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Howler of the Month (archive)

Hamid Dabashi

"Compared to the scale of death and destruction that the U.S. has unleashed on major cities in Afghanistan and Iraq, and later Bashar al-Assad and his nemesis have visited upon Syria, the destruction of those two [World Trade Center] towers now appears as entirely negligible, even remembering them perhaps an insult to the memories of hundreds of thousands of innocent human beings maimed and murdered and turned into hopeless refugees in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya or Syria."

Hamid Dabashi, Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, on the occasion of the fifteenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S.; Al-Jazeera, September 11, 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)

CAMPUS WATCH, a project of the Middle East Forum, reviews and critiques Middle East studies in North America with an aim to improving them. The project mainly addresses five problems: analytical failures, the mixing of politics with scholarship, intolerance of alternative views, apologetics, and the abuse of power over students. Campus Watch fully respects the freedom of speech of those it debates while insisting on its own freedom to comment on their words and deeds.

The Latest on Campus

Posters Demonizing Jews Crop Up on UC Berkeley Campus, as Controversial Anti-Zionism Course Reinstated
September 25, 2016 - The Algemeiner

Jewish Voice for Peace Disavows BDS Activist Miko Peled: "No Place 4 Antisemitism In Our Movement" [incl. Steven Salaita]
September 24, 2016 - Legal Insurrection

Simona Sharoni Receives Threats After Interview
September 23, 2016 - Cardinal Points (student newspaper of Plattsburgh State University College)

SFSU Links with Controversial Palestinian University Troubles Pro-Israel Advocates
September 23, 2016 - CNS News

Palestinian-Syrian Conflict is Focus of Play 'Desert of Light' at Cornell University [incl. Deborah Starr]
September 23, 2016 - Cornell Chronicle

The Alt-right Spews Hatred of Jews. The Alt-left: Hatred of Israel [incl. Steven Salaita and Jasbir Puar]
September 23, 2016 - Haaretz

Concordia in Solidarity for the Release of Homa Hoodfar
September 23, 2016 - The Concordian

New Minor Proposed for Barnard Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures Department
September 22, 2016 - Columbia Spectator

Palestine Course Reinstated at Berkeley, Draws Jewish Ire [incl. Hatem Bazian]
September 22, 2016 - J. (The Jewish News Weekly of Northern California)

Was U.C. Berkeley Right to Reinstate Palestine Course? Two Views
September 22, 2016 - J. (The Jewish News Weekly of Northern California)


Infiltrating Islamists and Palestinian Extremism in U.S. Universities

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Fri, 23 Sep 2016, 7:44 PM | Permalink

Cinnamon Stillwell

Campus Watch West Coast representative Cinnamon Stillwell was interviewed by Global Patriot Radio on September 14 to discuss the campaign she is spearheading to compel San Francisco State University (SFSU) to end its memorandum of understanding (MOU) with terrorism-promoting An-Najah University in the West Bank. In a wide-ranging discussion, she also talked about her experiences with anti-Semitism as an SFSU student, the Islamist infiltration of higher education, how Middle East studies academics adversely influence K-12 education, and the University of California, Berkeley's Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project. Here is an excerpt from the interview:

In 2014, I discovered rumors that San Francisco State was forming a partnership, what's called a Memorandum of Understanding or an MOU, with An-Najah University, which is in the West Bank in Nablus, and I was quite disturbed by this. This is a university that Hamas has described as "a greenhouse for martyrs" and that has been well-known for a number of years. Certain scholars, like Matthew Levitt at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, have written quite a bit about An-Najah terrorism and has noted that it's known for the terrorist recruitment, indoctrination, and radicalization of students. We have written a series of articles and we started, at the same time, sending inquiries to the San Francisco State president Leslie Wong asking him to confirm this MOU and we were met with deafening silence. They just refused to respond to our inquiries over the course of many months.

To read the entire transcript and listen to the audio of the interview, please click here.


San Francisco State Prof on MEF's Call to End Ties to Radical West Bank U: McCarthyism! Islamophobia!

By Winfield Myers | Fri, 16 Sep 2016, 6:15 PM | Permalink

Rabab Abdulhadi

Rabab Abdulhadi, the San Francisco State University professor and founding member of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (BDS) behind the odious Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between her school and terrorist-friendly An-Najah University in the West Bank, has responded to the Middle East Forum's petition calling on SFSU president Leslie Wong to end the MOU.

Her reaction comes in the form of an email to Nada Elia, a retired professor of global and gender studies who now writes for the rabidly anti-Israel, anti-American online magazine Mondoweiss:

In an emailed statement, Abdulhadi wrote me that the current campaign against her "seeks to whip up hysteria, Islamophobia, racism and xenophobia to divert attention from Israeli criminality against Palestinian education and cover up the complicity of the Israeli academy in furthering violations of Palestinian rights."

"The McCarthyist attack by Campus Watch/Middle East Forum, led by Daniel Pipes and David Horowitz, [who are] named as leading Islamophobes by the Southern Poverty Law Center, is no more than a witch hunt campaign aimed at silencing me and our commitment to justice-centered knowledge production," she told me.

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Academic Malfeasance: The Case of Christopher Bail

By Winfield Myers | Tue, 13 Sep 2016, 3:10 PM | Permalink

Sociologist Christopher Bail may have a Harvard PhD and a position at Duke. But in his new book, Terrified: How Anti-Muslim Fringe Organizations Became Mainstream, he demonstrates that he hasn't a clue about an alleged "anti-Muslim fringe" and "mainstream Muslim-Americans," according to MEF president Daniel Pipes. In fact, "Notwithstanding all [of Bail's] training, the youthful professor makes an elementary and monumental error: He mixes up the fringe and the mainstream, thinking the one is the other, and the other, the one." Pipes's devastating critique of Bail's work appeared on 9/11/16 at the History News Network. A sample of Bail's confusion:

Conversely, what Bail calls "mainstream Muslim-Americans" are decidedly not mainstream but Islamist, seeking to create a worldwide caliphate, replace the U.S. Constitution with the Koran, and impose a medieval law on Americans. Utilizing various degrees of subterfuge, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Islamic Society of North America, and the Muslim Public Affairs Council the share goals with Hezbullah, Hamas, and Boko Haram. The FBI broke ties with CAIR in 2009. The UAE government listed CAIR as a terrorist group in 2014, along with the Muslim Brotherhood, the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, and ISIS. Some mainstream.

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


Campus Watch's Articles Highlighting SFSU and An-Najah

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Mon, 12 Sep 2016, 2:35 PM | Permalink

Rabab Abdulhadi

The Middle East Forum's petition to end San Francisco State University (SFSU)'s memorandum of understanding (MOU) with An-Najah University in the West Bank continues to garner a lot of interest, including coverage from SFSU's student newspaper, Golden Gate Xpress, and San Francisco's CBS affiliate.

Cinnamon Stillwell, the West Coast representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that reviews and critiques Middle East studies in North America, authored the series of articles on the SFSU/MOU investigation that inspired our petition.

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