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Nina Tannenwald

"The incident provides a window into everything that is wrong with the Israeli occupation: the cycles of revenge killing, the settler colonialism enabled by Americans, Palestinian despair that turns to violence, and the takeover of Jewish values by extremist ideologies."

Nina Tannenwald, director of the International Relations Program at Brown University's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, on the Palestinian terrorist stabbing murder of 13-year-old Israeli girl Hallel Yaffa Ariel while she slept; "It's the Occupation, Stupid," The Providence Journal, July 14, 2016. (link to source)

We Couldn't Have Said it Better (archive)

William Jacobson

"The Turkish academic purge raises a test for the anti-Israel academic boycotters. Will they devote themselves this coming academic season to an academic boycott of Turkish Universities, in addition to other majority-Muslim nations where minorities are repressed and academic freedom stifled?"

William A. Jacobson, Clinical Professor of Law at Cornell Law School and founder of the Legal Insurrection blog, on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's post-coup purge of Turkish academics; Legal Insurrection, July 20, 2016. (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

What's So Un-Islamic About ISIS?
August 23, 2016 - American Thinker

From the Annals of an Israel Hater: Richard Falk Speaks
August 21, 2016 - Arutz Sheva

Macmillan Geography Textbook Filled With Anti-Israel Lies: "Jews Were First Modern Terrorists," Palestinian Terror Justified
August 18, 2016 - Elder of Ziyon Blog

CSUSB Celebrates Ten Years of Arabic Language Program [incl. Dany Doueiri and Gaby Semaan]
August 17, 2016 - Highland Community News

What Do American Schools Teach about Islam? PC or Nothing
August 16, 2016 - The Federalist

Prominent Iranian Human Rights Activist to Teach at CSUN in the Fall [incl. Nayereh Tohidi]
August 15, 2016 - CSUN Today (News of California State University, Northridge)

Islam's "Quiet Conquest" of Europe [incl. Tariq Ramadan]
August 10, 2016 - Gatestone Institute

Brown U. Academic Uses Stabbing Murder of 13-Year-Old Israeli Girl to Demand Sanctions on Israel [on Nina Tannenwald]
August 10, 2016 - Legal Insurrection

Anti-Israel Blacklisters Complain They Are Unfairly Being Blacklisted [incl. Steven Salaita, David Palumbo-Liu, Robin D.G. Kelley]
August 8, 2016 - Legal Insurrection

Lecture Topples Myths About Islam in Early America [on Denise Spellberg]
August 5, 2016 - The Philadelphia Tribune


What's So Un-Islamic About ISIS?

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Tue, 23 Aug 2016, 12:33 PM | Permalink

In the latest Campus Watch research, appearing today at American Thinker, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary professor Ayman S. Ibrahim demonstrates that, despite Western scholars' insistence that ISIS is "un-Islamic," the terrorist group reflects a specific interpretation of Islam that is both legitimate and consistent with Muslim sacred texts and classical exegesis:

In each horrifying operation executed by ISIS, the radical terrorist group uses every possible way to convey its Islamic identity. They make sure the world sees and hears what they believe and seek, emphasizing plainly their religious motivation. However, in each of these instances, we immediately, and almost automatically, hear some Western "scholars" insist that everything about ISIS is un-Islamic. We also hear that ISIS's version of Islam "is not in accordance with the Quran, the traditions of the Prophet or even with Islamic Law," and that "No religion, including Islam, preaches indiscriminate violence against innocents."

To read the entire article, please click here.


Ibrahim Kalin: Erdoğan's U.S.-Trained Enforcer

By Winfield Myers | Tue, 2 Aug 2016, 1:48 PM | Permalink

Ibrahim Kalin

Ibrahim Kalin is a lamentable (but predictable) expression of the American Middle East studies establishment's decades-long embrace of Islamist doctrines and propaganda. A U.S.-trained specialist in Islam and the Middle East, Kalin is the unabashed official apologist for Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, a textbook Islamist who is currently crushing all domestic dissent in the aftermath of the failed coup of July 15. Writing for Campus Watch, journalist Stephen Schwartz exposes Kalin's shameful actions at the Independent Journal Review:

A "weaponized academic" trained in the U.S. has risen to become Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's "deputy undersecretary and senior advisor," yet another servant for Islamist ideology produced by the American Middle East studies industry.

Ibrahim Kalin received his doctorate in Middle East Studies/Islamic Studies from George Washington University and is a senior fellow with the Saudi-funded Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU) at Georgetown University. He taught at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., from 2002 to 2005.

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


Middle East Studies Implicated in AMCHA's Campus Anti-Semitism Report

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Thu, 28 Jul 2016, 6:56 PM | Permalink

Rabab Abdulhadi

The AMCHA Initiative's recently released "Report on Antisemitic Activity During the First Half of 2016 At U.S. Colleges and Universities With the Largest Jewish Undergraduate Populations" exposes the bias and politicization afflicting the field of Middle East studies.

The report finds a direct correlation between campus anti-Semitism and the "presence of one or more faculty who have endorsed an academic boycott of Israel," which, given the large number of Middle East studies academics who are boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) supporters or organizers, serves as a strong indictment of the field.

Moreover, the report notes a sharp rise in campus incidents that "contained expression opposing the existence of Israel as a Jewish state" and, as an example, cites a March 2016 event in which San Francisco State University's Rabab Abdulhadi--a founding member of the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel--proclaimed that "Zionism is racism" and "there can only be peace if Israel is defeated." It also references an event the same month sponsored by Brown University's Middle East Studies Department and featuring its director, Beshara Doumani, and Israeli Knesset member Haneen Zoabi, who declared in her keynote speech that "the main opposition to democracy [in Israel] is the definition of Israel as a Jewish state."

While faculty who help foster campus anti-Semitism hail from all disciplines, the centrality of Middle East studies academics cannot be ignored. Tasked with providing an education based on objective analysis, too many of these professors are instead contributing to a climate in which Jewish and pro-Israel students feel ignored and victimized. They claim their single-minded obsession with the world's lone Jewish state does not constitute anti-Semitism, but when that is the effect, such protestations ring hollow.

Cinnamon Stillwell is the West Coast representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum. She can be reached at


Sharia Advocate & USC Prof Sherman Jackson Opens DNC

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Wed, 27 Jul 2016, 3:46 PM | Permalink

Breitbart notes that Sherman Jackson (aka Abdal Hakim Jackson), "an Islamic fundamentalist who rejects any acceptance of homosexual sex" and who "defended jihad and pre-modern Islamic punishments," opened the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday. Jackson holds the King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture at the University of Southern California and, as Campus Watch has pointed out, he advocates implementing sharia (Islamic) law in America, including barbaric practices such as stoning, flogging, and amputation.

Of all the speakers to pick in order to prove their diversity, they found not a moderate Muslim to represent America's Muslims, but a fire-breathing Islamist who champions severe punishments of sharia.


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