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Hatem Bazian Retweets Blatantly Anti-Semitic Memes, Issues Non-Apology Apology

Hatem Bazian of UC Berkeley tweeted two blatantly anti-Semitic memes. His response? While it's "wrong and offensive," in the future he'll note "retweets don't represent" his opinions. How about being repulsed by racist drivel instead of retweeting it?

By Winfield Myers  |  November 22, 2017 at 5:25 pm  |  Permalink

MESA Panel Blames the Jews

The top challenges to universities teaching the Arab-Israeli conflict? According to an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory-driven panel at the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) annual meeting, they are Hillel International, Jewish donors, and Israel studies.

By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  November 22, 2017 at 2:43 pm  |  Permalink

'P for Palestine' Author Has All the Wrong Middle East Studies Connections

Phyllis Chesler points out that Pace University professor Golbarg Bashi, author of the controversial children's book P is for Palestine: A Palestine Alphabet Book, is married to rabidly anti-Israel Columbia professor Hamid Dabashi, whose colleague, Lila Abu-Lughod, is among her "pro-Palestinian Jihad against Jewish Israel" mentors. Parents be warned.

By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  November 22, 2017 at 12:47 pm  |  Permalink

Signs of Bias in Southern California Teachers Workshops

In this follow-up to the controversy surrounding Islam/Arab world workshops for Southern California teachers, we learn that the organizer has supported BDS, speakers included representatives from the Islamist group CAIR, "jihad" as "holy war" was omitted, and Israel was falsely accused of "ethnic cleansing."

By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  November 21, 2017 at 1:38 pm  |  Permalink

MESA Still Railing Against Outside Criticism

Middle East Studies Association (MESA) reaffirms that academe can't tolerate outside criticism by issuing a condemnation of "non-academic groups" for "campaigns of postering and social media harassment." They don't call it the Ivory Tower for nothing.

By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  November 20, 2017 at 1:39 pm  |  Permalink

Israel a Fascist State? So Declares George Washington U. Prof Shira Robinson

Shira Robinson

Speaking at NYU, George Washington University​ professir Shira Robinson declared Israel a fascist state on the verge of collapse. Campus Watch​ Fellow Mara Schiffren​ relays Robinson's fact-free assertions at the Algemeiner:

According to George Washington University history professor Shira Robinson, Israel has "abandoned democracy" and is rapidly descending into a fascist state. Robinson recently delivered this dire verdict at New York University with the lecture "Past as Present: Reflections on the 70th Anniversary of 1948." The October 10th presentation actually fell closer to the 69th anniversary, but precision isn't exactly the forte of Middle East studies academics.

. . . Robinson argued that Israel is experiencing not only "creeping fascistization," but that it has never been a democracy: "For Jews, the increasingly racist, far-right turn of the state is fueling . . . an existential debate of sorts over whether the current moment represents a tragic perversion of the Zionist dream or its ultimate realization." She left no doubt she believes the latter.

To read the entire article, please click here.

By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  November 17, 2017 at 7:05 pm  |  Permalink

NYU's Helga Tawil Souri's Boycott Hypocrisy

Hypocrisy Exemplified: New York University's Helga Tawil Souri sounds the alarm over UAE's denial of visas to two NYU Near Eastern studies scholars for NYU Abu Dhabi. Yet she signed a 2014 letter supporting the boycott of Israeli academe. Depends on whose ox is being gored, no?

By Winfield Myers  |  November 16, 2017 at 7:16 pm  |  Permalink

Washington Examiner Covers SFSU Prof. Rabab Abdulhadi's An-Najah MOU

The Washington Examiner reports on an SJP-sponsored lecture by San Francisco State University professor Rabab Abdulhadi, noting her role as architect of SFSU's Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with terror-friendly An-Najah University. Please sign the Middle East Forum's petition to end this dangerous MOU.

By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  November 16, 2017 at 7:15 pm  |  Permalink

Columbia's Hamid Dabashi Still Spouting Anti-Semitism

Columbia University professor Hamid Dabashi, a vocal anti-Semite, writes that Muhhamad, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, "hides behind the wing of his Israeli and American protectors and benefactors, buys them with his windblown wealth, so that Jarad Kushner's Zionist kins [sic] can rob and kill Palestinians even more."

By Winfield Myers  |  November 15, 2017 at 7:21 pm  |  Permalink

Middle East Forum Kicks Off Israel Victory Caucus Meetings

A week of groundbreaking meetings coordinated by the Middle East Forum begin today in NYC, followed by events in Washington, DC, and Philadelphia: "Members of the Knesset Israel Victory Caucus (KIVC) have arrived in the U.S. to meet with their counterparts in the Congressional Israel Victory Caucus (CIVC) and sign an unprecedented joint declaration of support for and cooperation towards an Israel victory."

By Winfield Myers  |  November 13, 2017 at 1:50 pm  |  Permalink

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