A university professor in Pennsylvania who previously questioned the Holocaust and called for Israel's destruction has come under fresh scrutiny for recent comments about Jews, women and gays. Kaukab Siddique, an English professor at Lincoln University outside Philadelphia, posed a question on Facebook asking whether Bill Cosby's accusers took so long to come forward because "many women are sluts."
Another post refers to "dirty Jewish Zionist White Supremacist thugs," while a third outburst attributes the recent Supreme Court's decision to legalise same-sex marriage on "Obama's homo uprising."
Lincoln University condemned Siddique's remarks but said it does not plan to take action against him. "His latest activities, like his earlier writings, statements and activities, are an insult to women and other groups singled out," the university said in a statement. "Like all faculty members, he is entitled to express his personal views in conversation or in public forums, as long as he does not present such opinions as the views of the university."
In 2010, the 72-year-old publicly questioned the Holocaust and called for Israel's destruction. That led the chairman of the Pennsylvania Board of Education to raise concern about whether Siddique was fit to teach and whether school resources had been used to spread anti-Semitism on campus. Siddique did not immediately return an email from The Associated Press on Thursday.
His comments are "deeply offensive and outrageous" and "reflect bigoted stereotypes," Nancy Baron-Baer, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, said in a statement Thursday. Lincoln is a historically black university in Oxford, about 45 miles southwest of Philadelphia. It receives partial funding from the state.