Professor’s comments on Gaza stir up Connecticut College

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NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut College President Katherine Bergeron has ordered a review of the school’s social media policies and an update of how bias incidents are handled after students protested a professor’s Facebook post comparing Gaza Strip to a “rabid pit bull.”

Andrew Pessin, a philosophy professor at the New London college, posted in August that Gaza is in a cage “because of its repeated efforts to destroy Israel and Jews.” He took to Facebook during the seven-week war between Israel and Hamas.

He apologized and said he referred to the Hamas rulers and not Palestinians. He removed the post.

Bergeron did not denounce Pessin or his Facebook statement. She said he and his critics have a right to free speech.

Students criticized Bergeron for failing to do more to condemn the professor and his comments.

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