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Neve Gordon

"[Cary Nelson] stands in defense of a long-debunked notion of objective scholarship, which ultimately translates into an abdication of our professional and moral responsibility."

Neve Gordon, visiting prof. of politics and int'l studies at SOAS, Univ. of London, arguing (contra former AAUP president Cary Nelson) that the Middle East Studies Association should stop describing itself as "non-political" in its bylaws; Chronicle of Higher Education, March 6, 2017. (link to source)

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Cary Nelson

"The movement to remove 'non-political' is designed to make it easier for the organization not only to condemn Israeli policies but also, perhaps, to work collectively for the elimination of the Jewish state."

Cary Nelson, former AAUP president and prof. of English at the Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, arguing (contra U. of London visiting prof. Neve Gordon) that the Middle East Studies Association should continue describing itself as "non-political" in its bylaws; Chronicle of Higher Education, March 6, 2017. (link to source)

CAMPUS WATCH, a project of the Middle East Forum, reviews and critiques Middle East studies in North America with an aim to improving them. The project mainly addresses five problems: analytical failures, the mixing of politics with scholarship, intolerance of alternative views, apologetics, and the abuse of power over students. Campus Watch fully respects the freedom of speech of those it debates while insisting on its own freedom to comment on their words and deeds.

The Latest on Campus

Scholars: Middle Eastern Studies Association's Vote to Remove Self-Description as 'Non-Political' Indicates It's Preparing to Pass Anti-Israel Boycott Resolution [incl. Rashid Khalidi]
March 29, 2017 - The Algemeiner

Here's the Epic Email Suspended Christian Sent His Muslim Professor to Challenge Her Flawed Lessons
March 29, 2017 - The College Fix

Rollins Professor Defended Anti-Semitism, Aided Lover in Radicalizing Children [on Areej Zufari]
March 28, 2017 - Central Florida Post

Florida College Suspends Christian Student for Defending Christ's Crucifixion
March 28, 2017 -

Three Questions That A Muslim Professor Can't Answer About Jesus' Resurrection [on Areej Zufari]
March 28, 2017 - Daily Caller

Student Suspended for Challenging Muslim Prof Who Said Jesus' Crucifixion Never Happened [on Areeje Zufari]
March 28, 2017 - HeatStreet

Rollins College Student Claims He Was Suspended for Challenging His Muslim Professor [on Areej Zufari]
March 28, 2017 - Independent Journal Review

Florida: Muslim Prof Teaches Islam as Fact, Christian Student Disagrees, Gets Suspended, Police Report Filed [on Areej Zufari]
March 28, 2017 - Jihad Watch

College Suspends Christian Student for Challenging Muslim Professor [on Areej Zufari]
March 28, 2017 - Media Research Center TV

College Suspends Christian Student For Challenging Muslim Professor
March 28, 2017 - Mediaite


Essay Mischaracterized Mission of Campus Watch

By Winfield Myers | Mon, 27 Mar 2017, 3:51 PM | Permalink

[The following appeared as a letter to the editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education on March 27, 2017.]

To the Editor:

Brian Leiter, in "Academic Ethics: Defending Faculty Speech" (The Chronicle, March 22), smears Campus Watch and mischaracterizes its mission.

Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum, critiques Middle East studies by holding professors accountable for their work. It does not "police faculty speech"; how could it when it lacks any and all police power? It does not "inflame public opinion and incite harassment" of academics but engages in careful, multiple fact-checked analyses. Nor need it hide behind the law's "wide latitude to malicious speech," because it offers facts. Finally, it does not partake in "orchestrated" onslaughts against professors but engages in its own research according to its unique priorities.

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This Week at Campus Watch

By Campus Watch | Thu, 23 Mar 2017, 6:43 PM | Permalink

To keep you up to date on what's happening at Campus Watch (CW), we're introducing "This Week at Campus Watch," a compilation of weekly postings at the CW website that we'll send to CW subscribers each week. The postings are categorized by subject and include both in-house and external material: Campus Watch Research (original CW articles and research); Campus Watch Blog (original blog posts); Middle East studies in the News (external articles on current developments in Middle East studies); Moonlighting: Non-Specialists in the News (external articles by non-specialists); and Setting The Record Straight (CW corrects false allegations made against it). Stay updated on CW's efforts to replace the bias and politicization that has overtaken the field of Middle East studies with scholarship and accountability. Follow Campus Watch on Facebook and Twitter.

Campus Watch reports the following from March 14-20, 2017:

Campus Watch Research

Mara Schiffren at The Daily Caller, "Noura Erakat Preaches Intersectionality at NYU":

Campus Watch Blog

Winfield Myers highlights Mara Schiffren's article on George Mason University professor Noura Erakat:

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Noura Erakat Preaches Intersectionality at NYU

By Winfield Myers | Wed, 15 Mar 2017, 11:01 AM | Permalink

"Intersectionality" is among the hottest buzzwords in academe, and like most other chic terms, it substitutes pretention for content. Ostensibly signifying the connections between oppressed groups, in practice it's used as a weapon for professional (fake) victims to silence anyone who deigns to thwart their will to power. Writing at the Daily Caller, Campus Watch contributor Mara Schiffren details a recent NYU lecture by rabid anti-Israel activist Noura Erakat of George Mason University:

Israel-bashing in the name of "intersectional solidarity" is now a feature of Black History Month, according to New York University's Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies. In late February, it co-sponsored a panel discussion, "When I See Them, I See Us: Black Palestinian Solidarity," with the NYU chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP).

Over one hundred people filled the Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts, while a few stragglers sat on benches off to the side unable to fully view the panel. Based on "intersectionality," the latest fad in academic theories, the panel promoted an alliance between black and Palestinian "social justice" activists.

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Georgetown's Tamara Sonn Declares the West the Enemy of Islam

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Sat, 4 Mar 2017, 1:59 PM | Permalink

Tamara Sonn

Andrew Harrod reports on a lecture from Georgetown University professor Tamara Sonn that began with her asking, "Is Islam an enemy of the West? It does seem like such a ridiculous question, doesn't it?" and went downhill from there. His Campus Watch-sponsored article appears at Jihad Watch:

"Is Islam an enemy of the West? It does seem like such a ridiculous question, doesn't it?" asked Georgetown University professor Tamara Sonn on February 22 at its Saudi-funded Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU). What seemed manifestly obvious to this Qatar-funded Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor in the History of Islam at the ACMCU presentation of her new, eponymously-titled book, is not clear at all to skeptical observers. Thus, her work resembles that of many of her Middle East studies colleagues, who long ago replaced rigorous scholarship of Islam with a fawning approach that blames the West for the region's systemic problems.

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