Massad gets tenure at Columbia

NEW YORK (JTA) – The Columbia University professor who reportedly asked an Israeli student how many Palestinians he had killed was given tenure.

The university approved Joseph Massad’s bid for tenure, his second attempt, earlier this month, according to the New York Post.

Massad was at the center of a controversy several years ago over scholarly treatment of Israel at Columbia.

In addition to the comment about killed Palestinians, Massad was accused of mistreating and intimidating students whose pro-Israel views differed from his own.

Massad denied many of the allegations and claimed he was the target of a "witch hunt."

A university probe into the matter substantiated some of the claims against him and found that in one instance, he had exceeded "commonly accepted bounds" of behavior.

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