Hamid Dabashi is the Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.
As a board member of the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, Dabashi is ferociously anti-Israel, going so far as cancelling classes so that his students can attend anti-Israel rallies.
When Iranian dictator Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke at Columbia, Dabashi was one of his most vocal defenders against fellow professors. Writing for an Egyptian newspaper, Dabashi accused Ahmadinejad’s critics of racism, claiming “the most ridiculous clichés of the neocon propaganda machinery, wrapped in the missionary position of a white racist supremacist carrying the heavy burden of civilizing the world.”
In 2018, Dabashi received criticism for a now-deleted Facebook post in which he accused the Women’s March of being “deeply infiltrated” by “Zionists”, who want to hijack the organization to benefit Israel.
“The Woman’s (sic) March has now emerged as a major movement in the US and of course the Zionists have deeply infiltrated it the way they infiltrated the Civil rights Movement of the 1960s and sought to twist it to the advantage of Israel,”