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?
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.
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.
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."
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.
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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?
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.
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."
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."
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