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Global Jihad? Never Heard of It. Berkeley's Bazian Still Hyping 'Islamophobia'

Hatem Bazian

With global jihad in its ascendancy, UC Berkeley's Hatem Bazian delivered a lecture at a private event in Dearborn, Michigan last Friday titled, "Islamaphobia: Muslim in the Public Square." Given the multiple ISIS attacks on Paris only a week earlier and the fact that French and Belgian authorities continue to hunt down the accomplices, the timing was tone-deaf, to say the least.

As director of UC Berkeley's Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project, Bazian displayed the usual fear-mongering, complete with divisive, politicized rhetoric. He blamed the alleged rise of "Islamophobia" in America--a claim that FBI hate crime statistics for 2014 continue to contradict--on "a massive demographic change . . . that has made individuals still living in the 1950s uncomfortable" and to "shrinking middle class" induced "resentment."

Perhaps what's fueling resentment, if indeed it exists, are Middle East studies academics like Bazian who insist on assigning victimhood to Muslim-Americans and villainy to the West, while accusing anyone who encourages introspection and reform within Islam of being a bigot.

Cinnamon Stillwell is the West Coast representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum. She can be reached at

By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  November 25, 2015 at 10:38 am  |  Permalink

UT-Austin Dean Defends Israel Studies Prof Ami Pedahzur and Free Speech

Kudos to Randy L. Diehl, dean of the College of Liberal Arts at UT-Austin, who is defending Prof. Ami Pedahzur, of the Inst. for Israel Studies, and the principle of free speech. Members of the Palestine Solidarity Committee disrupted a Nov. 13 lecture by guest speaker Gil-li Vardi, who was to speak on the culture of the IDF. The students are shamelessly attempting to portray themselves as victims and have filed a "civil rights" complaint with the university.

By Winfield Myers  |  November 24, 2015 at 7:23 pm  |  Permalink

U. Toronto's Jens Hanssen Uses Circular Reasoning to Support BDS

Recent comments by Jens Hanssen of the U. Toronto exemplify the type of circular reasoning employed by student protesters at Yale, Mizzou, et al. Arguing for a MESA resolution in favor of BDS, he said: "We are political by being non-political. And we are political by being political." Try this instead, Jens: We demonstrate our contempt for scholarly integrity by lying about Israel; we are an example of what's wrong with Middle East studies and, indeed, higher education in general.

By Winfield Myers  |  November 23, 2015 at 11:04 am  |  Permalink

Silence From Saudi-funded Profs Over Death Sentence for Poet

We won't hold our breath waiting for Saudi-funded professors like Georgetown's John Esposito, who never tires of calling Americans "Islamophobic," to call for the release of Ashraf Fayadh or condemn their barbaric criminal justice system (much less the religious beliefs behind it).

By Winfield Myers  |  November 21, 2015 at 1:05 pm  |  Permalink

Finkelstein vs. Salaita: Battle of the Anti-Israel Profs

Norman Finkelstein (l); Steven Salaita (r)

Norman Finkelstein, who is currently teaching at Sakarya University in Turkey after being denied tenure at DePaul University, has some choice words for Steven Salaita. The latter reached an $875,000 settlement with the University of Illinois (UI) in a lawsuit involving UI's withdrawal of an offered position in its American Indian Studies Program due to his inflammatory, Israel-bashing tweets. Like Finkelstein, Salaita went on to teach in the Middle East, in this case at American University in Beirut (AUB). Neither is happy about it.

Ira Glunts asked Finkelstein to comment on Salaita's settlement for the left-wing, anti-Israel website Dissident Voice, given that they are both, as he conspiratorially described it, "victim[s] of Jewish lobby pressure." After declaring at the outset, "I am not a party-liner," Finkelstein let loose:

I've read Salaita–or, let's say, I've endeavored to read him. Even Google has yet to invent a translation program that makes coherent sense of his prose. . . . [I]n a rational world it would be cause for wonder how he got hired in the first place. It's a telling commentary on the state of the humanities that his tweets got greater scrutiny than his (so-called) scholarship.

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By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  November 20, 2015 at 6:48 pm  |  Permalink

UT-Austin Protesters Used Terrorist Online Aliases

Two of the protesters who disrupted a public lecture directed by Ami Pedahzur at UT-Austin have used the online aliases of terrorists. Pedahzur himself reported, and Legal Insurrection confirms, that protest ringleader Mohammed Nabulsi has used the online alias "Georges Abdallah," a notorious member of the Lebanese Armed Revolutionary Factions who murdered American Lt. Col. Charles R. Ray and Israeli diplomat Yaakov Bar-Simantov in Paris in the summer of 1982; he's serving a life sentence in France. Another member of the group, Patrick Higgins, refers to himself as Edward Despard, a British officer who became radicalized and plotted to kill King George III because of the Irish troubles and was executed for high treason in 1803.

By Winfield Myers  |  November 19, 2015 at 2:44 pm  |  Permalink

The Mob Sets Its Sights on UT-Austin Israeli Studies Prof Ami Pedahzur

Anti-Israel student activists have disrupted yet another academic lecture, this time from Ami Pedahzur, founding director of the University of Texas-Austin's Institute for Israeli Studies. And once again the mob is claiming to be the victim. Legal Insurrection has the details.

By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  November 18, 2015 at 1:53 pm  |  Permalink

Steven Salaita: BDS's Favorite Martyr

Steven Salaita

Steven Salaita loves attention, especially from fawning admirers who see him as a martyr to Zionism, American imperialism, and other conspiratorial charges used to hide or excuse his anti-Semitic behavior that cost him a position at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne. In the latest Campus Watch Research, appearing today at Ynetnews, Asaf Romirowsky reports on a recent talk Salaita delivered at an anarchist bookstore in Philadelphia.

Steven Salaita, whose anti-Zionist/Semitic tweets and uncivil rants cost him a position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), used a recent appearance in Philadelphia to portray himself as a victim of the Zionist lobby. The lecture was co-sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace, which the Anti-Defamation League calls "the largest and most influential Jewish anti-Zionist group" in the U.S.

An audience of about forty attended the rambling lecture at the Wooden Shoe, a dingy, dirty anarchist bookstore that sported pro-Boycott/Divestment/Sanction (BDS) and other far left propaganda, including a poster of the brutal Marxist killer Che Guevara. Salaita's claim to fame rests on UIUC's 2014 decision not to install him as a professor of Native American studies. He and UIUC announced a settlement on November 12 that awards him $600,000 and legal costs; he will not seek or accept employment at the university.

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By Winfield Myers  |  November 14, 2015 at 12:55 pm  |  Permalink

Steven Salaita's Anti-Israel 'Martyrdom' Nets Him $600k, Fees

A settlement between the University of Illinois (UI) and former Virginia Tech University professor Steven Salaita was approved by UI's Board of Trustees Thursday. He will receive a lump sum payment of $600,000 and $275,000 in legal costs. In return, he will not seek or accept future employment by the university.

Thus concludes a saga that began in the summer of 2014 when the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) withdrew an offered position in its American Indian Studies Program due to Salaita's vulgar, Israel-bashing, anti-Semitic tweets. He sued the university and unnamed donors, alleging breach of contract and violation of free speech.

Fashioning himself a victim of the "Zionist lobby" and a martyr to "academic freedom," Salaita soon became a cause célèbre, with speaking engagements and a standing ovation at the 2014 annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA). His recently released apologia, Uncivil Rites: Palestine and the Limits of Academic Freedom, extends this theme.

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By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  November 13, 2015 at 12:53 pm  |  Permalink

UIUC Proposes $600k Settlement with Steven Salaita

A proposed settlement between the U. of Illinois and Steven Salaita is expected to be approved by UI's board today. He will receive a lump sum payment of $600,000 and legal costs. In return, he will not seek or accept future employment by the university. The cheaper route for universities: don't hire bigoted charlatans.

By Winfield Myers  |  November 12, 2015 at 2:08 pm  |  Permalink

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