Ms. Noura Erakat is an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Rutgers University. According to her university profile, Professor Erakat specializes in fields that include international law, humanitarian law, human rights law, national security law, refugee law, and critical race theory. A harsh critic of the state of Israel, the professor has repeatedly demonized and called for the destruction of the only Jewish state in the world.
Professor Erakat’s work frequently characterizes Israel as a racist state that is equivalent to the apartheid-era South African government. In a November 2019 interview with DemocracyNow, she stated, ”we are witnessing the entrenchment of an apartheid regime, and the U.S. [is] at the helm of that process.”
Professor Erakat repeats this false claim to justify her support of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. In a November 2020 video panel discussion with the Middle East Institute, Professor Erakat calls on the world to resist and alienate Israel via adherence to a BDS platform.
BDS—short for Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions—supporters embrace the following three tenets as a feature of the campaign:
– Boycotting all goods that originate from the state of Israel;
– Divesting all funds (private or public) that are allocated to Israel; and
– Placing sanctions exclusively on Israel.
Mr. Omar Barghouti, a co-founder of the BDS movement, admits that the ultimate outcome of these steps is the dismantlement of the state of Israel.
— StandWithUs (@StandWithUs) June 1, 2020
Professor Erakat likewise calls for Israel to be destroyed and replaced by an Arab-majority Palestinian state. As reported by The Spectator in July 2019, Ms. Erakat spoke at an event in Washington, DC, where she advocated for Arabs to “help indigenize” Jews in Israel in order to achieve a sole Palestinian state or a “one-state solution.”
Professor Erakat is far more brazen in calling for the outright destruction of Israel when speaking at anti-Israel protests around the country. During one march in May 2021—captured by News2Share—she called for the liberation of Palestine, “from the river to the sea.”
According to the Israeli newspaper Arutz Sheva, the chant, “from the river to the sea,” was popularized by terrorist groups such as the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). The phrase alludes to the destruction of Israel—and thus the genocide of the nation’s Jews—between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. The chant is thought to originate from the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hassan el-Banna, who was qouted by The New York Times stating, “If the Jewish state becomes a fact, and this is realized by the Arab peoples, they will drive the Jews who live in their midst into the sea.”
Even though Professor Erakat can be heard calling for the “denuclearization of Israel” in the same speech, she had in 2013 condemned efforts to dismantle Iran’s nuclear program as “racist.”
She further defended this position in a video uploaded to her Instagram in March of 2021, arguing there is no contradiction in opposing sanctions for Iran while supporting sanctions on Israel.
During a separate march in May of 2021, Ms. Erakat can be heard chanting “By spirit and by blood, we redeem you, Palestine!” in front of the Israeli Embassy.
In April of 2020, Noura Erakat’s cousin, Mr. Ahmed Erakat, was killed after ramming his car into an Israeli checkpoint during a failed terrorist attack. Despite the publication of footage verifying the incident and a pipe bomb later being found in the van by investigators, Ms. Erakat continues to claim that he was murdered by Israeli forces.
Updated – June 2021
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