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Johns Hopkins teaching assistant accused of lowering grades of Jewish students

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Johns Hopkins teaching assistant accused of lowering grades of Jewish students

Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University has launched a probe into allegations against a female Muslim teaching assistant for her anti-Semite actions by lowering grades of the Jewish students. The campus Hillel has called upon students to contact its office if they suspect teaching assistant Rasha Anayah of lowing their grades.

It is alleged that, in a tweet on November 15, 2020, Rasha Anayah wrote: “ethical dilemma: if you have to grade a zionist students exam, do you still give them all their points even though they support your ethnic cleansing? Like idk”. When 77 percent of the respondents replied, “Free Palestine! Fail them,” she wrote, “like I agree but also too many of you want me to get fired”.

Published reports have identified the teaching assistant as Rasha Anayah, who is also a graduate student in the chemistry department at Johns Hopkins. It is alleged that in a tweet she posted Nov. 15, she wrote,

Howard Libit, executive director of the Baltimore Jewish Council, said to his knowledge none of Anayah’s students have complained about their grades as yet. The fact that Hillel waited until Jan. 6 to ask students if they believed their grade was unfair suggests that grades are only now being sent.

In an email to the Forward, Anaya [sic] said she has been the victim of hate crimes, threats and fixing since the allegations became public.

“In regards to my teaching and evaluation of students,” she wrote, “I have always acted with the utmost integrity and fairness. I am a dedicated teacher and scholar with a commitment to social justice and to my role. My record as a teaching assistant is a testament to these facts.”

According to Forward, Howard Libit, executive director of the Baltimore Jewish Council, said to his knowledge none of Anayah’s students have complained about their grades as yet. The fact that Hillel waited until Jan. 6 to ask students if they believed their grade was unfair suggests that grades are only now being sent.

In an email to the Forward, Anaya said she has been the victim of hate crimes, threats and fixing since the allegations became public.

“In regards to my teaching and evaluation of students,” she wrote, “I have always acted with the utmost integrity and fairness. I am a dedicated teacher and scholar with a commitment to social justice and to my role. My record as a teaching assistant is a testament to these facts.”

Anayah’s Facebook page has either been deleted or restricted to a limited number of people.

Hillel said that at the university’s request it was also releasing a letter from the university’s provost, Sunil Kumar, in which he said the university was aware of the allegations and that “we take seriously any and all allegations of discrimination, harassment, or other misconduct – including anti-Semitism.”

It said federal privacy laws prevent him from commenting on specific student matters.

Sohail Choudhury is the Executive Editor of Blitz

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