Howler of the Month (archive)
"I voted for President Obama in two elections hoping that he would uphold the legacy of the real 'Jedi order' of civil and human rights advocates. But alas, it is a loss and a profound disappointment that he opted for the allure of the 'Dark Side.'"
Hatem Bazian, a senior lecturer in the department of Near Eastern studies and director of the Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project at the University of California, Berkeley, using a "Star Wars" analogy to describe President Barack Obama's adoption of "drone warfare" in the war on terror; Al-Jazeera, February 16, 2014. (link to source)
We Couldn't Have Said it Better (archive)
"I have seen the theoretically-sloppy, politically-charged moniker of 'Islamophobe' tossed around with alarming ease by some in our field, who label as 'racist' academics whose sole 'mistake' is to approach Muhammad as Albert Schweitzer did Jesus. This often ends with an effigy of the (usually) white, Western, male . . . 'Orientalist' sacrificed at the postcolonial altar, with any serious academic engagement neatly deflected by appeals to 'identity.'"
Carl J. Stoneham, a Ph.D. student preparing for candidacy in the graduate program in religious studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, commenting on the state of Islamic studies following a public disagreement between University of Rochester Jewish studies professor Aaron W. Hughes and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Islamic studies professor Omid Safi; Bulletin for the Study of Religion, February 5, 2014. (link to source)
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Princeton in the Middle East Program to Send Postgraduate Fellows Abroad
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Scholars Launch Petition Against Censorship of Israel Critics [incl. Rashid Khalidi]
March 5, 2014 - Haaretz
The Insanity of Providing Platforms for our Enemies [incl. Rashid Khalidi]
March 5, 2014 - J-Wire News
Jewish Institutions Grapple with Hosting Jewish Critics of Israel [incl. Rashid Khalidi]
March 5, 2014 - Jewish Community Voice
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March 5, 2014 - The Jewish Journal of Greater L.A.
Our Dinners With Rashid Khalidi
March 4, 2014 - The Jewish Week
By Cinnamon Stillwell | Thu, 6 Mar 2014, 1:44 PM | Permalink
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.
Rabab Abdulhadi at Academia.edu
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.
By Winfield Myers | Tue, 3 Dec 2013, 9:33 AM | Permalink
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.
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By Cinnamon Stillwell | Mon, 28 Oct 2013, 12:50 PM | Permalink
In an article posted today at Frontpage Magazine, I juxtapose the case of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) employee caught recently snooping on a professor's class with the numerous false allegations over the years against Campus Watch for "spying" and "informing" on professors:
CAIR's Samantha Bowden
When on October 1, 2013, Samantha Bowden crept unannounced into the classroom of University of Central Florida communications professor Jonathan Matusitz, she wasn't hoping to advance her education on the sly. Rather, Bowden, the communication and outreach director for the Florida branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL), was doing something of which Campus Watch has been frequently accused, but has never done: spying on a professor in an effort to embarrass him and, with luck, even harm his career.
Since its inception in 2002, Campus Watch (CW)—a project of the Middle East Forum that reviews and critiques Middle East studies in North America with an aim to improving them—has been charged with an array of outrageous calumnies. They include paying students to infiltrate classrooms as "spies" or "informers"; targeting "pro-Palestinian" professors; and tracking "anti-Israel" comments." (Click here for a full collection of examples.)
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By Winfield Myers | Fri, 11 Oct 2013, 11:44 AM | Permalink
Reza Aslan's recent biography of Jesus, Zealot, was celebrated by many in the media. But what does his earlier work on Islam reveal about his motive for penning such a work? Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi, a Shillman-Ginsburg Fellow at the Middle East Forum, addressed these issues for Campus Watch in "Reza Aslan: Authority on Islam and the Middle East?," published today at FrontPage Magazine:
An author who came to widespread attention during the past couple of months over the release of his book Zealot (July 2013) on the life Jesus, Reza Aslan has been known primarily as an authority on Islam and the Middle East. He has been hailed by an array of commentators, most notably the celebrity comedian Jon Stewart, who described him as "the fantastic Reza Aslan." But where did this reputation come from? More importantly, does it hold up to critical scrutiny?
To understand the rise of Aslan, one must turn to his 2005 book No God but God. Aslan was alarmed by what he saw as a supposed "clash of monotheisms" through polarizing rhetoric in both the West and Middle East. Denouncing "rising anti-Muslim vehemence that has become so much a part of the [Western] mainstream media's discourse about the Middle East," Aslan purported to demonstrate continuity between Islam and its predecessors, Christianity and Judaism. In other words, to demonstrate that there is no need for a "clash of monotheisms."
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