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Juan Cole

"I'm hoping that the Pentagon follows [Ariana] Grande's Twitter feed. Because she nailed it."

Juan Cole, University of Michigan history professor, encouraging the Pentagon to use pop singer Ariana Grande's statement after the Manchester attack, "We will not quit or operate in fear. We won't let this divide us. We won't let hate win," as a guide to fighting terrorism; The Nation, May 31, 2017. (link to source)

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Charles Lipson

"[Juan] Cole has earned a reputation for vitriolic criticism of the United States and even more vitriolic hatred of Israel. He is a poster child for everything that is wrong with Middle Eastern studies in US universities."

Charles Lipson, University of Chicago political science professor, commenting on an article from University of Michigan history professor Juan Cole titled, "Ariana Grande Understands Counterterrorism Better Than Jim Mattis"; ZipDialog, June 1, 2017. (link to source)

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The Latest on Campus

Professors Spin Conspiracies at Cal State-Fresno
June 25, 2017 - The Algemeiner

The 'Disinvited': King Fahd Center Flare Up Does Some Damage [incl. Ted Swedenburg, Joel Gordon, Mohja Kahf, Tom Paradise]
June 24, 2017 - Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette

Harvard University Appoints First Muslim Chaplain After 5 Months of Search [on Khalil Abdur-Rashid]
June 22, 2017 - Daily Sabah

Harvard Appoints First Muslim Chaplain [on Khalil Abdur-Rashid]
June 22, 2017 - Harvard Crimson

Harvard Appoints Muslim Chaplain [on Khalil Abdur-Rashid]
June 21, 2017 - Harvard Gazette

Anti-Israel Conspiracy Theories At A California College [incl. Vida Samiian]
June 20, 2017 - Forward

AAUP Adds Two Institutions, Removes Two From Censure List [incl. Steven Salaita]
June 19, 2017 - Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Off and On the Censure List [incl. Steven Salaita]
June 19, 2017 - Inside Higher Ed

San Francisco State University Fosters Anti-Semitism, Lawsuit Alleges
June 19, 2017 - The Mercury News

University of Arkansas Professor Quits Post After Talk Flap [on Tom Paradise]
June 17, 2017 - Arkansas Online


Lawsuit Brings Day of Reckoning to SFSU's Rabab Abdulhadi

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Thu, 22 Jun 2017, 7:31 PM | Permalink

If you haven't already, please click here to sign a petition calling for San Francisco State University (SFSU) to end its Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with An-Najah University in the West Bank. If you've already signed, please share the petition with others.

Rabab Abdulhadi

Rabab Abdulhadi, director of San Francisco State University (SFSU)'s Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diaspora Initiative (AMED) and a founding member of the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, is feeling the heat.

The Lawfare Project is filing a lawsuit—in which Abdulhadi is named—against SFSU alleging "a long and extensive history of cultivating anti-Semitism and overt discrimination against Jewish students." At the same time, the Middle East Forum/Campus Watch (MEF/CW) campaign to end SFSU's Abdulhadi-brokered Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with terror-promoting Palestinian university An-Najah presses forward.

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At UCLA, When 'Nakba' Fails, Switch to 'Naksa'

By Winfield Myers | Fri, 16 Jun 2017, 11:00 AM | Permalink

(L-R) Uzi Narkis, Moshe Dayan, & Yitzhak Rabin enter the Old City at Jerusalem's liberation.

Change the language people use, and you'll change the way they think. Part of the historical revisionism through which the Middle East studies establishment attempts to delegitimize the state of Israel includes introducing new terms to reverse readings of history that are accurate and therefore, for anti-Israel scholars, impediments to achieving their goals. As Eric Golub demonstrates in a Campus Watch report published yesterday in The Algemeiner, the latest of these is "Naksa":

Keeping up with anti-Israel buzz words is a full-time job. UCLA's notoriously biased Center for Near East Studies recently held a conference whose title caused a double take: "The Naksa at 50: Nostalgia and Memory in the Middle East and Beyond." Naksa?

While the term "Nakba" — Arabic for "catastrophe," which refers to Israel's creation in 1948 — is fairly well-known, "Naksa" is less familiar. It refers to the "setback" experienced by the Palestinians when the Arab world lost the 1967 war that it initiated against Israel.

While the speakers at the UCLA "Naksa" conference remained upbeat, the audience sat silently and solemnly. Many of the approximately 12 students in attendance gradually trickled out well before the entire 90 minutes was up, but an equal number of elderly academics in the audience remained.

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Intolerant Profs Decry 'Islamophobia' While Whitewashing Jihad Terrorism

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Thu, 15 Jun 2017, 7:47 PM | Permalink

Nader Hashemi

At the Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy's annual conference in Washington, D.C., Middle East studies professors like Georgetown University's John Esposito displayed the field's propensity for downplaying Islamist terrorism and smearing critics. University of Denver prof. Nader Hashemi went so far as to call out audience member and Campus Watch Fellow Andrew Harrod by name, accusing him of being a card-carrying member of the "Islamophobic industry." Harrod describes the experience at Jihad Watch:

Nader Hashemi's opening remark of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy's (CSID) annual conference, held last month at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC, dripped with the sophistry and hostility that saturated the event. "There is a good presence here today, including members of the Islamophobic industry. Andrew Harrod, I see, is in the audience," sneered the University of Denver professor of Middle East studies (MES) in reference to this author's attendance.

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Georgetown's Jonathan Brown Plays Defense For Islamic Supremacism

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Fri, 26 May 2017, 3:50 PM | Permalink

Jonathan Brown

Speaking an event devoted to interfaith "bridge building," Georgetown University Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding director Jonathan Brown not only revived his notorious justifications for Islamic slavery, he advocated Islamic supremacy over non-Muslims, male superiority over women, and the Quran's "master-slave relationship between God and man." Campus Watch contributor Andrew Harrod's disturbing report appears today at the Daily Caller:

In conjunction with Cambridge University Professor Philip Sheldrake, a Christian, the American Muslim convert Brown slavishly addressed "Power: Divine and Human—Christian and Muslim Perspectives" in a manner hardly flattering to Islam. He noted that "in the Quran, God's power is the superlative of all superlatives, it is total, absolute, and without exception." Correspondingly, the "word that the Quran uses over and over to refer to human beings" is the "slaves of God."

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