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Noura Erakat

"[A]n active combat soldier, even if not in the field, can be killed."

Noura Erakat, assistant professor of international studies at George Mason University, on whether the four Israeli cadets killed and 15 wounded in a Palestinian truck-ramming terrorist attack in Jerusalem on January 8, 2017 were legitimate targets; The Algemeiner, January 10, 2017. (link to source)

We Couldn't Have Said it Better (archive)

MLA Members for Scholars' Rights' Executive Commit

"The boycott movement's most prominent national and international advocates have all urged the actual elimination of the Jewish state. Although the majority of boycott supporters may not realize it, denying the right to political self-determination to 8 million Israelis is an anti-Semitic project. . . . [T]he agenda to abolish the State of Israel, which is fundamental to the BDS campaign, certainly is anti-Semitic."

"The Reality of Academic Boycotts," by MLA [Modern Language Association] Members for Scholars' Rights, written in response to a memo titled "Myths and Facts" published by the MLA Members for Justice in Palestine. December, 2016. (link to source)

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The Latest on Campus

Former Obama Associate Rashid Khalidi: Trump's White House Will be 'Infested' With Pro-Israel Figures
January 19, 2017 - Breitbart News

Columbia's Rashid Khalidi Hits Back at Charges of Anti-Semitism
January 19, 2017 - Forward

Columbia Professor Accuses Right-Wing Jews of 'Infesting' American Politics [on Rashid Khalidi]
January 18, 2017 - Forward

Palestinian-American Columbia Professor Rashid Khalidi: Pro-Israel Figures Will 'Infest' US Government After Trump Takes Office
January 18, 2017 - The Algemeiner

Students in Piterberg's Class Say Protests Interfering With Education
January 18, 2017 - The Daily Bruin (student newspaper of University of California, Los Angeles)

'German Research Institute Trivializes Holocaust to Attack Israel' [on Norman Finkelstein]
January 18, 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Columbia Professor: Pro-Israel People "Are Going to Infest Our Government" [on Rashid Khalidi; incl. As'ad Abu Khalil]
January 18, 2017 -

Brandeis Hires Suheil Laher, Anti-Semitic Islamist with Al-Qaeda Links
January 17, 2017 - PJ Media

History Professor Piterberg Reports Receiving Threatening Phone Call
January 17, 2017 - The Daily Bruin (student newspaper of University of California, Los Angeles)

Nadav Samin's Research Examines Culture of Saudi Arabia
January 17, 2017 - The Dartmouth


Brandeis Hires Suheil Laher, Anti-Semitic Islamist with Al-Qaeda Links

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Wed, 18 Jan 2017, 7:57 PM | Permalink

Suheil Laher

Brandeis University, which was founded "in defiance of anti-Semitism," has hired an anti-Semitic Islamist with links to al-Qaeda to teach students about Islam. Sam Westrop, reporting for Campus Watch, provides the details at PJ Media:

Brandeis offered Boston-based cleric Suheil Laher a job in its Near Eastern and Judaic Studies department despite his long history of involvement with extremist causes. That history includes his leadership of a now-defunct charity that raised funds for jihadist causes in Bosnia, Chechnya, and Afghanistan.

This academic year, Laher is teaching two courses at Brandeis: "Introduction to the Qu'ran" and "Muhammad: Life, Teachings, and Legacy." Given Laher's past, what strain of Islam is he likely to promote?

To read the entire article, please click here.


Columbia's Rashid Khalidi: Pro-Israel People 'Are Going to Infest Our Government'

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Wed, 18 Jan 2017, 7:25 PM | Permalink

Columbia University professor and Obama mentor Rashid Khalidi is warning that pro-Israel "people infest the Trump transition team" and "are going to infest our government as of January 20." What's worse, "they are hand in glove with a similar group of people in the Israeli government and Israeli political life who think that whatever they think can be imposed on reality." Given the anti-Israel "infestation" of the past eight years, the latter sounds awfully familiar.


Is Judith Butler the New Edward Said?

By Winfield Myers | Mon, 16 Jan 2017, 2:47 PM | Permalink

Judith Butler

Edward Said became an academic rock star through his book Orientalism (1978), an attack on the conviction that scholarship results from rigorous, apolitical research rather than the adoption of trendy, nihilistic attitudes that deny the legitimacy of Western culture. Writing at American Thinker for Campus Watch, A.J. Caschetta asks if UC Berkeley philosopher and anti-Israel activist Judith Butler is the new Edward Said:

Of all the non-Middle East specialists writing on the Middle East, few have been as prolific or as indecipherable as Judith Butler. More than an academic, she has become a pop culture figure. In an age of identity politics, Butler's identity as a Marxist, feminist, lesbian practitioner of critical theory who writes prolifically about gender and transgenderism have made her among the most interviewed active college professors. But her anti-Israel advocacy has made her a star, and a possible successor to the late Edward Said, another academic whose fame rests more on tendentious scholarship and agitprop than rigorous, objective research.

To read the rest of this essay, please click here.


Barnard Prof Nadia Abu El Haj Admits BDS Targets 'Individual Scholars'

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Wed, 11 Jan 2017, 5:55 PM | Permalink

BDS movement co-founder Omar Barghouti has long claimed that the academic boycott of Israel "targets institutions, not individuals." But Barnard College professor Nada Abu El Haj admitted to a pro-BDS panel at the recent Modern Language Association (MLA) convention, "Yes, there will be a small price that individual scholars will have to pay. That is the point."


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