A literature course comparing the Gaza Strip to the Auschwitz extermination camp has been canceled by the University of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain.
The course, entitled ‘Auschwitz / Gaza: A Test Point for Comparative Literature’, was to be delivered by Professor Cesar Dominguez this autumn and on the campus there were even huge signs calling on students to register for it. Among other things, the course included a reading of the books by Holocaust survivor and writer Primo Levy and Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish.
Spain’s pro-Israel organization ACOM issued a statement strongly attacking the university over the course: “The deliberate comparison between Auschwitz and Gaza, a Hamas-controlled area, a jihadist organization that subjects its population to life under a terrorist regime, and the Auschwitz death camp is outrageous, shameful and has no place.”
The Simon Wiesenthal Center also sharply attacked the university and called on it to cancel the course. Following an internal review, the university did indeed cancel the course.