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Campus Watch and Islamism: A Guide for the Perpetually Perplexed Elyse Semerdjian

Elyse Semerdjian

Elyse Semerdjian is panic-stricken—and deeply confused—about her profession and, it seems, reality itself. In arguing in Jadaliyya that the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) should amend its bylaws to remove its claim to be "non-political," the associate professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic history at Whitman College falsely accuses Campus Watch [CW] of

smearing academics on the internet for being critical of the US War on Terror, critical of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, or doing their job by offering a scholarly view of Islam within an environment of vitriol and willful ignorance.

If scholars of her ilk bothered to offer a "scholarly view of Islam," CW wouldn't exist. Our future is assured, however, thanks to Semerdjian and her colleagues nationwide, whose displays of vitriol and willful ignorance over the decades have left Middle East studies in ruins.

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By Winfield Myers  |  February 22, 2017 at 6:04 pm  |  Permalink

Turmp Upsets the Academic Foreign Policy Establishment

Nathan Brown

Why are leaders of the Middle East studies/foreign policy establishment upset over the new administration's rhetoric and actions regarding policy toward the Middle East? Andrew Harrod, who writes frequently for Campus Watch, reports at Jihad Watch on a recent talk by former MESA president and George Washington U. professor Nathan Brown and U. of Maryland professor ShibleyTelhami at the anti-Israel Jerusalem Fund.

"Previous administrations, Republican and Democrat, very sharply resisted" the Middle East foreign policy outlook of America's new president, Donald Trump. So argued George Washington University Middle East studies professor Nathan Brown during the February 7 presentation "Trump's Foreign Policy Positions on Palestine and the Middle East" at Washington, DC's anti-Israel Jerusalem Fund. The hackneyed views of the panelists and, presumably, the largely leftist audience of about fifty, including two women in Code Pink attire and "pussy hats," strengthened the case for Trump's anti-establishment approach.

Brown skeptically referenced Trump's "conviction that the United States is in a civilizational battle." Trump considers the "necessity to eliminate radical Islamic terrorism" a "very, very core theme," thereby raising a "suspicion on some people's parts that 'radical Islamic terrorism' is really a synonym for Islam." As an example, Brown cited Trump's references to global Muslim support for executing apostates, a factual observation of Islam's political pathologies.

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

By Winfield Myers  |  February 20, 2017 at 10:25 am  |  Permalink

CW Contributor Kicked Out of Georgetown Prof Jonathan Brown's Lecture

Andrew Harrod, a Campus Watch contributor reporting, in this case, for Jihad Watch, was kicked out of an International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) lecture from thin-skinned Georgetown University professor Jonathan Brown, who whined, "Aren't you tired of writing your stupid articles?"

By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  February 10, 2017 at 5:52 pm  |  Permalink

U. of Chicago's Robert Pape's Faulty Argument Against Trump's Exec. Order

University of Chicago professor and lead author of a new report on ISIS argues that Trump's immigration executive order doesn't address the homegrown threat and fuels anti-U.S. propaganda. The very existence of the U.S. fuels ISIS propaganda, while Pape is downplaying the threat posed by foreign-born terrorists.

By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  February 8, 2017 at 4:48 pm  |  Permalink

Yale Professor Andrew March: Legal Protections for Advocates of Terror

Andrew March

Yale political scientist Andrew March has a long history as an apologist of Islamism, so it's no surprise that he would oppose efforts to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a Foreign Terrorist Organiztion. Writing for Campus Watch at the Daily Caller, Mitchell Bard exposes the danger behind March's efforts:

In a novel approach to defending terrorists, Yale University political professor Andrew March argues that the U.S. should not designate the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) as a terrorist organization because it could subject researchers to prosecution for providing material support for a terrorist organization. In March's bizarre logic, terrorists should not be labeled as such to avoid the possibility that a scholar might be falsely charged with helping them.

Journalists and scholars have routinely interviewed terrorists without any legal repercussions; March has nothing to worry about if his interests are strictly academic. He fears that "any NGO, think tank or charity organization with any link to the broad Islamist movement" will be deemed illegal. Yet that is how it should be: because Islamists, by definition, are violent radicals, support for them would indeed be providing material support for terrorists.

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

By Winfield Myers  |  February 8, 2017 at 11:05 am  |  Permalink

CW Quoted on Birzeit Terror Rally; An-Najah Equally Radical

The Algemeiner quotes Campus Watch's Cinnamon Stillwell calling for Western institutions to cut ties with the West Bank's Birzeit University, following a December rally with students in jihadist regalia promoting terrorism against Israelis. To sign the Middle East Forum's petition to end San Francisco State University's partnership with the equally radical An-Najah University, please click here.

By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  February 7, 2017 at 4:53 pm  |  Permalink

UC Irvine's Mark LeVine Calls Trump Administration a 'Dictatorship'

UC Irvine's history department has issued a statement condemning President Trump's executive order on immigration. UCI professor Mark LeVine accuses the administration of creating "a climate of hostility and hatred for Muslims," and acting like a "dictatorship" and an "authoritarian regime."

(Hat tip: Gary Fouse at Fousequawk)

By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  February 7, 2017 at 2:55 pm  |  Permalink

Questions about the 'Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council': Senators Hatch & Cardin to Host Reception at Dirksen Building This Evening

Hatem Bazian

Ahead of tonight's reception co-hosted by Senators Hatch and Cardin, Stephen Schwartz examines the new "Muslim Jewish Advisory Council," an interfaith effort between the well-meaning American Jewish Committee (AJC) and the radical Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) that counts UC Berkeley's Hatem Bazian among its opponents. His Campus Watch-sponsored article appears today at the Weekly Standard:

What could go wrong in such a worthy enterprise? AJC is a reasonable, credible institution. Its policy-makers doubtless feel more comfortable cultivating "dialogue" with ISNA, which is considered the weightiest American Muslim interest group. But ISNA has in the past been exposed as a channel for the spread of Saudi-based Wahhabi fanaticism in U.S. mosques.

To read the entire article, please click here.

By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  February 1, 2017 at 6:00 pm  |  Permalink

Rashid Khalidi Doubles Down on Anti-Semitic 'Infestation' Remarks

By one of Khalidi's students still at Columbia. She emailed asking if he would clarify his remarks, but he "doubled down on his insult" in his reply. What a guy.

By Winfield Myers  |  February 1, 2017 at 2:02 pm  |  Permalink

MESA President Warns That U.S. Academic Conferences Will Be Boycotted

In a Chronicle of Higher Education (by subscription) interview on President Trump's executive order on immigration, Middle East Studies Association (MESA) president and CUNY professor Beth Baron notes that there are already threats to boycott international conferences in the U.S. BDS against America?

By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  January 31, 2017 at 4:06 pm  |  Permalink

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