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Jasbir Puar

"There is a temporal shift within the asphixatory control society from a Virilian narrative of increasing speed to other forms of algorithmic, parallel, distributed, and networked time, working through suspension between states and slow attenuation, in direct contrast to the always connected ideal. In fact, slow death itself is literalized as the slowing down of Palestinian life."

Jasbir Puar, associate professor of women's and gender studies at Rutgers University, in her new anti-Israel book, "The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability." (link to source)

We Couldn't Have Said it Better (archive)

Ghanem Nuseibeh

"What is of great concern here is whether Oxford University would have acted similarly if it was another professor who was not perhaps sitting in the Qatar chair, and who had no political affiliations? The consensus among academics – both in Oxford and outside – is that Oxford should have suspended Ramadan as soon as the allegations were first made. Westminster has expelled politicians for much lesser crimes. And you'd expect a university like Oxford to be one step ahead in putting down the moral foot."

Ghanem Nuseibeh, senior visiting fellow at King's College, London, on Oxford's response to charges of rape and sexual assault against Tariq Ramadan, the Qatari-funded H.H. Shaykh Hamad bin Khalifa Chair in Contemporary Islamic Thought; "An Oxford Quad Falls Silent Amid Tariq Ramadan Rape Allegations"; The National, November 9, 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

Duke University and the Problem of Antisemitism [incl. Jasbir Puar]
December 14, 2017 - The Algemeiner

Professors at Jerusalem Fund Conference Slander Israel on All Fronts
December 14, 2017 - The Algemeiner

Anti-Semitic Language Has No Place at UC Berkeley
December 12, 2017 - East Bay Times

Reza Aslan's Human God
December 12, 2017 - Los Angeles Review of Books

National Security Starts at Home
December 12, 2017 - The American Spectator

From One Dehumanized God to Pantheism [on Reza Aslan]
December 12, 2017 - The Huffington Post

Breach of Duty or Legal Overreach? [incl, Jasbir Puar]
December 11, 2017 - Inside Higher Ed

'P is for Palestine' Author Got One Thing Right [on Golbarg Bashi]
December 11, 2017 - JNS.org

Rutgers Hillel Welcomes University's Action Following Professor's Anti-Semitic Remarks [incl. Jasbir Puar]
December 11, 2017 - MyCentralJersey.com

The Department of Judaic Studies Makes a Disappointing Decision
December 11, 2017 - The Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Blog

Professors at Jerusalem Fund Conference Slander Israel on All Fronts

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Fri, 15 Dec 2017, 2:46 PM | Permalink

Lawrence Davidson

Campus Watch Fellow Andrew Harrod reports on the day-long hate-fest against Israel known as the Jerusalem Fund annual conference. His article is posted at the Algemeiner:

"Israel and the Zionist project are anachronisms; much like white South Africa was an anachronism," announced retired West Chester University professor Lawrence Davidson on November 17 in Washington, DC. His comment—before about seventy listeners at the Jerusalem Fund's annual conference, titled "The Palestinian Struggle: Adversity on All Fronts"—typified the day-long hate-fest against Israel promoted by Middle East studies academics, and their allies in policy and media circles.

Building on his history of anti-Zionist activism, Davidson used the 2017 centenary of the 1917 British Balfour Declaration to attack Israel's rebirth. He condemned the first international recognition of a renewed Jewish homeland in the Holy Land as an "imperial and colonial document in which a European power promised a non-European parcel of land to another European people."

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New Campus Watch Report Details Growing Radicalization of Georgetown University's Middle East Studies Faculty

By Winfield Myers | Fri, 8 Dec 2017, 1:19 PM | Permalink

Georgetown's Middle East studies faculty are perhaps the most radical and intolerant in the U.S.

"Islamists, Apologists, and Fellow Travelers: Middle East Studies Faculty at Georgetown University," a new in-depth study published by Campus Watch, exposes the growing radicalization of Georgetown University's Middle East studies (MES) faculty over several decades. The Georgetown Review, a student-written publication at the school, broke the story Monday. Accuracy in Academia summed up the study's grim conclusions: "Amid years of reports that Georgetown's Middle East Studies program was being compromised by apologists for violent extremists, if not outright terrorists, the school has, if anything, doubled down on its approach."

The report details how, from the 1970s until today, Georgetown professors have worked successfully to change the terms of debate over the Middle East, American foreign policy, Israel, the growth of Islamism, and threats emanating from the region. The nefarious shift has leveraged the widespread adoption of postcolonial discourse, popularized by the late Edward Said's 1978 book Orientalism, to cast the West and Israel as imperialist villains who subjugate and victimize the Muslim majorities throughout the Middle East.

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UC Berkeley Faculty Oppose Hatem Bazian's 'Anti-Semitic Expressions'

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Thu, 7 Dec 2017, 2:57 PM | Permalink

Sixteen UC Berkeley faculty members, including Near Eastern studies professors, have signed an open letter opposing colleague Hatem Bazian's "efforts to 'normalize' anti-Semitic expressions."

 

Cal State Prof Imad Bayoun Praises the 'Fathers of Modern Jihadism'

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Wed, 6 Dec 2017, 3:46 PM | Permalink

Imad Bayoun, a CSUSB prof. and lecturer for the Muslim Brotherhood-connected Muslim American Society, has praised MB founder Hassan al-Banna and Islamist ideologue Sayyid Qutb, whose writings inspired Osama bin Laden. In other words, Bayoun openly embraces the founding "fathers of modern jihadism."

 

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