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Pro-Israel Profs Marginalized on Campus, Not the Other Way Around

It's an article of faith among anti-Israel academics that their views are marginalized on campus, when, in fact, the opposite is true. Speaking to the Algemeiner, Alexandra Marcus, founder of the Columbia University chapter of Students Supporting Israel, confirms as much. She points to the example of Connecticut College professor Andrew Pessin, who remains on leave following a campaign of vilification perpetrated by faculty, administration, and student groups alike:

The professors who support us have said they can't come out publicly on our side, because they're afraid it would jeopardize their careers. And they're right. Look what happened to [Connecticut philosophy professor] Andrew Pessin. And to tell you the truth, I am also petrified that my pro-Israel activism could ruin my career.

By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  February 5, 2016 at 6:36 pm  |  Permalink

From BDS to Ferguson: Columbia U. Panel Takes Aim at Israel

Academe has been quick to exploit the manufactured connection between the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) and Black Lives Matter movements that began with the 2014 protests following the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. A recent Columbia University panel discussion featuring specialists in Middle East studies and African-American history proved the point. In an article written for Campus Watch and appearing today at FrontPage Magazine, Mara Schiffren reports on the panel's ominous conclusion: "There's no future for a Jewish state."

The second in an annual BDS series sponsored by the Center for Palestine Studies, "The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement: Struggle and Solidarity" took place at Columbia Law School. Students, faculty, BDS activists, and community members socialized prior to the event as the capacious, semi-circular lecture hall began to fill with about 100 people.

To read the entire article, please click here.

By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  January 13, 2016 at 1:15 pm  |  Permalink

Devastating Critique of Islamist Apologist Reza Aslan

In the latest episode of David Pakman's internet television show, he exposes UC Riverside "celebrity professor" Reza Aslan's penchant for misrepresenting his academic credentials and for hostility towards legitimate criticism of Islam. He also exhorts fellow progressives to stay true to "liberal principles" and to resist the lure of politically-correct apologists such as Aslan. Watch the whole thing.

By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  January 12, 2016 at 5:47 pm  |  Permalink

American Historical Association Fails to Pass Anti-Israel Resolution

Anti-Israel members of the American Historical Association (AHA), including Middle East studies profs Juan Cole of Michigan, Joel Beinin of Stanford, Zachary Lockman of NYU, and Dina Khoury of George Washington, failed in their attempt to single out Israel for condemnation at the annual AHA meeting this past weekend in Atlanta. This was the second consecutive year the resolution, which charged that Israel abuses Palestinian universities and students, was defeated by AHA members.

By Winfield Myers  |  January 11, 2016 at 1:03 pm  |  Permalink

After Paris and San Bernardino Attacks, MLA Condemns 'Islamophobia'

In the aftermath of Islamist terrorism in Paris and San Bernardino, the Modern Language Association has condemned (wait for it) "Islamophobia."

In the [U.S.] there has been an upsurge in attacks upon and censorship and harassment of those who . . . teach about Islam. The MLA condemns . . . all violations of free speech and academic freedom . . . . We especially deplore the firings and intimidation of those teachers who aid in our understanding of Islam.

We await the MLA's condemnation of the intimidation and professional ostracism of professors who dissent from views enforced by organizations such as the MLA, MESA, et al., which dominate American higher education.

By Winfield Myers  |  January 5, 2016 at 4:55 pm  |  Permalink

Assault on Academic Freedom? UCLA Conference Blames Israel

In recent months, California campuses have been awash in conferences alleging an "assault on academic freedom" against professors who espouse the Palestinian narrative, when, in fact, it is bias against Israel that holds sway. In the latest Campus Watch research, appearing today at Jihad Watch, CW West Coast representative Cinnamon Stillwell and Breitbart News journalist Adelle Nazarian report on UCLA's inversion of the truth:

In introducing the first panel, Lara Deeb, professor and chair of anthropology at Scripps College and founding member of the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI), proclaimed that, "We live in a society that is marked by structural racism" and "hate speech is generating an environment that is averse to learning."

To read the entire article, please click here.

By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  December 22, 2015 at 6:59 pm  |  Permalink

L.A. Times Quotes Campus Watch Director Winfield Myers

Campus Watch director Winfield Myers is quoted in the Los Angeles Times in a story on the problems with the way Islam is taught in America's public schools:

"Not infrequently, lessons about Islam tend toward apologetics," said Winfield Myers, director of Campus Watch. "What we find in schools ... is a portrayal of Islam in a very positive light and a portrayal of Christianity and Judaism in a very negative light." Myers said he wants a "balanced view that recognizes the good and bad" of Islam and Western civilization.

As for the controversial lesson in Virginia, Myers said, "We have utterly no objection to practicing Arabic calligraphy." But he added, "If you were learning Greek, it would be unlikely a public school teacher would have you learn in Greek by writing 'Jesus Christ is our lord and savior.'"

To read the entire article, please click here.

By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  December 21, 2015 at 4:40 pm  |  Permalink

Anti-Israel Columbia Prof Hamid Dabashi a Big Hit in Germany

Hamid Dabashi

Columbia University Iranian studies scholar Hamid Dabashi is experiencing a flurry of speaking engagements at German universities and organizations. It's no coincidence that he exemplifies academic hatred for Israel and the trivialization of Germans crimes and the Holocaust. Writing for Campus Watch, Clemens Heni, Director of the Berlin International Center for the Study of Antisemitism (BICSA), illustrates why Dabashi has become the darling of German academe. His article appears today at the Algemeiner:

Germany is a hotbed of academic antisemitism, particularly in the fields of Islamic and Middle Eastern studies. Germans are particularly pleased with non-European scholars, such as Dabashi, who will defame Israel and downplay the crimes of the Holocaust. . . . As I demonstrated in my 2013 book, Dabashi wants to destroy the Jewish state of Israel, which he calls a "racist Apartheid state." He supported German former Waffen SS member and Nobel Prize Laureate Günter Grass after he'd written a nasty anti-Israel poem portraying Iran as a victim of Israeli aggression.

To read the entire article, please click here.

By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  December 18, 2015 at 2:55 pm  |  Permalink

Boston U.'s Irene Gendzier: U.S.-Israel Alliance Built on Oil

Irene Gendzier

There is a certain class of academic for whom historical references to oil become a clarion call to rise up, denounce, and publish. Boston University's Irene Gendzier proved the point in a recent discussion of her book, Dying to Forget, Oil, Power, Palestine and the Foundations of U.S. Policy in the Middle East, with an introduction from Columbia University's Rashid Khalidi.

In the latest Campus Watch research, appearing today at FrontPage Magazine, Mara Schiffren reports on the real focus of Gendzier's lecture or, as she puts it, "what Middle East studies practitioners view as a primordial sin committed against Palestinians by the alliance between the U.S. and Israel."

Rashid Khalidi, Columbia University's Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies, pronounced himself "lucky" to have previewed the work of the speaker, Irene Gendzier, professor emerita in the department of political science at Boston University: "She has . . . discovered things that those of us who thought we knew something about Palestine often found a revelation."

High praise from the former PLO spokesman for Gendzier's new book, Dying to Forget, Oil, Power, Palestine and the Foundations of U.S. Policy in the Middle East. A mix of students, colleagues, friends of the author, and the public totaling about forty-five squeezed into a tight space on the second floor of a bookstore near Columbia.

To read the entire article, please click here.

By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  December 16, 2015 at 1:47 pm  |  Permalink

Academia Abandons Paris Yet Again

Farid Esack

The contemptible reaction of Middle East studies professors to the Charlie Hebdo and kosher market massacres in Paris earlier this year was repeated with the brutal ISIS attacks on Paris in November. The deaths of 130 people resulted not in unequivocal condemnation, but in apologias for Islam, dire warnings of "Islamophobia," and anti-Western equivocation. In an article appearing today at FrontPage Magazine, Campus Watch's Cinnamon Stillwell presents the worst of the worst:

Farid Esack, a former professor of Islamic Studies at Harvard University now teaching at the University of Johannesburg, refused to denounce the killers and blamed France outright:

I am not praying for Paris; I am not condemning anyone. Why the hell should I? I had nothing to do with it. I am sickened by the perpetual expectations to condemn. I walk away from your sh—y racist and Islamophobic expectations that whenever your chickens come home to roost then I must feign horror.

To read the entire article, please click here.

By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  December 15, 2015 at 2:18 am  |  Permalink

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