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Hamas's Academic Apologists

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Who said, "Hamas cannot hurt Israel at all militarily. . . . Israeli citizens enjoy relative security"? Or, "Hamas has not chosen the option of a military or violent confrontation with Israel"? How about, "Israel's only real strategy is causing war, not ending war"? Answer: Middle East studies academics.

In the latest Campus Watch research, posted today at American Thinker, CW West Coast Representative Cinnamon Stillwell highlights such quotes to demonstrate how professors act as cheerleaders for Hamas and Palestinian terrorism:

Reaction by Middle East studies professors to Israel's recent effort to destroy Hamas's terrorist infrastructure epitomizes their perennial pro-Hamas, anti-Israel, and anti-American biases. In lieu of reasoned, informed, and balanced assessments, they proffer extremist rhetoric that demonizes Israel and America while ignoring Hamas's misdeeds: rockets aimed at Israeli civilians, kidnappings and murder, disregard for ceasefires, and the cynical use of Palestinian civilians--including children--as human shields.

Two groups--Middle East Scholars and Librarians and Historians Against the War--signed letters advocating a boycott of Israeli academic institutions and accusing Israel of war crimes that demand the end to U.S. military aid, respectively.

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By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  August 31, 2014 at 3:01 am  |  Permalink

Profs Blame Pro-Israel Bias for Stereotyping Muslims

Jack Shaheen

Writing for Campus Watch at Frontpage Magazine, Andrew Harrod reports on recent comments by Edmund Ghareeb and Jack Shaheen, professors at American and New York Universities, respectively, that blamed Israel for Arabs and Muslims' image problems in American media and entertainment:

Arabs and Muslims have an image problem in media and entertainment as a result of a pro-Israel political agenda. So claimed Edmund Ghareeb and Jack Shaheen, professors at American and New York Universities, respectively, on June 11, 2014, before an audience of forty middle-aged individuals at Washington, D.C. Jerusalem Fund think tank.

Ghareeb and Shaheen's presentation, "Portraying Arabs: 30 Years Later," commemorated their respective 1984 publications, Split Vision: The Portrayal of Arabs in the American Media and The TV Arab. Drawing upon personal experiences, Ghareeb decried a "lack of balance" in Middle East news coverage in Israel's favor, although groups such as CAMERA and Honest Reporting routinely demonstrate the reverse. According to Ghareeb, this allegedly biased media stereotyping "dehumanizes a people" and "allows for the use of force" against Arabs.

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By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  July 31, 2014 at 1:13 pm  |  Permalink

The Early Roots of Anti-Israel Lawfare

Sreemati Mitter

Although the use of lawfare to delegitimize Israel is lamentably common today, enemies of the Jewish state have in fact employed this weapon since the Jewish state's 1948 re-birth. In a CW-sponsored essay appearing today at FrontPage Magazine, Andrew Harrod reports on one Harvard scholar's recent attempt to put a positive spin on the first instance of this odious practice.

Anti-Israel lawfare actually has a longer pedigree than usually imagined, dating from a seemingly obscure lawsuit arising from Israel's 1948 re-birth. Sreemati Mitter, an Ernest May Fellow at the Belfer Center of Harvard University's Kennedy School and Harvard history Ph.D. candidate detailed the matter in a May 20 lecture. About forty mostly middle-aged and older pro-Palestinian individuals at the like-minded Jerusalem Fund think tank heard Mitter.

Mitter recounted the June 12, 1948 freezing by the newly reborn state of Israel of all bank accounts belonging to Arab refugees from Israeli-controlled territory during the country's independence war. She focused on the Palestine branches of Barclays and the Ottoman Bank in London, the two of which held deposits from the Arab Bank, a "Palestinian nationalist bank."

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By Winfield Myers  |  June 24, 2014 at 9:00 am  |  Permalink

No Debate Allowed at Anti-Israel UCLA 'Debate'

Gabriel Piterberg

UCLA's Center for Near Eastern Studies (CNES) has for years sponsored biased, anti-American, anti-Isael research and lectures. As Eric Golub reports today in a CW-sponsored article for FrontPage Magazine, a recent conference there that featured UCLA's Gabriel Piterberg, among others, continuted this lamentable tradition:

Outside of the United Nations, few institutions are as dedicated to anti-Israel rants as the University of California, Los Angeles Center for Near Eastern Studies (CNES). A recent CNES conference titled "The Settler Colonial Paradigm: Debating Gershon Shafir's 'Land, Labor and the Origins of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict' on its 25th Anniversary," was a case in point.

The mouthful of a title refers to University of California, San Diego sociology professor and director of the human rights minor Gershon Shafir's 1995 book, Land, Labor and the Origins of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Ignoring 3,000 years of archeological evidence connecting Jews to what is now the land of Israel, Shafir's unoriginal thesis was that carpet bagging Zionists bought up land and displaced indigenous Palestinians. Calling the conference a "debate" was a misnomer, for that typically requires at least two opposing views. In this case, the Israeli Gershon Shafir offered the Palestinian point of view and none of the speakers' contested him.

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By Winfield Myers  |  June 16, 2014 at 10:57 am  |  Permalink

Professors Shill for Islam

Carl Ernst

Writing today at FrontPage Magazine for Campus Watch, Andrew Harrod reports on UNC-Chapel Hill professor Carl Ernst's recent lecture at a Washington, DC, institute founded by the self-professed "anti-Zionist" Norton Mezvisnky. Any problems within Islam are of course the West's fault:

Merely ten people, including two imams and a reporter, heard University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, professor of religious studies Carl W. Ernst deliver the "First Annual Ibrahim Abu-Rabi Lecture" on May 7 at the International Council for Middle East Studies (ICMES) in the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C. Ernst was introduced by ICMES founder and president Norton Mezvinsky, who came to ICMES after a 42-year career teaching Middle East history at Central Connecticut State University.

A self-professed "anti-Zionist," Mezvinsky endorsed the infamous 1975 Zionism-is-racism U.N. resolution, developed amiable relations with the deranged anti-Semitic Lyndon LaRouche movement, and once spoke at the LaRouchite Schiller Institute in Germany. He also co-authored Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel with the late Israel Shahak, whose work, MEF Fellow Asaf Romirowsky wrote, "rests on his conviction that Judaism is the font of all evil and that most global issues can ultimately be traced back to Judaism via a world-wide Jewish conspiracy."

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By Winfield Myers  |  June 6, 2014 at 3:24 pm  |  Permalink

'Islamophobia' Thought Crimes at Berkeley, Part II

In the latest Campus Watch research, CW contributor Rima Greene and I report on this year's annual "Islamophobia" conference at UC Berkeley. The second installment of our coverage appears today at Frontpage Magazine (click here to read Part I):

The second day of the University of California, Berkeley's Fifth Annual International Islamophobia Conference—organized by the Center for Race & Gender's Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project (IRDP)—featured as much hysteria, victimhood, and anti-Western rhetoric as the first (which we reported on yesterday).

Viewing the second day's antics via live stream, two commercials ran repeatedly: one featuring sexy Latina actress Sofia Vergara selling shampoo for her long, flowing, decidedly unveiled locks, and the other seeking recruits for the U.S. Marines. This led one disgruntled online viewer, expecting an anti-American atmosphere to prevail in the virtual world as well as at the conference, to ask in the comments section, "What's up with these super wack commercials killing Arab, African brown people?," which elicited an apology from the organizers, who assured him they had no hand in picking the commercials.

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By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  June 5, 2014 at 12:37 pm  |  Permalink

'Islamophobia' Thought Crimes at Berkeley

UC Berkeley's annual "Islamophobia" conference is a reliable source of politicization, hysteria, academic jargon, and anti-Western rhetoric. In the latest Campus Watch research, CW contributor Rima Greene and I report on this year's activities, which included a promise from conference convener Hatem Bazian to create a new field called "Islamophobia studies." Part One of our coverage appears today at Frontpage Magazine:

What's an "Islamophobia"-promoting academic to do when there simply aren't enough hate crimes to sustain the mythical narrative that Muslim-Americans are persecuted for their religion? The Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project (IRDP) at the University of California, Berkeley's Center for Race & Gender came up with a brilliant idea for this spring's Fifth Annual International Islamophobia Conference: they invented a thought crime called "latent Islamophobia."

According to the conference description and "inspired by [the late Columbia professor] Edward Said's work on Orientalism," "Islamophobia" can be broken into two categories: latent and manifest.

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By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  June 4, 2014 at 12:46 pm  |  Permalink

Berkeley Prof: Terrorists Good, 'Islamophobia' Bad

Hatem Bazian

In the latest Campus Watch research, CW contributor Rima Greene and I report on a lecture from UC Berkeley's Hatem Bazian that took place at a recent Bay Area conference. It appears today at Frontpage Magazine:

When "interfaith dialogue," "Islamophobia," boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS), and academia collide, there's a good chance that Friends of Sabeel – North America (FOSNA) will be involved. Case in point: FOSNA, the "voice of the Palestinian Christians," recently held a conference with the title, "Voices for Justice & Peace in the Holy Land" that encompassed all four factors. It took place at co-host Christ the King Catholic Church in Pleasant Hill, California, a massive complex with plenty of room for the workshops that made up the bulk of the conference. Tables displayed with anti-Israel books, leaflets, flyers, and T-shirts lined the walls of the cafeteria; approximately 100 people attended, many sporting keffiyehs, including a tall woman wearing a patchwork-style dress composed entirely of the scarves. Radical chic was all the rage.

Hatem Bazian—a senior lecturer in the department of Near Eastern studies, director of the Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project at the University of California, Berkeley, and a regular at Sabeel conferences and other "interfaith" events—led the workshop titled "American Muslims and the Palestinian struggle for liberation." It focused on the alleged connection between "Islamophobia," counterterrorism, and the pro-Israel movement.

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By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  May 9, 2014 at 12:36 pm  |  Permalink

Rashid Khalidi's False Narrative of Israeli History

Rashid Khalidi

Former PLO spokesman and Columbia University historian Rashid Khalidi recently offered an audience in Washington, D.C., a false version of Israeli history in which the U.S. and Israel share the blame for the failure of numerous attempts to reach a permanent peace with the Palestinians. Andrew Harrod reported on Khalidi's lecture for Campus Watch in an article published at FrontPage Magazine:

Palestinian-American Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi addressed America's role in the Arab-Israeli peace processon April 17, 2014, at Washington, DC's Jerusalem Fund, a pro-Palestinian think tank. Describing Israel's "entirely false narrative" into which "we have all been brainwashed," Khalidi revealed his own myopia before an audience of about forty mostly likeminded, middle-aged people.

John Halaka's "Portraits of Denial and Despair" photo exhibit currently displayed in Jerusalem Fund hallways set a worrying ambience for Khalidi. Amidst photo captions damning an Israeli "settler colonial state," one photo montage shows Yasser Arafat's former press secretary, Raeda Taha. She grew up "in the shadow of a martyr," a caption declares, a "symbol of the national struggle," namely her pictured terrorist father Ali Taha, "killed in a hijacking operation he commanded."

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By Winfield Myers  |  May 1, 2014 at 4:24 pm  |  Permalink

Al-Jazeera Pulls Massad Article for 'Slandering' the P.A.

Although we have only Ali Abuminah of the Electronic Intifada to rely on for this story, it's entirely plausible that the always-unhinged Joseph Massad, an associate professor of modern Arab politics and intellectual history at Columbia University, would have an article pulled, even by the notoriously lax Al-Jazeera. After all, it's happened before.

However, instead of targeting Israel, Massad's focus this time was on Mohammad Dahlan and the corruption of the Palestinian Authority, which may explain why Al-Jazeera's editor suddenly complained of "defamation, slander and libel." It sounds as though Al-Jazeera has gotten a dose of its own medicine, to which Campus Watch can only respond, welcome to the club!

By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  April 1, 2014 at 5:18 pm  |  Permalink

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