-Defamation League as “repulsive” and selling “anti-Semitic tropes.”

Abbas Ghassemi’s account, launched in July 2019, was deactivated after J. despatched a request for touch upon December 18. However the newspaper was capable of create an archive and take screenshots of a few of his tweets previous to the shutdown. He had printed or retweeted greater than 2,200 instances.

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On June 14, Ghassemi tweeted “… actuality bites!!!!!!” together with a photograph of a “Zionist mind” with labels resembling “frontal cash lobe,” “Holocaust reminiscence centre” and “world domination lobe.” That very same picture could be discovered on the web site Jew World Order, which peddles anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.

On December eight, in response to Joe Biden’s US election win, Ghassemi retweeted one other Twitter person’s publish and commented, “Shock, shock!! Your complete system in America is managed by [the] Zionist. Change of president is only a floor polish, change of veneer. Identical trash completely different pile!”

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A lot of Ghassemi’s tweets used “IsraHell” instead of “Israel.”

A screenshot of a tweet from Prof. Abbas Ghassemi’s account

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On December 13, he retweeted one thing and added the remark, “the Zionists and IsraHell curiosity have embedded themselves in each part of the American system, media, banking, coverage, commerce … only a veneer of serving US curiosity and inhabitants — everybody pretends that’s the case.”

Ghassemi tweeted comparable posts about Zionists and Israel controlling sure elements of america one other eight instances between October and December.

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Ghassemi didn’t reply to queries from J. made via his college e-mail and by direct message through Twitter.

Although the biography part of his Twitter profile reads “Professor of engineering on the College of California,” a UC Merced spokesperson mentioned, “Because the now-inactive Twitter account made clear, these have been the opinions of a non-public particular person, not the positions of the establishment.”

Jim Chiavelli, an assistant vice chancellor within the faculty’s Workplace of Exterior Relations, added, “Beneath our Ideas of Neighborhood, UC Merced is dedicated to ‘uphold the best to freedom of expression and encourage a tradition of dialogue, understanding and civility in all interactions.’”

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Chiavelli didn’t say whether or not the college would take any motion towards Ghassemi.

Screenshot of Abbas Ghassemi’s Twitter account. (through JTA)

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Seth Brysk, director of the ADL’s Central Pacific area, mentioned that Ghassemi’s Twitter posts, retweets and feedback “present textbook examples of crude, anti-Semitic canards, mendacious allegations about Jewish energy and management, makes an attempt to dehumanize and demonize Jewish individuals, denial of Jewish peoplehood and the best to self-determination, Holocaust trivialization, insinuations about Jewish greed, and extra.”

“It’s deeply offensive,” Brysk added.

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Brysk mentioned that Ghassemi’s tweets “seem to violate the social media platform’s guidelines for guiding hate towards a bunch.” Whereas Twitter’s policy on hateful conduct doesn’t explicitly point out anti-Semitism, the corporate does “prohibit concentrating on people and teams with content material meant to incite concern or unfold fearful stereotypes a couple of protected class.”

Established in 2005, the Merced faculty is about 130 miles from San Francisco, midway between Modesto and Fresno. Throughout the 2019-20 educational 12 months, the college’s enrollment of undergraduates and graduate college students mixed was eight,847.

According to his Merced online biography, Ghassemi graduated with an undergraduate diploma in chemical engineering from the College of Oklahoma in 1979, then began graduate research at New Mexico State College in 1988. According to his LinkedIn profile, he labored and taught at New Mexico State via 2015 and joined Merced in February 2018.

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Till early final 12 months, he was the editor of Power Sources, a journal specializing in vitality and the setting.


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