Lisa Metcalf, Director, Media Relations for Florida Atlantic University (FAU), said in a Friday statement:
FAU instructor Deandre Poole, Ph.D., has been placed on administrative leave effective immediately for safety reasons. As a result of the reaction to a recent exercise in Dr. Poole’s intercultural communications class, the instructor’s personal safety has been compromised.
In addition, this decision will prevent further disruption to the day-to-day operations of Florida Atlantic University.
Because of this, Dr. Poole will not teach any classes, conduct office hours, or be present at any of FAU’s campuses or sites. Alternate instructors have been assigned to teach Dr. Poole’s classes. Students have been notified and classes will continue as scheduled.
FAU has a history of supporting anti-Israel and anti-Semitic events. During the week of February 13, 2013 FAU hosted Israel Apartheid Week. Tom Trento an investigative journalist and radio talk show host, tried to enter this public event on a state funded campus but was denied access. According to Trento, “I and my TrentoVision radio/TV internet team was aggressively prohibited by the police from videotaping or audio recording pro-Palestinian Josh Ruebner during his Jew-hatred ‘teach-in’,at a publicly advertised, public event on campus at the Florida Atlantic University.”
The below video report captures the history of hate at FAU:
FAU has active chapters of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) and Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). MSA is a HAMAS front organization and SJP is listed by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) as one of the top 10 anti-Israel groups in the United States. Last year Muslim students posted eviction notices on the dorm room doors of Jewish students and this year called for the destruction of Israel.
As first reported on BizPac Review, Poole is vice-chairman of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party and his recent actions add to a disturbing pattern of religious intolerance displayed by the local party.