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Howler of the Month (archive)

Simona Sharoni

"It's a feminist idea, based on intersectional feminist analysis that views gender oppression as systemic and intertwined with other forms of systemic oppression. Postcolonial feminism addresses specifically feminist critiques of settler colonialism. . . . If we re-conceptualize the injustice of Palestine, and reframe it by taking an intersectional look at multiple oppressions and multiple struggles, then it makes sense."

Simona Sharoni, professor of gender and women's studies at State University of New York, Plattsburgh, on likening Israeli "occupation" to campus rape; AlterNet, April 18, 2016. (link to source)

We Couldn't Have Said it Better (archive)

Kenneth Levin

"One might think that the phenomenon of contemporary genocidal anti-Semitism in the Arab and broader Muslim world would be deemed worthy of some attention in Middle East studies departments; but one would be wrong. It is the exception among such departments to address the issue and, for example, an undergraduate in most universities which offer Middle East studies degrees can earn such a degree without the matter ever having been addressed in any of his or her classes."

Kenneth Levin, psychiatrist, historian, and author of "The Oslo Syndrome: Delusions of a People under Siege," at FrontPage Magazine; April 15, 2016. (link to source)

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The Latest on Campus

Roots of BDS [incl. Hatem Bazian]
April 29, 2016 - Power Line

Defeating Hamas in America [incl. Hatem Bazian]
April 27, 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

Native-born Iran Specialists See Parallels, Differences Between 2009 Uprising, 1953 Coup [incl. Hamid Dabashi, Ervand Abrahamian, Arang Keshavarzian]
April 26, 2016 - Campus Watch, a Project of the Middle East Forum

Notre Dame Professor Lands $1.2M Grant [on Ebrahim Moosa]
April 26, 2016 - Inside Indiana Business

Workshop on Arabic Brings Cultural Understanding
April 26, 2016 - The Daily Eastern News (student news of Eastern Illinois University)

Millennial Islamic Leaders Discuss Diversity of Female Community
April 25, 2016 - FIU Student Media (news of Florida International University)

Professor Launches Project to Advance Scientific and Theological Literacy Among Madrasa Graduates in India [on Ebrahim Moosa]
April 25, 2016 - Notre Dame News

A Different Lens [on Ranin Kazemi]
April 25, 2016 - SDSU News Center

The Anti-Israel Money Trail [incl. Hatem Bazian]
April 25, 2016 - Wall Street Journal

Speaker Offers Deeper Understanding of the Qur'an [on Ingrid Mattson]
April 24, 2016 - Midland Daily News


BDS Funding Revelations: Hatem Bazian Plays the 'McCarthyism' Card, Part II

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.


BDS Funding Revelations: UC Berkeley's Hatem Bazian Plays 'McCarthyism' Card

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Tue, 26 Apr 2016, 4:24 PM | Permalink

Hatem Bazian

Following Jonathan Schanzer's Congressional testimony on the web of anti-Israel and Islamist groups involved in funding the BDS movement, the Wall Street Journal's Bret Stephens spoke to UC Berkeley lecturer Hatem Bazian. Bazian, who founded Students for Justice in Palestine and leads American Muslims for Palestine, a key BDS sponsor, sidestepped these damaging revelations by playing--what else--the "McCarthyism" card:

"This is about silencing any person or any group that speaks about Palestine," he said, accusing Mr. Schanzer and the House Foreign Relations Committee of giving "McCarthyism a new lease on life." As for the past ties of AMP's leaders, he dismissed it as "guilt by association."

Read the entire article here.


Harvard Grad Student Claims "Jewish" Profs Sunk Appointment of Palestinian Scholar

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.


Petition Launched for Dismissal of UCLA Prof Gabriel Piterberg for Sexual Assault

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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