April 30, 2009
UCSB professor talks about ‘parallel images of Nazis and Israelis’
The Los Angeles Times today picked up on the controversy surrounding a professor at UC Santa Barbara who in January sent his students an e-mail with 42 “parallel images of Nazis and Israelis.” I blogged about this Monday.
What I didn’t know then but what the Times reports is that the sociology professor, William I. Robinson, is Jewish. This means his supporters will find his actions brave and his opponents will identify Robinson as a self-loathing Jew instead of an anti-Semite.
Robinson didn’t respond to the e-mail I sent him, but he did speak with Doug Henwood of the liberal Counterpunch. Here is an excerpt of that interview in which Robinson seems to be claiming—and I don’t know how he can do this considering the subject of his email was “parallel images of Nazis and Israels”—that he didn’t actually make such a comparison:
You can read the rest here.