Middle East studies in the News
Al-Jazeera Publishes, Pulls, Then Reposts Joseph Massad Piece
by Joe Winkler
On May 14, al-Jazeera published a long Op-Ed from Columbia University's Joseph Massad entitled, "The Last of the Semites." Massad wrote:
Massad's argument, that Zionism is a form of anti-Semitism, ignited considerable backlash. On Twitter, Jeffrey Goldberg said the piece was "one of the most anti-Jewish screeds in recent memory." Journalist Liam Hoare wrote that Massad's view boils down to "a total perversion of Jewish history and what Herzl actually thought and wrote."
Consequently, without a clear explanation, Al-Jazeera removed the piece, but then, after being accused of bowing to outside pressure, put it up again with an apology: "We should have handled this better, and we have learned lessons that will enable us to maintain the highest standards of journalistic integrity."
In response to this perceived act of censorship, Ali Abunimah, creator of the website Electric Intifada, wrote a long post of his own decrying the censorship.
The Jerusalem Post has a more in-depth round up on the matter here.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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