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Howler of the Month (archive)

Steven Salaita

"Despite applying to positions on four continents, I was unable to find an academic job, so I no longer count myself among the professoriate. A number of colleagues have attempted to recruit me, but their efforts always get shut down by management. . . . I don't intend to slosh around in self-pity. . . . Zionists have worked overtime to incriminate me . . . ."

Steven Salaita, infamous for his vicious, vulgarity-laced anti-Semitic rants, announcing that he is leaving academe because he is unable to find academic employment after searching on four continents; Steven Salaita's Facebook page, July 22, 2017. (link to source)

We Couldn't Have Said it Better (archive)

Michael Rubin

"MESA, for all its grandstanding, is fast becoming a hate group rather than a true academic umbrella, and universities themselves have become unanchored. If knowledge is the true goal, perhaps it's time to go back to the basics: recognize that political theories can never supplant reality, free discourse means dealing with people and ideas who disagree, and people only boycott when they know they cannot win on the merits of their own arguments."

Michael Rubin, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, on the extreme politicization of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA); "The Hypocrisy of the Middle East Studies Association," AEIdeas, June 30, 2017. (link to source)

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The Latest on Campus

Salaita Leaving Academia: 'I refuse to tolerate the indignities of a blacklist'
July 25, 2017 - Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

Salaita, Out
July 25, 2017 - Commentary Magazine

Steven Salaita Says He's Leaving Academe
July 25, 2017 - Inside Higher Ed

Saudi Curriculum Still Promotes Radicalization, Former Congressman Testifies
July 25, 2017 - The Investigative Project on Terrorism

Embattled Virginia Tech Ex-Professor Salaita to Leave Academia
July 25, 2017 - The Roanoke Times

International Education Programs Secure Our Place in the World
July 24, 2017 - Arizona Daily Star

Reza Aslan: No Divide Between Islam and American Culture, Islam in US is Feminist and Pro-Gay
July 24, 2017 - Jihad Watch

Steven Salaita, Whose Revoked Job Offer Inflamed Higher Ed, Says He's Leaving Academe
July 24, 2017 - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Case Study: Biased Curriculum on Israel and Islam in a Massachusetts School System
July 23, 2017 - Legal Insurrection

At UCLA, Free Speech is Suppressed and Double Standards Reign [incl. Gabriel Piterberg]
July 23, 2017 - Washington Examiner


Setting the Record Straight: CW Corrects Rabab Abdulhadi at Mondoweiss

By Winfield Myers | Tue, 25 Jul 2017, 5:02 PM | Permalink

Rabab Abdulhadi

We've been busy lately correcting smears against Campus Watch, especially from San Francisco State University professor Rabab Abdulhadi, who has just penned two articles attacking CW and others in light of a lawsuit brought against her by the Lawfare Project. CW West Coast Representative Cinnamon Stillwell responded to Abdulhadi's latest round of falsehoods:

Rabab Abdulhadi, director of San Francisco State University (SFSU)'s Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diaspora Initiative (AMED), has penned a two-part (click here and here) approximately 7,000-word response to a Lawfare Project (LP) lawsuit—in which she is named—against SFSU alleging anti-Semitism and discrimination against Jewish students. In the process, Abdulhadi blasts the Middle East Forum/Campus Watch (MEF/CW) campaign to end the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)—also cited in the lawsuit—she brokered between SFSU and terror-promoting An-Najah University in the West Bank. She also commits countless errors and misrepresents CW with the hackneyed clichés to which we've become accustomed.

After acknowledging that she discovered LP's lawsuit not from SFSU's administration but from "a Campus Watch tweet" (we aim to please!), Abdulhadi recounts how she "dreaded" her Twitter notifications due to CW's "nasty attacks." The latter, in fact, are criticism of her role as the architect of the Najah MOU—an extension of her rabidly anti-Israel academic track record. It's nothing personal.

To read the rest of this correction, please click here. To access CW's archives of corrections, please click here.


SFSU's Partnership with Radical An-Najah U. Stokes Anti-Semitism

By Winfield Myers | Wed, 19 Jul 2017, 1:40 PM | Permalink

If you haven't already, please click here to sign a petition calling for San Francisco State University (SFSU) to end its Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with An-Najah University in the West Bank. If you've already signed, please share the petition with others.

Even as the Lawfare Project's anti-Semitism lawsuit against San Francisco State University (SFSU) proceeds, SFSU stands by its Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with An-Najah University, a Palestinian institution where hatred and violence towards Jews is encouraged. At the Algemeiner, Campus Watch West Coast representative Cinnamon Stillwell lays out the shocking history of anti-Semitism at Najah, demonstrating that the Middle East Forum's campaign to end SFSU's MOU is more important than ever:

Najah routinely holds campus events to honor "martyred" terrorists; names entire graduating classes after terrorists; allows students to celebrate the kidnapping and murder of Israelis at graduation ceremonies; permits student groups to organize exhibits and hold rallies applauding Jew-hatred and suicide bombings; lets student groups distribute literature honoring Najah students who died as "shaheeds" (terrorists); and allows faculty to promulgate pro-terror and anti-Semitic propaganda.

The following is just a sampling of Najah's poisonous environment . . .

To read the entire article, please click here.


Setting the Record Straight: CW Corrects Smears from Mondoweiss

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Fri, 14 Jul 2017, 6:11 PM | Permalink

In the latest addition to the ever-growing archive in Setting the Record Straight, where CW corrects smears and calumnies directed against it, MEF director of academic affairs and of Campus Watch, Winfield Myers, exposes the fallacies found in a July 6 article in Mondoweiss, a radical publication founded by anti-Israel activist Philip Weiss. Titled "The Battle for Palestine on U.S. Campuses: a Review of 'We Will not Be Silenced: The Academic Repression of Israel's Critics," the review reflects the fallacies of both the reviewer and the book under review, making it doubly fallacious.

Rarely have so many errors been committed in so little space as they were by one Kim Jensen earlier this month. It takes a special kind of carelessness and cluelessness to get almost everything about an organization--in this case Campus Watch--wrong. To be fair, Jensen had help: she's after all reviewing a book chock-full of fallacies that sports a foreword by the infamous conspiracy monger and anti-Semite Cynthia McKinnney. But we're hardy folks here at CW, given that we've seen such nonsense from the likes of the execrable Mondoweiss many times over the years. It's what they do.

So, for the record (yet again, until next time, etc.), CW does not engage in censorship, a fact that should be obvious to anyone with a modicum of knowledge of the rule of law. We do not possess, nor do we seek, nor would we use them if we had, the state power to silence anyone for anything. It is a long-held and dearly beloved affectation of a certain type of delicate professor to cry "censorship" whenever some meddling (see below) outsider has the temerity to criticize him. Poor thing. Perhaps someday he'll understand, but we rather doubt it.

To read the rest of this correction, please click here. To access CW's archives of corrections, please click here.


MESA Sides Against America on SCOTUS Decision

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Tue, 27 Jun 2017, 9:05 PM | Permalink

The Middle East Studies Association (MESA), a plaintiff in the legal challenge blocking President Trump's Executive Order (EO) on immigration, has responded to the U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing partial reinstatement by continuing to employ the misleading label "Muslim ban"; recommending that academic institutions "continue to solicit and process applications from the affected countries" and "admit refugee students and hire refugee scholars" by helping them meet the new exemptions, which, they helpfully note, "should be applicable to many MESA members" and to "current students"; and, worst of all, by advising university administrators to direct campus police "not to participate in immigration enforcement."

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