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Blood Libels and BDS: Rutgers Prof Jasbir Puar's Vassar Lecture

Jasbir Puar

Rutgers University associate professor Jasbir Puar's February 3 lecture at Vassar College has ignited a firestorm. Co-sponsored by the Jewish studies department, Puar's jargon-ridden talk featured Israel-bashing, BDS cheerleading, and anti-Semitic blood libels. Specifically, she accused the IDF of harvesting organs from Palestinians killed while perpetrating knife attacks.

Puar---an advisory board member of the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel---also admitted that BDS, despite proponents' frequent claims to the contrary, is "part of . . . armed resistance in Palestine."

For the rest of the gory details, go to Legal Insurrection.

By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  February 9, 2016 at 6:52 pm  |  Permalink

BDS on American Campuses Echoes 1930s' Anti-Semitism

University administrators ignore the anti-Semitism lurking beneath the boycott/divestment/sanctions movement against Israel.

American university leaders' condemnation of BDS in the name of academic freedom while ignoring the anti-Semitism behind the movement echoes their predecessors' willful blindness to Nazi policies that "cleansed" German universities of Jewish scholars. Writing in the Miami Herald, Winfield Myers, MEF director of academic affairs and Campus Watch, condemns their moral preening, which lends a veneer of legitimacy to attacks on Israel:

In the aftermath of the American Studies Association's (ASA) December 2013 vote to support the boycott/divestment/sanctions (BDS) movement against Israeli universities and scholars, the heads of 250 American universities voiced their opposition to both the ASA's decision and to academic boycotts in general as violations of academic freedom.

Typifying their stance was that of Brown University president Christina Paxson, who said that such action "would be antithetical to open scholarly exchange and would inhibit the advancement of knowledge and discovery."

Yet in failing to address the odiousness of singling out Israel for boycott, such reactions ignore the black heart of BDS: its profound anti-Semitism hiding under the guise of anti-Zionism, anti-colonialism or any cause de jour. A university president harboring intensely anti-Israel or anti-Semitic beliefs could still oppose BDS on academic freedom grounds while leaving unaddressed this key moral issue.

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By Winfield Myers  |  February 8, 2016 at 9:24 am  |  Permalink

Pro-Israel Profs Marginalized on Campus, Not the Other Way Around

It's an article of faith among anti-Israel academics that their views are marginalized on campus, when, in fact, the opposite is true. Speaking to the Algemeiner, Alexandra Marcus, founder of the Columbia University chapter of Students Supporting Israel, confirms as much. She points to the example of Connecticut College professor Andrew Pessin, who remains on leave following a campaign of vilification perpetrated by faculty, administration, and student groups alike:

The professors who support us have said they can't come out publicly on our side, because they're afraid it would jeopardize their careers. And they're right. Look what happened to [Connecticut philosophy professor] Andrew Pessin. And to tell you the truth, I am also petrified that my pro-Israel activism could ruin my career.

By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  February 5, 2016 at 6:36 pm  |  Permalink

From BDS to Ferguson: Columbia U. Panel Takes Aim at Israel

Academe has been quick to exploit the manufactured connection between the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) and Black Lives Matter movements that began with the 2014 protests following the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. A recent Columbia University panel discussion featuring specialists in Middle East studies and African-American history proved the point. In an article written for Campus Watch and appearing today at FrontPage Magazine, Mara Schiffren reports on the panel's ominous conclusion: "There's no future for a Jewish state."

The second in an annual BDS series sponsored by the Center for Palestine Studies, "The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement: Struggle and Solidarity" took place at Columbia Law School. Students, faculty, BDS activists, and community members socialized prior to the event as the capacious, semi-circular lecture hall began to fill with about 100 people.

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By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  January 13, 2016 at 1:15 pm  |  Permalink

Devastating Critique of Islamist Apologist Reza Aslan

In the latest episode of David Pakman's internet television show, he exposes UC Riverside "celebrity professor" Reza Aslan's penchant for misrepresenting his academic credentials and for hostility towards legitimate criticism of Islam. He also exhorts fellow progressives to stay true to "liberal principles" and to resist the lure of politically-correct apologists such as Aslan. Watch the whole thing.

By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  January 12, 2016 at 5:47 pm  |  Permalink

American Historical Association Fails to Pass Anti-Israel Resolution

Anti-Israel members of the American Historical Association (AHA), including Middle East studies profs Juan Cole of Michigan, Joel Beinin of Stanford, Zachary Lockman of NYU, and Dina Khoury of George Washington, failed in their attempt to single out Israel for condemnation at the annual AHA meeting this past weekend in Atlanta. This was the second consecutive year the resolution, which charged that Israel abuses Palestinian universities and students, was defeated by AHA members.

By Winfield Myers  |  January 11, 2016 at 1:03 pm  |  Permalink

After Paris and San Bernardino Attacks, MLA Condemns 'Islamophobia'

In the aftermath of Islamist terrorism in Paris and San Bernardino, the Modern Language Association has condemned (wait for it) "Islamophobia."

In the [U.S.] there has been an upsurge in attacks upon and censorship and harassment of those who . . . teach about Islam. The MLA condemns . . . all violations of free speech and academic freedom . . . . We especially deplore the firings and intimidation of those teachers who aid in our understanding of Islam.

We await the MLA's condemnation of the intimidation and professional ostracism of professors who dissent from views enforced by organizations such as the MLA, MESA, et al., which dominate American higher education.

By Winfield Myers  |  January 5, 2016 at 4:55 pm  |  Permalink

Assault on Academic Freedom? UCLA Conference Blames Israel

In recent months, California campuses have been awash in conferences alleging an "assault on academic freedom" against professors who espouse the Palestinian narrative, when, in fact, it is bias against Israel that holds sway. In the latest Campus Watch research, appearing today at Jihad Watch, CW West Coast representative Cinnamon Stillwell and Breitbart News journalist Adelle Nazarian report on UCLA's inversion of the truth:

In introducing the first panel, Lara Deeb, professor and chair of anthropology at Scripps College and founding member of the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI), proclaimed that, "We live in a society that is marked by structural racism" and "hate speech is generating an environment that is averse to learning."

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By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  December 22, 2015 at 6:59 pm  |  Permalink

L.A. Times Quotes Campus Watch Director Winfield Myers

Campus Watch director Winfield Myers is quoted in the Los Angeles Times in a story on the problems with the way Islam is taught in America's public schools:

"Not infrequently, lessons about Islam tend toward apologetics," said Winfield Myers, director of Campus Watch. "What we find in schools ... is a portrayal of Islam in a very positive light and a portrayal of Christianity and Judaism in a very negative light." Myers said he wants a "balanced view that recognizes the good and bad" of Islam and Western civilization.

As for the controversial lesson in Virginia, Myers said, "We have utterly no objection to practicing Arabic calligraphy." But he added, "If you were learning Greek, it would be unlikely a public school teacher would have you learn in Greek by writing 'Jesus Christ is our lord and savior.'"

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By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  December 21, 2015 at 4:40 pm  |  Permalink

Anti-Israel Columbia Prof Hamid Dabashi a Big Hit in Germany

Hamid Dabashi

Columbia University Iranian studies scholar Hamid Dabashi is experiencing a flurry of speaking engagements at German universities and organizations. It's no coincidence that he exemplifies academic hatred for Israel and the trivialization of Germans crimes and the Holocaust. Writing for Campus Watch, Clemens Heni, Director of the Berlin International Center for the Study of Antisemitism (BICSA), illustrates why Dabashi has become the darling of German academe. His article appears today at the Algemeiner:

Germany is a hotbed of academic antisemitism, particularly in the fields of Islamic and Middle Eastern studies. Germans are particularly pleased with non-European scholars, such as Dabashi, who will defame Israel and downplay the crimes of the Holocaust. . . . As I demonstrated in my 2013 book, Dabashi wants to destroy the Jewish state of Israel, which he calls a "racist Apartheid state." He supported German former Waffen SS member and Nobel Prize Laureate G√ľnter Grass after he'd written a nasty anti-Israel poem portraying Iran as a victim of Israeli aggression.

To read the entire article, please click here.

By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  December 18, 2015 at 2:55 pm  |  Permalink

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