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Setting the Record Straight: CW Corrects Rabab Abdulhadi at Mondoweiss

Rabab Abdulhadi

We've been busy lately correcting smears against Campus Watch, especially from San Francisco State University professor Rabab Abdulhadi, who has just penned two articles attacking CW and others in light of a lawsuit brought against her by the Lawfare Project. CW West Coast Representative Cinnamon Stillwell responded to Abdulhadi's latest round of falsehoods:

Rabab Abdulhadi, director of San Francisco State University (SFSU)'s Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diaspora Initiative (AMED), has penned a two-part (click here and here) approximately 7,000-word response to a Lawfare Project (LP) lawsuit—in which she is named—against SFSU alleging anti-Semitism and discrimination against Jewish students. In the process, Abdulhadi blasts the Middle East Forum/Campus Watch (MEF/CW) campaign to end the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)—also cited in the lawsuit—she brokered between SFSU and terror-promoting An-Najah University in the West Bank. She also commits countless errors and misrepresents CW with the hackneyed clichés to which we've become accustomed.

After acknowledging that she discovered LP's lawsuit not from SFSU's administration but from "a Campus Watch tweet" (we aim to please!), Abdulhadi recounts how she "dreaded" her Twitter notifications due to CW's "nasty attacks." The latter, in fact, are criticism of her role as the architect of the Najah MOU—an extension of her rabidly anti-Israel academic track record. It's nothing personal.

To read the rest of this correction, please click here. To access CW's archives of corrections, please click here.

By Winfield Myers  |  July 25, 2017 at 5:02 pm  |  Permalink

SFSU's Partnership with Radical An-Najah U. Stokes Anti-Semitism

If you haven't already, please click here to sign a petition calling for San Francisco State University (SFSU) to end its Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with An-Najah University in the West Bank. If you've already signed, please share the petition with others.

Even as the Lawfare Project's anti-Semitism lawsuit against San Francisco State University (SFSU) proceeds, SFSU stands by its Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with An-Najah University, a Palestinian institution where hatred and violence towards Jews is encouraged. At the Algemeiner, Campus Watch West Coast representative Cinnamon Stillwell lays out the shocking history of anti-Semitism at Najah, demonstrating that the Middle East Forum's campaign to end SFSU's MOU is more important than ever:

Najah routinely holds campus events to honor "martyred" terrorists; names entire graduating classes after terrorists; allows students to celebrate the kidnapping and murder of Israelis at graduation ceremonies; permits student groups to organize exhibits and hold rallies applauding Jew-hatred and suicide bombings; lets student groups distribute literature honoring Najah students who died as "shaheeds" (terrorists); and allows faculty to promulgate pro-terror and anti-Semitic propaganda.

The following is just a sampling of Najah's poisonous environment . . .

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By Winfield Myers  |  July 19, 2017 at 1:40 pm  |  Permalink

Setting the Record Straight: CW Corrects Smears from Mondoweiss

In the latest addition to the ever-growing archive in Setting the Record Straight, where CW corrects smears and calumnies directed against it, MEF director of academic affairs and of Campus Watch, Winfield Myers, exposes the fallacies found in a July 6 article in Mondoweiss, a radical publication founded by anti-Israel activist Philip Weiss. Titled "The Battle for Palestine on U.S. Campuses: a Review of 'We Will not Be Silenced: The Academic Repression of Israel's Critics," the review reflects the fallacies of both the reviewer and the book under review, making it doubly fallacious.

Rarely have so many errors been committed in so little space as they were by one Kim Jensen earlier this month. It takes a special kind of carelessness and cluelessness to get almost everything about an organization--in this case Campus Watch--wrong. To be fair, Jensen had help: she's after all reviewing a book chock-full of fallacies that sports a foreword by the infamous conspiracy monger and anti-Semite Cynthia McKinnney. But we're hardy folks here at CW, given that we've seen such nonsense from the likes of the execrable Mondoweiss many times over the years. It's what they do.

So, for the record (yet again, until next time, etc.), CW does not engage in censorship, a fact that should be obvious to anyone with a modicum of knowledge of the rule of law. We do not possess, nor do we seek, nor would we use them if we had, the state power to silence anyone for anything. It is a long-held and dearly beloved affectation of a certain type of delicate professor to cry "censorship" whenever some meddling (see below) outsider has the temerity to criticize him. Poor thing. Perhaps someday he'll understand, but we rather doubt it.

To read the rest of this correction, please click here. To access CW's archives of corrections, please click here.

By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  July 14, 2017 at 6:11 pm  |  Permalink

MESA Sides Against America on SCOTUS Decision

The Middle East Studies Association (MESA), a plaintiff in the legal challenge blocking President Trump's Executive Order (EO) on immigration, has responded to the U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing partial reinstatement by continuing to employ the misleading label "Muslim ban"; recommending that academic institutions "continue to solicit and process applications from the affected countries" and "admit refugee students and hire refugee scholars" by helping them meet the new exemptions, which, they helpfully note, "should be applicable to many MESA members" and to "current students"; and, worst of all, by advising university administrators to direct campus police "not to participate in immigration enforcement."

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By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  June 27, 2017 at 9:05 pm  |  Permalink

Professors Spin Anti-Semitic Conspiracies at Cal State-Fresno

Vida Samiian

When CSU Fresno canceled a search last year for an Edward Said professorship on procedural grounds, it didn't take long for anti-Israel profs. like Vida Samiian to conjure up an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory accusing Jewish faculty and outside groups of interfering due to "racism" against the Middle Eastern applicants. Pretty soon, Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) and the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) were registering their own complaints. Campus Watch West coast representative Cinnamon Stillwell and CW Fellow Michael Lumish cover the ugly affair at the Algemeiner:

California State University, Fresno (CSUF) is the last place that one would expect conspiracy theories about Jewish power to proliferate — because Jews make up less than one percent of Fresno's population. But leave it to the academic world to provide fertile ground for this ugly trope.

It began last year, when CSUF sought to hire someone for an endowed professorship to be named after the late Columbia University professor Edward Said. When the hiring committee failed to appoint one of the final four applicants — all of Middle Eastern heritage — and CSUF canceled the search, an acrimonious battle ensued.

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By Winfield Myers  |  June 26, 2017 at 2:53 pm  |  Permalink

Lawsuit Brings Day of Reckoning to SFSU's Rabab Abdulhadi

If you haven't already, please click here to sign a petition calling for San Francisco State University (SFSU) to end its Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with An-Najah University in the West Bank. If you've already signed, please share the petition with others.

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

If you haven't already, please click here to sign a petition calling for San Francisco State University (SFSU) to end its Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with An-Najah University in the West Bank. If you've already signed, please share the petition with others.

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

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