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Stephen Zunes

"I would caution against assuming that the decision to cancel the panel was because 'the Zionists' made them do it. The AAR [American Academy of Religion] executive committee's decision is theirs and theirs alone, whether it was motivated at least in part by pressure from right-wing supporters of the Israeli occupation, corporate interests impacted by BDS, Islamophobes and anti-Arab racists, supporters of Trump administration Middle East policy, or others opposed to human rights and international law."

Stephen Zunes, professor of politics and coordinator of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of San Francisco, on the American Academy of Religion's cancellation of a panel on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement at its annual meeting; Facebook, November 17, 2017. (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)

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The Latest on Campus

French Woman Accusing Tariq Ramadan of Rape Placed Under Police Protection
November 23, 2017 - Al-Arabiya

Defending Antisemites, Rutgers President Takes Aim at The Algemeiner [incl. Jasbir Puar]
November 22, 2017 - Algemeiner

Berkeley Professor Hatem Bazian Sprung (Again) Spreading Jew Hatred
November 22, 2017 - IsraellyCool Blog

Lecturer Apologizes for Retweet that UC Berkeley Condemned as Anti-Semitic [on Hatem Bazian]
November 22, 2017 - J. (The Jewish News Weekly of Northern California)

UC Professor Tweets Anti-Semitic Propaganda [on Hatem Bazian]
November 22, 2017 - Jewish Press

West Side synagogue leaders threaten to ax book fair unless nearby store drops pro-Palestine children's book [incl. Golbarg Bashi]
November 22, 2017 - New York Daily News

Pro-BDS UC-Berkeley Professor Slammed for Antisemitic Tweet Accusing Jews of 'Organ Theft' [on Hatem Bazian]
November 22, 2017 - The Algemeiner

Talking with Reza Aslan about why we're wired for faith and how farming was a bad bet for humanity
November 22, 2017 - The Seattle Review of Books

Middle East Studies Association Panel Considers Undue Influence of Jewish Campus Institutions
November 22, 2017 - Washington Free Beacon

Berkeley Professor Apologizes for Sharing Pictures Depicting Orthodox Jews as Murderous [on Hatem Bazian]
November 22, 2017 - Washington Free Beacon


Hatem Bazian Retweets Blatantly Anti-Semitic Memes, Issues Non-Apology Apology

By Winfield Myers | Wed, 22 Nov 2017, 5:25 PM | Permalink

Hatem Bazian of UC Berkeley tweeted two blatantly anti-Semitic memes. His response? While it's "wrong and offensive," in the future he'll note "retweets don't represent" his opinions. How about being repulsed by racist drivel instead of retweeting it?


MESA Panel Blames the Jews

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Wed, 22 Nov 2017, 2:43 PM | Permalink

The top challenges to universities teaching the Arab-Israeli conflict? According to an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory-driven panel at the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) annual meeting, they are Hillel International, Jewish donors, and Israel studies.


'P for Palestine' Author Has All the Wrong Middle East Studies Connections

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Wed, 22 Nov 2017, 12:47 PM | Permalink

Phyllis Chesler points out that Pace University professor Golbarg Bashi, author of the controversial children's book P is for Palestine: A Palestine Alphabet Book, is married to rabidly anti-Israel Columbia professor Hamid Dabashi, whose colleague, Lila Abu-Lughod, is among her "pro-Palestinian Jihad against Jewish Israel" mentors. Parents be warned.


Signs of Bias in Southern California Teachers Workshops

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Tue, 21 Nov 2017, 1:38 PM | Permalink

In this follow-up to the controversy surrounding Islam/Arab world workshops for Southern California teachers, we learn that the organizer has supported BDS, speakers included representatives from the Islamist group CAIR, "jihad" as "holy war" was omitted, and Israel was falsely accused of "ethnic cleansing."


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