a low cement wall with the words "University of California, Davis" written on it
A sign on the campus of UC Davis. (Photo/Flickr-Christian Ostrosky CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

UC Davis prof tweets threat to ‘Zionist journalists’ and their children

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An individual identified as a professor at UC Davis suggested in a social media post that “Zionist journalists” and their children should be targeted in their homes.

The post, made in a private Twitter account that appears to belong to Jemma Decristo, read: “one group of ppl we have easy access to in the US is all these zionist journalists who spread propaganda & misinformation they have houses w addresses, kids in school they can fear their bosses, but they should fear us more.”

Decristo decorated the post with emojis depicting drops of blood and a knife.

Screenshots of the message were posted by others on various digital platforms and on news sites.

A link to Decristo’s biography on the UC Davis site was not working Thursday but archived biographies variously described Decristo as an assistant professor in American studies and African American studies. “I focus on the interplay between sound, race, gender, and embodiment,” Decristo wrote in one of the biographies.

In response to queries from the Forward about whether Decristo is still on the faculty, UC Davis spokesman James Nash said: “Regarding the faculty member’s status, I can’t share any personnel information.” He provided a statement from the university rejecting “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.”

Jason Bedrick, one of a number of people who blasted Decristo and UC Davis online, called out the university on X, tweeting: “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?”

The Forward sought but did not immediately receive permission from Decristo’s private account on X to see posts there firsthand and there was no immediate way to contact Decristo for comment.

Beth Harpaz
Beth Harpaz

Beth Harpaz is a reporter for the Forward. She previously worked for the Associated Press, first covering breaking news and politics, then as AP Travel editor. Follow her @literarydj or email [email protected].