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Hatem Bazian

"What happens in Europe is universal; what happens somewhere else is a form of retardation that only has meaning once it is touched by a European scholar. . . . You become discovered in the same way Columbus discovered America when he was lost. . . . You have to re-frame it: Columbus did not discover America, because he was going to India. He was trying to get chicken tikka masala and he arrived there and they said, 'no, no, we only have cornbread for you.' . . . We have to rewrite history . . . the past 200 years of written history."

Hatem Bazian, director of the Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project at the University of California, Berkeley, on the alleged evils of colonialism; Press TV, January 13, 2018. (link to source)

We Couldn't Have Said it Better (archive)

Malcolm A. Kline

"If Columbia University's Center for Palestine Studies gets any more anti-Israel than it already is, it will have to register as a foreign agent."

Malcolm A. Kline, executive director of Accuracy in Academia, on the AMCHA Initiative's research demonstrating consistent anti-Israel bias among faculty in Columbia University's Center for Palestine Studies and Middle East studies departments; Accuracy in Academia, January 2, 2018. (link to source)

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The Latest on Campus

Harvard Rewards an Iranian Hate-Monger [incl. Haleh Esfandiari]
January 18, 2018 - Commentary Magazine

Portland Public Schools Adding Arabic Immersion Program
January 18, 2018 - KATU

Carleton University Would 'Be Pleased to Discuss' Giving Hassan Diab Back His Job
January 18, 2018 - Ottawa Citizen

Former Carleton Professor Freed From French French Prison [on Hassan Diab]
January 18, 2018 - The Charlatan

University of Michigan Invited Anti-Israel Activist to Speak on MLK Day [on Steven Salaita]
January 18, 2018 - Washington Free Beacon

Racism, Anti-Racism, and Orientalism at LitHub [incl. Wisam Alshaibi]
January 17, 2018 - Quillette

Hassan Diab, Canadian University Professor Once Charged With Terrorism in France, is Back in Canada
January 16, 2018 - CBC News

UC Berkeley's Vice Chancellor to Meet With Jewish Student Organizations Over Lecturer Who Re-tweeted Anti-Semitic Images [on Hatem Bazian]
January 16, 2018 - Jewish Journal

Students Express Concerns at CSG Meeting Following Steven Salaita Lecture
January 16, 2018 - The Michigan Daily

Pro-Palestinian Activist and Author Steven Salaita Talks Decolonization
January 16, 2018 - The Michigan Daily


Did Edward Said's 'Orientalism' Lead To 'Cultural Appropriation'?

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Fri, 19 Jan 2018, 7:24 PM | Permalink

Middle East Institute affiliate and Yale University sociology fellow Adam Valen Levinson is the latest victim of the anti-intellectual hysteria over "cultural appropriation," which Jonathan Kay, the author of this essay, traces back to Edward Said's "Orientalism."


University of Michigan Jewish Students Alarmed at Steven Salaita Lecture

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Thu, 18 Jan 2018, 7:25 PM | Permalink

Jewish students at the University of Michigan are accusing Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies faculty of providing a platform for anti-Semitism by inviting former academic--and notorious hate-tweeter--Steven Salaita to speak at its Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium.


Setting the Record Straight: CW Corrects Mairav Zonszein

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Wed, 17 Jan 2018, 5:40 PM | Permalink

Mairav Zonszein

Campus Watch director Winfield Myers addresses the multiple errors and tiresome clich├ęs of Mairav Zonszein in the latest addition to "Setting The Record Straight":

It's difficult to suppress an eye-roll when reading many of our critics. The song (very old) is always the same: Israel-loving Zionist haters collude to suppress free speech, attack professors who criticize Israel or defend Palestinians, and do other unspeakable things. But a brave few, a happy few, a band of others somehow manage to overcome the blackout imposed by Zionist censors to publish erroneous, misleading, hyperbolic, sanctimonious retorts (take that!) in high profile, globally-distributed publications read by millions. Yawn.

The latest champion of light to engage the forces of darkness -- er, I mean, the latest charlatan to play the victim and make laughably false charges against Campus Watch (and others) is one Mairav Zonszein, who, we are told, "wrote her MA thesis on the changing nature of what it means to be pro-Israel in the American Jewish community."

To read the entire correction, please click here.


Terrorism Case Dismissed for Former Prof Hassan Diab

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Tue, 16 Jan 2018, 5:47 PM | Permalink

Hassan Diab, a former Carleton University and University of Ottawa professor who was accused of leading the 1980 PFLP bombing of a Paris synagogue, will be released from French custody following the dismissal of his case for lack of evidence.


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