Middle East studies in the News
'Palestinian' Professor Who Terrorized Students Gets Tenure At Columbia? [on Joseph Massad]
Israel Matzav Blog
The New York Daily News reports that Columbia College would neither confirm nor deny reports that Joseph Massad, a 'Palestinian' professor who terrorized students in his classroom, has been granted tenure by the university.
In a message addressed "to all the Zionist hoodlums out there," As'ad AbuKhalil wrote that "dear Joseph Massad deservedly received his tenure." This happened, he went on, despite "dirty tricks" and "sinister propaganda" by said Zionist hoodlums.
The Daily News explains why Massad has no place on an American university campus.
Massad is a Jordanian-born Palestinian who teaches in the department of Middle East and Asian languages and cultures. That he does not belong in Morningside Heights became clear in 2005, when a university investigation concluded he "exceeded commonly accepted bounds" of teaching.
And you thought he was 'only' anti-Israel and not an anti-Semite. No, that excuse won't work this time either.
For those of who wonder why Khaled Abu Toameh writes that American college campuses are more pro-Hamas than the 'Palestinians' themselves, mentors like Massad are a reason why.
As many of you know already, I am an alumnus of Columbia College. If Massad has been granted tenure, it's disgraceful. Yesterday, I had an email from a college classmate who lives in Israel bemoaning the fact that for the second year in a row, no Israelis (or 'Palestinians' from the 'Palestinian Authority') were accepted to Columbia College.
Columbia enjoyed another record increase in applications, and an exponential increase in applications from overseas students. Acceptance rate hovered at the previous record rate of 7%, once again representing the most selective rate of applicants/acceptances in the Ivy League.
While there is much that could be improved in Israeli education, I am happy that no Israelis will be attending Columbia. There are enough anti-Israel professors on our own campuses without sending our best and brightest to study under the likes of Massad.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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