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Rabab Abdulhadi

"Before I get started, I just wanted to say that we are meeting on stolen indigenous people's land. That's really important to acknowledge."

Rabab Abdulhadi, director of San Francisco State University's Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative, speaking at the University of California, Berkeley's Seventh Annual International Islamophobia Conference; Independent Journal Review, April 22, 2016. (link to source)

We Couldn't Have Said it Better (archive)

Ben Cohen

"[A]nti-Zionist academics exist in a self-sustaining world of conspiracy theories and outlandish interpretations of history, and that when challenged, their stock-in-trade response is to cry 'Persecution!' . . . We and only we are right, their logic goes, and therefore we are morally justified in ignoring the rules that apply to ordinary mortals."

Ben Cohen, Jewish News Service (JNS) columnist and senior editor of the Tower Magazine, in "Lies, Damn Lies, and Faculty Lies";, April 21, 2016. (link to source)

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The Latest on Campus

A Historian Turns 100 [on Bernard Lewis]
June 6, 2016 - The Weekly Standard

Tariq Ramadan, Islam's Goebbels
May 27, 2016 - Arutz Sheva

French Court Orders 1980 Synagogue Bombing Suspect Back to Lock Up [on Hassan Diab]
May 26, 2016 - Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Professor Involved in Title IX Lawsuit Resigns From Fellowship Position [on Gabriel Piterberg]
May 26, 2016 - The Daily Bruin (student newspaper of University of California, Los Angeles)

Suspect in 1980 Paris Synagogue Attack Ordered Back to Jail [on Hassan Diab]
May 25, 2016 - Arutz Sheva

French Appeal Court Orders Hassan Diab Back to Jail Pending Trial
May 24, 2016 - Ottawa Citizen

Manuel Valls: There is 'No Reason' to Grant French Citizenship to Tariq Ramadan
May 22, 2016 - Morocco World News

The Road to ISIS [incl. Scott Atran]
May 20, 2016 - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Of Belief and Tenure; Islam at a Crossroads in the Academy [on Joseph Lumbard, incl. Jonathan Brown]
May 20, 2016 - The Islamic Monthly

Detroit Public Schools Caters to a Growing Arab Immigrant Population
May 19, 2016 - Arab American News


'Islamophobia Studies' Are Coming To A College Near You, And There Won't Be Any Debate About It

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Wed, 18 May 2016, 1:06 PM | Permalink

John Esposito

East and West Coast academic centers devoted to "Islamophobia studies" joined forces in April for the University of California, Berkeley's Seventh Annual International Islamophobia Conference. While UC Berkeley Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project (IRDP) director and conference convener Hatem Bazian gave the opening remarks, John Esposito, founding director of Georgetown University's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU) and project director of ACMCU's Bridge Initiative, "a multi-year research project that connects the academic study of Islamophobia with the public square," was the undisputed star. Campus Watch West Coast representative Cinnamon Stillwell's report appears today at the Independent Journal Review:

Esposito was introduced by Munir Jiwa, director of the Center for Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, who, after noting that one of the scheduled speakers on the same panel was unable to attend, added with a smile, "I'm sure Dr. Esposito will be happy to take up the time." Esposito did not disappoint, delivering a long, rambling talk filled with humorous asides and one-liners to which the audience responded with hearty laughter. He clearly reveled in being the center of attention and joked at the outset about his family, "They think I'm a humble person; my wife will tell you that I'm faking it."

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Islamic Social Justice Warriors: A Riddle Wrapped in an Enigma

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Mon, 9 May 2016, 4:21 PM | Permalink

Sarsour & DeBlasio

Can Muslim women achieve equality and "social justice" within the traditional confines of Islam? The inaugural panel discussion for Union Theological Seminary's new "Islam Social Justice Interreligious Engagement Program," tried to reconcile these two irreconcilable ideas. Among the speakers was notorious anti-Israel activist Linda Sarsour whose organization, the Arab American Association of New York, was awarded $500,000 from NYC Mayor Bill Deblasio only days later. Campus Watch contributor Eric Golub's report appears today at Jihad Watch:

After recommending the Twitter hashtag "#MuslimWomenInAction," moderator Jerusha T. Lamptey, assistant professor of Islam and ministry and ISJIE program advisor at UTS, announced that the program would focus on "social justice issues, such as incarceration, climate change, [and] economic inequality, not just Islamophobia."

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Ben Gurion University's David Newman Accused of Sexual Harassment

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Wed, 4 May 2016, 4:44 PM | Permalink

David Newman, Ben Gurion University Dean of Social Sciences and Humanities, joins UCLA Middle East history professor Gabriel Piterberg in the growing list of leftist, Israel-bashing academics accused of sexually harassing their female students (Steven Plaut is keeping a running tally). Newman once accused Campus Watch of engaging in "McCarthyism" while attacking Israeli activist group Im Tirtzu for turning "students into spies" by inviting them to share their experiences with the public (read our response here). In Newman's case---and provided the allegations prove true---he obviously had something to hide.


Harvard 'Experts': Islamophobia Everywhere!

By Winfield Myers | Mon, 2 May 2016, 10:53 AM | Permalink

Harvard University Shield

"Islamophobia" is ubiquitous in American society according to a recent Harvard panel that lent a scholarly veneer to the ongoing campaign to silence critics of Islamism. One Panelist, Harvard-educated Duke sociologist Christopher Bail, sought to employ the methodology of social science to malign such critics--including the Middle East Forum. But as CW reporter Caleb Jephson reports at American Thinker, Bail's efforts couldn't pass a simple fact check, while the entire panel was hostile toward law enforcement, the GOP, and anyone critical of Islamism.

Dictatorships have an interest in magnifying minor problems in liberal democracies in order to divert attention from their own oppression and brutality. One wonders if this interest played a role in facilitating a recent panel titled "Anti-Muslim Sentiment in the US: Challenges and Perspectives." The panel was sponsored by Harvard University's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program (AISP), whose eponymous founder is an influential member of the Wahhabi Saudi regime. As every panelist was either a current or future Harvard alumnus, the event provided evidence of some disturbing trends in elite higher education today.

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