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Beshara Doumani

"Historians, what they really do is erase. That is their number one job."

Beshara Doumani, director of Middle East studies at Brown University, speaking at "The Settler Colonial Paradigm: Debating Gershon Shafir's 'Land, Labor and the Origins of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict' on its 25th Anniversary"; University of California, Los Angeles, April 10, 2014. (link to source)

We Couldn't Have Said it Better (archive)

Michael Rubin

Academics today who cover Islamic civilizations and history almost uniformly teach that early Islamic rule was enlightened. If they cover the jizyah and 'dhimmitude' at all, they are soft-pedaled. Rather than conquer by the sword, most residents of those areas brought into the Islamic Empire joined voluntarily, it is said. . . . Perhaps it is time for a little less hagiography toward Islamic history in American and European institutions, and a little more common sense."

Michael Rubin, senior editor of the Middle East Quarterly and resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, in "Islamic State's Reality Check on Dhimmitude"; Commentary Magazine, July 21, 2014. (link to source)

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The Latest on Campus

Duke Receives $3 Million for Islamic Studies Directorship [on Omid Safi]
July 24, 2014 - The Duke Chronicle

Duke Gives Muslim 'Holocaust Inversion' Professor $3M Gig [on Omid Safi]
July 24, 2014 - The Washington Free Beacon

Hatem Bazian Leads the Rabble in San Francisco
July 23, 2014 - Fousesquawk Blog

Students March in San Francisco to Protest Violence in Gaza [incl. Hatem Bazian]
July 22, 2014 - Uloop News

Islamic State's Reality Check on Dhimmitude
July 21, 2014 - Commentary Magazine

The U.S. Naval Academy and Anne Arundel Community College Join Forces to Teach Arabic
July 19, 2014 - InTheCapital

Michigan State University Cancels Study Abroad Program
July 18, 2014 - WVIC News (94.1)

Naval Academy, Community College Join Forces for Arabic Immersion Effort
July 17, 2014 - The Baltimore Sun

Values, Faith at Heart of Islamic Center School
July 17, 2014 - The Naperville Sun

GW Students to Stay in Israel Amid Air Attacks
July 15, 2014 - The GW Hatchet (newspaper of George Washington University)


The Early Roots of Anti-Israel Lawfare

By Winfield Myers | Tue, 24 Jun 2014, 9:00 AM | Permalink

Sreemati Mitter

Although the use of lawfare to delegitimize Israel is lamentably common today, enemies of the Jewish state have in fact employed this weapon since the Jewish state's 1948 re-birth. In a CW-sponsored essay appearing today at FrontPage Magazine, Andrew Harrod reports on one Harvard scholar's recent attempt to put a positive spin on the first instance of this odious practice.

Anti-Israel lawfare actually has a longer pedigree than usually imagined, dating from a seemingly obscure lawsuit arising from Israel's 1948 re-birth. Sreemati Mitter, an Ernest May Fellow at the Belfer Center of Harvard University's Kennedy School and Harvard history Ph.D. candidate detailed the matter in a May 20 lecture. About forty mostly middle-aged and older pro-Palestinian individuals at the like-minded Jerusalem Fund think tank heard Mitter.

Mitter recounted the June 12, 1948 freezing by the newly reborn state of Israel of all bank accounts belonging to Arab refugees from Israeli-controlled territory during the country's independence war. She focused on the Palestine branches of Barclays and the Ottoman Bank in London, the two of which held deposits from the Arab Bank, a "Palestinian nationalist bank."

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No Debate Allowed at Anti-Israel UCLA 'Debate'

By Winfield Myers | Mon, 16 Jun 2014, 10:57 AM | Permalink

Gabriel Piterberg

UCLA's Center for Near Eastern Studies (CNES) has for years sponsored biased, anti-American, anti-Isael research and lectures. As Eric Golub reports today in a CW-sponsored article for FrontPage Magazine, a recent conference there that featured UCLA's Gabriel Piterberg, among others, continuted this lamentable tradition:

Outside of the United Nations, few institutions are as dedicated to anti-Israel rants as the University of California, Los Angeles Center for Near Eastern Studies (CNES). A recent CNES conference titled "The Settler Colonial Paradigm: Debating Gershon Shafir's 'Land, Labor and the Origins of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict' on its 25th Anniversary," was a case in point.

The mouthful of a title refers to University of California, San Diego sociology professor and director of the human rights minor Gershon Shafir's 1995 book, Land, Labor and the Origins of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Ignoring 3,000 years of archeological evidence connecting Jews to what is now the land of Israel, Shafir's unoriginal thesis was that carpet bagging Zionists bought up land and displaced indigenous Palestinians. Calling the conference a "debate" was a misnomer, for that typically requires at least two opposing views. In this case, the Israeli Gershon Shafir offered the Palestinian point of view and none of the speakers' contested him.

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Professors Shill for Islam

By Winfield Myers | Fri, 6 Jun 2014, 3:24 PM | Permalink

Carl Ernst

Writing today at FrontPage Magazine for Campus Watch, Andrew Harrod reports on UNC-Chapel Hill professor Carl Ernst's recent lecture at a Washington, DC, institute founded by the self-professed "anti-Zionist" Norton Mezvisnky. Any problems within Islam are of course the West's fault:

Merely ten people, including two imams and a reporter, heard University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, professor of religious studies Carl W. Ernst deliver the "First Annual Ibrahim Abu-Rabi Lecture" on May 7 at the International Council for Middle East Studies (ICMES) in the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C. Ernst was introduced by ICMES founder and president Norton Mezvinsky, who came to ICMES after a 42-year career teaching Middle East history at Central Connecticut State University.

A self-professed "anti-Zionist," Mezvinsky endorsed the infamous 1975 Zionism-is-racism U.N. resolution, developed amiable relations with the deranged anti-Semitic Lyndon LaRouche movement, and once spoke at the LaRouchite Schiller Institute in Germany. He also co-authored Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel with the late Israel Shahak, whose work, MEF Fellow Asaf Romirowsky wrote, "rests on his conviction that Judaism is the font of all evil and that most global issues can ultimately be traced back to Judaism via a world-wide Jewish conspiracy."

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'Islamophobia' Thought Crimes at Berkeley, Part II

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Thu, 5 Jun 2014, 12:37 PM | Permalink

In the latest Campus Watch research, CW contributor Rima Greene and I report on this year's annual "Islamophobia" conference at UC Berkeley. The second installment of our coverage appears today at Frontpage Magazine (click here to read Part I):

The second day of the University of California, Berkeley's Fifth Annual International Islamophobia Conference—organized by the Center for Race & Gender's Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project (IRDP)—featured as much hysteria, victimhood, and anti-Western rhetoric as the first (which we reported on yesterday).

Viewing the second day's antics via live stream, two commercials ran repeatedly: one featuring sexy Latina actress Sofia Vergara selling shampoo for her long, flowing, decidedly unveiled locks, and the other seeking recruits for the U.S. Marines. This led one disgruntled online viewer, expecting an anti-American atmosphere to prevail in the virtual world as well as at the conference, to ask in the comments section, "What's up with these super wack commercials killing Arab, African brown people?," which elicited an apology from the organizers, who assured him they had no hand in picking the commercials.

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