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The Latest on Campus
Roots of BDS [incl. Hatem Bazian]
Defeating Hamas in America [incl. Hatem Bazian]
Native-born Iran Specialists See Parallels, Differences Between 2009 Uprising, 1953 Coup [incl. Hamid Dabashi, Ervand Abrahamian, Arang Keshavarzian]
Notre Dame Professor Lands $1.2M Grant [on Ebrahim Moosa]
Workshop on Arabic Brings Cultural Understanding
Millennial Islamic Leaders Discuss Diversity of Female Community
Professor Launches Project to Advance Scientific and Theological Literacy Among Madrasa Graduates in India [on Ebrahim Moosa]
A Different Lens [on Ranin Kazemi]
The Anti-Israel Money Trail [incl. Hatem Bazian]
Speaker Offers Deeper Understanding of the Qur'an [on Ingrid Mattson]
By Winfield Myers | Thu, 28 Apr 2016, 1:19 PM | Permalink
UC Berkeley's Hatem Bazian is again lashing out at Jonathan Schanzer's Congressional testimony on the involvement of seven former "key employees" of now-defunct Hamas-linked organizations who're now associated with the pro-BDS American Muslims for Palestine. Bazian rails at Schanzer and the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and charges them with McCarthyism and "Islamophobia," but never challenges Schanzer's facts. As usual, Bazian offers fact-free, cliche-ridden bluster in lieu of rigorous rebuttal. It's all he's got.
By Cinnamon Stillwell | Tue, 26 Apr 2016, 4:24 PM | Permalink
Read the entire article here.
By Winfield Myers | Thu, 21 Apr 2016, 9:58 PM | Permalink
"Jewish" profs sunk a job candidate at Harvard because he was Palestinian? This bit of anti-Semitism comes courtesy of Harvard grad students in Middle East studies, as reported today in the Harvard Independent by Aditiya Agrawal: "Sam [not his real name] alleges, in fact that there were several 'well qualified tenure-track scholars' who were turned away despite the gaping vacancies. He admits to hearing 'unsubstantiated claims' that one of the scholars may have been turned down because he was a Palestinian. 'He expressed views disagreeing with Israel's actions and one or more people on his committee were Jewish and did not agree with his views,' he says." Of course the claims are "unsubstantiated"; they're the product of his bigoted imagination.
By Winfield Myers | Tue, 12 Apr 2016, 11:36 AM | Permalink
Members of the UCLA community have launched a petition to UC President Janet Napolitano and the UC Regents to dismiss UCLA Middle East history professor Gabriel Piterberg for sexually assaulting two graduate students, who claim he repeatedly harassed them over a period of years. Piterberg was made to forfeit one quarter's pay and fined $3k, but, to the dismay of many, remains on the faculty. He has a long record of virulently anti-Israel commentary and scholarship and conspiracy mongering against his critics. The petition for dismissal may be found here.
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