George Washington University sparks outrage after faculty panel said Hamas has ... trends now
A member of a faculty panel at George Washington University last week made a point of saying that Hamas have a 'right to resistance' against Israel, according to a video that was taken of the virtual event.
The discussion, which occurred last Monday, December 4, was titled 'Understanding the Conflict in Israel and Palestine,' and was sponsored by the School of Medicine and Health Sciences' Anti-Racism Coalition and the Institute for Middle East Studies.
Featured professor Michael Barnett, who teaches international affairs and political science, said during the panel that following the barbaric October 7 attacks on Israel, the country 'rightly can claim self-defense, but I also want to note here that Hamas and the Palestinians also have a right of resistance.'
History and International Affairs associate professor Shira Robinson added: 'All of us have been shaken by the events of October 7. But we all recognize that those events have a history.'
Panelists also referred to the Israeli military operation that followed October 7 as 'ethnic cleansing' and 'genocide,' while giving no air time to the acts of terror perpetrated by the radical Palestinian terror group.
GW Professor Michael Barnett defended Hamas' 'right of resistance' at a school-affiliated panel on the conflict
Associate professor Shira Robinson shared her views on Israel's 'unprecedented carpet bombing campaign,' though she shed no light on Hamas' barbaric torture campaign
Though some of the panelists agreed that Israel has a right to defend itself following the attack that killed more than 1,200 Israelis, several went on to say the IDF is part of a further reaching 'colonial' project to eventually eliminate the people of Gaza.
'Israel launched an unprecedented carpet bombing campaign in the strip that for the past eight weeks, we now know, has deliberately targeted and continues to deliberately target high-rise residential buildings, bakeries, schools, universities, and UN shelters,' Robinson said during the panel.
The Post reported that several faculty and students attempted to pose questions about how the panel was being presented, but were shut out.
Some said they were insulted in the chat section of the meeting.
Following the panel, Yolanda Haywood, GW's dean of Diversity and Inclusion, apologized to the medical school community without specifically