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.
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Professors Solicit Support for 'Campus Antifascist Network' [incl. David Palumbo-Liu]
Anti-Israel Academics Launch Campus Antifa Group for Faculty [incl. David Palumbo-Liu]
Pro-BDS Faculty Organizing Antifa Network on Campuses Nationwide [incl. David Palumbo-Liu]
Campus Antifascist Network [incl. David Palumbo-Liu]
Anti-Israel Pro-BDS Professors Organizing Antifa Campus Network [incl. David Palumbo-Liu]
Delaware Muslims, State Officials Discuss Racism, Domestic Terrorism [incl. Muqtedar Khan]
McGill Institute of Islamic Studies Digitizing Books by Iranian Scholars
A New Boycott Battle [incl. MESA, David Palumbo-Liu]
What Congress Can Do About Extremism in Saudi Textbooks
Professor Sounds the Alarm: Palestinian Propaganda is 'Infiltrating' American Education
By Cinnamon Stillwell | Tue, 22 Aug 2017, 4:29 PM | Permalink
Given the violent suppression of free speech for which Antifa is notorious, not to mention that most universities aren't exactly teeming with Neo-Nazis and white supremacists, the concern is that faculty and students who dissent from anti-Israel and pro-Islamist campus politicization will be targeted. As LI's William Jacobson puts it, "The teaming of the BDS and Antifa movements is the single most dangerous development I have witnessed in the many years I have been covering campus BDS. Antifa will give BDS even more muscle to intimidate and threaten those who oppose the BDS agenda."
By Cinnamon Stillwell | Mon, 21 Aug 2017, 4:30 PM | Permalink
Cole (by way of a tweet from leftist physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson) uses the momentous occasion to ponder why "there are no eclipse denialists the way there are dedicated climate change denialists?" After blaming the usual bogeymen, ExxonMobil and Koch Industries, Cole then declares all Americans "climate criminals and saboteurs." "You're endangering your grandchildren," he rants, before lecturing the country to follow his enlightened example and install solar panels, ride bikes to work, and eat "less beef."
While he's at it, Cole might try spewing less hot air.
By Cinnamon Stillwell | Fri, 18 Aug 2017, 12:53 PM | Permalink
According to Baroud:
By Cinnamon Stillwell | Wed, 16 Aug 2017, 6:15 PM | Permalink
As reported by Inside Higher Ed, the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) has issued a statement opposing the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, a bill with bipartisan Congressional support and 48 Senate cosponsors that "would prohibit U.S. persons or companies from participating in or supporting boycotts of Israel organized by international governmental organizations like the United Nations."
MESA claims the bill, which targets commercial activity and is based on current law, "poses a grave threat to academic freedom." But as Northwestern University law professor and blogger Eugene Volokh points out, "This is a great disservice to claims of academic freedom and [the] First Amendment. They're really crying First Amendment wolf."
Given MESA's antipathy towards Israel and the fact that it removed the word "non-political" from its bylaws in March, most likely for the purpose of supporting BDS, the organization should look to itself for threats to academic freedom.
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