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Howler of the Month (archive)

Hamid Dabashi

"The New York Times today is integral to a massive Islamophobic machinery that marks Islam and Muslim as the diabolic enemy of history, of humanity, and of all manners and claims to a civilized life."

Hamid Dabashi, prof. of Iranian Studies at Columbia University, objecting to Asra Q. Nomani's New York Times blog, "Could This Be the Harvey Weinstein of Islam," on allegations of rape against Swiss Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan; "'The Harvey Weinstein of Islam' - Anyone?"; Al-Jazeera, October 23, 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

Muslim Scholar Accused of 'Raping, Harassing' Tunisian-Algerian Feminist [incl. Tariq Ramadan]
October 23, 2017 - GkMen

Speaker at Center for Jewish History Violently Denounces Israel [incl. David N. Myers]
October 23, 2017 -

Tariq Ramadan Denies Rape Accusation, Files Complaint Against Accuser
October 23, 2017 - Morocco World News

SAALT, CAIR Condemn Southwest Airlines' Racial and Religious Profiling of Muslim Professor [on Anila Daulatzai]
October 23, 2017 - SAALT

Islamic Studies Institute in the Spotlight Following Abuse Allegations Against Professor
October 23, 2017 - The McGill Daily

Civil Rights Groups Ask Charges To Be Dropped Against Pregnant, Muslim MICA Teacher Removed From SW Flight [on Anila Daulatzai]
October 23, 2017 - WJZ-TV (CBS) Baltimore

Who is Henda Ayari, the Woman Accusing Islamist Tariq Ramadan of Rape?
October 22, 2017 - Al Arabiya

#MeToo: French Author Accuses Prominent Religious Scholar Of Rape [on Tariq Ramadan]
October 22, 2017 -

I'm the victim of public lynching, says Oxford don 'rape victim': French writer who accused professor of sex attack is branded a liar as she warns of 'David and Goliath' battle to prove her claims [on Tariq Ramadan]
October 22, 2017 - Daily Mail (U.K.)

Leading Oxford Academic in Islamic Studies Denies Rape Accusation by French Writer [on Tariq Ramadan]
October 22, 2017 - iNews


Middle East Studies Profs Gone Bad

By Winfield Myers | Thu, 12 Oct 2017, 12:59 PM | Permalink

Anila Daulatzai

When Maryland Institute College of Art professor Anila Daulatzai was forcibly removed from a Southwest Airlines flight for lying about having a life-threatening allergy to the two dogs in the cabin, she joined the growing ranks of Middle East studies academics who run afoul of the law. Campus Watch's Cinnamon Stillwell provides the disturbing details at American Thinker:

"I'm a professor!" So cried Maryland Institute College of Art professor Anila Daulatzai as she was forcibly removed from a Southwest Airlines flight for lying about having a life-threatening allergy to the two dogs in the cabin. Unable to provide the required medical certificate, Daulatzai, who had demanded the dogs be removed, then refused to leave the plane. Daulatzai's Muslim faith was the likely cause of her aversion to dogs, but it was her dishonesty and unwillingness to cooperate that ended in her arrest.

A former visiting assistant professor of Islamic studies at Harvard Divinity School, Daulatzai has joined the growing ranks of Middle East studies academics who run afoul of the law. Their misdeeds, which range from sexual harassment to domestic abuse and murder to terrorism, demonstrate that being "a professor" is no barrier to criminality.

To read the entire article, please click here.


Middle East Studies Profs Head to Turkey, Academic Freedom Be Damned

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Wed, 11 Oct 2017, 12:38 PM | Permalink

Sami Al-Arian

"Turkey seemed like a natural home for me, especially with its current leadership." So declared Sami Al-Arian, the former University of South Florida professor, of Turkey's Islamist and increasingly autocratic president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Al-Arian was deported to Turkey in 2015 by the terms of a 2006 guilty plea for his involvement with Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Given Al-Arian's Islamist proclivities, it's not surprising that he feels at home in Erdoğan's Turkey, nor that his like-minded U.S.-based Middle East studies friends joined him for the October 8-10 "International Conference on the Muslim Ummah" at Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University, where Al-Arian is director of the Center for Islam and Global Affairs.

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Update on MEF Petition to End SFSU's Partnership with An-Najah University

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Mon, 9 Oct 2017, 7:59 PM | Permalink

Rabab Abdulhadi

The Middle East Forum's petition to end San Francisco State University (SFSU)'s memorandum of understanding (MOU) with An-Najah University in the West Bank has over 2,850 signatures!

Meanwhile, MOU architect and anti-Israel SFSU professor Rabab Abdulhadi is feeling the pressure. At a September 2017 SFSU conference covered by Campus Watch, she complained about the Forum "attacking her" with tweets and articles, while making paranoid, unsubstantiated claims about Israeli soldiers "intimidating and harassing" her on campus.

She dismissed concerns about the well-documented history of terrorism and anti-Semitism at Najah and warned SFSU's administration against bowing to "Zionist pressure." Spewing anti-Semitism, Abdulhadi attacked the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) for condemning the notorious disruption of Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barakat's 2016 SFSU talk.

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The Zionists are Coming! Panic at San Francisco State U.

By Winfield Myers | Sat, 7 Oct 2017, 4:14 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

San Francisco State University (SFSU) professor Rabab Abdulhadi and fellow anti-Israel activists are in a panic because "the Zionists" are fighting back. At American Thinker, Campus Watch West Coast representative Cinnamon Stillwell reports on a recent SFSU conference at which there was much hand-wringing over the Middle East Forum's campaign to end SFSU's partnership with terror-friendly An-Najah University:

In the fevered imagination of the academic left, these are dark days at San Francisco State University (SFSU). Speakers at a two-day conference, "Rights and Wrongs: A Constitution and Citizenship Day Conference at San Francisco State University," described a campus where a "corporatist" administration is at war with its faculty; Arab-American professors are afraid to walk alone on campus; ethnic student organizations are consigned to the dank student center basement; "Zionists" lie in wait to pounce on innocent, beleaguered proponents of "Palestine"; and "white supremacy" rules. All at one of the most radical universities in the nation.

Leading these lamentations was the director of SFSU's Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative (AMED), Rabab Abdulhadi, whose anti-Israel activism is coming back to haunt her.

To read the entire article, please click here.


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