Middle East studies in the News
BDS Advocate Headed on College Book Tour Next Year [incl. Hatem Bazian]
A major advocate of levying boycott, divestment, and sanctions against Israel who has a history of publishing anti-Semitic comments on social media, is headed on a book tour next year, with expected stops at multiple universities.
Miko Peled, an Israeli anti-Zionist who recently said "Zionists should be treated like Nazis," did not confirm dates or locations for his upcoming tour, but told the Washington Free Beacon he would be appearing "at many campuses."
Peled will be promoting his forthcoming book, Injustice: The Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five, in which he purports to reveal the true story behind the 2004 terror financing trial that found leaders of what was then the largest Islamic charity in the United States guilty of funneling millions to the Hamas terror organization.
Blurbs for the book include one from former New York Times reporter Chris Hedges, who is quoted as saying, "Peled shines a light on one of the most egregious cases of injustice committed to date against Muslim leaders in the United States."
Plaudits also come from University of California-Berkeley lecturer Hatem Bazian—pressured to apologize last week for retweeting anti-Semitic memes—who applauded Peled for writing the book as "a part of a long journey toward doing acts of justice that in a small way can contribute to putting Palestine back on the map," according to the book's publisher.
After the Holy Land Foundation folded, many of its top supporters migrated to Bazian's organization, American Muslims for Palestine (AMP). Peled participated at the AMP national conference last week, themed, "100 Years Since Balfour: The Movement Continues."
Peled has been a controversial figure on campuses both in the United States and abroad. In September 2016, he was disinvited by Palestinian activist student clubs at Princeton University and San Diego State University when he called Jews "sleazy thieves" on his very active Twitter account. Drew University's Students for Justice in Palestine went ahead with a scheduled program despite Peled's controversial post, which remains published.
He told the Free Beacon about his upcoming tour, "I expect no problems."
Peled spoke earlier this month at the University College of London, alongside Hamas supporter Azzam Tamimi, where he made the comparison between people who support Israel's right to exist and the Third Reich.
More recently, he posted in response to the massacre of over 300 worshippers at an Egyptian mosque by an Islamic extremist: "As we mourn the loss of innocents in northern Sinai we must remember that this terrorism is a direct result of the regional instability caused by #Sisi and his criminal collaboration w #Israel."
On Tuesday Peled tweeted to his thousands of followers, "Stench is the legacy of Zionism."
Peled is also a contributor to the online American Herald Tribune, whose editor-in-chief, Anthony Hall, was recently reinstated as a professor of globalization studies and liberal education at Canada's University of Lethbridge, after a suspension and investigation last year for comments he made that were considered anti-Semitic, including his suggestion that the facts of Holocaust should be up for debate and blaming Israel for the 9/11 terror attacks.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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