Arizona State professor seen verbally attacking hijab-wearing woman banned from teaching at university

An Arizona State University (ASU) professor who was seen verbally attacking a woman wearing a hijab has been banned from teaching at the institution, according to the school’s president.

ASU President Michael Crow said Jonathan Yudelman, a postdoctoral researcher, will “never” teach at the school again, following a viral video of Yudelman confronting a woman wearing a hijab at a pro-Israel protest near the campus last weekend.

“He is no longer allowed on campus and will never teach here again,” Crow said.

Yudelman was a scholar at ASU’s School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership. He was identified in the viral video, which circulated on multiple social media platforms, which showed him cursing at a woman wearing a hijab.

“I’m literally in your face, that’s right,” Yudelman said as the woman took a step back.

The woman told him: “You are disrespecting my religious boundaries,” the professor responded using profane language.

“You don’t respect my sense of humanity, bitch,” he said.

The school said the professor was placed on leave and was not “allowed to come to campus, teach classes, or interact with students or employees.”

Prior to the incident, he resigned from his position effective June 30, according to the university. He was not scheduled to teach courses over the summer, according to the ASU spokesperson.

The institution referred the matter to the Tempe Police Department for a criminal investigation, according to the ASU spokesperson.

“Arizona State University protects free speech but does not tolerate threatening or violent behavior,” the school said in a statement. “While peaceful protests are welcome, all incidents of violent or threatening behavior will be addressed.”

About 100 people participated in Sunday’s demonstration. The incident comes as pro-Palestine protests have emerged on university campuses across the country. Students are protesting President Biden’s handling of the war between Israel and Hamas and are pressuring institutions to get rid of Israel.

Camps have been set up at a variety of universities across the country. In response, some schools have asked authorities to remove them, leading to clashes.

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