Having lost a June 6 vote by members to enact a boycott of Israeli institutions by 2,423 against and 2,384 in favor, the leadership of the American Anthropological Assoc. has kept its promise to issue a statement of censure against the Israeli government. Perhaps its time for the AAA's members to enact in their own Brexit and leave this corrupt, increasingly marginalized organization in order to form a new, more perfect union.
Campus Watch announces a new resource for its readers: Professors to Avoid. CW is often asked which professors are most responsible for the politicization and bias sadly endemic to Middle East studies. Given the discipline's decline, compiling an inclusive list would be futile. Hundreds of names could be credibly included, but even such a list would surely omit some while failing to highlight those most responsible for the field's general decline into a mockery of academe's purpose and aspirations.
In this spirit, we have selected those professors whose biases, ahistorical claims, apologetics, willful blindness, intolerance of opposing views, and mixing of politics and scholarship mark them as the most egregious offenders of the high standards to which faculty should be held. The permanent link is under the "Resources" tab on the CW homepage.
As Campus Watch noted at the time, one of them, University of Southern California professor Sherman Jackson is on record advocating the implementation of Sharia (Islamic) law in America. Others, including former Georgetown U. adjunct Dalia Mogahed and Zaytuna College (an Islamic school in Berkeley, CA) founders Hamza Yusuf, Zaid Shakir, and Hatem Bazian (of UC Berkeley), have acted as apologists for Sharia and Islamic terrorism, while advocating an anti-Western, anti-Israel agenda that employs charges of "Islamophobia" to silence legitimate criticism. The primary organizations constituting the Islamist lobby in the U.S. (CAIR, ISNA, MAS, etc.) also endorsed the statement.
As with the 2014 open letter drafted by Islamic scholars that denounced ISIS while remaining ambiguous on crucial theological points, we have to ask, can such a statement be considered sincere if its signatories are Islamists?
Sherman Jackson, the University of Southern California professor who delivered the eulogy at Muhammad Ali's funeral today in Louisville, KY, advocates changing American culture in order to implement Sharia (Islamic law). In a 2000 online book titled American Public Policy and American-Muslim Politics, he called on American Muslims to undertake the "difficult task of penetrating, appropriating and redirecting American culture" to "influence the legal order in America." For while "it would be foolish to deny that the prospects for American acceptance of such institutions as stoning, or flogging or amputation are virtually nil, at least for the foreseeable future," he takes heart that "notions of what is cruel and unusual, of what is barbaric . . . are a function of culture, not law." Jackson concludes, "May God grant us the courage and the vision to rise to the task before us," i.e., implementing Sharia in America.
Steven Salaita, recently booted from the American Univ. of Beirut after its president found "numerous significant violations" in a hiring process "that was not up to university standards of fairness and transparency," is using the American Anthropological Association's narrow defeat of a proposed BDS measure to claim moral victory and paint BDS supporters as victims. Writing in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Salaita says BDS "affirms the ideals of equal access underlying" academic work and "offers an ethical way to respond to appeals for solidarity." Just the kind of reasoning one would expect from a huckster fired from the U. of Illinois for rank anti-Semitism and from AUB for a stacked hiring committee.
The American Anthropological Association's membership may have narrowly defeated a resolution to boycott Israeli academics, but the existence of the resolution itself is a violation of the discipline's core principle that researchers not make value judgments about the societies they study. Except, argues McGill U. anthropologist Philip Carl Salzman, "when it comes to Jews" and the Jewish state, Israel. For the AAA's executive board and half its membership, singling out Israel for condemnation from among all the nations raises no issues. The only word for this selective demonization, says Salzman, is "anti-Semitism." His essay, sponsored by CW, appears today at The Daily Caller:
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The American Anthropological Association's membership voted down a resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions. With 51 percent of members voting online, 2,423 opposed BDS while 2,384 supported it. In spite of the vote, AAA's leadership will censure the Israeli govt, write the US govt detailing ways American support ostensibly oppresses Palestinians, and more. One BDS leader claims the vote--50.4 percent to 49.6 percent--is a "statistical dead heat" and a "virtual tie" that proves they must continue to press for a BDS victory. Even in defeat, anti-Israel bigots claim victory.
Steven Salaita, whose anti-Semitic rants helped nix his appointment at the Univ. of Illinois two years ago, is out at the American University of Beirut after a one-year stint. AUB's president concluded that "there were numerous significant violations of university policies and procedures in connection with the search," the News-Gazette of Champaign, IL, reports. If your university is looking for a vitriolic, often vulgar, critic of Israel and the West who claims that ancient Canaanites were to ancient Hebrews as contemporary Palestinians are to modern Israelis, a fellow traveler is wandering around Beirut handing out business cards.
Harvard's Center for Middle East Studies has appointed Ali Akbar Alikhani, an assoc. prof at the U. of Tehran, as a visiting scholar according to Adam Kredo of the Washington Free Beacon. Kredo reports that Alikhani "praised an Arabic language book titled 'The Jewish Threat-Danger to Christianity and Islam' as 'strong and good'" and that it "should 'show the quality and the method of the Jewish threat.'" He also said Israel is "based on force, coercion, and oppression of others," and has cited approvingly the work of French Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy.
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