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Steven Salaita

"It's no shock, then, that Palestinians and their neighbours get salty whenever hearing the phrase 'Israeli hummus.' Using Arabic food as a symbol of Zionist identity hands over the day-to-day victuals of the native to the coloniser. It's a project of erasure, a portent of nonexistence, a promise of genocide."

Former academic Steven Salaita in "'Israeli' Hummus is Theft, Not Appropriation;" The New Arab, September 4, 2017. (link to source)

We Couldn't Have Said it Better (archive)

William Jacobson

"The anti-Israel Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is notorious for campus violence and disruption directed at Israelis and pro-Israeli students and faculty. . . . The teaming of the BDS and Antifa [anti-fascist] movements is the single most dangerous development I have witnessed in the many years I have been covering campus BDS. Antifa will give BDS even more muscle to intimidate and threaten those who oppose the BDS agenda."

William A. Jacobson, Clinical Professor of Law at Cornell Law School and founder of the Legal Insurrection blog, on the co-founding of the Campus Antifascist Network by Stanford University professor and BDS activist David Palumbo-Liu; Legal Insurrection, August 17, 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

Dean Plans No Further Action in Univ. of Arkansas' Speaker's Cancellation [on Thomas Paradise]
September 22, 2017 - Arkansas Online (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

Anti-Semitic 9/11 Article By K-12 Education Giant Sparks Outrage
September 20, 2017 - Legal Insurrection

Yimach Shmo, Other Israel Haters, Endorse David N. Myers
September 19, 2017 - FrontPage Magazine

Center for Jewish History Board Backs New Head Against Right-Wing Attacks [on David Myers]
September 18, 2017 - Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Baylor Faculty Recount Their Experiences in Iraq [incl. Mark Long]
September 18, 2017 - The Baylor Lariat

ZOA: Hostile-to-Israel Propagandist David Myers Should Not Lead Center for Jewish History
September 18, 2017 - Zionist Organization of America (ZOA)

Study Abroad, Advises Visiting Middle East Scholar [on Keith Watenpaugh]
September 17, 2017 - News of Whitman College

The Evolving Role of College Muslim Chaplains
September 17, 2017 - The Student Life (news of the Claremont Colleges)

David Myers: Wrong Choice by Center for Jewish History
September 15, 2017 - Arutz Sheva (Israel National News)

Drury Welcomes New Fulbright Language Professor to Springfield [on Mouhcine El-Hajjami]
September 15, 2017 - The Drury Mirror


David Myers: Wrong Choice by Center for Jewish History

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:

When a respected and apolitical institution like the New York-based Center for Jewish History (CJH) hires an anti-Israel academic to be its new CEO and president, something has gone terribly wrong. UCLA Jewish studies professor David N. Myers may present a moderate fa├žade, but his academic and political affiliations expose his radical core.

To read the entire article, please click here.


Qatar Foundation Funding for U.S. Public Schools A Cause for Concern

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Wed, 6 Sep 2017, 1:54 PM | Permalink

Qatar Planting Its Flag?

The Wall Street Journal reports on the upsurge in U.S. K-12 public education funding from the Qatar Foundation, ostensibly to encourage the growth of Arabic language instruction:

Benefactors from foreign governments, including other Arab nations, have long made donations to American higher education, but the Qatar Foundation's appears to be one of the few foreign organizations targeting K-12 public schools with lofty grants. It wants to ramp up spending.

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.

Cinnamon Stillwell is the West Coast representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum. She can be reached at


Ken Stein Tells Middle East Studies Students How to Avoid Anti-Israel Profs

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Fri, 25 Aug 2017, 12:42 PM | Permalink

Ken Stein

Emory University Middle East studies professor Ken Stein offers up some useful advice for incoming college freshmen planning to take courses in his highly politicized field: "read the whole syllabus when you receive it the first day of class."

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."


Steven Salaita Claims Zionists 'Ousted' Him From AUB

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Thu, 24 Aug 2017, 1:32 PM | Permalink

Steven Salaita

Steven Salaita, who recently announced his departure from the American University of Beirut (AUB), and academe in general, with no intent "to slosh around in self-pity" before blaming "Zionists" for his travails, is now whining that he was "ousted" due to "Zionist pressure."

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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