A Yale University professor attempted to rationalize the massacre of four Israeli rabbis by suggesting that the anger of the Palestinian terrorists was justified given the location of the terrorist attack.
Hours after two Palestinian terrorists entered a Jewish place of prayer in Haf Nof, Israel with guns and knifes and proceeded to butcher innocent civilians, Ann McCoy, a lecturer in Design in the Yale School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre, took to the talkback section of a Huffington Post article on the Israeli response and offered her take.
“[T]he synagogue was built on the ruins of the Deir Yassin village where the entire village of Palestinians was massacred by the Israelis violence breeds violence....,” she alleged in a comment linked to her Facebook page. “[E]thnic cleansing produces long held resentments...”
What occurred in the Palestinian village of Deir Yassin on April 9, 1948, remains a hotly contested event -- not least of all because it took place so many decades ago -- and is often used as an anecdote by anti-Israel advocates to demonize the foundation of Israel's creation. The charge of ethnic cleansing is frequently recycled by enemies of Israel in an attempt to demonize the Jewish state as demonic and blood-thirsty.
Select individuals in the talkback section quickly condemned McCoy’s attempt to justify the slaughter of innocent Jews.
“Yes! That totally makes sense! Brutally killing these people is reasonable and the only thing you could possibly do to illustrate your disapproval of other killings that happened in 1948,” James Ackerman responded. “Your point is well taken! I can see why you (lecture) at Yale!”
“I guess I'm not an intellectual. Carving up rabbis with meat cleavers seems a little off the wall to me,” offered commenter Mike Keohane.
Reached via email, McCoy stood by her comment but claimed that she was not justifying violence.
“I deplore all violence but history needs to be known to not be repeated,” she told TruthRevolt in an email. “This was a personal statement please do not link it to Yale. I do not ever mention any politics in class.”
“Our chaplain just had to resign for writing an (Op-Ed) so I do not need to (lose) my job over a statement of fact,” she said via email, referencing former Yale Episcopal Rev. Bruce Shipman who resigned his position at the school after he penned an Op-Ed in the New York Times blaming Jews for anti-Semitism.
McCoy then offered an additional follow-up, asserting that her insensitive comment was merely an explanation:
My statement was not meant as a justification but merely as an explanation for why it occurred. The temple mount and the building of temples of Jewish. Moslem, or Christian one on top of another is a very difficult question. When one culture builds on the ruins of another this causes huge problems. I was stating the reasin for the Palestinians to feel upset, in no way was I saying anyone is justified to use tit for tat killings. We need to stop all militarism and all killing in the modern world. I am a peace activist and do not support any killing. This is my statement. To try to twist it in an inflammatory way is not a good thing and not in the spirit of why I wrote it.
In a third follow-up email, McCoy attacked TruthRevolt and invented her own Biblical commandment which she claimed this site violates.
"I do not support any revenge killing on the part of either the Palestinians or the Israeli government. Such tit for tat killings are never good. I do not support any government killing anyone," she wrote. "I believe in the commandment 'thou (Shall) not kill'…your site does not seem to support that commandment." No such commandment exists in the Judeo-Christian tradition, though the sixth commandment reads "thou shall not murder."
The Yale School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre aims to “train and advance leaders to raise the standards of global professional practice in every theatrical discipline, creating bold art that astonishes the mind, challenges the heart, and delights the senses,” according to the program’s website.
McCoy’s Yale biography page makes no mention of her extensive historical knowledge of the Middle East or the Arab-Israeli conflict.