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Noura Erakat

"[A]n active combat soldier, even if not in the field, can be killed."

Noura Erakat, assistant professor of international studies at George Mason University, on whether the four Israeli cadets killed and 15 wounded in a Palestinian truck-ramming terrorist attack in Jerusalem on January 8, 2017 were legitimate targets; The Algemeiner, January 10, 2017. (link to source)

We Couldn't Have Said it Better (archive)

MLA Members for Scholars' Rights' Executive Commit

"The boycott movement's most prominent national and international advocates have all urged the actual elimination of the Jewish state. Although the majority of boycott supporters may not realize it, denying the right to political self-determination to 8 million Israelis is an anti-Semitic project. . . . [T]he agenda to abolish the State of Israel, which is fundamental to the BDS campaign, certainly is anti-Semitic."

"The Reality of Academic Boycotts," by MLA [Modern Language Association] Members for Scholars' Rights, written in response to a memo titled "Myths and Facts" published by the MLA Members for Justice in Palestine. December, 2016. (link to source)

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The Latest on Campus

Is Judith Butler the New Edward Said?
January 14, 2017 - American Thinker

Professor Accused of Harassment Cancels Classes [on Gabriel Piterberg]
January 12, 2017 - Inside Higher Ed

Throwback Thursday: Piterberg Protests Demonstrate Student Passion That Dates Back to 1987
January 12, 2017 - The Daily Bruin (student newspaper of University of California, Los Angeles)

Piterberg's Return Exposes Dangerous Tolerance in Administration
January 12, 2017 - The Daily Bruin (student newspaper of University of California, Los Angeles)

Israel Hating Professor Shamed over Sexual Harassment [on Gabriel Piterberg]
January 12, 2017 - The Jewish Press

Israeli Prof Accused of Harassment Returns to UCLA Classroom, Prompting Protests [on Gabriel Piterberg]
January 11, 2017 - Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Protests to Continue Against UCLA Professor Accused of Sexually Assaulting Two Students [on Gabriel Piterberg]
January 11, 2017 - News.Mic

Groups Continue Protests Against History Professor Gabriel Piterberg
January 11, 2017 - The Daily Bruin (student newspaper of University of California, Los Angeles)

Students Protest UCLA Professor's Return After Sexual Misconduct [on Gabriel Piterberg]
January 10, 2017 -

Protests at UCLA Force Professor Accused of Sexual Harassment to Cancel Classes [on Gabriel Piterberg]
January 10, 2017 - New York Magazine


Is Judith Butler the New Edward Said?

By Winfield Myers | Mon, 16 Jan 2017, 2:47 PM | Permalink

Judith Butler

Edward Said became an academic rock star through his book Orientalism (1978), an attack on the conviction that scholarship results from rigorous, apolitical research rather than the adoption of trendy, nihilistic attitudes that deny the legitimacy of Western culture. Writing at American Thinker for Campus Watch, A.J. Caschetta asks if UC Berkeley philosopher and anti-Israel activist Judith Butler is the new Edward Said:

Of all the non-Middle East specialists writing on the Middle East, few have been as prolific or as indecipherable as Judith Butler. More than an academic, she has become a pop culture figure. In an age of identity politics, Butler's identity as a Marxist, feminist, lesbian practitioner of critical theory who writes prolifically about gender and transgenderism have made her among the most interviewed active college professors. But her anti-Israel advocacy has made her a star, and a possible successor to the late Edward Said, another academic whose fame rests more on tendentious scholarship and agitprop than rigorous, objective research.

To read the rest of this essay, please click here.


Barnard Prof Nadia Abu El Haj Admits BDS Targets 'Individual Scholars'

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Wed, 11 Jan 2017, 5:55 PM | Permalink

BDS movement co-founder Omar Barghouti has long claimed that the academic boycott of Israel "targets institutions, not individuals." But Barnard College professor Nada Abu El Haj admitted to a pro-BDS panel at the recent Modern Language Association (MLA) convention, "Yes, there will be a small price that individual scholars will have to pay. That is the point."


Students Protest Gabriel Piterberg's Return to UCLA After Sexual Misconduct Suspension

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Wed, 11 Jan 2017, 3:57 PM | Permalink

UCLA professor Gabriel Piterberg's return to campus after suspension for sexually harassing and assaulting two graduate students resulted in student protests, canceled classes, and a sign on his chalkboard that read, "Good morning sexual harasser." Campus Watch covered Piterberg's case, and that of UC Berkeley's Nezar AlSayyad, in December.


MLA Delegate Assembly Rejects Israel Boycott, Passes Anti-BDS Resolution

By Winfield Myers | Mon, 9 Jan 2017, 11:53 AM | Permalink

The pro-BDS resolution lost 113-79. An anti-BDS resolution passed the delegate assembly 101-93 and now goes to the executive council, which will decide whether to forward it to the full membership for a vote.


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