MidEast

USC Professor Classifies “Israeli Zionists” as Terrorists

In an October lecture, a professor at USC included “Israeli zionists” on a list titled “Who are terrorists?” the Jewish Journal reported Thursday.

A student who attended the October 26 lecture said that David Kang, a professor of International Studies, listed “Israeli zionists,” along with well-known terrorist groups such as Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the Irish Republican Army (IRA) and the Tamil Tigers. Kang, who is director of both the USC Korean Studies Institute and the USC Center for International Studies, also listed Mao Zedong of China, Ho Chi Minh of Viet Nam and Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung of Korea.

The student who spoke to the Journal said that Kang “didn’t really talk about the issue any further, which… I think is the problem here.”

In addition, another slide showed an image of Hamas founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin “We are not ready to move our struggle outside the occupied Palestinian land. We are not prepared to open international fronts, however much we criticize the unfair American position.”

Another slide featured a quote from Osama bin Laden saying that his goal was to get the United States to stop “occupying the lands of Islam,” and suggested that American foreign policy and poverty were the causes of terrorism.

The student who spoke to the Journal was troubled that the slides seemed to be “legitimizing” Hamas and associated Israeli Zionists with Mao Zedong and Kim Jong Il. “I know other people who were a little disturbed to hear that, people who had taken his class who were just confused,” the student added.

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