Georgetown Places Staff Member on Leave After Anti-Semitic Posts Revealed

(Canary Mission)
November 3, 2023

Georgetown University has placed a recently hired staff member on administrative leave after her anti-Semitic social media posts were revealed.

Aneesa Johnson, who was hired by Georgetown's School of Foreign Service to be the "primary point of contact" for master's students on "everything academic," has a history of anti-Semitic activity and statements dating back to 2015.

According to social media posts published by Canary Mission, a group that tracks anti-Semitism online, Johnson in July 2015 tweeted that she had a "deep seeded [sic] hate for Zio bitches," a derogatory reference to Zionists.

She also tweeted a picture of an Orthodox Jewish boy, with the caption "When the world hates you bc you a thief and grew up looking like a shaytan [devil] #GrowingUpIsraeli."

According to her LinkedIn, Johnson most recently served as a school counselor for Fairfax County Public Schools after completing her master's in counseling at Johns Hopkins.

She also has been involved in various anti-Israel efforts, beginning as a student at Northwestern University in 2015, where she participated in a Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign, which seeks to harm Israel economically. She also was events coordinator for the university's chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine, a group that has ties to Islamic terrorists.

In 2021, she cohosted a podcast in which she said that "every American" should carry a "sense of guilt" for the United States' support for Israel.

In response to the revelations, Georgetown released a statement that said it had placed Johnson on "immediate administrative leave" and that the university was "not aware" of her social media posts when it hired her.

Many other universities have recently come under fire for employing anti-Semites. In the wake of the October 7 Hamas terror attacks on Israel, a George Washington University professor shared posts that described the terrorists as "martyrs" and endorsed their "armed resistance." A Cornell professor was placed on leave after calling the attacks—which killed more than 1,400 Israelis—"energizing" and "exhilarating."