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Steven Salaita

"Anti-Zionism is something that ought to transcend Palestine. Anti-Zionism, when it's done correctly, is concerned with the equality and the well-being and the dignity of all human beings, including the Jewish people."

Former academic Steven Salaita speaking at the University of Michigan; The Michigan Daily, January 16, 2018. (link to source)

We Couldn't Have Said it Better (archive)

Irina Tsukerman

"[I]t is but one in a series of events where major US universities recognized and promoted pro-regime views and individuals, despite widespread criticism of human rights supporters and legitimate Iranian dissidents of all backgrounds. . . . There is no shortage of such academics, influencers, pundits, analysts, and pro-regime sympathizers affecting the discourse in the direction of Iran."

Irina Tsukerman, human rights and national security lawyer, on a University of Maryland poll conducted by researcher and University of Tehran analyst Ebrahim Mohseni whose results are favorable to the Iranian regime; Diario Judio, February 20, 2018. (link to source)

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The Latest on Campus

French Court Denies 'Perverted Guru' Tariq Ramadan Bail, Citing Re-Offending Risk
February 28, 2018 - Breitbart News

This Video Weakens The Alibi Of An Oxford Scholar Accused Of Rape [on Tariq Ramadan]
February 28, 2018 - BuzzFeed News

"Moderate" Muslim Professor Akbar Ahmed Calls for "New Andalusia" in Europe
February 28, 2018 - Jihad Watch

Professor Nadya Hajj Gives Voice to Middle Eastern Refugees
February 28, 2018 - The Wellesley News

A Famous Islamic Scholar Tariq Ramadan Arrested For Rape Allegations
February 27, 2018 - French Tribune

Tariq Ramadan Bail Bid Posed Flight Risk
February 27, 2018 - The National (UAE)

Accused Don Declared Fit For Prison [on Tariq Ramadan]
February 26, 2018 - Cherwell Online

Alums Finance Israel Fund as First Regional Endowed Fund [incl. Beshara Doumani]
February 26, 2018 - The Brown Daily Herald

Rape-Accused Tariq Ramadan's Flight Itinerary Surfaces, Contradicting His Alibi
February 25, 2018 - Al Arabiya

Professor Debunks Myths on U.S. Foreign Policy at Northwestern University in Qatar [on Elizabeth Shakman Hurd]
February 25, 2018 - Albawaba News


Profs Prefer Stale Status Quo to Trump's Foreign Policy

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Thu, 22 Feb 2018, 5:07 PM | Permalink

President Donald Trump

How is the Middle East studies establishment reacting to the Trump administration's rejection of Obama's Iran deal and its new National Security Strategy? As Campus Watch Fellow Andrew Harrod demonstrates at the Algemeiner, the professors are unhinged.

President Donald Trump is a "fascist who ... might even lead us into a new war" with Iran, raged University of California-Riverside professor Reza Aslan in February 2017. Aslan's hyperbole illustrates the Middle East studies establishment's rejection of the Trump administration's policy changes to American involvement in the Middle East — especially its stance toward the Obama administration's Iran deal and its new National Security Strategy (NSS).

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Rutgers Prof Deepa Kumar Still Downplaying Terrorism, Bashing America

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Thu, 15 Feb 2018, 4:18 PM | Permalink

Deepa Kumar, the Rutgers University professor notorious for tweeting that the US is more brutal than ISIS, continued to downplay Islamist terrorism and to smear America as racist and "Islamophobic" in a recent talk at Fairfield University.


UC Berkeley Students Defend Nezar AlSayyad From Sexual Harassment Allegations

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Wed, 14 Feb 2018, 2:52 PM | Permalink

UC Berkeley students are defending professor Nezar AlSayyad after an investigation into sexual harassment allegations from a graduate student and the possibility that his tenure may be revoked. Predictably, they warn against "quick judgement" when "the subject is being identified in the news as a Middle Eastern scholar."


Tariq Ramadan Rape Case Has Larger Significance

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Mon, 12 Feb 2018, 2:53 PM | Permalink

Weekly Standard contributor Dominic Green discusses the significance of the rape charges against Islam scholar Tariq Ramadan, describing him as "a much more important figure than Harvey Weinstein, Woody Allen, or Matt Lauer. He is not just an Oxford professor and sought-after lecturer and talking head. He is an adviser to governments and the most visible proselytizer for radical European Islam."


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