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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" (OpinionJournal.com), 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 Campus-Watch.org 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...
  • Vassar's Joshua Schreier Promises Zero Objectivity

    12/12/2008 5:59:03 PM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies · 452+ views
    Campus Watch ^ | 12/12/8 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    Biased Middle East studies professors are nothing new, but what about a professor who actually states in his course syllabus that he has no intention of presenting a scholarly, balanced approach to the Arab-Israeli conflict? This is how Vassar College history professor Joshua Schreier introduces the syllabus for his fall 2008 course, "The Roots of the Palestine-Israel Conflict": Students should keep in mind that this course is NOT designed to present "an objective" account of a "two-sided" conflict. The fact that there are supposedly two sides does not obligate us to portray each as equally right and/or equally wrong. The...
  • Rashid Khalidi, Campus Watch & Middle East Studies

    12/04/2008 2:49:12 PM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies · 245+ views
    Campus Watch ^ | 12/4/8 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    For a brief time during the 2008 presidential campaign, Columbia University's Edward Said professor of Arab studies Rashid Khalidi was the most famous Middle East studies academic in the country. Khalidi's relationship with now president-elect Barack Obama brought him national attention and unprecedented media scrutiny. At the heart of the controversy was Khalidi's role as a spokesman for the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) when he lived in Beirut in the late 1970s and early 1980s. During those years, the PLO was listed by the State Department as a designated foreign terrorist organization. But this was not the first time that...
  • Proselytizing Islam at Penn

    10/24/2008 3:10:54 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies · 250+ views
    Campus Watch ^ | 10/24/8 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    Islam Awareness Week 2008 is underway at the University of Pennsylvania. Organized by the Muslim Students Association, Islam Awareness Week also has academic sponsors, including the university's Middle East Center. While "awareness" may be a laudable goal, blatant proselytizing is another matter entirely. Yet today's event, "State and Need for Dawah in the West," promises just that. Here is the description (received by e-mail; emphasis added): Harvard Chaplain and well-studied individual of Islam, Taha Abdul-Basser will deliver the Friday sermon on the lack of Dawah (invitation) on the part of Muslims in North America, not only to convey a message...
  • ‘Popular Palestinian Conference' Peddles Propaganda [incl. Hatem Bazian, Thomas Abowd, John Esposito

    08/08/2008 10:26:35 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies · 130+ views
    Campus Watch ^ | 8/8/8 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    This weekend, the "Popular Palestinian Conference 2008" will be held in Chicago, and if past is prologue, a slew of anti-Israel propaganda will be part of the repertoire. The organizers make no effort to conceal their nefarious intentions, titling one of the workshops [emphasis added], "Inserting Palestine into High School Curricula in the US & Empowering Students to Challenge Dominant Narratives" and subtitling the conference, "Palestinians in the US: Reclaiming Our Voice, Asserting Our Narrative." Unfortunately, this "narrative" is a false one in which Israel is the oppressor, the Palestinians its perpetual victims, and the United States an accomplice in...
  • Truth About Islam in Academia?

    07/03/2008 9:23:12 AM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies · 127+ views
    Campus Watch ^ | 7/3/8 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    While the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) has long dominated the field, its highly politicized leadership's inability to withstand criticism, inattention to radical Islam, and apologetic approach towards the West's foes has left many Middle East studies scholars feeling unwelcome by their umbrella professional organization. Enter the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA). Founded last year by Professors Bernard Lewis and Fouad Ajami, ASMEA offers an alternative to MESA's post-colonialist biases and a venue for studying those elements of Islam and the Middle East that MESA's leaders ignore or downplay.ASMEA's emergence is cause for optimism....
  • Campus tirade against pro-lifers

    06/03/2008 7:57:16 AM PDT · by polymuser · 14 replies · 141+ views
    OneNewsNow ^ | 6/3/2008 | Pete Chagnon
    The free-speech rights of a University of Wisconsin pro-life club were violated recently, and the incident has been posted on the popular video-sharing website YouTube. Pointers for Life, a University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point pro-life club, recently obtained permission from the school to place 4,000 white crosses on campus grounds. The display was meant to symbolize the 4,000 unborn babies who are aborted every day in the United States. However, the display was vandalized on May 1 by Roderick King, a university sophomore and student senator. While King was knocking over the white crosses, he stated that the pro-life group had...
  • "How Free is the University?" Conference Features Campus Watch

    06/02/2008 1:12:45 PM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 72+ views
    Campus Watch ^ | 6/2/8 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    On June 15-16, a conference will take place at the University of Southern California titled, "How Free is the University?" Sponsored by the American Freedom Alliance, the conference features an impressive lineup of speakers, all addressing the subject of academic freedom in higher education. As Northern California Representative for Campus Watch - a conference co-sponsor - I will be speaking on a panel titled, "Middle East Studies Departments: Who influences and controls them?" In doing so, I hope to shed light on the crucial part played by Middle East studies in the ongoing politicization of the classroom. On a related...
  • Middle East Studies in Fiction

    05/15/2008 11:22:23 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 143+ views
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 5/15/8 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    It isn’t often that characters based on the field of Middle East studies show up in current fiction, but the novels of author Daniel Silva are an exception. The last three novels of his series featuring Israeli secret agent/art restorer Gabriel Allon explore the intersection of Middle East studies and international intrigue. The sixth novel in the series, Prince of Fire, begins with a horrific terrorist attack at the Israeli embassy in Rome, explores the origins of the modern state of Israel, and ends in an archaeological excavation trench in Provence. Figuring throughout is the handsome and mysterious Paul Martineau,...
  • Middle East Studies Profs. Still Peddling Peaceful Jihad

    04/29/2008 7:30:33 AM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies · 87+ views
    Campus Watch ^ | 4/28/8 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    In his 2002 Commentary article, "Jihad and the Professors," Middle East Forum director Daniel Pipes makes a compelling case for "the nearly universal falsification of jihad on the part of American academic scholars." Rather than acknowledging the aggressively military nature of jihad (otherwise known as "holy war"), such academics would have us believe that it consists either of defensive warfare, a struggle for spiritual and personal improvement, or the promotion of social justice. Here are a few of the quotes he cites in the article: Jihad as "usually understood" means "a struggle to be true to the will of God...
  • Victims on Parade at NYU “Academic Freedom” Conference

    04/10/2008 1:02:29 PM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies · 51+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 4/10/8 | Mary Madigan
    The poster advertising New York University’s “Academic Freedom in the Age of Permanent Warfare” conference featured a scolding Statue of Liberty pointing an accusatory finger and stating: “YOU! Stop Asking Questions. You’re Either With US or You’re With the TERRORISTS!” The speakers and attendees gathered around the pastry-laden table at NYU’s new Frederic Ewen Academic Freedom Center last week didn't appear to be oppressed or under attack. But once they wiped the sugar from their mouths and stood up to speak, they assured the audience that they were, in fact, victims in an “age of permanent warfare.” According to keynote...
  • NYU Hosting the Latest "Academic Freedom" Conference; Break out the Violins

    02/22/2008 11:12:18 AM PST · by SmithL · 1 replies · 105+ views
    Campus Watch ^ | 2/22/8 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    The proliferation of dubious conferences on "academic freedom" continues unabated. And, in each case, biased and politicized Middle East studies academics are a major component.In October, 2007, the University of Chicago hosted, "In Defense of Academic Freedom," an event whose unifying theme was "the notion that Jewish groups have degraded the quality and breadth of discussion in the media and in Washington." Hardly the stuff of self-described progressives, but such is the state of discourse in the corridors of academia today. Then there was the "DePaul Academic Freedom Conference" earlier this month. It featured the usual suspects, all alleging "academic...
  • Joel Beinin To Head Portland State University's Middle East Studies Center?

    02/16/2008 3:39:29 PM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies · 102+ views
    Campus Watch ^ | 2/16/8 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    History professor and former president of the Middle East Studies Association, Joel Beinin, went on "extended leave" from Stanford in 2006 due to what he described as the university's "minimal institutional interest in the study and teaching of the modern Middle East." Since that time, Beinin has been serving as director of Middle East Studies at the American University in Cairo (AUC), Egypt. But was it scholarly concerns or mounting criticism that caused Beinin to leave Stanford for AUC? In a 2006 interview with Egypt Today, Beinin was portrayed as a victim of "conservative reaction" on the part of Middle...
  • Promotion of Islam in Our Schools [on Ayad Al-Qazzaz of Cal State, Sacramento]

    02/05/2008 10:10:37 AM PST · by SmithL · 1 replies · 61+ views
    Campus Watch ^ | 2/5/8 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    Public school children in grades K-12 are being assigned textbooks that misrepresent and, in some cases, glorify Islamic beliefs and history – often at the expense of other religions and cultures. The apologetics and indoctrination common in university Middle East studies programs is being carried into public schools by contentious, ahistorical, and inaccurate textbooks written by those same Middle East studies professors. History Alive! The Medieval World and Beyond, a textbook published by the Teachers' Curriculum Institute, was removed from the Scottsdale, Arizona school district in 2005 for this very reason. The textbook is now causing controversy in California and...
  • Juan Cole Peddles Hamas Propaganda; Accuses Israel of "Atrocities," "War Crimes," and "Slavery"

    01/22/2008 3:04:46 PM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies · 53+ views
    Campus Watch ^ | 1/22/8 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    When it comes to off-the-wall commentary on the Middle East conflict, University of Michigan history professor Juan Cole is the gift that keeps on giving. If there's anti-Israel propaganda to be found, one can be sure Cole will be peddling it at his ironically named blog, Informed Comment. His labeling of Gaza in September, 2007 as "the worst outcome of Western colonialism anywhere in the world outside the Belgian Congo" is a case in point. As noted by Noah Pollack at Contentions, Cole's latest blog ramblings ratchet up the hysteria another notch. Not content with alleging persecution of the self-defeating...
  • Campus Watch Critiques, UC Santa Cruz Paper Cries "Censorship!"

    11/16/2007 10:08:22 AM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies · 105+ views
    Campus Watch ^ | 11/16/7 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    In the latest issue of City on a Hill Press, the student newspaper for the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC), reporter Marc Abizeid spins a bone-chilling tale of silenced professors and a Middle East studies field threatened by a shadowy network of "radical pro-Israel interest groups." At the helm of this nefarious conspiracy is of course Campus Watch, which Abizeid paints as a ruthless organization bent on censoring anyone who strays from the straight and narrow. The problem is none of it's true.Much like the disaffected academics he profiles in the ominously titled, "Silencing Debate on the Middle...
  • UCLA's Politicized Middle East Studies Professors

    11/12/2007 10:02:12 AM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies · 36+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 11/12/7 | Cinnamon STillwell
    Earlier this year, the Center for Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. It was founded in 1957 by Gustave E. Von Grunebaum, a scholar at the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute and the first president of the Middle East Studies Association. Grunebaum sought to establish at UCLA a groundbreaking Middle East and Islamic Studies program featuring an array of experts in languages, culture, and history. Unfortunately, the best-known UCLA professors specializing in the region today, far from embodying the classical approach to the discipline in which knowledge is the overriding goal, exemplify...
  • Worshipping Edward Said at San Francisco State University

    11/08/2007 11:52:16 AM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies · 95+ views
    Campus Watch ^ | 11/8/7 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    After a contentious two-year campaign waged by the General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS) and other supporters, a mural dedicated to the late Columbia University English and comparative literature professor Edward Said was unveiled at San Francisco State University (SFSU) last week. Former SFSU Arabic professor Fayeq Oweis – now teaching the same subject at Santa Clara University – was the lead artist for what's been labeled the "Palestinian Cultural Mural." The mural does include various symbols said to be associated with Palestinian culture, but it is Said's likeness that looms largest. This is perhaps appropriate for it was Said's...
  • Acceptable Bigotry in the Ivory Tower? Prof. Muqtedar Khan Refuses to Share Panel with IDF Veteran

    10/25/2007 2:07:52 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 69+ views
    Cinnamon Stillwell's Blog ^ | 10/25/7 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    In the growing list of acceptable bigotries proliferating among those who inhabit the ever-so-progressive Ivory Tower, it seems that Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) veterans are fair game. Just ask University of Delaware political science and international relations professor Muqtedar Khan (also a Pentagon consultant and Brookings Institute Fellow), who refused to share an academic panel yesterday at the University of Delaware with Campus Watch Associate Fellow Asaf Romirowsky. My Campus Watch colleague, Director Winfield Myers, references the story at the Campus Watch blog and Michael Rubin has all the details at NRO's The Corner. I've been given permission to post...
  • DePaul Prof. Aminah Beverly McCloud: Pushing "Islamophobia," Obscuring Islamism

    10/23/2007 7:37:04 AM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 128+ views
    Campus Watch ^ | 10/23/7 | Cinnamon STillwell
    As part of the "Islam Awareness Week" currently taking place at the University of Pennsylvania, a discussion titled, "Don't Believe the Hype: How the Media and Hollywood Portray Muslims and their Faith" will take place on October 24. Looking at the description of the event, it's clear that the usual platitudes about "Islamophobia," "racism," and "misconceptions" will be employed to mask the need for honest examination and, ultimately, reform in combating Islamism: This event will seek to address the way Western media has created an unwarranted sense of fear towards Muslims. This speaker panel will address the heavy-hitting issue of...
  • UC Berkeley's Hatem Bazian Back in the Headlines

    10/12/2007 4:46:45 PM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies · 90+ views
    Campus Watch ^ | 10/12/7 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    UC Berkeley Near Eastern studies lecturer and adjunct professor at Boalt Hall School of Law Hatem Bazian is back in the headlines. Campus Watch readers will no doubt recall Bazian's infamous call for an "intifada in this country" at a 2004 anti-war protest in San Francisco, not to mention the numerous examples of his participation in radical, and, ostensibly, pro-Palestinian activities across the nation. The latest case being Bazian's lecture at UC Berkeley on October 6, given as part of a series hosted by a student group called Islamic Awareness of Berkeley. The lecture was attended by Ethan Strauss, a...
  • Anti-Semitism Rears Its Ugly Head on California College Campuses, Again

    10/08/2007 1:33:56 PM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies · 202+ views
    Cinnamon Stillwell's Blog ^ | 10/8/7 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    We've all heard the refrain, "anti-Zionism doesn't equal anti-Semitism" a million times from those desperate to convince themselves (Jews among them) that their single-minded obsession with and disproportionate condemnation of the world's only Jewish state has nothing whatsoever to do with anti-Semitism. Others simply use that line as a fig leaf to try and conceal their outright opposition to Israel's continued existence and, not coincidentally, the Jewish people. But, as we've seen time and time again, the virulently anti-Zionist rhetoric that has been allowed to gain ground on America's college campuses, both among faculty and student groups, tends to result...
  • Hillsdale College Symposium Examines the Enduring Significance of the Vietnam War

    09/08/2007 3:49:52 PM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies · 88+ views
    Cinnamon Stillwell's Blog ^ | 9/8/7 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    During a speech last month at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Kansas City, President Bush hearkened back to the destructive legacy of self-perpetuated U.S. defeat in the Vietnam War as a warning to those who would effect the same outcome today in Iraq. In doing so, he tapped into a firestorm of criticism, particularly from liberals who were outraged that someone else was using the analogy they themselves have been pushing relentlessly since 9/11. Indeed, America's military response to the Islamic terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 has engendered nothing but opposition from the keepers of the 1960s...
  • Cal State Fresno's Middle East Studies Project Raises Red Flags

    09/07/2007 1:16:51 PM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 80+ views
    Campus Watch ^ | 9/7/7 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    California State University, Fresno (CSUF) is in the process of developing The Middle East Studies Project, a collection of interdisciplinary courses that, by 2009, it hopes to offer as a minor in Middle East studies. But, already, some in the Fresno community are raising red flags about what direction CSUF's Middle East Studies Project will take. Considering the biased nature of Middle East studies departments across the country – and California is no exception – their concerns are not unwarranted. The website FresnoZionism.org, which bills itself as "a pro-Israel voice from California's Central Valley," recently posted an item on CSUF...
  • The Muddled Mess of Middle East Studies [incl. Hamid Dabashi, Arzoo Osanloo, Minoo Moallem, et al.]

    05/30/2007 11:34:33 AM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies · 268+ views
    Campus Watch ^ | 5/30/7 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    What's ailing contemporary Middle East studies? A symposium earlier this month at Stanford University provided a clue.A paranoid fixation on imagined American and Israeli "empire"; the refusal to accept legitimate criticism; an insulated, elitist worldview; an inability to employ clear, jargon-free English; and a self-defeating hostility towards the West: these vices and more were made clear at "The State of Middle East Studies: Knowledge Production in an Age of Empire." Professor of Iranian studies and comparative literature at Columbia University Hamid Dabashi captured the symposium's theme by asserting that the "Middle East is under U.S./Israeli imperial domination" and that America...
  • Stanford Prof. Joel Beinin Dredges Up False "Death Threat" Claim Against Los Angeles Journalist

    05/16/2007 9:21:03 PM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies · 173+ views
    Campus Watch ^ | 5/16/7 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    Stanford Middle East history professor and former president of the Middle East Studies Association Joel Beinin is known for letting his one-sided political perspectives invade the classroom. As former Stanford professor Steven Zipperstein told The Jewish Weekly of Northern California in 2002, "It's said that Joel Beinin doesn't believe in balance as an intrinsically crucial goal in academic life. …The charge is accurate, and he would acknowledge it, I think." Allyssa Lappen wrote about Beinin for Campus Watch in 2004 and she encapsulates his less-than-savory viewpoints in the following passage: He denounces American "imperialism" on Al-Jazeera Television. A former Zionist,...
  • UC Berkeley's Hatem Bazian: Academic or Activist?

    05/10/2007 11:46:41 AM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies · 337+ views
    CampusWatch ^ | 5/10/7 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    Hatem Bazian is a senior lecturer in the department of Near Eastern studies, a member of the faculty advisory board in the religion, politics and globalization program, and an adjunct professor at Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received his Ph.D. in Islamic studies. Along with teaching courses in Islamic law, religious studies and Arabic, Bazian, a Palestinian native, also devotes an inordinate amount of time to pro-Palestinian activism. Unfortunately, the bulk of this activism is centered on organizations, publications, speeches, and events that demonize Israel and, at times, the United States.As documented...
  • Iranian Ambassador Zarif to Address Columbia Middle East Seminar

    05/02/2007 7:32:04 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies · 169+ views
    Campus Watch ^ | 5/2/7 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    Throughout the academic year, Columbia University holds a series of seminars, bringing together members of the university faculty and, as they put it, "experts and specialists in nonacademic pursuits," and "authorities in many fields of scholarship as speakers in guests" to focus on a variety of topics. The Middle East Seminar taking place today (5/2) at Columbia promises a "carefully-defined and informed evaluation of stubborn problems in a region that symbolizes mounting instability and proliferating crises." So who did Columbia choose to invite as a speaker, out of all the notable possibilities, to address this pressing issue? None other than...
  • UCLA "Covering Lebanon" Conference: Media Criticism or Israel Bashing?

    04/03/2007 7:51:57 AM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies · 143+ views
    Campus Watch ^ | 4/3/7 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    A conference on media coverage of the Israeli/Hezbollah conflict being held tomorrow (April 3) at the University of California, Los Angeles, looks to be yet another opportunity for anti-Israel invective. Titled "Covering Lebanon," the conference is co-sponsored by the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies. Conference speakers include UCLA history professor Gabriel Piterberg, who specializes on the Near and Middle East. Piterberg is best known for teaching a course extolling the virtues of the father of Orientalism, Edward Said, and another that examines "the dispossession of the Palestinians by the state of Israel during and after the 1948 war, the...
  • Academic Amen Corner

    06/20/2006 8:01:26 AM PDT · by JSedreporter · 7 replies · 410+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 16, 2006 | Malcolm A. Kline
    A widely-publicized attack on supporters of Israel by two leading academics commits a fair number of inaccuracies not the least of which is their characterization of controversies surrounding the Israel Lobby as they manifest themselves on American campuses. “In September 2002, for example, Martin Kramer and Daniel Pipes, two passionately pro-Israel neoconservatives, established a website (Campus Watch) that posted dossiers on suspect academics and encouraged students to report comments or behavior that might be considered hostile to Israel,” John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt wrote in a recent report which also appeared in abbreviated form in the London Review of Books....
  • What's Up at Columbia?

    08/10/2005 11:51:07 AM PDT · by rmlew · 9 replies · 339+ views
    History News Network ^ | August 8, 2005 | Robert David (KC) Johnson
    Earlier this year, Columbia president Lee Bollinger affirmed his commitment to promoting intellectual diversity at the Morningside Heights campus. It's difficult, however, to see how that commitment can co-exist with the $15 million "diversity" hiring initiative announced earlier this week. Although superficially comparable to Harvard's $50 million pledge to increase the number of women among its faculty, the Columbia program is different in four important—and disturbing—ways. 1.) Bollinger isn't Larry Summers. Regardless of the propriety of Summers' original remarks, his subsequent reaction—apologizing profusely, admitting that his statement was misguided—could be construed as an admission by Harvard's leadership that it had...