Middle East studies in the News
Hamas in the Classroom [on Joseph Massad]
Manly's Republic Blog
If anyone ever harbored doubts about the jaundiced, America-hating, knee-jerk anti-Semitic world view of higher academia in the U.S. today, they need look no farther than Columbia University in New York which, last year, feted the Diminutive Dictator of Tehran and Jew Hater Extraordinaire, Mahmoud Achmadinejad in the wake of the latter's visit to the U.N.
The latest outrage come to us courtesy of The New York Daily News by way of Mike J. Apparently, Columbia University has granted tenure to a Jordanian-born Palestinian named Joseph Massad who teaches in the department of Middle East and Asian languages and cultures.
In 2005 Prof. Massad threatened to banish from his classroom a student who challenged his assertion that Israel was committing atrocities against the Palestinians. Although a subsequent investigation determined that he "exceeded commonly accepted bound" of teaching, no further action was taken.
On another occasion he challenged a student who happened to be a former Israeli soldier to tell him how many Palestinians he had killed.
In spite of all of this - and perhaps as a result of it - Columbia apparently granted tenure to this crackpot anti-Semite, if we are to believe the rantings of another Jew-hating crackpot.
I would say they certainly owe an apology to the segments of the Jewish community that aren't consumed with hatred for themselves and for Israel. Even then, I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for that apology.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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