Middle East studies in the News
Professor: Zionist 'Master Thieves' Have 'Infiltrated' Women's March [on Hamid Dabashi]
by Adam Sabes
A Columbia University professor recently declared that the Women's March movement has become "deeply infiltrated" by "Zionists," whom he called "master thieves."
In a Facebook post on January 21—one day after the latest Women's March—Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature professor Hamid Dabashi compared the feminist, anti-Trump movement to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, saying that Zionists "infiltrated" each in order to "twist it to the advantage of Israel."
"The Woman's (sic) March has now emerged as a major movement in the US and of course the Zionists have deeply infiltrated it the way they infiltrated the Civil rights Movement of the 1960s and sought to twist it to the advantage of Israel," Dabashi writes, demonizing Jewish actress Scarlett Johansson, who spoke at the Women's March in Los Angeles, as a "violent Zionist deeply committed to the systemic theft of Palestine and the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from their homeland."
As evidence, he observes that Johansson "appears on commercials selling Israeli products made on the stolen and occupied Palestinians lands," leading him to conclude that "her appearance on [sic] Women's March rallies deeply compromises the moral authority of the movement."
Dabashi is not alone in his belief that Johansson represents a deliberate effort to infiltrate the Women's March movement on behalf of Israel.
According to Forward, the Palestinian American Women's Association and several other pro-Palestinian groups staged a boycott of the Los Angeles Women's March to protest the inclusion of Johansson as a speaker.
Dabashi, however, contends in his Facebook post that the backlash against "this pernicious infiltration and appropriation of the movement" must not come solely from Arabs and Muslims.
"A progressive intersectional fraction of the Women's March (far beyond its Arab and Muslim components) must immediately and categorically denounce this pernicious infiltration and appropriation of the movement and insist on raising the picture of Ahed Tamimi in EVERY AND ALL such rallies," he insists, referring to a Palestinian activist known for confronting Israeli soldiers.
After proclaiming that such an "intersectional" approach is necessary for the Women's March "to have any credibility beyond its Zionist streak," Dabashi concludes by warning his ideological compatriots to be wary of Zionists, broadly.
"Zionists are master thieves," he asserts, saying, "they steal Palestinian land and culture, they steal Jewish history and heritage, and they steal every progressive movement to twist it to their advantage—beware!"
Campus Reform has reached out to both Dabashi and Columbia University for comment, but has not received a response from either.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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