College professor ‘tempted to shoot up’ Israeli music festival resigns

Professor Laura Mullen defended Hamas in the days after the Nova Music Festival massacre and said she would have been ‘tempted’ to kill festival goers too


A US college professor has resigned after she defended Hamas terrorists and said she too would be ‘tempted to shoot up’ the Nova Music Festival in their place.

Wake Forest University Professor Laura Mullen posted just days after the October 7 terror attack that saw hundreds slaughtered at the festival. 

"So it’s kind of a Duh, but if you turn me out of my house, plow my olive groves under, and confine what’s left of my family to the small impoverished state you run as an open-air prison, I could be tempted to shoot up your dance party, yeah, even knowing you will scorch the Earth," she wrote in a now-deleted post that was seen by the Winston-Salem Journal. 

Parents and students alike demanded the professor, who was also the Kenan chair of the humanities in the English and creative writing department, be fired.

Mullen eventually resigned, citing ‘personal reasons’. However, she said the college "threw her to the wolves." 

She defended the post saying it was supposed to be "raw, direct, poetic."

"I care deeply about what happens to innocent people everywhere. My tweet reflected my understanding of history and the results of oppression."

She claimed that she received no personal backlash from students.

"I don’t have any students coming to me and saying, ‘Hey, you increased my fear and anxiety."

Wake Forest University officials said the post ‘caused significant anxiety and fear for members of our community."

North Carolina University’s Chabad chapter said: "Students and parents alike have expressed concern for their safety in reaction to her hateful words.

"As Jewish students, we are alarmed and appalled that she is willing to make a joke of the massacre at the Supernova Music Festival that killed over 250 Israeli civilians.

"Her threatening language plays into antisemitic sentiment, a problem that poses a threat to Wake Forest students and that has no place at our school."

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