Death threats allegedly issued against Middle Eastern Scholar at Barnard College

Posted on August 18, 2007


In an email from President Judy Shapiro of Barnard College to Phil Orenstein of Democracy Project, she allegedly states that Assistant Professor Nadia Abu El-Haj has received death threats.

To clarify and provide some additional information: I do not myself believe that the people who are getting in touch with me anonymously truly need to do so. Nadia Abu El-Haj has also received death threats from those opposed to her work. I might also note, since you invoke the David Project, that I have not received a single student complaint about her teaching, advising, mentoring, or anything that has gone on in the classroom. There are indeed places where Jews or Zionists are endangered and marginalized, but Morningside Heights in the year 2007 does not happen to be one of them. Given the strength of the Jewish community at Barnard, it is, in fact, unbecoming – to use a familiar word – for members of the Jewish community to cast themselves in the role of victims here.”

Please click here to read the whole exchange between President Shapiro and Orenstein.

Please read the article below, and send a letter of support on behalf of Dr. Abu El Haj to President Shapiro. Her address is

 Please also send a letter of encouragement to Dr. Nadiah Abu El Haj at