UC Berkeley's Hatem Bazian is again lashing out at Jonathan Schanzer's Congressional testimony on the involvement of seven former "key employees" of now-defunct Hamas-linked organizations who're now associated with the pro-BDS American Muslims for Palestine. Bazian rails at Schanzer and the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and charges them with McCarthyism and "Islamophobia," but never challenges Schanzer's facts. As usual, Bazian offers fact-free, cliche-ridden bluster in lieu of rigorous rebuttal. It's all he's got.
By Winfield Myers | April 28, 2016 at 1:19 pm | Permalink
Following Jonathan Schanzer's Congressional testimony on the web of anti-Israel and Islamist groups involved in funding the BDS movement, the Wall Street Journal's Bret Stephens spoke to UC Berkeley lecturer Hatem Bazian. Bazian, who founded Students for Justice in Palestine and leads American Muslims for Palestine, a key BDS sponsor, sidestepped these damaging revelations by playing--what else--the "McCarthyism" card:
"This is about silencing any person or any group that speaks about Palestine," he said, accusing Mr. Schanzer and the House Foreign Relations Committee of giving "McCarthyism a new lease on life." As for the past ties of AMP's leaders, he dismissed it as "guilt by association."
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By Cinnamon Stillwell | April 26, 2016 at 4:24 pm | Permalink
"Jewish" profs sunk a job candidate at Harvard because he was Palestinian? This bit of anti-Semitism comes courtesy of Harvard grad students in Middle East studies, as reported today in the Harvard Independent by Aditiya Agrawal: "Sam [not his real name] alleges, in fact that there were several 'well qualified tenure-track scholars' who were turned away despite the gaping vacancies. He admits to hearing 'unsubstantiated claims' that one of the scholars may have been turned down because he was a Palestinian. 'He expressed views disagreeing with Israel's actions and one or more people on his committee were Jewish and did not agree with his views,' he says." Of course the claims are "unsubstantiated"; they're the product of his bigoted imagination.
By Winfield Myers | April 21, 2016 at 9:58 pm | Permalink
Members of the UCLA community have launched a petition to UC President Janet Napolitano and the UC Regents to dismiss UCLA Middle East history professor Gabriel Piterberg for sexually assaulting two graduate students, who claim he repeatedly harassed them over a period of years. Piterberg was made to forfeit one quarter's pay and fined $3k, but, to the dismay of many, remains on the faculty. He has a long record of virulently anti-Israel commentary and scholarship and conspiracy mongering against his critics. The petition for dismissal may be found here.
By Winfield Myers | April 12, 2016 at 11:36 am | Permalink
What happens when a reporter simply asks an apologist for the Muslim Brotherhood about the organization's past? An angry retort is what awaited Andrew Harrod when he approached Nader Hashemi, a Middle East studies specialist at the U. of Denver. Writing for Campus Watch, Harrod recounts the encounter along with the rest of Hashemi's defenses of Islamist radicalism today at FrontPage Magazine:
"I can't have a serious conversation with you about the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and violence because" this author's question "is driven by a certain ideological agenda," declared University of Denver Middle East studies professor Nader Hashemi. His dismissal typified the ideological blindness towards the MB of a March 17 presentation by the Islamist-aligned Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID) before about thirty-five at Washington, DC's National Press Club.
Hashemi concurred with his fellow panelists that enactment of the recently introduced Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act will "pour oil on the raging fires that are consuming" the Middle East. Despite the act's extensive catalogue of MB violent support for Islamic supremacy in numerous affiliates across the Middle East, he echoed the panel in rejecting an American terrorist designation for the MB's founding Egyptian branch. He contrasted a supposedly moderate MB with extremist groups like the Islamic State in Iraq and (Greater) Syria (ISIS) and warned that when "moderate forms of political Islam are crushed and denied a public voice, radical Islam thrives."
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By Winfield Myers | April 5, 2016 at 9:27 am | Permalink
What could possibly connect Israel's founding in 1948 and Christopher Columbus's discovery of America in 1492? According to Bir Zeit University professor Abdul Rahim al-Shaikh, who, in a recent talk at Columbia University's Center for Palestine Studies, peddled the academic theory of "intersectionality," the two historical events form "an intersection between the conquest of America and the conquest of Palestine." Campus Watch contributor Mara Schiffren's report on al-Shaikh's lecture appears today at the Algemeiner:
Abdul Rahim al-Shaikh
Al-Shaikh is an associate professor of philosophy and cultural studies at Bir Zeit University, and a Fulbright Visiting Senior Scholar at CPS. The audience of approximately sixty people continued to trickle into one of the smaller semi-circular lecture halls in Jerome Greene Hall, even as al-Shaikh began. He opened with the aforementioned "intersection" between 1492 and the Zionist return to the land of Israel in the mid-nineteenth century. . . . By employing the magic of intersectionality, al-Shaikh blamed Israel for an event that took place 350 years before its rebirth.
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By Cinnamon Stillwell | April 1, 2016 at 1:51 pm | Permalink
The convergence of anti-Israel and Black Lives Matter activists is all too visible in the field of Middle East studies. For instance, the 2015 "When I See Them, I See Us" video referenced in this Moment Magazine article on the subject featured two such professors, Columbia University's Rashid Khalidi and George Mason University's Noura Erakat. Interestingly, both happen to be connected to the PLO: Khalidi is a former PLO spokesman and Erakat is the niece of PLO leader Saeb Erakat. It's a small world after all.
By Cinnamon Stillwell | March 25, 2016 at 2:58 pm | Permalink
Will Juan Cole of the U. of Michigan believe the Iranians this time? Yesterday Iran test-fired two missiles on which had been written--in Hebrew and Farsi--"Israel must be wiped off the face of the earth." After then-Iranian president Ahmadinejad's 2005 call to "wipe Israel off the map," Cole and other apologists for the mullahs denied Ahmadinejad said any such thing even though the official Iranian translation claimed that he did. Will Cole et al. offer the world a kinder, gentler translation of Iran's latest call for genocide?
By Winfield Myers | March 10, 2016 at 11:15 am | Permalink
Vladimir Hamed-Troyansky, a Ph.D. candidate in Modern Middle Eastern and Ottoman history at Stanford University, is teaching a course this semester, "HISTORY 83S: Refugees of Palestine and Syria: History, Identity, and Politics of Exile in the Middle East," that lumps in the "Mass displacements of Palestinians (1948, 1967)" with the current refugee crisis in Syria. The two are entirely different, which, combined with the course description's uncritical reference to the mythical Palestinian "right of return" and the promise to "study the construction of refugee identities through the prism of race, ethnicity, statelessness, gender, and sexual orientation," speaks to the likelihood of it being taught in a politicized, ahistorical manner. So, too, does the omission of another significant group of Middle Eastern refugees: the Jews who were forced to flee Arab nations and Iran both before and after Israel's founding in 1948 due to anti-Semitic persecution.
By Cinnamon Stillwell | March 9, 2016 at 5:12 pm | Permalink
In a new low, the Middle East studies establishment is defending Jasbir Puar, the Rutgers University professor and Israel-boycott advocate who, in a controversial February 3 lecture at Vassar College, charged the IDF with the organ harvesting, deliberate maiming, and stunting of "Palestinian bodies." Campus Watch West Coast representative Cinnamon Stillwell provides the details at the Daily Caller:
Notorious Israel-bashers such as Rashid Khalidi (Columbia University), Joel Beinin (Stanford University), and Steven Salaita (American University of Beirut) are among the signatories to an open letter to Vassar College President Catharine Bond Hill defending Puar against an alleged campaign of "vilification and hatred" following her inflammatory lecture. Unlike the vast majority of academic jargon-filled apologias for bigotry that populate the lecture circuit, Puar's talk was widely covered and rightly condemned by a disgusted public.
. . . The letter inveighs against the particular evils of a February 17 Wall Street Journal op-ed by Mark G. Yudof, former University of California president, and Ken Waltzer, professor emeritus of history at Michigan State University, titled, "Majoring in Anti-Semitism at Vassar." Yudof and Waltzer had the temerity to point out the obvious: by accusing Israel of extracting organs from Palestinians for medical research, Puar was "updating the medieval blood libel against Jews."
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By Cinnamon Stillwell | March 7, 2016 at 3:39 pm | Permalink