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Howler of the Month (archive)

Hamid Dabashi

"The New York Times today is integral to a massive Islamophobic machinery that marks Islam and Muslim as the diabolic enemy of history, of humanity, and of all manners and claims to a civilized life."

Hamid Dabashi, prof. of Iranian Studies at Columbia University, objecting to Asra Q. Nomani's New York Times blog, "Could This Be the Harvey Weinstein of Islam," on allegations of rape against Swiss Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan; "'The Harvey Weinstein of Islam' - Anyone?"; Al-Jazeera, October 23, 2017. (link to source)

We Couldn't Have Said it Better (archive)

Ghanem Nuseibeh

"What is of great concern here is whether Oxford University would have acted similarly if it was another professor who was not perhaps sitting in the Qatar chair, and who had no political affiliations? The consensus among academics – both in Oxford and outside – is that Oxford should have suspended Ramadan as soon as the allegations were first made. Westminster has expelled politicians for much lesser crimes. And you'd expect a university like Oxford to be one step ahead in putting down the moral foot."

Ghanem Nuseibeh, senior visiting fellow at King's College, London, on Oxford's response to charges of rape and sexual assault against Tariq Ramadan, the Qatari-funded H.H. Shaykh Hamad bin Khalifa Chair in Contemporary Islamic Thought; "An Oxford Quad Falls Silent Amid Tariq Ramadan Rape Allegations"; The National, November 9, 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

Rutgers President Addresses Controversial Bias Incidents, Says They're Protected by ​First ​Amendment [incl. Jasbir Puar]
November 17, 2017 - (New Brunswick)

Israel a Fascist State? So Declares George Washington U. Prof Shira Robinson
November 17, 2017 - The Algemeiner

Jewish Leaders at Rutgers University Denounce Hiring of Ex-Syrian Diplomat Who Accused Israelis of Trafficking Children's Organs
November 17, 2017 - The Algemeiner

Turkey Demands News as Zarrab Drops off Radar [incl. Henri Barkey]
November 16, 2017 - Al-Monitor

France: Escalating Muslim Anti-Semitism [incl. Tariq Ramadan]
November 16, 2017 - Gatestone Institute

J Street U to Show 'Propaganda' Film on Israeli Strategy to Win American 'Minds and Tax Dollars' [incl. Rashid Khalidi, Norman Finkelstein]
November 16, 2017 - The Algemeiner

Don't Ignore Divestment's History [incl. Rashid Khalidi]
November 16, 2017 - The Michigan Daily (student newspaper of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor)

Terrorist-Sympathizer Speaks at George Washington University, Calls Zionists 'McCarthyites' [on Rabab Abdulhadi]
November 16, 2017 - Washington Examiner

Student Council Hears Concerns About New Low-Enrollment Policy
November 15, 2017 - Cavalier Daily

Directors of the Near Eastern Studies Department Release Statement Regarding NYUAD Controversy
November 15, 2017 - NYU Local


Israel a Fascist State? So Declares George Washington U. Prof Shira Robinson

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Fri, 17 Nov 2017, 7:05 PM | Permalink

Shira Robinson

Speaking at NYU, George Washington University​ professir Shira Robinson declared Israel a fascist state on the verge of collapse. Campus Watch​ Fellow Mara Schiffren​ relays Robinson's fact-free assertions at the Algemeiner:

According to George Washington University history professor Shira Robinson, Israel has "abandoned democracy" and is rapidly descending into a fascist state. Robinson recently delivered this dire verdict at New York University with the lecture "Past as Present: Reflections on the 70th Anniversary of 1948."

. . . Robinson argued that Israel is experiencing not only "creeping fascistization," but that it has never been a democracy: "For Jews, the increasingly racist, far-right turn of the state is fueling . . . an existential debate of sorts over whether the current moment represents a tragic perversion of the Zionist dream or its ultimate realization." She left no doubt she believes the latter.

To read the entire article, please click here.


NYU's Helga Tawil Souri's Boycott Hypocrisy

By Winfield Myers | Thu, 16 Nov 2017, 7:16 PM | Permalink

Hypocrisy Exemplified: New York University's Helga Tawil Souri sounds the alarm over UAE's denial of visas to two NYU Near Eastern studies scholars for NYU Abu Dhabi. Yet she signed a 2014 letter supporting the boycott of Israeli academe. Depends on whose ox is being gored, no?


Washington Examiner Covers SFSU Prof. Rabab Abdulhadi's An-Najah MOU

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Thu, 16 Nov 2017, 7:15 PM | Permalink

The Washington Examiner reports on an SJP-sponsored lecture by San Francisco State University professor Rabab Abdulhadi, noting her role as architect of SFSU's Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with terror-friendly An-Najah University. Please sign the Middle East Forum's petition to end this dangerous MOU.


Columbia's Hamid Dabashi Still Spouting Anti-Semitism

By Winfield Myers | Wed, 15 Nov 2017, 7:21 PM | Permalink

Columbia University professor Hamid Dabashi, a vocal anti-Semite, writes that Muhhamad, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, "hides behind the wing of his Israeli and American protectors and benefactors, buys them with his windblown wealth, so that Jarad Kushner's Zionist kins [sic] can rob and kill Palestinians even more."


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