Middle East studies in the News
Cal. State Prof: 'The Arab World Will Never Prosper Until the Zionist Regime is Removed!' [on As'ad AbuKhalil]
by Moshe Phillips
A California State University political science professor named As'ad AbuKhalil addressed an Orange County California anti-Israel conference recently and stated among other things:
AbuKhalil was speaking before a group called the Palestinian American Women's Association of California (PAWA). AbuKhalil was only scheduled to speak after it was announced that Helen Thomas would only address the meeting by video due to health issues. (See my previous article about the planning of the PAWA conference.)
PAWA must have worked pretty hard to find a speaker that would say things that would make Helen Thomas look tame: but they did.
AbuKhalil calls his blog – wait for it — the Angry Arab News Service: http://angryarab.blogspot.com/.
On the blog AbuKhalil uses the term Zionist as his most frequent pejorative. Here is a posting from April 9, 2011:
What is AbuKhalil's opinion of Hezbollah, which during the Second Lebanon War created a state within a state in Lebanon and controls the country's foreign policy? They are, in AbuKhalil's estimation, a "few hundred Lebanese irregulars bravely resist[ing] Israeli aggression."
But of course AbuKhalil at least gestures toward a desire for interfaith relations between Israel and the Muslim world, right?
OK, so he wants good interfaith relations after the "demise" of 6 million Jews.
As FrontPage Magazine has shown, California has become a breeding ground for the worst anti-Israel hostility on campus. It is shocking to see that a professor every bit as wrong-headed and hate-filled as Ward Churchill has flown under the radar for so long.
The question remains how many other As'ad AbuKhalils are teaching on America's college campuses and rooting for the destruction of Israel?Note: Articles listed under "Middle East studies in the News" provide information on current developments concerning Middle East studies on North American campuses. These reports do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch and do not necessarily correspond to Campus Watch's critique.
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