Decristo is second male-to-female transgender professor to make headlines this week for vitriolic statements against Jews
A University of California professor came under fire Thursday for a social media post that appears to threaten extreme violence in the U.S. against journalists reporting on Israel — and their children.
UC Davis Professor Jemma Decristo posted on X on Oct. 10: “one group of ppl we have easy access to in the US is all these zionist journalists who spread propaganda and misinformation … they have houses w addresses, kids in school, they can fear their bosses, but they should fear us more.”
The post ended with a knife emoji, an ax emoji, and three red drops of blood.
The post was made just a few days after deadly terrorist attacks against Israel by Hamas that killed more than 1,100 civilians, including women and children.
Decristo is also listed as a faculty undergraduate advisor. The professor’s post was screenshot and spread quickly on social media this week.
“Hey @ucdavis, do you think it’s appropriate that one of your faculty advisors, @jemmaisOKeh, is publicly threatening to murder Jews at their homes and their children at their schools,” posted Jason Bedrick, a research fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation.
Hey @ucdavis, do you think it’s appropriate that one of your faculty advisors, @jemmaisOKeh, is publicly threatening to murder Jews at their homes and their children at their schools? pic.twitter.com/xAx97LHYbr
— Jason Bedrick 🇮🇱 (@JasonBedrick) October 19, 2023
Decristo is an assistant professor of American Studies at the public school. The professor is transgender and was previously called Jeramy Decristo. According to their faculty bio, Decristo’s “focus is on the interplay between sound, race, gender and embodiment.”
Conservative activist Christopher Rufo pointed out the university has taken down the professor’s profile.
UC Davis has deleted the official biography page for professor Jemma Decristo, who threatened violence against "Zionist" journalists and suggested that supporters should hunt down their children. pic.twitter.com/7J0DVjtVy4
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) October 19, 2023
In a statement to the California Globe, a UC Davis spokesperson said campus leaders “reject all forms of violence and discrimination, as they are antithetical to the values of our university. We strive to foster a climate of equity and justice built on mutual understanding and respect for all members of the community.”
Decristo is the second male-to-female transgender professor to make headlines this week for vitriolic statements against Jews. Mika Tosca, a transgender associate professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, also made news for a post on social media that stated Israelis are “pigs” and “savages” and they should “all rot in hell.”
Globe writer Ken Kurson wrote “we’ve got a trans woman who would surely face torture or death in Gaza, siding with those who attacked not the Israeli army or even its civilian infrastructure, but children and grandmothers and concert goers.”
“This is the sickness of Intersectionality,” Kurson argued. “The entire moral compass is based not on any recognizable calculus of appropriate behavior. Whoever is perceived as poor and powerless is automatically virtuous, whoever is perceived as rich and powerful is a candidate for butchering.”
IMAGE: X screenshot