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Lawsuit Brings Day of Reckoning to SFSU's Rabab Abdulhadi

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Rabab Abdulhadi

Rabab Abdulhadi, director of San Francisco State University (SFSU)'s Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diaspora Initiative (AMED) and a founding member of the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, is feeling the heat.

The Lawfare Project is filing a lawsuit—in which Abdulhadi is named—against SFSU alleging "a long and extensive history of cultivating anti-Semitism and overt discrimination against Jewish students." At the same time, the Middle East Forum/Campus Watch (MEF/CW) campaign to end SFSU's Abdulhadi-brokered Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with terror-promoting Palestinian university An-Najah presses forward.

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By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  June 22, 2017 at 7:31 pm  |  Permalink

At UCLA, When 'Nakba' Fails, Switch to 'Naksa'

(L-R) Uzi Narkis, Moshe Dayan, & Yitzhak Rabin enter the Old City at Jerusalem's liberation.

Change the language people use, and you'll change the way they think. Part of the historical revisionism through which the Middle East studies establishment attempts to delegitimize the state of Israel includes introducing new terms to reverse readings of history that are accurate and therefore, for anti-Israel scholars, impediments to achieving their goals. As Eric Golub demonstrates in a Campus Watch report published yesterday in The Algemeiner, the latest of these is "Naksa":

Keeping up with anti-Israel buzz words is a full-time job. UCLA's notoriously biased Center for Near East Studies recently held a conference whose title caused a double take: "The Naksa at 50: Nostalgia and Memory in the Middle East and Beyond." Naksa?

While the term "Nakba" — Arabic for "catastrophe," which refers to Israel's creation in 1948 — is fairly well-known, "Naksa" is less familiar. It refers to the "setback" experienced by the Palestinians when the Arab world lost the 1967 war that it initiated against Israel.

While the speakers at the UCLA "Naksa" conference remained upbeat, the audience sat silently and solemnly. Many of the approximately 12 students in attendance gradually trickled out well before the entire 90 minutes was up, but an equal number of elderly academics in the audience remained.

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By Winfield Myers  |  June 16, 2017 at 11:00 am  |  Permalink

Intolerant Profs Decry 'Islamophobia' While Whitewashing Jihad Terrorism

Nader Hashemi

At the Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy's annual conference in Washington, D.C., Middle East studies professors like Georgetown University's John Esposito displayed the field's propensity for downplaying Islamist terrorism and smearing critics. University of Denver prof. Nader Hashemi went so far as to call out audience member and Campus Watch Fellow Andrew Harrod by name, accusing him of being a card-carrying member of the "Islamophobic industry." Harrod describes the experience at Jihad Watch:

Nader Hashemi's opening remark of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy's (CSID) annual conference, held last month at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC, dripped with the sophistry and hostility that saturated the event. "There is a good presence here today, including members of the Islamophobic industry. Andrew Harrod, I see, is in the audience," sneered the University of Denver professor of Middle East studies (MES) in reference to this author's attendance.

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By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  June 15, 2017 at 7:47 pm  |  Permalink

Georgetown's Jonathan Brown Plays Defense For Islamic Supremacism

Jonathan Brown

Speaking an event devoted to interfaith "bridge building," Georgetown University Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding director Jonathan Brown not only revived his notorious justifications for Islamic slavery, he advocated Islamic supremacy over non-Muslims, male superiority over women, and the Quran's "master-slave relationship between God and man." Campus Watch contributor Andrew Harrod's disturbing report appears today at the Daily Caller:

In conjunction with Cambridge University Professor Philip Sheldrake, a Christian, the American Muslim convert Brown slavishly addressed "Power: Divine and Human—Christian and Muslim Perspectives" in a manner hardly flattering to Islam. He noted that "in the Quran, God's power is the superlative of all superlatives, it is total, absolute, and without exception." Correspondingly, the "word that the Quran uses over and over to refer to human beings" is the "slaves of God."

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By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  May 26, 2017 at 3:50 pm  |  Permalink

SFSU Sponsored Felon Who Plotted to Break Oscar Lopez Rivera Out of Prison

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Oscar Lopez Rivera

How is San Francisco State University (SFSU)'s Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with radical An-Najah University in the West Bank connected to the controversy over New York City's Puerto Rican Day Parade honoring Armed Forces of National Liberation (FALN) terrorist leader Oscar Lopez Rivera?

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By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  May 25, 2017 at 7:20 pm  |  Permalink

Noura Erakat, Israel's Smiling Enemy, Speaks at Berkeley

Noura Erakat

George Mason University professor Noura Erakat is a rising player in the Israel-hating business. Young and bright, Erakat seeks to undermine and destroy the Jewish state with a smile. In an article for Campus Watch that appears at the Algemeiner, Michael Lumish covers Erakat's canard-filled UC Berkeley lecture on the Six Day War:

Approximately 50 people attended Erakat's keynote address at the recent UC-Berkeley conference on the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War — "6 Days, 50 Years: 1967 and the Politics of Time." The conference was part of a larger University of California project.

. . . In her talk, Erakat raised such leading questions as, "How has an exorbitant register of death and destruction as experienced in the Gaza Strip during Israel's most recent military offensives become tolerable in the language of law?" and, "How has the Palestinian use of force been delegitimized to the point of extinguishing armed resistance by criminalizing all of it?"

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By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  May 23, 2017 at 3:29 pm  |  Permalink

UC Berkeley Pits Liberalism Against 'Islamophobia'

This year's annual Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project (IRDP) conference at UC Berkeley--presided over by IRDP director Hatem Bazian--focused on "liberal Islamphobia," with none other than Hillary Clinton being equated with the "deplorables." Meanwhile, the conference shamelessly promoted anti-Semitic caricatures of Israeli Jews. Campus Watch reporter Michael Lumish provides the details at Jihad Watch:

Fast on the heels of the University of California's anti-free speech "Battle of Berkeley"—in which hundreds of black-clad, left-wing, "anti-fascists" attacked Trump supporters in the streets—around five hundred students and scholars attended the weekend conference "Islamophobia & The End of Liberalism?"

The conference poster featured a righteously concerned Statue of Liberty embracing a young Muslim woman in a hijab as if to protect her from the xenophobic natives. The clear implication was that the Western liberal tradition requires open borders and that Muslims as people, rather than jihadis as ideologues, are threatened by fellow Americans.

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By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  May 19, 2017 at 2:54 pm  |  Permalink

Academic Malfeasance: U. of Arkansas Disinvites Phyllis Chesler

Phyllis Chesler

The spring disinvitation season is in full swing. In addition to celebrity provacateurs, serious scholars have had the welcome mat yanked by the very people who invited them. Phyllis Chesler is the latest scholar subjected to this treatment after the Saudi-funded King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, rescinded its invitation for her to speak about honor killings and forced marriages. Winfield Myers, Middle East Forum director of academic affairs and Campus Watch, provides an account today at the Daily Caller:

The latest speaker to be "disinvited" from an American college is prominent feminist scholar Phyllis Chesler, whose participation in a University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, symposium on honor killing earlier this month was withdrawn days before the event. Behind the cancellation lies a sordid tale involving faculty machinations, threats from a dean, and at least one shattered window. Together, they offer a case study on the intellectual and moral corruption of academe.

Chesler is an emerita professor of psychology and women's studies at the City University of New York whose pioneering scholarship exposed the horrors of honor killing, forced marriages, and other brutalities women suffer in Muslim lands and beyond. She was invited to deliver a lunchtime lecture on "Worldwide Trends in Honor Killings" at a conference on "Violence in the Name of Honor: Confronting and Responding to Honor Killings and Forced Marriage in the West" on April 13-14, cosponsored by the law school and the Saudi-funded King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies.

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By Winfield Myers  |  April 27, 2017 at 1:26 pm  |  Permalink

UCLA's Gelvin Buries Obama's Middle East Policy Failures

James Gelvin

The Trump administration's airstrikes against a Syrian military airfield following a chemical attack has focused attention on the previous president's Middle East foreign policy failures. Yet, in a lecture at UC Berkeley, UCLA professor James Gelvin persisted in downplaying Barack Obama's record regardless of the chaos it sparked. In a report for Campus Watch that appears today at the Daily Caller, Michael Lumish provides the details:

"How will history judge Barack Obama in terms of his policies and actions toward the Middle East?" asked UCLA Professor of Middle Eastern History James Gelvin at UC Berkeley. . . . Gelvin's answer to his opening question—that Obama's policies were in line with his predecessors' during the Cold War—strained credulity and mirrored the Middle East studies establishment's strategy to defend Obama's record regardless of the chaos it sparked.

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By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  April 14, 2017 at 5:56 pm  |  Permalink

Georgetown's Jonathan Brown Kicks Out Critic, Again

Jonathan Brown

Thin-skinned Georgetown University prof. Jonathan Brown has ejected Andrew Harrod, a correspondent for Campus Watch and Jihad Watch (JW), from an event for the second time. Harrod's crime? Being a "noted Islamophobe" who has "slandered" Brown or, in other words, a critic of the professor's apologias for Islamism. Harrod still managed to attend the next day's screening of "The Sultan and the Saint," a film that whitewashes Islamic history, and his report on both appears today at Jihad Watch.

Jonathan Brown, director of Georgetown University's Saudi-funded Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU), brooks no disagreement. Having expelled this writer from a February 7 apologist lecture on Islamic slavery that provoked nationwide outrage, Brown ejected me from another Georgetown event on March 16.

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By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  April 14, 2017 at 2:41 pm  |  Permalink

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