The Diab Chronicles

Last week, the sociology and anthropology department at Carleton announced it had hired Hassan Diab to teach a summer course. Diab is accused of masterminding the 1980 bombing of a synagogue in Paris that killed four people. He is wanted in France to face charges of murder and willful destruction of property; he claims it is a case of mistaken identity. He is awaiting an extradition hearing to France, in the meantime he is under very strict bail conditions that amounts to virtual house arrest.

After news of his hiring leaked out, the university promptly fired him. The faculty, CAUT, and CUPE local have all rallied around Diab.

Here’s the latest news story.

Here’s a statement signed by 30 members of the department.

My take on the situation is here.

Here’s Terry Glavin offering a very useful perspective.