Georgetown University has promoted an avowed supporter of the U.S.-designated terrorist group Hezbollah as its newest academic chair.
On September 1, Ahmad S. Dallal will become the dean of Georgetown University in Qatar, a school that is funded with support from its host country. Dallal previously served as the chair of Georgetown’s Islamic Studies department at its Washington, D.C. campus, which is a known cesspool of jihadi sympathizers. Georgetown Qatar is directly affiliated with the main campus, and considered an “additional location for the University in Washington, D.C.”
Dallal, like too many of his colleagues in academia, holds some truly fringe beliefs.
First and foremost, he is an open supporter of the Hezbollah terrorist group. He signed a 2006 petition declaring his “conscious support for the Lebanese national resistance [Hezbollah] as it wages a war” against Israel, adding that it is “a war to safeguard the dignity of the Lebanese and Arab people.” The statement declared Hezbollah’s murderous campaign a “heroic operation.”
In his previous position as provost of American University of Beirut, Dallal slammed one of his colleagues for collaborating with Israeli scholars, declaring that the school would boycott the Jewish state.
“I take this opportunity to remind all members of our community that, as an institution of higher learning with an historic presence in Lebanon and the Middle East,” Dallal said in an open letter, “AUB is deeply committed to upholding the essential values of academic freedom, and will do so within the bounds of Lebanese law, which strictly prohibits collaboration with Israeli institutions.”
Amid Israel’s 2014 war against the U.S.-designated Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, Dallal pledged his support for a group called “The Georgetown Faculty for Gaza,” which essentially voiced a preference for Hamas against Israel. He wrote in support of the jihadi group: “All the [Hamas] rockets together have the destructive power of one load of an F-16 … Nothing justifies killing on this scale.” Moreover, during the Gaza war, Dallal called for a boycott of the State of Israel.
He also served as an expert witness for Abdel Jabber Hamdan, a man charged with funneling money to Hamas through the Holy Land Foundation. Hamdan was later ordered deported after a judge ruled that he solicited funds for the terrorist organization.
In 2004, Dallal signed a petition calling upon a prominent university to let Muslim Brotherhood-connected Tariq Ramadan teach there. Ramadan was back in the news last week after a video emerged of him openly advocating for female genital mutilation.
In 2002, Dallal signed an open letter arguing that Israel would exploit a war in Iraq to conduct “ethnic cleansing” against Palestinians.
Following the 9/11 attacks, Dallal blamed America for apparently bringing the al-Qaida terror upon itself. “The disastrous effects of an American foreign policy that has supported many twisted dictatorships in the Muslim world and helped thwart democratic reforms,” he wrote.
The incoming Georgetown Qatar dean defended a Georgetown University Press Arab studies textbook that removed Israel from most of its Middle East maps. After students started to complain about the textbook’s anti-Israel bias, Dallal responded: “I can’t possibly imagine what anyone would object to in this book.”
So there you have it: An avowed supporter of two terrorist organizations, who wants to boycott the world’s only Jewish state, and blames America for 9/11, will soon be a dean at Georgetown University Qatar.
Georgetown University Qatar did not respond to a request for comment on Dallal’s support for Hezbollah.