Pa. prof's anti-Israel remarks concern lawmakers

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Posted: Oct 22, 2010 6:15 PM
Pa. prof's anti-Israel remarks concern lawmakers

Two Pennsylvania lawmakers are questioning officials at a state-supported university after a professor publicly called for the destruction of Israel.

In a letter Wednesday to the president of Lincoln University, state Sens. Daylin Leach and Anthony Williams ask if the professor is expressing anti-Semitic views on campus.

Video of a Sept. 3 rally in Washington, D.C., shows tenured literature professor Kaukab Siddique saying Israel must be destroyed, "if possible by peaceful means."

Siddique tells The Philadelphia Inquirer that "I am against Israel _ not against Jews."

A statement from Lincoln says officials are unaware of Siddique's "offensive views" being expressed on campus.

Lincoln is a historically black university of about 2,000 students about 45 miles outside Philadelphia.

(This version corrects lawmaker's name to Daylin, not Daily.)