Middle East studies in the News
Academia's Attack On Israel
by Alex Nitzberg
Students and professors propagate anti-Israel ideology at America's college campuses, harshly lambasting the Jewish State, Dr. Richard Cravatts explained during an interview on The Alex Nitzberg Show. Dr. Cravatts is the author of Genocidal Liberalism: The University's Jihad Against Israel & Jews.
The Muslim Brotherhood spawned Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and The Muslim Student Association (MSA) "as beachheads on American campuses" for the purposes of advancing Islam, undermining America and altering people's views of America and Israel, Dr. Cravatts explained, noting that he does not know if they maintain "a direct line of influence currently" to the Muslim Brotherhood.
According to Dr. Cravatts, people including members of SJP, and another group called Jewish Voice for Peace, and other activists, have chanted: "Intifada, intifada, long live intifada." As he explained: "An intifada is a uprising in which Jews are murdered randomly, not Jewish soldiers, but Jews in discos and pizza parlors and cafes minding their own business and leading their own lives."
Calling this "grotesque," he noted the inevitable and appropriate outrage that would ensue if activists called for "stringing up black people and sending them back to Africa" or supported the murdering of Mexicans who illegally entered America. "But when people say that about Israel and calling for the murder of Jews, there's an interesting silence on campus ... " he said, noting that this reveals "how profoundly deadly this animus towards Israel on campus actually is."
Dr. Cravatts deems SJP an "anti-Israel group" rather than a "pro-Palestinian group" because they denigrate Israel and its supporters rather than working to promote Palestinian welfare. He said the SJP chapter at Binghamton University seeks to oppose Zionism by forbidding any SJP involvement with pro-Israel groups and by disrupting pro-Israel speakers.
According to Dr. Cravatts, the anti-Israel forces on campus hold to a false view of history, asserting that Jews have no right to the land of Israel and " ... that they're colonial occupiers who showed up from Europe after World War II," purloining property that "was Palestinian land." He continued: "It was never Palestinian land, because there was never a Palestinian people."
"Where are the concentration camps?" Dr. Cravatts queried in response to the accusations that Israel is comparable to the German Nazis and guilty of committing genocide. Noting that the Palestinians have increased over time to five or six million, Dr. Cravatts said, "If that's a genocide being perpetrated by Israel, they're doing a very bad job of it."
He also discussed Middle East Studies departments at American colleges, explaining that they were formed "with grants from the US government as a way of creating experts who could help diplomats and the US government understand the Middle East ... " and warn about potential issues related to the region.
However, he says these departments teem with anti-Israel, anti-American professors who " ... are so obsessed with the defects of the West and the defects of democracies in the Middle East like Israel and they are so anti-American and blame so much on imperialism and colonialism that their" work did not identify and warn about the issues that emanated from the Middle East.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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