Howler of the Month (archive)
"What happens in Europe is universal; what happens somewhere else is a form of retardation that only has meaning once it is touched by a European scholar. . . . You become discovered in the same way Columbus discovered America when he was lost. . . . You have to re-frame it: Columbus did not discover America, because he was going to India. He was trying to get chicken tikka masala and he arrived there and they said, 'no, no, we only have cornbread for you.' . . . We have to rewrite history . . . the past 200 years of written history."
Hatem Bazian, director of the Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project at the University of California, Berkeley, on the alleged evils of colonialism; Press TV, January 13, 2018. (link to source)
We Couldn't Have Said it Better (archive)
"If Columbia University's Center for Palestine Studies gets any more anti-Israel than it already is, it will have to register as a foreign agent."
Malcolm A. Kline, executive director of Accuracy in Academia, on the AMCHA Initiative's research demonstrating consistent anti-Israel bias among faculty in Columbia University's Center for Palestine Studies and Middle East studies departments; Accuracy in Academia, January 2, 2018. (link to source)
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The Latest on Campus
Former Carleton Professor Freed From French French Prison [on Hassan Diab]
January 18, 2018 - The Charlatan
Racism, Anti-Racism, and Orientalism at LitHub [incl. Wisam Alshaibi]
January 17, 2018 - Quillette
Hassan Diab, Canadian University Professor Once Charged With Terrorism in France, is Back in Canada
January 16, 2018 - CBC News
UC Berkeley's Vice Chancellor to Meet With Jewish Student Organizations Over Lecturer Who Re-tweeted Anti-Semitic Images [on Hatem Bazian]
January 16, 2018 - Jewish Journal
Students Express Concerns at CSG Meeting Following Steven Salaita Lecture
January 16, 2018 - The Michigan Daily
Pro-Palestinian Activist and Author Steven Salaita Talks Decolonization
January 16, 2018 - The Michigan Daily
Eyewitness to 1980 Bombing of Paris Synagogue in Paris Expresses Outrage at the Decision of France Judicial Authorities to Release Lebanese-Canadian Suspect [on Hassan Diab]
January 15, 2018 - European Jewish Press
'Mosaic of America': Academic Explains Growth in Number of US Muslims [on John Esposito]
January 15, 2018 - Sputnik International
How Boycotting Israel Promotes Violence [incl. Jasbir Puar]
January 15, 2018 - The Algemeiner
Anti-Israel Student Convention Numbers Plummet Following Dossiers on Activists, Watchdog Claims [incl. Hatem Bazian]
January 15, 2018 - The College Fix
By Cinnamon Stillwell | Wed, 17 Jan 2018, 5:40 PM | Permalink
Campus Watch director Winfield Myers addresses the multiple errors and tiresome clichés of Mairav Zonszein in the latest addition to "Setting The Record Straight":
It's difficult to suppress an eye-roll when reading many of our critics. The song (very old) is always the same: Israel-loving Zionist haters collude to suppress free speech, attack professors who criticize Israel or defend Palestinians, and do other unspeakable things. But a brave few, a happy few, a band of others somehow manage to overcome the blackout imposed by Zionist censors to publish erroneous, misleading, hyperbolic, sanctimonious retorts (take that!) in high profile, globally-distributed publications read by millions. Yawn.
The latest champion of light to engage the forces of darkness -- er, I mean, the latest charlatan to play the victim and make laughably false charges against Campus Watch (and others) is one Mairav Zonszein, who, we are told, "wrote her MA thesis on the changing nature of what it means to be pro-Israel in the American Jewish community."
To read the entire correction, please click here.
By Cinnamon Stillwell | Tue, 16 Jan 2018, 5:47 PM | Permalink
Hassan Diab, a former Carleton University and University of Ottawa professor who was accused of leading the 1980 PFLP bombing of a Paris synagogue, will be released from French custody following the dismissal of his case for lack of evidence.
By Winfield Myers | Thu, 11 Jan 2018, 1:39 PM | Permalink
Are "Islamophobia" and anti-Semitism comparable? King's College London senior lecturer Reza Zia-Ebrahimi argued as much at Harvard University by equating the Czarist forgery, "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion," with Israeli author Bat Ye'or's book, "Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis." Campus Watch West Coast representative Cinnamon Stillwell's report is posted at the Algemeiner:
Zia-Ebrahimi recently made this argument with a talk co-sponsored by Harvard University's Saudi-funded Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program and titled, "When the Elders of Zion Relocated to Eurabia: Conspiratorial Racialisation in Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia."
Speaking to a largely middle-aged crowd of about twenty, Zia-Ebrahimi contended that both the Protocols of the Elders of Zion—a Czarist forgery published circa 1903 alleging that Jews were plotting world domination—and Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis—a 2005 book by Israeli author Bat Ye'or declaring the demographic and political transformation of Europe into "Eurabia"—employ conspiracy-theories that incite hatred for Jews and Muslims, respectively.
To read the entire article, please click here.
By Winfield Myers | Wed, 10 Jan 2018, 2:49 PM | Permalink
Former American Association of University Professors president Cary Nelson reveals UC Berkeley professor Judith Butler's stealth plans to make the Modern Language Association pro-BDS against the wishes of its membership. Nelson attended an "open" planning meeting and was told to leave, but refused.
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