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Brandeis Hires Suheil Laher, Anti-Semitic Islamist with Al-Qaeda Links

Suheil Laher

Brandeis University, which was founded "in defiance of anti-Semitism," has hired an anti-Semitic Islamist with links to al-Qaeda to teach students about Islam. Sam Westrop, reporting for Campus Watch, provides the details at PJ Media:

Brandeis offered Boston-based cleric Suheil Laher a job in its Near Eastern and Judaic Studies department despite his long history of involvement with extremist causes. That history includes his leadership of a now-defunct charity that raised funds for jihadist causes in Bosnia, Chechnya, and Afghanistan.

This academic year, Laher is teaching two courses at Brandeis: "Introduction to the Qu'ran" and "Muhammad: Life, Teachings, and Legacy." Given Laher's past, what strain of Islam is he likely to promote?

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By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  January 18, 2017 at 7:57 pm  |  Permalink

Columbia's Rashid Khalidi: Pro-Israel People 'Are Going to Infest Our Government'

Columbia University professor and Obama mentor Rashid Khalidi is warning that pro-Israel "people infest the Trump transition team" and "are going to infest our government as of January 20." What's worse, "they are hand in glove with a similar group of people in the Israeli government and Israeli political life who think that whatever they think can be imposed on reality." Given the anti-Israel "infestation" of the past eight years, the latter sounds awfully familiar.

By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  January 18, 2017 at 7:25 pm  |  Permalink

Is Judith Butler the New Edward Said?

Judith Butler

Edward Said became an academic rock star through his book Orientalism (1978), an attack on the conviction that scholarship results from rigorous, apolitical research rather than the adoption of trendy, nihilistic attitudes that deny the legitimacy of Western culture. Writing at American Thinker for Campus Watch, A.J. Caschetta asks if UC Berkeley philosopher and anti-Israel activist Judith Butler is the new Edward Said:

Of all the non-Middle East specialists writing on the Middle East, few have been as prolific or as indecipherable as Judith Butler. More than an academic, she has become a pop culture figure. In an age of identity politics, Butler's identity as a Marxist, feminist, lesbian practitioner of critical theory who writes prolifically about gender and transgenderism have made her among the most interviewed active college professors. But her anti-Israel advocacy has made her a star, and a possible successor to the late Edward Said, another academic whose fame rests more on tendentious scholarship and agitprop than rigorous, objective research.

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By Winfield Myers  |  January 16, 2017 at 2:47 pm  |  Permalink

Barnard Prof Nadia Abu El Haj Admits BDS Targets 'Individual Scholars'

BDS movement co-founder Omar Barghouti has long claimed that the academic boycott of Israel "targets institutions, not individuals." But Barnard College professor Nada Abu El Haj admitted to a pro-BDS panel at the recent Modern Language Association (MLA) convention, "Yes, there will be a small price that individual scholars will have to pay. That is the point."

By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  January 11, 2017 at 5:55 pm  |  Permalink

Students Protest Gabriel Piterberg's Return to UCLA After Sexual Misconduct Suspension

UCLA professor Gabriel Piterberg's return to campus after suspension for sexually harassing and assaulting two graduate students resulted in student protests, canceled classes, and a sign on his chalkboard that read, "Good morning sexual harasser." Campus Watch covered Piterberg's case, and that of UC Berkeley's Nezar AlSayyad, in December.

By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  January 11, 2017 at 3:57 pm  |  Permalink

MLA Delegate Assembly Rejects Israel Boycott, Passes Anti-BDS Resolution

The pro-BDS resolution lost 113-79. An anti-BDS resolution passed the delegate assembly 101-93 and now goes to the executive council, which will decide whether to forward it to the full membership for a vote.

By Winfield Myers  |  January 9, 2017 at 11:53 am  |  Permalink

Islamists Find Willing Allies in U.S. Universities

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Doctoral students with Muslim Brotherhood ties studying at Harvard and Boston University used their appearance at Georgetown University to defend Islamism and condemn to July, 2016 coup attempt against the Islamist regime of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which they witnessed first hand in Istanbul. In a CW report published Saturday at American Thinker, Andrew Harrod reveals their pro-Islamist sympathies:

Two graduate students and two undergraduates recalled personally experiencing the July 15, 2016 coup attempt against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government at a December 7, 2016, Georgetown University panel, before a youthful audience of about fifty. As crews from Turkey's TRT Haber television network and Anadolu Agency (AA) filmed/recorded, the panelists praised the coup's popular foiling as a democratic victory, irrespective of Erdogan's dangerous Islamist policies.

Such willful blindness mirrors that of other American-educated Middle East studies scholars whose actions and pronouncements lend a veneer of legitimacy to Erdogan's dictatorial policies, including mass purges and arrests of academics and teachers throughout Turkey. Erdogan's personal spokesman is Ibrahim Kalin, a George Washington University Ph.D. who serves as a senior fellow at Georgetown's Saudi-funded Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. He joined Juan Cole of Michigan, Cemil Aydin of UNC Chapel Hill (Harvard Ph.D.) at an October 2016 conference in Istanbul even as innocent educators languished in prison or faced academic ruin.

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By Winfield Myers  |  January 9, 2017 at 11:49 am  |  Permalink

Reza Aslan Thinks a Muslim TV Show Will Combat 'Islamophobia'

UC Riverside professor Reza Aslan thinks a Muslim-themed TV show will combat American "Islamophobia" the way TV's gay characters led to a wider acceptance of homosexuality. But gays aren't killing non-gays worldwide. He pretends terrorism and sharia don't breed distrust towards Islam, yet Canadian ("Little Mosque on the Prairie") and American ("All-American Muslim") TV shows failed to achieve what Islamists sought: indifference to global jihad.

By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  January 6, 2017 at 4:53 pm  |  Permalink

Columbia U's Rashid Khalidi Uses UN Resolution to Push BDS

Predictably, Columbia University's Rashid Khalidi leverages the US abstention at the UN to legitimize BDS:

[Res. 2334] provides the international legal justification for sanctions by states, boycotts of goods produced in settlements, and divestment by unions, foundations and universities of assets in companies that support the colonization of Palestinian land.

By Winfield Myers  |  December 30, 2016 at 3:58 pm  |  Permalink

The MLA Vs. Israel

The Modern Language Association (MLA) is on its way to out-politicizing the field of Middle East studies by embracing BDS and other anti-Israel activism. Former MLA member and MEF Shillman Ginsburg Fellow A.J.Caschetta's report for Campus Watch is posted at the Daily Caller:

The Modern Language Association (MLA) historically is no friend of Israel. It has flirted with the BDS movement but postponed an official BDS vote until 2017. Some MLA members can't wait. Taking seriously the cliché of professors learning from their students, in 2014 an unknown number of MLA members formed their own faculty-version of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), the leading student BDS advocate. They call themselves the MLA Members for Justice in Palestine and use the awkward initials "MLAMJP" – apparently unable to produce a clever acronym.

The MLAMJP devotes itself to advocating BDS, depicting Israel as an Apartheid state, defending its positions against charges of anti-Semitism, promoting Al Jazeera documentaries, and writing lots of open letters.

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By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  December 29, 2016 at 4:21 pm  |  Permalink

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