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Juan Cole

"Peres was the last decent man to rise high in Israeli politics. His removal from the scene leaves the management of the Israeli government to racists, warmongers, war criminals, ethnic cleansers, militant colonizers, and generally arrogant pr!*ks and insufferable dou*#@bags."

Juan Cole, Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan, on the death of former Israeli Prime Minister and President Shimon Peres; Informed Comment, September 28, 2016. (link to source)

We Couldn't Have Said it Better (archive)

Ben Cohen

"Interestingly, the web page advertising the course specifies that it's open to all students and that 'no prior knowledge is necessary.' Judging by the themes examined in course facilitator Paul Hadweh's course, along with the set textual readings, he might just as well have said 'prior knowledge unwelcome.' In this course, students are expected to behave like blank pages upon which an uncontested, single truth is engraved – and anyone who says otherwise must, by definition, be a racist, a colonial sympathizer, or a Zionist."

Ben Cohen, Jewish News Service (JNS) columnist and senior editor of the Tower Magazine, on the University of California, Berkeley's controversial student-led course, "Palestine: A Settler Colonial Analysis";, September 21, 2016. (link to source)

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The Latest on Campus

Students Petition to Allow Barry to Teach Wilson School Courses
October 23, 2016 - The Daily Princetonian

Is Iran Ratcheting Up Influence Peddling in American Universities?
October 22, 2016 - American Thinker

John Esposito: 'Islamophobia' a 'Social Cancer' in America
October 21, 2016 - Independent Journal Review

Hard to Find Rational Dialogue on Mideast [incl. Rabab Abdulhadi]
October 21, 2016 - San Francisco Chronicle

SF State Must Stop the Incitement of Hate [incl. Rabab Abdulhadi]
October 21, 2016 - San Francisco Examiner

University of Idaho Student Teaches Arabic Language Class to Campus Community
October 21, 2016 - The Argonaut (student newspaper of the University of Idaho)

Associated Students at University of Montana (ASUM) Discusses Program Prioritization
October 21, 2016 - The Montana Kaimin (student newspaper of University of Montana)

The Perversion of Academics [incl. Hatem Bazian]
October 20, 2016 - Fousesquawk Blog

Jewish Groups Slam 'Pro-Israel' Poster Campaign on Campus [incl. Rabab Abdulhadi]
October 20, 2016 - J. (The Jewish News Weekly of Northern California)

UC Irvine's New Pro-Arab, Anti-Israel Studies Department
October 19, 2016 - Fousesquawk Blog


Is Iran Ratcheting Up Influence Peddling in American Universities?

By Winfield Myers | Mon, 24 Oct 2016, 3:52 PM | Permalink

Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei

The Iran lobby is active in promoting Tehran-friendly professors to universities in America, where they find a warm welcome among sympathetic profs of Middle East studies. Writing at American Thinker, Stephen Schwartz explores this network for Campus Watch:

The American academy, which has revealed itself to be markedly susceptible to the intrigues of the Saudi-based radical Wahhabi sect and the Muslim Brotherhood, now faces the challenge of an Iranian radical presence.

Since 2014, admission of Iranian students to U.S. colleges has been permitted by the U.S. Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control. Iran has yet to flood the U.S. with its own professors. Nevertheless, there are indications that an Iranian wave may soon hit the American academic community. A network of apologists for the Iranian clerical regime already exists within the Middle East studies departments of American educational institutions. How much will this attitude grow in light of the Obama administration's turn toward Tehran?

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John Esposito: 'Islamophobia' a 'Social Cancer' in America

By Winfield Myers | Mon, 24 Oct 2016, 11:11 AM | Permalink

John Esposito

"Islamophobia" is a "social cancer," said John Esposito, Georgetown prof and Wahhabi apologist in an error-laced lecture covered for CW by Andrew Harrod & published at the Independent Journal Review. What's more, "most Jews are not Semites," Esposito claimed--falsely. Here's a taste:

John Esposito, the Saudi-funded director of Georgetown University's Bridge Initiative, is on a mission to convince the world that "Islamophobia has metastasized" as a "social cancer in America" one academic conference at a time. Speaking alongside his protégé, Dalia Mogahed, Bridge Initiative Senior Fellow Engy Abdelkader, and others at the September 22 "Islamophobia in Focus: Muslims and the Media" conference in Washington, DC, the notorious Islamism apologist pitched this message to an audience of about 130.

Much of the discussion revolved around the well-worn canard that media distortion inflates concerns about Islamist terrorism. "While studies show that a greater security risk emanates from white supremacists, rightwing extremists, and ultra-separatist groups, both here in the United States as well as in Europe," Abdelkader told the attendees, "when we hear about terrorism in the news, it tends to be in the context of Muslims and Islam."

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The Middle East Studies Establishment Goes Full Warrior

By Winfield Myers | Tue, 11 Oct 2016, 4:05 PM | Permalink

The Middle East Studies Association (MESA) has attacked Campus Watch for its campaign to stop the implementation of a Memorandum of Understanding between San Francisco State U. and Hamas-loving An-Najah U. in the West Bank. Responding at the History News Network, MEF president Daniel Pipes ridicules MESA's blatant hypocrisy, documents it numerous errors, and sets the record straight:

It's only to be expected. My colleagues and I at the Middle East Forum have for over two decades criticized the decline of Middle East studies; so now, its syndicate, the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), has for the first time in 14 years replied in kind. The fusillade takes the form of a letter to Leslie Wong, president of San Francisco State University (SFSU).

MEF's Campus Watch has documented the disturbing ties between SFSU and An-Najah University, a radical institution in the West Bank lauded by Hamas as a "greenhouse for martyrs" and described by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy as a hotbed of "terrorist recruitment, indoctrination, and [the] radicalization of students." We believe that Najah's long and sordid record should make it an academic pariah.

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The Latest on MEF's Campaign to End San Francisco State's MOU with An-Najah U.

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Mon, 3 Oct 2016, 5:28 PM | Permalink

The Middle East Forum's petition to end San Francisco State University (SFSU)'s memorandum of understanding (MOU) with radical An-Najah University in the West Bank has topped 1,870 signatures! Additionally, the Forum has sent a letter to the leadership of several committees in the Senate and House requesting that Congress investigate and conduct oversight concerning this dangerous partnership.

The campaign has received significant media coverage, including from San Francisco's CBS affiliate, SFSU's student newspaper, Golden Gate Xpress, the Algemeiner, Jewish News Service (JNS), CNS News, and ZipDialog, the blog of University of Chicago professor and journalist Charles Lipson. On Global Patriot Radio, Campus Watch West Coast Representative Cinnamon Stillwell discussed the campaign in a wide-ranging interview.

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