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At teach-in, NYU professor denies Hamas sexual violence on Oct. 7

“We know it’s not true,” said adjunct professor Amin Husain.

Washington Square Park, with its gateway arch, is surrounded by buildings associated with New York University. Credit: Jean-Christophe Benoist via Wikimedia Commons.
Washington Square Park, with its gateway arch, is surrounded by buildings associated with New York University. Credit: Jean-Christophe Benoist via Wikimedia Commons.

In a speech to students, Amin Husain, a longtime anti-Israel activist organizer and adjunct professor for New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, made numerous false statements and glorified his description as an antisemite.

Husain, 48, told the audience at a Dec. 5 teach-in: “They’re trying to say … ‘Oh my God, you support rapists and people that behead babies,’ both of which, whatever, we know it’s not true.”

The teacher of an “Art, Activism and Beyond” class that ran from 2016 through 2022 called New York a “Zionist city” and sprinkled expletives throughout his discourse.

“I have a petition going around, right, because I’m antisemitic. I won the honors of ‘antisemitic’ multiple times,” he said before calling his profile on the site of Canary Mission, the anti-Israel academia watchdog, “one of the best biographies I have.”

The site notes Husain’s claims to have participated in the first intifada and met with a  Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader.

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