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Chicago professor apologizes for calling Israelis ‘pigs’ and ‘savages’

An associate professor of climate science at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago apologized Wednesday for calling Israelis “pigs” and “savages.”

In a shocking rant on her Instagram story posted Tuesday, Dr. Mika Tosca denounced the entire Jewish state.

“Israelis are pigs. Savages. Very very bad people. Irredeemable excrement,” she wrote. “After the past week, if your eyes aren’t open to the crimes against humanity that Israel is committing and has committed for decades, and will continue to commit, then I suggest you open them. It’s disgusting and grotesque. May they all rot in hell.”

Washington University assistant professor of genetics Seth Crosby was criticized for writing on X that Israel’s airstrikes on Gaza are a “much needed cleansing, yes, but not an ethnic one. Israel is not targeting humans.” 

He later clarified that he was referring to Hamas, not the Palestinian people, and apologized for his “clumsy words.”

Fox News Digital’s Joshua Q. Nelson contributed to this report.

Rebecca Rosenberg is a veteran journalist and book author with a focus on crime and criminal justice. Email tips to and @ReRosenberg.


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