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  • Profs. LeVine and Zunes Plot to Globalize BDS

    09/12/2012 9:57:55 PM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies
    Campus Watch ^ | 9/12/12 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    What do Middle East studies professors do when they're not in the classroom? Write books? Engage in research? Advance important scholarship? Conduct outreach to students? In the case of two anti-Israel activist professors—Mark LeVine, University of California, Irvine history professor, and Stephen Zunes, professor of politics and international studies and director of the Middle East studies program at the University of San Francisco—plotting strategies for furthering the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel is the unfortunate answer. In his latest Al-Jazeera op-ed, LeVine conducts an interview with Zunes on the all-important question, "Can the BDS Movement Go Global?"...
  • USF Prof Stephen Zunes Still Shilling for Iran

    08/23/2012 11:37:05 AM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies
    Campus Watch ^ | 8/23/12 | Cinnamon Stillwell and Rima Greene
    On August 5, 2012, Stephen Zunes—professor of politics and international studies and director of the Middle East studies program at the University of San Francisco—made his seventh appearance at the hilltop Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley (UUCB) in the northern enclave of Kensington. Zunes is a regular at UUCB, no doubt because his views are in line with the church's "Social Justice Council," which, according to their website, "sponsors forums focussing [sic] on social justice topics" in pursuit of the quixotic goal of "working towards a better, more just world." Accordingly, there were copies of the British-based newspaper Positive News...
  • Professors and Politicos Fooled by the Muslim Brotherhood

    07/27/2012 5:36:25 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    Campus Watch ^ | 7/27/12 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    Engagement with Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is the consensus among elite opinion and certainly among the ranks of North American Middle East studies academics, the "experts" tasked with informing the public and, often, policy-makers on foreign policy in the region. Since the Egyptian revolution, these academics have whitewashed the Muslim Brotherhood, downplayed its Islamist agenda, and urged U.S. cooperation—a policy suggestion the Obama administration has clearly taken to heart. Many have been shocked by the speed with which the Obama administration has pursued this policy of outreach. The current debate within Congress about the potential influence of the Muslim Brotherhood on...
  • UCLA Honors Sharia Apologist Khaled Abou El Fadl

    04/05/2012 1:39:09 PM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies
    Campus Watch ^ | 4/5/12 | Cinnamon Stillwell and Judith Greblya
    Academic self-congratulation reached new heights at the University of California, Los Angeles on March 21, 2012, with "An Event Honoring Professor Khaled Abou El Fadl." Abou El Fadl—Omar and Azmeralda Alfi Distinguished Professor in Islamic Law and chair of the Islamic Studies Interdepartmental Program at UCLA—was feted by the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies, the UCLA School of Law Journal of Near Eastern and Islamic Law, the UCLA School of Law Muslim Law Students Association, and the UCLA School of Law Critical Race Studies Program. Eighty students, professors, and community members gathered to commemorate "the world's leading authority on...
  • The 'Angry Arab' Slams Finkelstein; Wants to Eliminate Israel

    02/20/2012 3:42:17 PM PST · by SmithL · 11 replies
    Campus Watch ^ | 2/20/12 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    As we, and many others, noted last week, there's a video circulating around the internet of infamous Israel-defamer and former DePaul professor Norman Finkelstein slamming the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, calling it a "cult" whose goal is the elimination of Israel. As one would expect, Finkelstein's--perhaps former--comrades in the anti-Israel world are none too pleased with his break from the party line. One of them, As'ad AbuKhalil--California State University, Stanislaus political science professor and purveyor of the "Angry Arab News Service"--provides a "critique" at al-Akhbar in which he makes the following admission: Finkelstein rightly asks whether the real...
  • Farewell to UCLA's Sondra Hale

    01/10/2012 7:14:00 PM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies
    Campus Watch ^ | 1/10/12 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    The rabidly anti-Israel University of California, Los Angeles anthropology and women's studies professor Sondra Hale has retired. Her list of dubious achievements is long and, over the years, Campus Watch has chronicled a good number: Hale was one of the founding members of the organizing committee for the Campaign for the Cultural and Academic Boycott of Israel. At the time of its inception, she touted her prominent involvement, telling the Daily Bruin in February, 2009 that, were it to go into effect, "foreign exchange and cooperative programs with Israel would cease."At an October, 2009 conference at the Center for Near...
  • The 'Angry Arab' Goes Mad

    12/08/2011 1:04:30 PM PST · by SmithL · 19 replies
    Campus Watch ^ | 12/8/11 | Cinnamon Stillwell and Rima Greene
    As'ad AbuKahlil—a political science professor at California State University, Stanislaus—spoke last month at a day-long "teach-in" at the University of California, Berkeley titled, "Building Solidarity with the Arab Spring." It consisted of a number of "workshop sessions" at the Valley Life Sciences Building, followed by a "plenary session" at the Multicultural Center, and was co-sponsored by the Arab Resource Organizing Committee, the Berkeley Muslim Students Association PAC, the International Socialist Organization, and the Syrian American Council. AbuKhalil's workshop on "The U.S. and the Arab Uprising" was held in a tiny, hot, windowless room filled with students wearing hijabs and keffiyehs....
  • USA: Anti-Israel Jewish Studies

    04/26/2011 8:57:14 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva - IsraelNationalNews ^ | 4/26/11 | Cinnamon Stillwell & Judith Greblya
    Faculty members at departments of Jewish Studies in the USA are evidencing anti-Israel (anti-Semitic) tendencies as do their colleagues in Middle East Studies. The field of Middle East studies is notorious for producing apologias for radical Islam, particularly where anti-Israel and, at times, anti-Semitic sentiment is concerned. These same tendencies are also increasingly common in an unexpected sector of university life: Jewish studies. An open letter dated March 3, 2011, and signed by 30 University of California Jewish studies faculty members, is a case in point. The letter to the Orange County District Attorney concerns the orchestrated disruption of a...
  • Hatem Bazian's Pernicious Misuse of 'Never Again'

    03/24/2011 12:31:07 PM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies
    Campus Watch ^ | 3/24/11 | Cinnamon Stillwell and Rima Greene
    Just when it seemed as though the misuse of language and imagery associated with the Holocaust could get no worse, along came "Never Again for Anyone." A national speaking tour designed to coincide with International Holocaust Remembrance Day, "Never Again for Anyone" traveled the U.S. from January 25 through February 19, 2011, landing at the First Presbyterian Church in Oakland, California on February 17. The event was a benefit for the virulently anti-Israel organization, the Middle East Children's Alliance (MECA). The purpose of the tour was pernicious: to draw a connection between the Holocaust and the Arab-Israeli conflict, with Israelis cast as the new...
  • How Does It Feel To Be a Victim? Ask Prof. Bayoumi

    03/15/2011 1:30:40 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    Campus Watch ^ | 3/15/11 | Cinnamon Stillwell and Rima Greene
    Moustafa Bayoumi, associate professor of English at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, gave a lecture at the University of California, Berkeley's Center for Middle East Studies (CMES) last month titled, "How Does It Feel To Be a Problem: Why Arabs and Muslim Americans Are at the Heart of Today's Culture Wars." Bayoumi is the editor of How Does it Feel To Be a Problem: Being Young and Arab in America, a collection of biographical stories about young, Brooklyn-based Arab-Americans that the CMES website describes, among other things, as "a catalog of mistreatment and discrimination."Baymoui's narrative of Arab victimhood...
  • UCLA's Professor of Fantasy [on Khaled Abou El Fadl]

    12/24/2010 1:35:26 PM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies
    Campus Watch ^ | 12/24/10 | Innamon Stillwell
    The Center for Near Eastern Studies (CNES) at the University of California, Los Angeles and the UCLA School of Law's Journal for Islamic and Near Eastern Law co-sponsored a lecture (podcast available here) last month by Khaled Abou El Fadl, chair of the Islamic Studies Interdepartmental Program, with the vague title "Shari'ah Watch: A View from the Inside." The flyer for the lecture promised "an informed discussion about Shariah and its role and impact in the West," yet Abou El Fadl delivered neither. Instead, his audience of 35 -- comprising mostly seniors and left-wing students -- witnessed a meandering, repetitive...
  • Campus Watch "Setting The Record Straight" 2010 Update

    07/29/2010 1:14:40 PM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Campus Watch ^ | 7/29/10 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    Since our last update, the number of corrections in Campus Watch's "Setting The Record Straight" section has grown exponentially. Hardly a day goes by when Campus Watch (CW)'s opponents aren't hard at work hurling false accusations, smears, and paranoia in our direction. The nature of the fabrications generated by CW's critics over the years has remained predictably static, and they tend to fall into just a few categories. The most ubiquitous are the histrionic allegations that we "silence," "censor," "harass," or "intimidate" academics; that we engage in "blacklisting"; that we interfere in tenure decisions; that we represent a threat to...
  • The Illogic of Campus Watch's Critics

    04/06/2010 9:10:39 PM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies · 128+ views
    Campus Watch ^ | 4/6/10 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    Teaching Middle Eastern Affairs is certainly more problematic than other regions. Due to the geopolitical realities of the ME, it is more politicized as an academic subject than any other region. As a result, academics dealing with the Middle East have the tendency to espouse political views that might affect both what topics will be covered and how. Subsequently, the study of the Middle East suffers from high levels of politicization and the academic content subordinating political views or ideologies.Who wrote the above passage?1) Campus Watch2) A Campus Watch basher Based on Campus Watch (CW)'s long record of combating the...
  • The Professor's Islamist Call to Battle [on Sherman Jackson]

    03/22/2010 3:23:14 PM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 203+ views
    Campus Watch ^ | 3/22/10 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    Sherman Jackson, also known as Abdal Hakim Jackson, is a professor of Arabic and Islamic studies in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Michigan. Jackson specializes in Islamic law and has written and spoken extensively on the subject. Soon after the September 11, 2001, Islamic terrorist attacks, Jackson took the line popular among apologists, stating at a September 2001 University of Michigan Teach-in titled, "Terrorism: A Perversion of Islam," that "the killing of innocent peoples is forbidden by the law of Islam and it has been from the beginning of Islam."But it turns out that not...
  • Whitman's Shampa Biswas: Instigator or Educator?

    04/23/2009 1:09:08 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies · 204+ views
    Campus Watch ^ | 4/22/9 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    Writing at his new blog, The Rubin Report, GLORIA Center Director Barry Rubin points to Shampa Biswas, Whitman College Director of Global Studies and associate professor of politics, as an example of the "terrible, anti-democratic, and anti-American ideas" pervading higher education. As demonstrated in a glowing profile at the Whitman College web site and a 2007 convocation address, Biswas is yet another Edward Said acolyte helping to turn the field of Middle East studies (in which she specializes) into a forum for political activism and moral relativism. Rubin elaborates: Professor of politics Shampa Biswas explains that Edward Said's Orientalism is...
  • Rashid Khalidi Gets Caught in a Lie

    02/05/2009 3:25:21 PM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies · 275+ views
    Campus Watch ^ | 2/5/9 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    Rashid Khalidi, Columbia University Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies, has been caught in a lie. Khalidi concluded a January 8, 2009, op-ed that appeared in the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune with the following quote ascribed to former Israel Defense Forces chief of staff Moshe Ya'alon: The Palestinians must be made to understand in the deepest recesses of their consciousness that they are a defeated people. The problem is Ya'alon never made this statement and both publications have since had to excise it from the op-ed and issue corrections. Here's the New York Times: An Op-Ed...
  • Qaddafi Goes to Georgetown

    01/23/2009 3:29:11 PM PST · by SmithL · 1 replies · 151+ views
    Campus Watch ^ | 1/23/9 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    In yesterday's "Best of the Web" (, James Taranto took the New York Times to task for providing Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi an op-ed platform upon which to wax poetic about his supposed solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict. Qaddafi is a proponent of the "one-state solution," whereby Israelis and Palestinians are to live together in a single, secular, democratic state he terms "Isratine." He's even written something called the "White Book" outlining his proposal. The problem is, as Taranto put it: Whatever appeal this idea may have in theory, in practice it is even more fanciful than the two-state solution....
  • Hamas's Academic Cheerleaders

    01/20/2009 12:58:18 PM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies · 313+ views
    Campus Watch ^ | 1/20/9 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    Hamas's Academic Cheerleaders [incl. Hamid Dabashi, Rashid Khalidi, Fawaz Gerges, Joseph Massad, Muqtedar Khan, Mark LeVine, et al.] If further proof was needed that the field of Middle East studies is marred by a politicized, morally vacuous approach to the Arab-Israeli conflict, the reaction of many of its leading lights to the current war in Gaza should suffice.According to these self-appointed arbiters of international law, Israel's military campaign against Hamas following the firing of over 6,000 rockets at Israeli civilian targets since 2005 is unjustified. Hamas, they tell us, is not a terrorist organization bent on Israel's destruction, but rather...
  • "Setting The Record Straight" Annual Update

    12/23/2008 8:41:43 AM PST · by SmithL · 1 replies · 179+ views
    Campus Watch ^ | 12/23/8 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    In December 2007, we alerted readers to a new feature called Setting The Record Straight. The section (which can be accessed by passing one's mouse over the "About Campus Watch" category in the left-hand tab and clicking on "Setting The Record Straight") is designed to correct false accusations made against Campus Watch. As we explained at the time: Campus Watch readers are no doubt familiar with the numerous smears, false allegations, and hysterical accusations leveled against us by our opponents. Frequent charges of "McCarthyism," "censorship," "silencing professors," and "threats to academic freedom" are hurled at Campus Watch by those...
  • Joel Brinkley: Right on Falk, Wrong on Academia

    12/18/2008 4:27:47 PM PST · by SmithL · 1 replies · 140+ views
    Campus Watch ^ | 12/18/8 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    Stanford University journalism professor and former New York Times foreign policy correspondent Joel Brinkley has written a commendable article in the San Francisco Chronicle questioning Princeton University professor emeritus of international law Richard Falk's role as special representative of the U.N. Human Rights Council. Falk is charged with investigating alleged Israeli human rights abuses against the Palestinians or, in other words, drumming up false charges against Israel on behalf of a "human rights council" that includes the Organization of the Islamic Conference, among other unsavory participants. As Brinkley puts it: The Human Rights Council is already an embarrassment to the...