SDSU Muslim Prof. Zakaria Distributes Maps With Israel Eliminated… Later Hand-Writes In Israel After Complaints

Guest Post by Mara Zebest

A San Diego State University (SDSU) Muslim Professor presented a map with Israel listed as “Palestinian Territories.” After complaints flooded in, the professor then adjusts the maps with a hand-written “Israel” added in as an afterthought.

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JihadWatch notes the following:

More evidence that universities in the U.S. today are centers for Leftist/Islamic supremacist indoctrination, with no interest in truth whatsoever.

Local 10News reports the following:

SAN DIEGO – A map distributed in a language class at San Diego State University labeled Israel as Palestine, leading to an outcry from the local Jewish community.
Sources told Team 10 the map was handed out by a professor on the second day of class in an Arabic language course. Sources said students were upset and unsure how to protest the erroneous map because they feared speaking out publicly could have a negative impact on their grades.

One student talked with Team 10, on the condition of anonymity.

“I don’t really believe it was the right place for dialogue,” the student said. “It is a language class, it’s not a class about conflict.”

Students gave the map to the non-profit, pro-Israel San Diego group, “Stand With Us.”
The group sent a newsletter to its members and urged the community to contact the department’s chairman and Arabic program director. The group also posted the map to its Facebook page.
The electronic newsletter states the map “not only fails to label ‘Israel’ as a legitimate country,” but that “it falsely portrays the entire territory of Israel as ‘Palestine.'”

“I want to see an apology from the professor, and I want to see him to hand out a correct map,” the student said. […]

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The professor issued a half-hearted apology only after public outrage and pressure. A follow-up 10News article reports as follows:

[… ] Sources told Team 10 professor Ghassan Zakaria also apologized to the class for the first map.

Palestine is not recognized by the U.S. as a sovereign state, and the original map appeared to suggest otherwise.

Students had been afraid of retribution if they spoke out, so they sent the map to the pro-Israeli group, “Stand With Us,” which called for an explanation and also wanted an apology.

Sources said the new map students received Wednesday was only a slight improvement. They said it marginally showcased Israel’s true and legitimate existence in the region.

Sources also added that their ideal solution would have been to distribute a real and accurate map of the Middle East rather than adding the obviously handwritten word “Israel” to an incorrect map of the region.

As of late Wednesday evening, the professor had not issued an apology to the Jewish community.

More here.

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