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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)

Malcolm A. Kline

"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

French Court Orders Tariq Ramadan to Stay in Prison
February 23, 2018 - Al Jazeera

UC Berkeley Investigating Antisemitic Death Threat Targeting Jewish Professor [incl. Hatem Bazian]
February 23, 2018 - Algemeiner

Panel Discusses Iranian Protests and Their Repercussions [incl. Nura Hossainzadeh]
February 23, 2018 - The Daily Princetonian

Court Denies Ramadan's Bid for Release on Health Grounds
February 23, 2018 - The Local Switzerland

French Court Denies Rape-Accused Ramadan's Release
February 22, 2018 - Agence France-Presse

French Court Keeps Islamic Scholar Tariq Ramadan in Prison
February 22, 2018 - Associated Press

What I Learned As An Anti-Bias Educator At University of Maryland
February 22, 2018 - Baltimore Sun

Tariq Ramadan to Remain in Jail After Medical Appeal Fails
February 22, 2018 - SWI swissinfo.ch

Profs Prefer Stale Status Quo to Trump's Foreign Policy
February 22, 2018 - The Algemeiner

Emails Expose CAIR's Ongoing Influence in San Diego Schools
February 22, 2018 - The Algemeiner

Blog

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).

To read the entire article, please click here.

 

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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