CAIR Calls for Arrest, Firing of Arizona Professor Who Allegedly Harassed Muslim Woman Near Dueling Demonstrations Over Gaza

CAIR Calls for Arrest, Firing of Arizona Professor Who Allegedly Harassed Muslim Woman Near Dueling Demonstrations Over Gaza

(PHOENIX, AZ – 5/6/2024) – The Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today called for law enforcement to arrest Arizona State University (ASU) professor Jonathan Yudelman for allegedly harassing and assaulting a Muslim woman in a hijab during his participation in a pro-Israel protest near campus. CAIR also called for ASU to investigate the incident and take appropriate action, including termination.

According to witness accounts, the Muslim woman was allegedly subjected to derogatory remarks and harassment by the ASU professor.


In a statement, CAIR-AZ Executive Director Azza Abuseif said:

CAIR-Arizona strongly condemns Professor Jonathan Yudelman’s alleged harassment of an American Muslim woman near a pro-Israel demonstration. We call on Arizona State University to terminate his employment if these allegations are verified, and we call on law enforcement to investigate and file any appropriate criminal charges. 

“Sadly, the disgusting and dangerous behavior captured on camera is not an isolated incident, but part of a broader pattern of Islamophobia and religious intolerance weaponized by pro-Israel, pro-genocide extremists. Such behavior is not only discriminatory but also violates the fundamental principles of academic integrity and respect for diversity that professors should uphold inside and outside of the classroom. 

“ASU must take swift and decisive action to address this matter. So must local law enforcement.”

CAIR-AZ calls upon the ASU administration to conduct a thorough investigation into this incident, hold the responsible parties accountable, and implement measures to prevent such occurrences in the future. It is imperative that educational institutions uphold principles of diversity, inclusion, and respect for all members of their community.

We urge community members to report incidents to ASU.

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.            

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.           

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CONTACT: CAIR-Arizona Executive Director Azza Abuseif, [email protected], 480-704-3786; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, [email protected]; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison, 202-770-6280, [email protected]