Anti-Israel Georgetown Professor Dubs US Congressman a 'Race Traitor' and 'Uncle Tom'

Zein El-Amine has long history of supporting Students for Justice in Palestine, which is leading anti-Israel campus protests

GWU professor Zein El-Amine (Twitter)
May 3, 2024

A Georgetown professor accused an African-American congressman of being a "race traitor" and an "Uncle Tom" over his support for Jewish students as they face a tidal wave of anti-Semitism on campus from pro-Palestinian protesters.

Professor Zein El-Amine, a Lebanese writer and adjunct lecturer at Georgetown, lashed out at Rep. Byron Donalds (R., Fla.) on Thursday when the lawmaker arrived on campus to show his support for the embattled Jewish and pro-Israel community.

El-Amine was caught at a rally at George Washington University on video published Friday by the Daily Caller shouting at the black congressman, "How much is AIPAC [the American Israel Public Affairs Committee] paying you, you race traitor?" "You’re working for a foreign entity, you bastard," the professor added, calling Donalds an "Uncle Tom," a racist term for a black person who is seeking approval from whites.

El-Amine’s comments are the latest examples of racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric on America’s college campuses, which are experiencing the worst unrest in decades. Pro-Palestinian protesters at some of the country’s most prestigious colleges continue to demonstrate against Israel as university leadership struggles to stem the rising tide of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic harassment.

Donalds labeled El-Amine a "racist" on Friday during a Fox News interview on the incident.

"Jewish students are being intimidated, harassed & assaulted. It'll take the courage of ALL AMERICANS to stand-up to this radicalism & REJECT it," Donalds tweeted along with the interview clip. "If it takes me having to deal with a racist protestor at GW, so be it—I can take that."

El-Amine and a Georgetown spokesman did not immediately respond to Washington Free Beacon requests for comment on the exchange.

El-Amine is no stranger to anti-Israel activism, and has a long history of supporting Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), one of the central campus groups engaging in anti-Semitic protests and waging violence against Jewish students. SJP’s parent group, National Students for Justice in Palestine, was sued earlier this week by Israeli terror victims who allege the group is partially liable for Hamas’s Oct. 7 terror raid in Israel.

El-Amine in the past has "spread anti-Israel terror propaganda on social media, specifically including images promoted by the terror group the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)," according to an online dossier published by Canary Mission, a watchdog group that tracks campus anti-Semites.

The professor is a vocal supporter of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, which wages economic warfare on the Jewish state, and has participated in various events sponsored by SJP, according to the watchdog group.

In 2015, El-Amine reportedly posted an image on Facebook supporting armed struggle against Israel. The picture was clipped from a magazine published by the PFLP, an armed militant group that is designated as a terror outfit by the United States.

"My favorite International Women's Day poster of all the ones paraded today," El-Amine reportedly wrote alongside the image, which "showed a woman with an assault rifle over her shoulder," according to Canary Mission.

In another 2015 posting, El-Amine shared a photo on Facebook of a mural featuring a PFLP logo and a silhouette of an iconic image of PFLP airplane hijacker Leila Khaled. El-Amine translated the mural from Arabic, stating: "Our day is coming," according to the watchdog group.

In other postings documented by Canary Mission, El-Amine has praised other Palestinian terrorists, such as Rasmea Odeh, and described Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu as "satan."