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Howler of the Month (archive)

Jasbir Puar

"There is a temporal shift within the asphixatory control society from a Virilian narrative of increasing speed to other forms of algorithmic, parallel, distributed, and networked time, working through suspension between states and slow attenuation, in direct contrast to the always connected ideal. In fact, slow death itself is literalized as the slowing down of Palestinian life."

Jasbir Puar, associate professor of women's and gender studies at Rutgers University, in her new anti-Israel book, "The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability." (link to source)

We Couldn't Have Said it Better (archive)

Ghanem Nuseibeh

"What is of great concern here is whether Oxford University would have acted similarly if it was another professor who was not perhaps sitting in the Qatar chair, and who had no political affiliations? The consensus among academics – both in Oxford and outside – is that Oxford should have suspended Ramadan as soon as the allegations were first made. Westminster has expelled politicians for much lesser crimes. And you'd expect a university like Oxford to be one step ahead in putting down the moral foot."

Ghanem Nuseibeh, senior visiting fellow at King's College, London, on Oxford's response to charges of rape and sexual assault against Tariq Ramadan, the Qatari-funded H.H. Shaykh Hamad bin Khalifa Chair in Contemporary Islamic Thought; "An Oxford Quad Falls Silent Amid Tariq Ramadan Rape Allegations"; The National, November 9, 2017. (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

Breach of Duty or Legal Overreach? [incl, Jasbir Puar]
December 11, 2017 - Inside Higher Ed

The Department of Judaic Studies Makes a Disappointing Decision
December 11, 2017 - The Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Cal's Free Expression Defense Doesn't Hold Up [incl. Hatem Bazian]
December 10, 2017 - J. (The Jewish News Weekly of Northern California)

New Lecture Series Explores Diplomacy, Development, and Foreign Affairs
December 10, 2017 - The Portland State Vanguard

Synagogue, Bookstore, Meet About Controversial Book [on Golbarg Bashi]
December 9, 2017 - Arutz Sheva

Review: God: A Human History by Reza Aslan
December 9, 2017 - The Times (U.K.)

'P is for Palestine': Children's Book Introduces Pride, Stirs Outrage [on Golbarg Bashi]
December 8, 2017 - Arab American News

David Horowitz on the Left in the University [incl. Hatem Bazian]
December 8, 2017 - FrontPage Magazine

Reza Aslan Talks About His New Book "God: A Human History"
December 8, 2017 - Iowa Public Radio

Rutgers Professor Michael Chikindas to Be Disciplined, Removed From Multiple Posts for Anti-Semitic Remarks [on Jasbir Puar]
December 8, 2017 - Jewish Link of New Jersey

Blog

New Campus Watch Report Details Growing Radicalization of Georgetown University's Middle East Studies Faculty

By Winfield Myers | Fri, 8 Dec 2017, 1:19 PM | Permalink

Georgetown's Middle East studies faculty are perhaps the most radical and intolerant in the U.S.

"Islamists, Apologists, and Fellow Travelers: Middle East Studies Faculty at Georgetown University," a new in-depth study published by Campus Watch, exposes the growing radicalization of Georgetown University's Middle East studies (MES) faculty over several decades. The Georgetown Review, a student-written publication at the school, broke the story Monday. Accuracy in Academia summed up the study's grim conclusions: "Amid years of reports that Georgetown's Middle East Studies program was being compromised by apologists for violent extremists, if not outright terrorists, the school has, if anything, doubled down on its approach."

The report details how, from the 1970s until today, Georgetown professors have worked successfully to change the terms of debate over the Middle East, American foreign policy, Israel, the growth of Islamism, and threats emanating from the region. The nefarious shift has leveraged the widespread adoption of postcolonial discourse, popularized by the late Edward Said's 1978 book Orientalism, to cast the West and Israel as imperialist villains who subjugate and victimize the Muslim majorities throughout the Middle East.

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UC Berkeley Faculty Oppose Hatem Bazian's 'Anti-Semitic Expressions'

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Thu, 7 Dec 2017, 2:57 PM | Permalink

Sixteen UC Berkeley faculty members, including Near Eastern studies professors, have signed an open letter opposing colleague Hatem Bazian's "efforts to 'normalize' anti-Semitic expressions."

 

Cal State Prof Imad Bayoun Praises the 'Fathers of Modern Jihadism'

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Wed, 6 Dec 2017, 3:46 PM | Permalink

Imad Bayoun, a CSUSB prof. and lecturer for the Muslim Brotherhood-connected Muslim American Society, has praised MB founder Hassan al-Banna and Islamist ideologue Sayyid Qutb, whose writings inspired Osama bin Laden. In other words, Bayoun openly embraces the founding "fathers of modern jihadism."

 

Hamid Dabashi's Facebook Meltdown Over Jerusalem Embassy Decision

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Wed, 6 Dec 2017, 3:42 PM | Permalink

Columbia University professor Hamid Dabashi isn't taking news of President Trump's decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem well, to put it mildly. This is from his Facebook page:

What gibberish the racist thug whom Americans call their president says about Jerusalem, what ahistorical nonsense the Zionist thieves invent as their history has absolutely nothing to do with the historical fact that Jerusalem is and will forever be a Palestinian City and the home of sacrosanct sites to billions of Jews, Christians, and Muslims worldwide —

The monstrous BBC is now completing the task of entrusting the colonial conquest of Palestine to Zionists the British started 100 years ago with the Balfour Declaration— normalizing this armed robbery of a people's homeland —

Trump's announcement tonight confirms and underlines the fact that Israel in its entirety and from the very beginning has been a settler colony imposed on Palestinians by European and US imperialism— any human being with the slightest sense of decency should forever be ashamed to continue to call themselves "Zionists" —

 

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