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"Israeli complaints that Gaza is controlled by the party-militia, Hamas, freely elected in 2006, and that Hamas fires (mostly small, home-made and ineffectual) rockets into Israel, are irrelevant to the requirement that civilian noncombatants in Gaza be provided with basic staples by the occupying authority."

Juan Cole, Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan, in "Flint and Gaza: Water Crises of Colonialism"; The Nation, February 3, 2016. (link to source)

We Couldn't Have Said it Better (archive)

David Pakman

"This is at the core of what makes [UC Riverside professor] Reza Aslan probably dangerous in discussions about Islam, terrorism, and human rights in Muslim countries. He aggressively helps to enforce an overbearing political correctness among intellectuals, politicians, and media about Islam which makes it nearly impossible to criticize certain strands of bad ideas in the world without being labeled an Islamophobe. . . . In a post-Enlightenment world, any idea itself should be subject to criticism."

David Pakman, television, radio, and internet host, on UC Riverside creative writing professor Reza Aslan; The David Pakman Show, January 11, 2016. (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

Florida Radical Muslim Catfight [incl. Abdullah Antepli]
February 2, 2016 - FrontPage Magazine

How a Duke Imam Became a Lightening Rod in the Campus Israel Wars [incl. Omid Safi, Hatem Bazian, Bruce Lawrence]
February 1, 2016 - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Delaware Groups Call for Peace, Acceptance of Muslims [incl. Muqtedar Khan]
January 31, 2016 - The News Journal

Duke Muslim Leader Encourages New Songs [on Abdullah Antepli]
January 29, 2016 - The News & Observer

Historic Shi'i Chair Celebrated at Inauguration Banquet
January 28, 2016 - News of Hartford Seminary

"Challenging Islamophobia" at Golden West College
January 27, 2016 - Fousesquawk

Hartford Seminary Adds Ph.D. to its Degree Offerings
January 27, 2016 - Religion News Service

Rotten Academia: Professor Who Praises Jihadis Still Teaches, Jihad Critic Doesn't [incl. Andrew Pessin]
January 27, 2016 - The Investigative Project on Terrorism

Did a Virginia School for Saudi Arabia Diplomatic Staff's Children Fire Teachers for Organizing?
January 26, 2016 - In These Times

Rutgers Media and Middle East Studies Professor to Headline Evergreen's Unsoeld Series [on Deepa Kumar]
January 26, 2016 - News of Evergreen State College

Blog

Pro-Israel Profs Marginalized on Campus, Not the Other Way Around

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Fri, 5 Feb 2016, 6:36 PM | Permalink

It's an article of faith among anti-Israel academics that their views are marginalized on campus, when, in fact, the opposite is true. Speaking to the Algemeiner, Alexandra Marcus, founder of the Columbia University chapter of Students Supporting Israel, confirms as much. She points to the example of Connecticut College professor Andrew Pessin, who remains on leave following a campaign of vilification perpetrated by faculty, administration, and student groups alike:

The professors who support us have said they can't come out publicly on our side, because they're afraid it would jeopardize their careers. And they're right. Look what happened to [Connecticut philosophy professor] Andrew Pessin. And to tell you the truth, I am also petrified that my pro-Israel activism could ruin my career.

 

From BDS to Ferguson: Columbia U. Panel Takes Aim at Israel

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Wed, 13 Jan 2016, 1:15 PM | Permalink

Academe has been quick to exploit the manufactured connection between the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) and Black Lives Matter movements that began with the 2014 protests following the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. A recent Columbia University panel discussion featuring specialists in Middle East studies and African-American history proved the point. In an article written for Campus Watch and appearing today at FrontPage Magazine, Mara Schiffren reports on the panel's ominous conclusion: "There's no future for a Jewish state."

The second in an annual BDS series sponsored by the Center for Palestine Studies, "The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement: Struggle and Solidarity" took place at Columbia Law School. Students, faculty, BDS activists, and community members socialized prior to the event as the capacious, semi-circular lecture hall began to fill with about 100 people.

To read the entire article, please click here.

 

Devastating Critique of Islamist Apologist Reza Aslan

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Tue, 12 Jan 2016, 5:47 PM | Permalink

In the latest episode of David Pakman's internet television show, he exposes UC Riverside "celebrity professor" Reza Aslan's penchant for misrepresenting his academic credentials and for hostility towards legitimate criticism of Islam. He also exhorts fellow progressives to stay true to "liberal principles" and to resist the lure of politically-correct apologists such as Aslan. Watch the whole thing.

 

American Historical Association Fails to Pass Anti-Israel Resolution

By Winfield Myers | Mon, 11 Jan 2016, 1:03 PM | Permalink

Anti-Israel members of the American Historical Association (AHA), including Middle East studies profs Juan Cole of Michigan, Joel Beinin of Stanford, Zachary Lockman of NYU, and Dina Khoury of George Washington, failed in their attempt to single out Israel for condemnation at the annual AHA meeting this past weekend in Atlanta. This was the second consecutive year the resolution, which charged that Israel abuses Palestinian universities and students, was defeated by AHA members.

 

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