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By Winfield Myers | Fri, 15 Sep 2017, 1:45 PM | Permalink
The Center for Jewish History (CJH) has chosen UCLA professor David N. Myers, who supports a "limited boycott" of Israel and has repeatedly opposed efforts to combat campus anti-Semitism, to be its new president and CEO. Campus Watch West Coast representiave Cinnamon Stillwell explains why CJH has made the wrong choice at Arutz Sheva - Israel National News:
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By Cinnamon Stillwell | Wed, 6 Sep 2017, 1:54 PM | Permalink
But there are concerns about the foundation's independence owing to its co-founder and chairwoman being the mother of Qatar's emiri. Moreover, Qatar, which houses the foreign campuses of six American universities, is currently embroiled in a conflict with its Arab neighbors and the Trump administration over its alleged ties to terrorism.
Meanwhile, the foundation has funded "cultural events" for Arizona students, a visit to the Qatari embassy for Washington D.C. students, and a trip to Doha for Oregon students.
Given that Arabic language programs have a propensity to include what Middle East Forum President Daniel Pipes calls "Arabist and Islamist baggage," the fact that an illiberal country like Qatar is providing an education to increasing numbers of American public school students is alarming.
By Cinnamon Stillwell | Fri, 25 Aug 2017, 12:42 PM | Permalink
He provides two examples that reveal such academics' propensity for bashing Israel in lieu of teaching history. One is a University of South Carolina course titled "Middle Eastern Politics 1945-Present" in which "80 percent of the . . . content dealt with Palestine from 1945 to 1949" and the other, a "Palestinian-Israeli literature" course initially missing a syllabus that turns out to be "80 percent . . . focused on Palestinian claims against Israelis."
As Stein concludes, "Those professors had agendas."
By Cinnamon Stillwell | Thu, 24 Aug 2017, 1:32 PM | Permalink
Salaita denies that he's exhibiting "an unjustified sense of self-importance," while launching into a conspiratorial rant on the alleged omnipotence of "pro-Israel groups," even in the "Arab World." So powerful are "the Zionists," whom he thought he could escape with "a gig in Lebanon," that they "traversed a supposedly ironclad border" to get Salaita fired.
The fact that AUB hired Salaita in 2015 to hold the Edward Said Chair of American Studies hardly bespeaks a Zionist plot. Moreover, it is Salaita's shoddy, politicized scholarship, not to mention his penchant for deranged, profanity-laden, anti-Semitic tweets, that hobble his career (before AUB, it was a rescinded position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).
With all the free time on his hands, perhaps Salaita will start looking in the mirror.
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