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Rabab Abdulhadi

"They're supporting Israel in order to destroy the world."

Rabab Abdulhadi, director of the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative at San Francisco State University (SFSU), describing Christian Zionists during the "Report and Discussion From Members of the North American Based Academic and Labor Delegation to Palestine 2014" at SFSU; ProIsraelBayBloggers, March 14, 2014. (link to source)

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Walid Phares

"The Middle East studies elite in America is responsible for educating the public and providing advice and guidance to the U.S. government. . . . Unfortunately, because of past influence generated by petrodollars and . . . sympathies to the Muslim Brotherhood and [the] Iranian regime, America was failed by its specialized scholarship on the region, at least the largest segment of this academic community."

Walid Phares, adjunct professor of jihadist global strategies at the National Defense University, discussing his book, "The Lost Spring: U.S. Policy in the Middle East and Catastrophes to Avoid," at a Middle East Forum event; March 25, 2014. (link to source)

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The Latest on Campus

Q&A with Islamic Studies Scholar John L. Esposito
April 12, 2014 - NewsOK

Leading Expert on Islamic Law To Join HLS Faculty [on Kristen A. Stilt]
April 11, 2014 - Harvard Crimson

Teaching Arabic in the United States After 9/11 [incl. MESA]
April 11, 2014 - Jadaliyya (Arab Studies Institute)

Baylor's Model Arab League Team Successful at Regional Competition [incl. Mark Long]
April 8, 2014 - News of Baylor University

Students Chosen to Serve in Model Arab League at D.C. Conference
April 8, 2014 - News of University of Arkansas at Little Rock

American Muslims for Palestine's Telling Choice of Heroes
April 8, 2014 - The Investigative Project on Terrorism

Professors Robert Friedman and Rashid Khalidi Honored for Excellence in Teaching and Publishing
April 7, 2014 - News of Columbia College

Professor Richard Frye, Armenian Studies Pioneer, Dies [incl. Richard Bulliet]
April 7, 2014 - The Armenian Mirror-Spectator

Good Riddance, But Richard Falk's Departure Will Not Change the UN
April 5, 2014 - The Prince Arthur Herald

American University Launches New Arab World Studies Program [incl. Randa Serhan]
April 4, 2014 - Morocco World News

Blog

Al-Jazeera Pulls Massad Article for 'Slandering' the P.A.

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Tue, 1 Apr 2014, 5:18 PM | Permalink

Although we have only Ali Abuminah of the Electronic Intifada to rely on for this story, it's entirely plausible that the always-unhinged Joseph Massad, an associate professor of modern Arab politics and intellectual history at Columbia University, would have an article pulled, even by the notoriously lax Al-Jazeera. After all, it's happened before.

However, instead of targeting Israel, Massad's focus this time was on Mohammad Dahlan and the corruption of the Palestinian Authority, which may explain why Al-Jazeera's editor suddenly complained of "defamation, slander and libel." It sounds as though Al-Jazeera has gotten a dose of its own medicine, to which Campus Watch can only respond, welcome to the club!

 

Psychoanalysis, Islam, and Joseph Massad

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Mon, 17 Mar 2014, 1:05 PM | Permalink

Joseph Massad

In the latest Campus Watch research, CW contributor Rima Greene and I report on a lecture at Stanford University from Joseph Massad, an associate professor of modern Arab politics and intellectual history at Columbia University, who attacked Western ideas about Islam while delivering a jargon-laden apologia for Islamic supremacism. It appears today at Frontpage Magazine:

What do psychoanalysis, liberalism, and Islam have in common? A recent lecture at Stanford University with the curious title, "Psychoanalysis and the Other of Liberalism," purported to answer that question. Delivered by Joseph Massad, an associate professor of modern Arab politics and intellectual history at Columbia University and co-sponsored by Stanford's Abassi Program in Islamic Studies, the talk was attended by approximately a dozen graduate students who sat around a long, rectangular table with several circulated chapters of Massad's tentatively titled forthcoming book, Islam In Liberalism, in hand.

Massad began by describing his book, which he explained is not "concerned with liberal trends in Islam," but with "how Western liberalism constituted itself and, in constituting, created an object called 'Islam' as its 'Other.'"

To read the entire article, please click here.

 

SFSU Prof Advocates Violence against Israel

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Thu, 6 Mar 2014, 1:44 PM | Permalink

Rabab Abdulhadi at Academia.edu

Rabab Abdulhadi, director of the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative at San Francisco State University (SFSU), organized a recent delegation to "the West Bank" and "the 1948 areas of Palestine" during which she met with individuals affiliated with U.S. State Department-designated terrorist organizations.

A faculty advisor to the General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS), whose former president is currently under investigation by anti-terrorism officials, Abdulhadi has no shortage of radical bona fides. She:

  • Supported the inclusion of stencils with the likeness of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) convicted hijacker-turned-terrorist icon Leila Khaled or the disturbing motto, "My Heroes Have Always Killed Colonizers," in the 2013 GUPS-organized celebration of SFSU's Edward Said mural—an event that SFSU president Les Wong publicly condemned for "celebrating violence" and "promoting hate-mongering."
  • Called criticism of the celebration a "well-orchestrated attack" intended to "intimidate university officials from continuing to support academic freedom and freedom of speech on campus." She later railed about a "Zionist smear campaign!" and warned, "Zionists: Hands off our San Francisco State University students!"
  • Is a founding member of the organizing committee for the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.
  • Justified teaching SFSU's first course focusing solely on the Palestinian people in 2008, two years before the onset of the "Arab Spring," by claiming that, "Palestine is at the heart of the Arab world."
  • Was a keynote speaker at an Al-Awda (Palestine Right to Return Coalition) conference at SFSU in August, 2006 and spoke for Toronto's "Israeli Apartheid Week" at York University in 2010.
  • Is an editorial board member for the University of California, Berkeley's politically correct, anti-Western Islamophobia Studies Journal.

Abdulhadi's extremism is displayed at her Academia.edu profile page, which features a graphic calling for a "Third Palestinian Intifada" (a threat that has already resulted in violence) and a raised fist.

Abdulhadi's advocation of violence is morally repugnant, intellectually flaccid, and has no place on a public university campus.

 

Former Suffolk U. Professor* Claims U.S. Plans to Sterilize "Women of the Entire World"

By Winfield Myers | Tue, 3 Dec 2013, 9:33 AM | Permalink

Munir Akash

Today at American Thinker I examine an anti-Semitic conspiracy monger formerly at Suffolk University:

Munir Akash,* a Syrian-born former visiting professor in the department of world languages and cultural studies at Suffolk University in Boston, claimed in a recent Arabic-language interview with Lebanon's ANB TV that the U.S. government has a secret plan to sterilize women in thirteen Third World countries and even in "the entire world." This marks yet another bizarre assertion made by Akash, who is successfully bringing the Middle East's stultifying culture of conspiracy theories to America.

*Update: The original version of this article identified Munir Akash as a visiting professor at Suffolk University because, at the time of publication, his web page at Suffolk was active; a cache of it is available here. Greg Gatlin, vice president of marketing and communications at Suffolk, has stated that Akash taught at Suffolk from 2007 until December, 2011, that the university left his web page up in error, and that it was removed after this article appeared. Gatlin adds that Akash does not have permission to claim any affiliation with Suffolk. During his October 23, 2013 interview on Lebanon's ANB TV, conducted in Arabic, the script below his image stated that he was "Historian D. Munir Akash - Professor of Humanities and head of the Arabic Studies at Suffolk University/Boston." The host presented him as such and stated that, "his research focused on the history of the first settlers who invaded the new world and annihilated 400 nations, using all methods of violence and killing." Translation courtesy of MEMRI.

To read the rest of this article, please click here.

 

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