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'Islamophobia Studies' Are Coming To A College Near You, And There Won't Be Any Debate About It

John Esposito

East and West Coast academic centers devoted to "Islamophobia studies" joined forces in April for the University of California, Berkeley's Seventh Annual International Islamophobia Conference. While UC Berkeley Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project (IRDP) director and conference convener Hatem Bazian gave the opening remarks, John Esposito, founding director of Georgetown University's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU) and project director of ACMCU's Bridge Initiative, "a multi-year research project that connects the academic study of Islamophobia with the public square," was the undisputed star. Campus Watch West Coast representative Cinnamon Stillwell's report appears today at the Independent Journal Review:

Esposito was introduced by Munir Jiwa, director of the Center for Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, who, after noting that one of the scheduled speakers on the same panel was unable to attend, added with a smile, "I'm sure Dr. Esposito will be happy to take up the time." Esposito did not disappoint, delivering a long, rambling talk filled with humorous asides and one-liners to which the audience responded with hearty laughter. He clearly reveled in being the center of attention and joked at the outset about his family, "They think I'm a humble person; my wife will tell you that I'm faking it."

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By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  May 18, 2016 at 1:06 pm  |  Permalink

Islamic Social Justice Warriors: A Riddle Wrapped in an Enigma

Sarsour & DeBlasio

Can Muslim women achieve equality and "social justice" within the traditional confines of Islam? The inaugural panel discussion for Union Theological Seminary's new "Islam Social Justice Interreligious Engagement Program," tried to reconcile these two irreconcilable ideas. Among the speakers was notorious anti-Israel activist Linda Sarsour whose organization, the Arab American Association of New York, was awarded $500,000 from NYC Mayor Bill Deblasio only days later. Campus Watch contributor Eric Golub's report appears today at Jihad Watch:

After recommending the Twitter hashtag "#MuslimWomenInAction," moderator Jerusha T. Lamptey, assistant professor of Islam and ministry and ISJIE program advisor at UTS, announced that the program would focus on "social justice issues, such as incarceration, climate change, [and] economic inequality, not just Islamophobia."

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By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  May 9, 2016 at 4:21 pm  |  Permalink

Ben Gurion University's David Newman Accused of Sexual Harassment

David Newman, Ben Gurion University Dean of Social Sciences and Humanities, joins UCLA Middle East history professor Gabriel Piterberg in the growing list of leftist, Israel-bashing academics accused of sexually harassing their female students (Steven Plaut is keeping a running tally). Newman once accused Campus Watch of engaging in "McCarthyism" while attacking Israeli activist group Im Tirtzu for turning "students into spies" by inviting them to share their experiences with the public (read our response here). In Newman's case---and provided the allegations prove true---he obviously had something to hide.

By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  May 4, 2016 at 4:44 pm  |  Permalink

Harvard 'Experts': Islamophobia Everywhere!

Harvard University Shield

"Islamophobia" is ubiquitous in American society according to a recent Harvard panel that lent a scholarly veneer to the ongoing campaign to silence critics of Islamism. One Panelist, Harvard-educated Duke sociologist Christopher Bail, sought to employ the methodology of social science to malign such critics--including the Middle East Forum. But as CW reporter Caleb Jephson reports at American Thinker, Bail's efforts couldn't pass a simple fact check, while the entire panel was hostile toward law enforcement, the GOP, and anyone critical of Islamism.

Dictatorships have an interest in magnifying minor problems in liberal democracies in order to divert attention from their own oppression and brutality. One wonders if this interest played a role in facilitating a recent panel titled "Anti-Muslim Sentiment in the US: Challenges and Perspectives." The panel was sponsored by Harvard University's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program (AISP), whose eponymous founder is an influential member of the Wahhabi Saudi regime. As every panelist was either a current or future Harvard alumnus, the event provided evidence of some disturbing trends in elite higher education today.

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By Winfield Myers  |  May 2, 2016 at 10:53 am  |  Permalink

BDS Funding Revelations: Hatem Bazian Plays the 'McCarthyism' Card, Part II

UC Berkeley's Hatem Bazian is again lashing out at Jonathan Schanzer's Congressional testimony on the involvement of seven former "key employees" of now-defunct Hamas-linked organizations who're now associated with the pro-BDS American Muslims for Palestine. Bazian rails at Schanzer and the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and charges them with McCarthyism and "Islamophobia," but never challenges Schanzer's facts. As usual, Bazian offers fact-free, cliche-ridden bluster in lieu of rigorous rebuttal. It's all he's got.

By Winfield Myers  |  April 28, 2016 at 1:19 pm  |  Permalink

BDS Funding Revelations: UC Berkeley's Hatem Bazian Plays 'McCarthyism' Card

Hatem Bazian

Following Jonathan Schanzer's Congressional testimony on the web of anti-Israel and Islamist groups involved in funding the BDS movement, the Wall Street Journal's Bret Stephens spoke to UC Berkeley lecturer Hatem Bazian. Bazian, who founded Students for Justice in Palestine and leads American Muslims for Palestine, a key BDS sponsor, sidestepped these damaging revelations by playing--what else--the "McCarthyism" card:

"This is about silencing any person or any group that speaks about Palestine," he said, accusing Mr. Schanzer and the House Foreign Relations Committee of giving "McCarthyism a new lease on life." As for the past ties of AMP's leaders, he dismissed it as "guilt by association."

Read the entire article here.

By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  April 26, 2016 at 4:24 pm  |  Permalink

Harvard Grad Student Claims "Jewish" Profs Sunk Appointment of Palestinian Scholar

"Jewish" profs sunk a job candidate at Harvard because he was Palestinian? This bit of anti-Semitism comes courtesy of Harvard grad students in Middle East studies, as reported today in the Harvard Independent by Aditiya Agrawal: "Sam [not his real name] alleges, in fact that there were several 'well qualified tenure-track scholars' who were turned away despite the gaping vacancies. He admits to hearing 'unsubstantiated claims' that one of the scholars may have been turned down because he was a Palestinian. 'He expressed views disagreeing with Israel's actions and one or more people on his committee were Jewish and did not agree with his views,' he says." Of course the claims are "unsubstantiated"; they're the product of his bigoted imagination.

By Winfield Myers  |  April 21, 2016 at 9:58 pm  |  Permalink

Petition Launched for Dismissal of UCLA Prof Gabriel Piterberg for Sexual Assault

Members of the UCLA community have launched a petition to UC President Janet Napolitano and the UC Regents to dismiss UCLA Middle East history professor Gabriel Piterberg for sexually assaulting two graduate students, who claim he repeatedly harassed them over a period of years. Piterberg was made to forfeit one quarter's pay and fined $3k, but, to the dismay of many, remains on the faculty. He has a long record of virulently anti-Israel commentary and scholarship and conspiracy mongering against his critics. The petition for dismissal may be found here.

By Winfield Myers  |  April 12, 2016 at 11:36 am  |  Permalink

U. Denver's Nader Hashemi Shills for Muslim Brotherhood's 'Muslim Democracy'

Nader Hashemi

What happens when a reporter simply asks an apologist for the Muslim Brotherhood about the organization's past? An angry retort is what awaited Andrew Harrod when he approached Nader Hashemi, a Middle East studies specialist at the U. of Denver. Writing for Campus Watch, Harrod recounts the encounter along with the rest of Hashemi's defenses of Islamist radicalism today at FrontPage Magazine:

"I can't have a serious conversation with you about the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and violence because" this author's question "is driven by a certain ideological agenda," declared University of Denver Middle East studies professor Nader Hashemi. His dismissal typified the ideological blindness towards the MB of a March 17 presentation by the Islamist-aligned Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID) before about thirty-five at Washington, DC's National Press Club.

Hashemi concurred with his fellow panelists that enactment of the recently introduced Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act will "pour oil on the raging fires that are consuming" the Middle East. Despite the act's extensive catalogue of MB violent support for Islamic supremacy in numerous affiliates across the Middle East, he echoed the panel in rejecting an American terrorist designation for the MB's founding Egyptian branch. He contrasted a supposedly moderate MB with extremist groups like the Islamic State in Iraq and (Greater) Syria (ISIS) and warned that when "moderate forms of political Islam are crushed and denied a public voice, radical Islam thrives."

To read the rest of this essay, please click here.

By Winfield Myers  |  April 5, 2016 at 9:27 am  |  Permalink

Bir Zeit Prof: Columbus Colonized America, Israel to Blame

Abdul Rahim al-Shaikh

What could possibly connect Israel's founding in 1948 and Christopher Columbus's discovery of America in 1492? According to Bir Zeit University professor Abdul Rahim al-Shaikh, who, in a recent talk at Columbia University's Center for Palestine Studies, peddled the academic theory of "intersectionality," the two historical events form "an intersection between the conquest of America and the conquest of Palestine." Campus Watch contributor Mara Schiffren's report on al-Shaikh's lecture appears today at the Algemeiner:

Al-Shaikh is an associate professor of philosophy and cultural studies at Bir Zeit University, and a Fulbright Visiting Senior Scholar at CPS. The audience of approximately sixty people continued to trickle into one of the smaller semi-circular lecture halls in Jerome Greene Hall, even as al-Shaikh began. He opened with the aforementioned "intersection" between 1492 and the Zionist return to the land of Israel in the mid-nineteenth century. . . . By employing the magic of intersectionality, al-Shaikh blamed Israel for an event that took place 350 years before its rebirth.

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By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  April 1, 2016 at 1:51 pm  |  Permalink

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