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Noura Erakat

"Rasmea Odeh embodies the progressive left agenda, and in doing so she is also a lucid example of intersectional feminism, which accounts for womanhood as a multidimensional experience."

Noura Erakat, assistant professor of international studies at George Mason University, praising Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terrorist Rasmea Odeh, who awaits deportation after her U.S. citizenship was revoked for immigration fraud for concealing her 1970 conviction in Israel for two bombings that killed two people; Jezebel, March 24, 2017. (link to source)

We Couldn't Have Said it Better (archive)

Cary Nelson

"The movement to remove 'non-political' is designed to make it easier for the organization not only to condemn Israeli policies but also, perhaps, to work collectively for the elimination of the Jewish state."

Cary Nelson, former AAUP president and prof. of English at the Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, arguing (contra U. of London visiting prof. Neve Gordon) that the Middle East Studies Association should continue describing itself as "non-political" in its bylaws; Chronicle of Higher Education, March 6, 2017. (link to source)

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The Latest on Campus

California University of Pennsylvania Starts Master's in Arabic Program
April 21, 2017 - Tribune-Review

Rollins College Professor Resigns Following Controversy [on Areej Zufari]
April 21, 2017 - West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

Arabic Program Is Offering Too Few Courses
April 20, 2017 - Kenyon Collegian

Geneseo Department of Political Science Hires Middle Eastern Studies Professor [on Raslan Ibrahim]
April 20, 2017 - The Lamron (student newspaper of Geneseo College)

Geneseo Department of Political Science Hires Middle Eastern Studies Professor
April 20, 2017 - The Lamron (student newspaper of Geneseo)

UCLA Law School Will Use a Unique $20-Million Gift to Study Armenian Genocide and Other Atrocities
April 20, 2017 - The Los Angeles Times

Wow, That Christian Student vs. Muslim Professor Case Just Won't Go Away [on Areej Zufari]
April 19, 2017 - CBN News

UCLA Human Rights Conference Confronts Genocide and its Aftermath
April 19, 2017 - News of UCLA

Lecture Explores Impact of US Foreign Policy on Mideast Studies [on Osamah Khalil]
April 19, 2017 - The Peninsula - Qatar

Muslim Professor Resigns after Christian Student Stands Up for His Faith [on Areej Zufari]
April 18, 2017 - CBN News

Blog

UCLA's Gelvin Buries Obama's Middle East Policy Failures

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Fri, 14 Apr 2017, 5:56 PM | Permalink

James Gelvin

The Trump administration's airstrikes against a Syrian military airfield following a chemical attack has focused attention on the previous president's Middle East foreign policy failures. Yet, in a lecture at UC Berkeley, UCLA professor James Gelvin persisted in downplaying Barack Obama's record regardless of the chaos it sparked. In a report for Campus Watch that appears today at the Daily Caller, Michael Lumish provides the details:

"How will history judge Barack Obama in terms of his policies and actions toward the Middle East?" asked UCLA Professor of Middle Eastern History James Gelvin at UC Berkeley. . . . Gelvin's answer to his opening question—that Obama's policies were in line with his predecessors' during the Cold War—strained credulity and mirrored the Middle East studies establishment's strategy to defend Obama's record regardless of the chaos it sparked.

To read the entire article, please click here.

 

Georgetown's Jonathan Brown Kicks Out Critic, Again

By Cinnamon Stillwell | Fri, 14 Apr 2017, 2:41 PM | Permalink

Jonathan Brown

Thin-skinned Georgetown University prof. Jonathan Brown has ejected Andrew Harrod, a correspondent for Campus Watch and Jihad Watch (JW), from an event for the second time. Harrod's crime? Being a "noted Islamophobe" who has "slandered" Brown or, in other words, a critic of the professor's apologias for Islamism. Harrod still managed to attend the next day's screening of "The Sultan and the Saint," a film that whitewashes Islamic history, and his report on both appears today at Jihad Watch.

Jonathan Brown, director of Georgetown University's Saudi-funded Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU), brooks no disagreement. Having expelled this writer from a February 7 apologist lecture on Islamic slavery that provoked nationwide outrage, Brown ejected me from another Georgetown event on March 16.

To read the entire article, please click here.

 

San Francisco State U. Partner An-Najah Still Promoting Terrorism

By Winfield Myers | Thu, 6 Apr 2017, 3:55 PM | Permalink

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat's decision to cancel a return lecture at San Francisco State University after last year's disruption highlights what he rightly calls SFSU's "continuing marginalization and demonization of the Jewish state." So, too, does the Middle East Forum/Campus Watch campaign (sign petition here) to end SFSU's Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with radical Palestinian An-Najah National University. As CW's Cinnamon Stillwell points out at the Algemeiner, Najah students are still promoting terrorism against Israel:

Last month, Palestinian Media Watch reported that Shabiba — the Palestinian Authority (PA) student movement at Najah — displayed a logo on Fatah's official Facebook page featuring a coat of arms on a "resistance" fist. The coat of arms was in the shape of the PA map, claiming all of Israel as "Palestine." It was accompanied by the violent slogan, "From the sea of blood of the martyrs, we will create a state."

Then, on March 29, Fatah's Facebook page featured Shabiba's call for a day of terror against Israel on April 17. Shabiba promised to "to burn the land under the feet of the tyrants," and threatened to replicate a previous terror attack in which 16 people were murdered.

To read the entire article, please click here.

 

Sari Nusseibeh Advocates Peace--at Least at CUNY

By Winfield Myers | Mon, 3 Apr 2017, 1:44 PM | Permalink

Sari Nusseibeh

It's noteworthy when a well-known Palestinian academic with a mixed record advocates peace while speaking English in an American university. It's also prudent to be skeptical that such good news heralds a complete change of heart, especially when the speaker is Sari Nusseibeh, whose record on such things is mixed. Campus Watch correspondent Mara Schiffren attended a recent lecture by Nusseibeh at CUNY and filed a report that appears today at The Algemeiner:

It's a strange experience to attend a panel discussion at the City University of New York (CUNY) with a former PLO representative who served under Yasser Arafat — and to find him more restrained in his language and optimistic about the current Arab-Israeli stalemate than either his fellow panelist or the audience.

Such was the case with Sari Nusseibeh, a professor of philosophy and the former president of al-Quds University in Jerusalem, who joined journalist Dan Ephron at CUNY's Leon Levy Center for a panel on Israel.

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

 

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