- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 4, 2016

A professor at Oberlin College who blamed Israeli and United States intelligence for the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks has been placed on paid leave pending the school’s investigation into her comments.

Scott Wargo, the director of media relations for Oberlin, said in a statement that the college had been “considering carefully the grave issues surrounding the anti-Semitic postings on social media by Oberlin faculty member Dr. Joy Karega,” The New York Times reported.

“The College initiated its faculty governance process to review Dr. Karega’s professional fitness in light of these postings,” the statement continued. “The faculty governance process that began thereafter is ongoing, and the Oberlin administration will continue to respect this process as it plays out. Until that process is complete, Dr. Karega has been placed on paid leave and will not teach at Oberlin.”

Ms. Karega, who taught rhetoric and composition, drew national backlash earlier this year when screenshots of her posts, most from early 2015, were publicized by pro-Israel organizations.

Her now-deleted posts suggested Israel was behind the 9/11 terrorist bombings and the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. She also wrote that the Islamic State terrorist group was not really Islamic, but rather “a CIA and Mossad operation” and that the Mossad was actually behind the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris.

Oberlin College initially defended Ms. Karega’s freedom of expression, but in March, Clyde S. McGregor, the board chairman, wrote in a statement on behalf of the college’s board of trustees that “these grave issues must be considered expeditiously,” The New York Times reported.

Oberlin President Marvin Krislov announced Ms. Karega’s suspension on Tuesday in an email to the college community.

“I am committed to continuing and completing an equitable review process,” Mr. Krislov wrote. “While the process is pending, Professor Karega is on paid leave and will not be teaching at Oberlin.”

Ms. Karega seemingly responded Wednesday on Facebook: “Equitable?” before adding that she had no comment for the “trolls” and was on vacation with her daughter.



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