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NYU's Zachary Lockman Signs BDS Petition 'To End Israeli Occupation'

Zachary Lockman

Zachary Lockman--a professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic studies at New York University (NYU) who, as Campus Watch noted last month, used the opportunity of an unrelated lecture to peddle "Israel Lobby" conspiracy theories that bordered on classical anti-Semitism--is among the Middle East studies faculty who signed an "NYU Out of Occupied Palestine" divestment petition to "end the Israeli occupation." Lockman is #61 on the list; other signatories include:

Benoit Challand, Assistant Professor of Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies

Michael Cole Gilsenan, Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and Anthropology

Hala Halim, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature & Middle Eastern Studies

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By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  April 14, 2015 at 4:33 pm  |  Permalink

Massad at Cornell: 'It is the End of the Zionist Colonial Adventure'

Joseph Massad

Columbia University professor and notorious Israel-basher Joseph Massad recently delivered a speech at Cornell University, in which he declared, "It is the end of the Zionist colonial adventure" and proposed that, instead of working for a two-state solution, the BDS movement continue "boycotting all Israeli academic and cultural institutions . . . until Israel ceases to be a racist state." He also suggested activists employ buzz terms such as "racism," "colonialism," and "occupation" to render BDS more palatable to American and European students. The Cornell Review blog has the details.

By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  April 13, 2015 at 4:43 pm  |  Permalink

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By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  April 10, 2015 at 1:55 pm  |  Permalink

Brian Edwards of Northwestern: American 'Fear' and 'Racism' Solved by Learning Arabic

Brian T. Edwards

In a Chicago Tribune op-ed titled "Teach Arabic in Public Schools," Brian T. Edwards, Crown Professor in Middle East Studies and founding director of the Middle East and North African Studies Program at Northwestern University, makes the ludicrous claim that Americans are beset with "anxieties about Arabic language" because of "a widespread fear of foreign languages" and—wait for it—"open and unchecked racism toward Arabs and, by loose association, non-Arab Muslims."

Citing FBI statistics for anti-Islamic hate crimes, Edwards eventually comes to the inane conclusion that, "massive numbers of American students learning Arabic will help advance peace." Given that the latest FBI statistics show that the highest number (60.3 percent) of religiously-motivated hate crimes target Jews, while only 13.7 target Muslims, one could just as easily argue that American public school students should learn Hebrew. We won't hold our breath waiting for Edwards or his "Islamophobia"-obsessed cohorts in the ranks of Middle East studies to start writing op-eds demanding reform to public education in order to fight anti-Semitism.

By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  April 9, 2015 at 5:04 pm  |  Permalink

Saudi Funding: From Jimmy Carter to Middle East Studies

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal and Jimmy Carter

According to the Arab News, former U.S. president Jimmy Carter recently participated in an official Carter Center delegation to Saudi Arabia, where he met with Saudi billionaire and prolific funder of Middle East studies in the U.S, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal. The prince's largesse has resulted in the Islamist apologist-dominated Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University (headed by chief apologist John Esposito) and Harvard University's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, whose faculty, although less controversial, is equally tendentious.

During the meeting, Carter dutifully "commended the prince for his efforts to encourage East-West dialogue to bridge the understanding between the two cultures," but, as Campus Watch noted in 2012, Bin Talal's funding of Middle East studies is not intended merely to promote cross-cultural understanding. A representative for his foundation admitted at the time that it's part of an "effort to combat Islamophobia after September 11," including "an anti-campaign against Islam in general." In other words, its purpose is to promote a whitewashed, positive image of Islam in the West.

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By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  April 8, 2015 at 5:13 pm  |  Permalink

Tufts Prof Thomas Abowd: Jews Colonial Usurpers in Jerusalem

Thomas Abowd

The work of Thomas Abowd of Tufts is part of a broad effort by Middle East studies specialists to delegitimize Israel as a Jewish state by falsely denying or downplaying the ancient and enduring Hebrew history of Jerusalem. In a recent lecture in Washington, Abowd asserted that Israel "has built a whole national mythology out of the City of David," including even the Western Wall, whose significance he called an "invention of relatively recent construction." Writing for Campus Watch, Andrew Harrod reports on Abowd's absurd claims today at FrontPage Magazine:

Israel "has built a whole national mythology out of the City of David" in a "weaponization of myth," stated Israel-hating Tufts University professor Thomas Abowd on March 17 at Washington, DC's anti-Israel Jerusalem Fund think tank. Condemnation of "Israeli Colonial Racism" described in a Powerpoint presentation formed his lecture's central theme, which incongruously presented Jews as colonial usurpers in their own ancestral national homeland before an audience of about twenty.

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By Winfield Myers  |  April 1, 2015 at 9:31 am  |  Permalink

Middle East Studies: From the Faculty Lounge to the Foreign Policy Arena

Michael Rubin analyzes the influence of Columbia University's Rashid Khalidi and the late Edward Said on Obama's thinking and concludes that the chaos erupting throughout the Middle East amounts to "ideas in action"--straight from the faculty lounge to the foreign policy arena.

By Winfield Myers  |  March 30, 2015 at 4:50 pm  |  Permalink

Who's Afraid of Campus Watch? Stanford Prof Joel Beinin

Joel Beinin

Thirteen years after Campus Watch (CW)'s inception in 2002, radical, politicized Middle East studies academics remain indignant that an organization dared confront them with the horror of outside criticism, which they falsely equate with censorship, McCarthyism, and other paranoid clichés. In the latest CW research, Cinnamon Stillwell reports on a recent Stanford University lecture in which Joel Beinin -- Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History and Professor of Middle East History and a past president of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) -- not only boasted that he and his radical "generation of Middle East scholars" had overtaken the field, but deplored CW's ascension in the "post-second intifada-9/11 environment" and mischaracterized its purpose. Her article appears today at American Thinker:

Beinin has been a frequent subject of CW's attention, and for good reason. His long history of anti-Israel, anti-American bias -- not to mention his engaging in the last bastion of desperate Middle East studiesacademics: false death threat allegations against critics -- is well-known. Indeed, he boasted at the Stanford lecture, "I have no problem with anybody calling me a radical," although his strenuous objections to external criticism indicate otherwise.

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By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  March 30, 2015 at 1:28 pm  |  Permalink

Steven Salaita Brings His War on Civility (and His Pity Party) to Stanford

Steven Salaita

The notion that words such as "civility" and "divisive" have clear definitions is under attack by academic moral relativists who grant themselves the right to twist words to mean whatever aids their quest for power. In the latest Campus Watch research, Cinnamon Stillwell and Rima Greene report on a recent Stanford University lecture---co-sponsored by the Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies and titled "Academic Freedom in the Context of the Israel-Palestine Conflict: A Talk by Steven Salaita"---that illustrated the point. Their article appears today at Jihad Watch:

The mostly professorial crowd of about sixty, including several sporting keffiyehs, crowded around a long table and spilled into the hallway. . . . Salaita—the former Virginia Tech professor and author of Israel's Dead Soul currently suing both the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and unnamed donors after his offer of a tenured professorship in American Indian studies was withdrawn due to his vitriolic, Israel-bashing, anti-Semitic tweets—delivered another in a series of nationwide lectures in which he portrayed himself as a martyr, valiantly battling the forces of "civility."

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By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  March 27, 2015 at 1:23 pm  |  Permalink

Georgetown's Elliott Colla Blames the West for ISIS' Desecration of History

ISIS smashes Assyrian statues in Mosul, Iraq.

Elliott Colla of Georgetown, like many other professors of Middle East studies, downplays the role of radical Islam in ISIS' attacks on antiquities and even compares this barbaric vandalism to the toppling of the year-old statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad in '03. Writing at American Thinker, Middle East Forum director of academic affairs and director, Campus Watch, Winfield Myers dissects Colla's absurd attempt to "contextualize" ISIS by shifting blame to the legacy of Western archaeology and the museums that hold its treasures:

Elliott Colla, associate professor of Arabic studies at Georgetown University, has joined the herd of Middle East studies professors who insist that Islam has nothing to do with widespread destruction of antiquities by the Islamic State (ISIS). Rather than appealing to Islamic texts or traditions to defend Islam, however, Colla deploys a two-fold strategy of feigning ignorance about ISIS and contextualizing their horrific acts within the intellectual and material legacy of Western colonial archaeology. As a result, in whitewashing Islamism Colla degrades the worth of ancient civilizations and their artifacts while training his moral outrage on Western colonialism, particularly the archaeological digs it sponsored and the museums these enterprises filled.

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By Winfield Myers  |  March 25, 2015 at 11:15 am  |  Permalink

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