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Howler of the Month (archive)

Nader Hashemi

"The 1,400-year-old Islamic faith in itself has little to do with the modern jihadist movement."

Nader Hashemi, director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver, addressing Omar Siddiqui Mateen's terrorist attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida; Steamboat Today, June 15, 2016. (link to source)

We Couldn't Have Said it Better (archive)

Sam Westrop

"Time after time, Western institutions lend academic credibility and a platform to extremists who operate unchallenged through the guise of interfaith dialogue. By legitimizing a die-hard regime supporter like [visiting scholar Ali Akbar] Alikhani as a voice of Shia Islam, Harvard is betraying the thousands of authentically moderate Iranian Muslims working to free their faith from the tyranny of the violent Iranian theocracy."

Sam Westrop, Americans for Peace and Tolerance research director, on Harvard University's Center for Middle Eastern Studies employing University of Tehran associate professor and Iranian regime proponent Ali Akbar Alikhani as a visiting scholar; Washington Free Beacon, June 2, 2016. (link to source)

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The Latest on Campus

A California University's Troubling Terrorism Ties
July 1, 2016 - Independent Journal Review

UCLA Professor Accused Of Sexually Harassing Grad Students Is Returning [on Gabriel Piterberg]
June 30, 2016 - Huffington Post

Still Looking for Israel at Harvard
June 30, 2016 - Jerusalem Post

The New McCarthyism [incl. Steven Salaita and Norman Finkelstein]
June 30, 2016 - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Allegations Against Concordia Professor Arrested in Iran Revealed [on Homa Hoodfar]
June 27, 2016 - CTV News

The Hamas Leader Who Is Reshaping U.S. Public Opinion Against Israel [on Hatem Bazian]
June 26, 2016 - Arutz Sheva

Western Universities: The Best Indoctrination Money Can Buy
June 26, 2016 - Gatestone Institute

Canadian Academic Jailed in Iran for 'Dabbling in Feminism, Security Matters' Says Family [on Homa Hoodfar]
June 26, 2016 - The Canadian Press

New Campus Watch Resource: Professors to Avoid
June 23, 2016 - Campus Watch, a Project of the Middle East Forum

Canadian in Iran Prison Falsely Accused of 'Fomenting Feminist Revolution' [on Homa Hoodfar]
June 23, 2016 - CTV News


A California University's Troubling Terrorism Ties

By Winfield Myers | Fri, 1 Jul 2016, 1:27 PM | Permalink

Leslie Wong

In an article appearing today at Independent Journal Review, Campus Watch West Coast representative Cinnamon Stillwell outlines CW's investigation into San Francisco State University (SFSU)'s memorandum of understanding (MOU) with a Palestinian University, An-Najah, notorious for terrorist indoctrination and recruitment. Tellingly, SFSU's administration only indirectly corroborates the MOU and SFSU President Leslie Wong refuses to answer CW's repeated inquiries about its contents. In response to Wong's stonewalling, CW announces its plans to ensure that SFSU comes clean about the details and implications of its partnership with Najah:

San Francisco State University (SFSU), which has a well-deserved reputation as a breeding ground for anti-Israel radicalism, became national news in April. That's when campus police stood by as a hate-Israel group, the General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS), shouted down and disrupted a lecture by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, prompting much criticism of SFSU's president, Leslie Wong.

But there's worse. As revealed by an investigation into SFSU by Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum, SFSU has partnered with a Palestinian university that's a hotbed of radicalization.

To read the entire article, please click here.


American Anthropological Assoc Leadership Votes to Censure Israel

By Winfield Myers | Mon, 27 Jun 2016, 11:33 AM | Permalink

Having lost a June 6 vote by members to enact a boycott of Israeli institutions by 2,423 against and 2,384 in favor, the leadership of the American Anthropological Assoc. has kept its promise to issue a statement of censure against the Israeli government. Perhaps its time for the AAA's members to enact in their own Brexit and leave this corrupt, increasingly marginalized organization in order to form a new, more perfect union.


New Campus Watch Resource: Professors to Avoid

By Winfield Myers | Thu, 23 Jun 2016, 3:41 PM | Permalink

Campus Watch announces a new resource for its readers: Professors to Avoid. CW is often asked which professors are most responsible for the politicization and bias sadly endemic to Middle East studies. Given the discipline's decline, compiling an inclusive list would be futile. Hundreds of names could be credibly included, but even such a list would surely omit some while failing to highlight those most responsible for the field's general decline into a mockery of academe's purpose and aspirations.

In this spirit, we have selected those professors whose biases, ahistorical claims, apologetics, willful blindness, intolerance of opposing views, and mixing of politics and scholarship mark them as the most egregious offenders of the high standards to which faculty should be held. The permanent link is under the "Resources" tab on the CW homepage.


Islamists Sign Statement Condemning Orlando Attack

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Tue, 14 Jun 2016, 5:23 PM | Permalink

Sherman Jackson

A statement issued on "behalf of the American Muslim community" condemning Omar Siddiqui Mateen's terrorist attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida and disassociating Islam from such "hate-fueled violence" has been signed by several academics who were involved in the recent funeral service for Muhammad Ali.

As Campus Watch noted at the time, one of them, University of Southern California professor Sherman Jackson is on record advocating the implementation of Sharia (Islamic) law in America. Others, including former Georgetown U. adjunct Dalia Mogahed and Zaytuna College (an Islamic school in Berkeley, CA) founders Hamza Yusuf, Zaid Shakir, and Hatem Bazian (of UC Berkeley), have acted as apologists for Sharia and Islamic terrorism, while advocating an anti-Western, anti-Israel agenda that employs charges of "Islamophobia" to silence legitimate criticism. The primary organizations constituting the Islamist lobby in the U.S. (CAIR, ISNA, MAS, etc.) also endorsed the statement.

As with the 2014 open letter drafted by Islamic scholars that denounced ISIS while remaining ambiguous on crucial theological points, we have to ask, can such a statement be considered sincere if its signatories are Islamists?


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