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Sara Roy

"'What do the Israelis want?' I was asked the question again and again, with each questioner looking at me searchingly, sometimes imploringly, for an answer, for some insight they clearly felt that they didn't have. Why is Gaza being punished in so heartless a manner, and what does Israel truly hope to gain by it?"

Sara Roy, a senior research scholar at Harvard University's Center for Middle Eastern Studies, writing about a recent trip to Gaza while omitting the Hamas-led terrorism that has resulted in Israel's security measures; London Review of Books, June 15, 2017. (link to source)

We Couldn't Have Said it Better (archive)

Michael Rubin

"MESA, for all its grandstanding, is fast becoming a hate group rather than a true academic umbrella, and universities themselves have become unanchored. If knowledge is the true goal, perhaps it's time to go back to the basics: recognize that political theories can never supplant reality, free discourse means dealing with people and ideas who disagree, and people only boycott when they know they cannot win on the merits of their own arguments."

Michael Rubin, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, on the extreme politicization of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA); "The Hypocrisy of the Middle East Studies Association," AEIdeas, June 30, 2017. (link to source)

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The Latest on Campus

What's Stoking Antisemitism at SF State University?
July 19, 2017 - The Algemeiner

Hatem Bazian: Terrorist Professor, Hamas Promoter
July 13, 2017 - FrontPage Magazine

Hatem By Name, Hate'Em By Nature [on Hatem Bazian]
July 13, 2017 - IsraellyCool Blog

Incoming SFS-Q Dean To Prioritize Academic Freedom, Independent Research [on Ahmad S. Dallal]
July 13, 2017 - The Hoya (student newspaper of Georgetown University)

Covert Watchdog Calls Founder of Students for Justice in Palestine 'Most Dangerous Professor in America' [on Hatem Bazian]
July 12, 2017 - The Algemeiner

Biased Textbooks Turning Young Americans Against Israel, Research Shows
July 10, 2017 -

University of Iowa to Offer Islamic Psychology Class
July 10, 2017 - The Gazette (News of Eastern Iowa)

Academic Journal Aims to Educate on the Middle East and North Africa
July 5, 2017 - The Technician (student newspaper of NC State University)

New University of California Rule to Shorten Timetable for Sex Harass Investigations [incl. Nezar AlSayyad]
July 2, 2017 - San Francisco Chronicle

No One Does Anti-Israel Bias Quite Like the U.N. [on Richard Falk]
July 1, 2017 - National Review


SFSU's Partnership with Radical An-Najah U. Stokes Anti-Semitism

By Winfield Myers | Wed, 19 Jul 2017, 1:40 PM | Permalink

If you haven't already, please click here to sign a petition calling for San Francisco State University (SFSU) to end its Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with An-Najah University in the West Bank. If you've already signed, please share the petition with others.

Even as the Lawfare Project's anti-Semitism lawsuit against San Francisco State University (SFSU) proceeds, SFSU stands by its Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with An-Najah University, a Palestinian institution where hatred and violence towards Jews is encouraged. At the Algemeiner, Campus Watch West Coast representative Cinnamon Stillwell lays out the shocking history of anti-Semitism at Najah, demonstrating that the Middle East Forum's campaign to end SFSU's MOU is more important than ever:

Najah routinely holds campus events to honor "martyred" terrorists; names entire graduating classes after terrorists; allows students to celebrate the kidnapping and murder of Israelis at graduation ceremonies; permits student groups to organize exhibits and hold rallies applauding Jew-hatred and suicide bombings; lets student groups distribute literature honoring Najah students who died as "shaheeds" (terrorists); and allows faculty to promulgate pro-terror and anti-Semitic propaganda.

The following is just a sampling of Najah's poisonous environment . . .

To read the entire article, please click here.


Setting the Record Straight: CW Corrects Smears from Mondoweiss

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Fri, 14 Jul 2017, 6:11 PM | Permalink

In the latest addition to the ever-growing archive in Setting the Record Straight, where CW corrects smears and calumnies directed against it, MEF director of academic affairs and of Campus Watch, Winfield Myers, exposes the fallacies found in a July 6 article in Mondoweiss, a radical publication founded by anti-Israel activist Philip Weiss. Titled "The Battle for Palestine on U.S. Campuses: a Review of 'We Will not Be Silenced: The Academic Repression of Israel's Critics," the review reflects the fallacies of both the reviewer and the book under review, making it doubly fallacious.

Rarely have so many errors been committed in so little space as they were by one Kim Jensen earlier this month. It takes a special kind of carelessness and cluelessness to get almost everything about an organization--in this case Campus Watch--wrong. To be fair, Jensen had help: she's after all reviewing a book chock-full of fallacies that sports a foreword by the infamous conspiracy monger and anti-Semite Cynthia McKinnney. But we're hardy folks here at CW, given that we've seen such nonsense from the likes of the execrable Mondoweiss many times over the years. It's what they do.

So, for the record (yet again, until next time, etc.), CW does not engage in censorship, a fact that should be obvious to anyone with a modicum of knowledge of the rule of law. We do not possess, nor do we seek, nor would we use them if we had, the state power to silence anyone for anything. It is a long-held and dearly beloved affectation of a certain type of delicate professor to cry "censorship" whenever some meddling (see below) outsider has the temerity to criticize him. Poor thing. Perhaps someday he'll understand, but we rather doubt it.

To read the rest of this correction, please click here. To access CW's archives of corrections, please click here.


MESA Sides Against America on SCOTUS Decision

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Tue, 27 Jun 2017, 9:05 PM | Permalink

The Middle East Studies Association (MESA), a plaintiff in the legal challenge blocking President Trump's Executive Order (EO) on immigration, has responded to the U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing partial reinstatement by continuing to employ the misleading label "Muslim ban"; recommending that academic institutions "continue to solicit and process applications from the affected countries" and "admit refugee students and hire refugee scholars" by helping them meet the new exemptions, which, they helpfully note, "should be applicable to many MESA members" and to "current students"; and, worst of all, by advising university administrators to direct campus police "not to participate in immigration enforcement."

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Professors Spin Anti-Semitic Conspiracies at Cal State-Fresno

By Winfield Myers | Mon, 26 Jun 2017, 2:53 PM | Permalink

Vida Samiian

When CSU Fresno canceled a search last year for an Edward Said professorship on procedural grounds, it didn't take long for anti-Israel profs. like Vida Samiian to conjure up an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory accusing Jewish faculty and outside groups of interfering due to "racism" against the Middle Eastern applicants. Pretty soon, Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) and the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) were registering their own complaints. Campus Watch West coast representative Cinnamon Stillwell and CW Fellow Michael Lumish cover the ugly affair at the Algemeiner:

California State University, Fresno (CSUF) is the last place that one would expect conspiracy theories about Jewish power to proliferate — because Jews make up less than one percent of Fresno's population. But leave it to the academic world to provide fertile ground for this ugly trope.

It began last year, when CSUF sought to hire someone for an endowed professorship to be named after the late Columbia University professor Edward Said. When the hiring committee failed to appoint one of the final four applicants — all of Middle Eastern heritage — and CSUF canceled the search, an acrimonious battle ensued.

To read the entire article, please click here.


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