Middle East studies in the News
U.S. Colleges Hire Terrorist Supporters [incl. Joseph Massad]
by Richard Shulman
Bernardine Dohrn and her husband, William Ayres [a friend of Pres. Obama), were terrorist fugitives for ten years, she on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List. When they co-commanded the Weather Underground, it committed sixteen bombings in the U.S.. She said they wanted to disrupt the U.S. In "1980, terror charges against them were dropped due to a technicality."
The pair had not "the slightest remorse for their actions." In 1998, she told ABC News, that, "We'd do it again. I wish we had done more. I wish we had been more militant." [Her husband recently said he still approved of what he did.]
What are they doing now? He is an education professor. "Now she's a law professor at Northwestern University Law School, where she teaches a course on law and the Palestinian conflict with Israel."
"Throughout the U.S., supporters of Palestinian terrorists are teaching American students the history, sociology, politics, law and culture of the Arab and Islamic world's war against Israel." "The…narrative they teach has little to no connection to historic truth or to objective, measurable reality…" The universities accept it.
Neither do they care enough whether their faculty has scholarly achievements. If a junior professor rails sufficiently against Israel, he can get promoted without publishing high-level work. An example is Columbia professor Joseph Massad.
In 2005, the David Project [headquartered in New York] released its "documentary, 'Columbia Unbecoming, in which Jewish students at Columbia related the intellectual intimidation they suffered in the classroom at the hands of Massad and his colleagues. A university panel formed to investigate the students' allegations found that Massad exceeded 'commonly accepted bounds' of behavior in his treatment of one of his students."
"Massad's academic achievements to date consist of diatribes against Israel, Jews, gays and feminists. [He says that] Jews and Israel are guilty of stealing Palestinian land and murdering Palestinians and of being" 'Nazi-like to the Arabs. Massad accuses homosexuals of plotting to force otherwise happy gays in the Arab world out of the closet. He claims that feminists' conspire "to destroy the Arab way of life by objecting to so-called 'honor-killings,' which in Massad's view are nothing more than 'crimes of passion.' Murder is "Arab way of life?"
Rejected for promotion, he was given "an unheard of" second review, this time held in secret. They approved tenure for him. Students pay $50,000 a year for sub-standard higher education and Israel-bashing (Caroline Glick in http://www.imra.org.il/ Independent Media Review Analysis, 8/1).
Time for parents, donors, and trustees to reject this perversion of scholarship.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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