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NYU Professor Tells Students of Hamas Atrocities: ‘We Know It’s Not True’

22 January 2024

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The Free Press

2024-01-25 0017

Meet Amin Husain. Amin is an adjunct professor at NYU, where he has taught a course on “art and activism.” He also gave a talk last month at The New School, where he denied some of Hamas’s recent atrocities in Israel.  Video obtained by The Free Press shows Husain speaking at a “teach-in” organized by Students for Justice in Palestine at The New School. “We know it’s not true,” he says of evidence that women were raped and babies were beheaded on October 7. During his speech on the “Palestinian liberation struggle,” Husain also declares that New York is a “Zionist city” and jokes that he has “won the honors of antisemitic multiple times.”  In other words, Husain is exactly the sort of person who should be molding young minds at $60,000-per-year NYU.      


Amin Husain, an adjunct professor at NYU, denied reports that Hamas beheaded babies and raped women in Israel, stating at an event at The New School on December 5, "We know it’s not true." He referred to New York as a "Zionist city" and joked about being labeled antisemitic, referencing a petition calling for his dismissal. At the event, organized by Students for Justice in Palestine, Husain, known for his activism, discussed the "Palestinian liberation struggle."  


Husain's profile on Canary Mission, a site documenting people and groups promoting hatred of the USA, Israel, and Jews, mentions his involvement in violent disruptions in New York City, promoting hatred of America and the police, and inciting hatred against pro-Israel supporters with an anti-Israel activist group. He has expressed support for Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, both designated as terrorist organizations by various countries.  


In a video, Husain praises "Islamic resistance movements," including Fatah, and talks about the right of these groups to fight for their people's liberation. He encourages people to read Hamas's 2017 charter, which states that its conflict is with the Zionist project, not Jews because of their religion.  


Husain, born in the West Bank, has boasted of participating in the First Intifada. He taught a course at NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study called Art, Activism, and Beyond, focusing on activist movements. He is also an adjunct professor at The New School of Public Engagement.  


The New School stated that Husain has not been affiliated with the university since 2019 but has been invited to speak by the campus's SJP. NYU spokesperson John Beckman indicated that Husain is not currently teaching at NYU.  


Husain also spoke at a November 17 event about a trip to the Middle East before Hamas's invasion of Israel, killing at least 1,200. He emphasized the importance of not denouncing groups and considering the complexities of the Israel-Palestine conflict. His group, Decolonize This Place, is known for disruptive tactics, including a 2020 protest causing over $100,000 in damages in New York City.  


Sofie Braun, a Jewish student at The New School, expressed disappointment that Husain was hosted by the university, considering its history of supporting Jewish people, particularly during the 1930s.

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