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By Cinnamon Stillwell | Fri, 30 Jan 2015, 6:08 PM | Permalink
The "Stanford Out of Occupied Palestine" divestment petition, which, we noted earlier this week, was signed by history professor Joel Beinin, among other Middle East studies academics, is ruffling feathers in the faculty lounge. Jewish studies professor Steven Zipperstein wrote a letter to the Stanford Daily objecting to divestment, despite being, as he put it, "implacably opposed to Israel's occupation of the West Bank." Beinin responded with his own letter to the editor, noting that, "our views on this are not far apart," but reiterating his support for divestment and challenging Zipperstein and "those who oppose the occupation and oppose divestment . . . to propose what they believe would be a more efficacious strategy."
Get out the popcorn; this could get interesting.
By Cinnamon Stillwell | Wed, 28 Jan 2015, 12:47 PM | Permalink
Joel Beinin, Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History and Professor of Middle East History, is featured prominently at number four in the "faculty/staff" section of the signatories list, followed closely by Robert Crews, director of the Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, and Khalil Barhoum, program coordinator for the African and Middle Eastern Language Program. Apparently, anti-Israel activism is what passes for Middle East studies "scholarship" at Stanford University these days.
By Cinnamon Stillwell | Mon, 26 Jan 2015, 2:45 AM | Permalink
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By Cinnamon Stillwell | Tue, 20 Jan 2015, 1:53 PM | Permalink
Valls will have to contend with the legion of Middle East studies academics employing this very strategy, particularly Hatem Bazian, director of UC Berkeley's Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project (IRDP), who, when asked by ABC News to comment on the Charlie Hebdo massacre, conveniently noted that he had been in Paris recently for an "Islamophobia conference." Indeed, Bazian and IRDP are at the forefront of the attempt to create an international field of "Islamphobia studies." It's a good bet Valls won't be on the roster of invited speakers.
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