A Kuwaiti student who posted anti-Semitic comments on Facebook became the first student to be expelled from the prestigious Sciences Po University in Paris, since the institution’s founding in 1872.
Twenty-year-old Amira Jumaa got in an online debate with an Israeli student and wrote: “You don’t belong anywhere in this world – that’s why you guys are scum and rats and discriminated against wherever you are. Do not blame it on the poor Palestinians.”
In response to her Israeli counterpart accusing her of racism she wrote: “First of all you dispersed rat, I am not an immigrant from France. I am from Kuwait so my country can buy you and your parents and put you in ovens.”
Jumaa’s Facebook posts were exposed in October by a website called The Inglourious Basterds, a watchdog blog whose stated goal is to expose anti-Semitism in social media.
At the time, Jumaa was interning at the French Consulate in New York as part of a school program, but was immediately fired by the consulate and suspended from the university pending an investigation.
Following a disciplinary committee composed of five professors and five students, Jumaa was expelled in December.
Her expulsion remained unreported until the French newspaper Nouvel Observateur discovered the announcement made via a notice posted on a university bulletin board.
Jumaa has since apologized and admitted she had made a mistake, claiming she had written out of anger and frustration. She said the matter was a sensitive one for her because her mother is Palestinian Arab.