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The Anti-Israel Brigade Rallies Around San Francisco State U.

Opponents of the the Middle East Forum/Campus Watch campaign to end San Francisco State University's Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Hamas-dominated An-Najah University in the West Bank have reacted with a level of hysteria reserved for critics of academe. CW West Coast representative Cinnamon Stillwell takes on the baseless accusations of "McCarthyism," "slander," "harassment," and "hatemongering" at the Independent Journal Review:

Predictably, SFSU's General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS) rushed to defend MOU architect and faculty adviser Rabab Abdulhadi (who is also director of SFSU's Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative) with a cliché-ridden statement accusing Campus Watch and other "Zionist organizations" of "racism," "Islamophobia," and, most absurdly, "anti-Semitism."

. . . The U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI), of which Abdulhadi is a founding member, accused MOU opponents of engaging in "McCarthy-like tactics."

Abdulhadi herself resorted to the same tiresome banalities, describing Campus Watch's effort to end the MOU as a "McCarthyist attack" and "a witch hunt campaign." She maintained that the campaign "seeks to whip up hysteria, Islamophobia, racism, and xenophobia to divert attention from Israeli criminality."

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By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  November 17, 2016 at 7:44 pm  |  Permalink

Arab Democracy's Failures Elude So-called Experts

Francis Fukuyama

As evidenced by a new Campus Watch report by Andrew Harrod, experts who comment on democracy in the Arab world could benefit from a more reality-based worldview. Some boast grand visions that miss key details, while others are shills for terrorist-loving organizations, including Hamas. Harrod's report appears today at American Thinker:

Given American policymakers' ignorance of Islam, "I am just worried about people like me running around with big theories trying to set foreign policy," stated famed intellectual historian Francis Fukuyama in Washington, D.C. His confession occurred at "Democracy in the Arab World: The Obama Legacy and Beyond," a recent conference that did little to alleviate the knowledge deficit among hackneyed Islamism apologists.

Fukuyama's luncheon address at the downtown JW Marriot luxury hotel focused on the cultural factors that aided the development of modern societies. While China benefited from the appearance 2,300 years ago of the "first modern, relatively impersonal state," Fukuyama said, the "Arab world [is] where I think the fundamental problem is" for human progress today. Although he worried that the U.S. had not made an effort to understand Muslim societies comparable to its Cold War study of Russia, Fukuyama's own knowledge of Islam was spotty. He described an often repressive and all-encompassing sharia law as a mere "balance to political power."

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By Winfield Myers  |  November 17, 2016 at 2:39 pm  |  Permalink

Israel Bashing Profs Abdulhadi and Bazian Play the Victim at Berkeley

Rabab Abdulhadi

Year after year, Middle East studies professors call for the elimination of Israel. When their critics expose the vicious, false nature of their demands, these politicized profs cry "censorship!" and "McCarthyism." One might think their ability to say whatever they please without university, much less government, retaliation would embarrass them into dropping these shop-worn clichés. But, lacking imagination and determined to milk the cult of victimology for all it's worth, they repeat themselves. Year after year.

They did it again recently at UC Berkeley, as Michael Lumish, writing for Campus Watch at the Daily Caller, reports:

Are University of California academics who engage in anti-Israel activism subject to "silencing"? Such were the strident cries on October 27, when about one hundred students gathered on a cloudy morning outside of Sproul Hall at the University of California, Berkeley for the 3rd Annual International Day of Action for Palestine.

Organized by Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and Bears for Palestine, the rally featured Israel-bashing, BDS-promoting professors Hatem Bazian and Rabab Abdulhadi, who insisted over loudspeakers that they were being repressed by the UC system.

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By Winfield Myers  |  November 16, 2016 at 3:31 pm  |  Permalink

Erdogan's Academics: Middle East Studies Scholars Shill for a Tyrant

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Middle East studies scholars have for years turned a blind eye to subjects disruptive to their politicized narratives, such as the abuse of women in Arab lands, attacks by radical Muslims on Christians and Jews, and the utter failure of Islamism as a path to democracy. As A.J. Cashetta, a senior lecturer at the Rochester Institute of Technology and Shillman Ginsburg Fellow at MEF, shows in his latest article for Campus Watch, all it takes for an Islamist politician like Turkey's Erdogan to gain the tacit support of Western scholars is a free trip to Istanbul. Writing today at the Daily Caller, Caschetta exposes these shameless hacks, which include Michigan's Juan Cole:

In the days after the July coup attempt against his regime, Turkey's tyrant Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused a group of scholars attending a conference in Istanbul of conspiring against him and directing the plot. After his widespread paranoid purge of Turkish academia, it seems Erdogan has now found a group of scholars he can live with.

Erdogan's lackeys in the Turkish press helped him whip up a frenzy against Turkish professoriate, and now his lackeys in the Turkish professoriate who survived the purge are propping up his regime. A conference held in Istanbul on October 8-9, titled "Envisioning a Post-crisis Regional Order in the Sharq Region," suggests an Islamist takeover of Turkey's secondary education.

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By Winfield Myers  |  October 28, 2016 at 3:17 pm  |  Permalink

Is Iran Ratcheting Up Influence Peddling in American Universities?

Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei

The Iran lobby is active in promoting Tehran-friendly professors to universities in America, where they find a warm welcome among sympathetic profs of Middle East studies. Writing at American Thinker, Stephen Schwartz explores this network for Campus Watch:

The American academy, which has revealed itself to be markedly susceptible to the intrigues of the Saudi-based radical Wahhabi sect and the Muslim Brotherhood, now faces the challenge of an Iranian radical presence.

Since 2014, admission of Iranian students to U.S. colleges has been permitted by the U.S. Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control. Iran has yet to flood the U.S. with its own professors. Nevertheless, there are indications that an Iranian wave may soon hit the American academic community. A network of apologists for the Iranian clerical regime already exists within the Middle East studies departments of American educational institutions. How much will this attitude grow in light of the Obama administration's turn toward Tehran?

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By Winfield Myers  |  October 24, 2016 at 3:52 pm  |  Permalink

John Esposito: 'Islamophobia' a 'Social Cancer' in America

John Esposito

"Islamophobia" is a "social cancer," said John Esposito, Georgetown prof and Wahhabi apologist in an error-laced lecture covered for CW by Andrew Harrod & published at the Independent Journal Review. What's more, "most Jews are not Semites," Esposito claimed--falsely. Here's a taste:

John Esposito, the Saudi-funded director of Georgetown University's Bridge Initiative, is on a mission to convince the world that "Islamophobia has metastasized" as a "social cancer in America" one academic conference at a time. Speaking alongside his protégé, Dalia Mogahed, Bridge Initiative Senior Fellow Engy Abdelkader, and others at the September 22 "Islamophobia in Focus: Muslims and the Media" conference in Washington, DC, the notorious Islamism apologist pitched this message to an audience of about 130.

Much of the discussion revolved around the well-worn canard that media distortion inflates concerns about Islamist terrorism. "While studies show that a greater security risk emanates from white supremacists, rightwing extremists, and ultra-separatist groups, both here in the United States as well as in Europe," Abdelkader told the attendees, "when we hear about terrorism in the news, it tends to be in the context of Muslims and Islam."

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By Winfield Myers  |  October 24, 2016 at 11:11 am  |  Permalink

The Middle East Studies Establishment Goes Full Warrior

The Middle East Studies Association (MESA) has attacked Campus Watch for its campaign to stop the implementation of a Memorandum of Understanding between San Francisco State U. and Hamas-loving An-Najah U. in the West Bank. Responding at the History News Network, MEF president Daniel Pipes ridicules MESA's blatant hypocrisy, documents it numerous errors, and sets the record straight:

It's only to be expected. My colleagues and I at the Middle East Forum have for over two decades criticized the decline of Middle East studies; so now, its syndicate, the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), has for the first time in 14 years replied in kind. The fusillade takes the form of a letter to Leslie Wong, president of San Francisco State University (SFSU).

MEF's Campus Watch has documented the disturbing ties between SFSU and An-Najah University, a radical institution in the West Bank lauded by Hamas as a "greenhouse for martyrs" and described by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy as a hotbed of "terrorist recruitment, indoctrination, and [the] radicalization of students." We believe that Najah's long and sordid record should make it an academic pariah.

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By Winfield Myers  |  October 11, 2016 at 4:05 pm  |  Permalink

The Latest on MEF's Campaign to End San Francisco State's MOU with An-Najah U.

The Middle East Forum's petition to end San Francisco State University (SFSU)'s memorandum of understanding (MOU) with radical An-Najah University in the West Bank has topped 1,870 signatures! Additionally, the Forum has sent a letter to the leadership of several committees in the Senate and House requesting that Congress investigate and conduct oversight concerning this dangerous partnership.

The campaign has received significant media coverage, including from San Francisco's CBS affiliate, SFSU's student newspaper, Golden Gate Xpress, the Algemeiner, Jewish News Service (JNS), CNS News, and ZipDialog, the blog of University of Chicago professor and journalist Charles Lipson. On Global Patriot Radio, Campus Watch West Coast Representative Cinnamon Stillwell discussed the campaign in a wide-ranging interview.

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By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  October 3, 2016 at 5:28 pm  |  Permalink

Infiltrating Islamists and Palestinian Extremism in U.S. Universities

Cinnamon Stillwell

Campus Watch West Coast representative Cinnamon Stillwell was interviewed by Global Patriot Radio on September 14 to discuss the campaign she is spearheading to compel San Francisco State University (SFSU) to end its memorandum of understanding (MOU) with terrorism-promoting An-Najah University in the West Bank. In a wide-ranging discussion, she also talked about her experiences with anti-Semitism as an SFSU student, the Islamist infiltration of higher education, how Middle East studies academics adversely influence K-12 education, and the University of California, Berkeley's Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project. Here is an excerpt from the interview:

In 2014, I discovered rumors that San Francisco State was forming a partnership, what's called a Memorandum of Understanding or an MOU, with An-Najah University, which is in the West Bank in Nablus, and I was quite disturbed by this. This is a university that Hamas has described as "a greenhouse for martyrs" and that has been well-known for a number of years. Certain scholars, like Matthew Levitt at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, have written quite a bit about An-Najah terrorism and has noted that it's known for the terrorist recruitment, indoctrination, and radicalization of students. We have written a series of articles and we started, at the same time, sending inquiries to the San Francisco State president Leslie Wong asking him to confirm this MOU and we were met with deafening silence. They just refused to respond to our inquiries over the course of many months.

To read the entire transcript and listen to the audio of the interview, please click here.

By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  September 23, 2016 at 7:44 pm  |  Permalink

San Francisco State Prof on MEF's Call to End Ties to Radical West Bank U: McCarthyism! Islamophobia!

Rabab Abdulhadi

Rabab Abdulhadi, the San Francisco State University professor and founding member of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (BDS) behind the odious Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between her school and terrorist-friendly An-Najah University in the West Bank, has responded to the Middle East Forum's petition calling on SFSU president Leslie Wong to end the MOU.

Her reaction comes in the form of an email to Nada Elia, a retired professor of global and gender studies who now writes for the rabidly anti-Israel, anti-American online magazine Mondoweiss:

In an emailed statement, Abdulhadi wrote me that the current campaign against her "seeks to whip up hysteria, Islamophobia, racism and xenophobia to divert attention from Israeli criminality against Palestinian education and cover up the complicity of the Israeli academy in furthering violations of Palestinian rights."

"The McCarthyist attack by Campus Watch/Middle East Forum, led by Daniel Pipes and David Horowitz, [who are] named as leading Islamophobes by the Southern Poverty Law Center, is no more than a witch hunt campaign aimed at silencing me and our commitment to justice-centered knowledge production," she told me.

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By Winfield Myers  |  September 16, 2016 at 6:15 pm  |  Permalink

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