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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

Academic Malfeasance: The Case of Christopher Bail

Sociologist Christopher Bail may have a Harvard PhD and a position at Duke. But in his new book, Terrified: How Anti-Muslim Fringe Organizations Became Mainstream, he demonstrates that he hasn't a clue about an alleged "anti-Muslim fringe" and "mainstream Muslim-Americans," according to MEF president Daniel Pipes. In fact, "Notwithstanding all [of Bail's] training, the youthful professor makes an elementary and monumental error: He mixes up the fringe and the mainstream, thinking the one is the other, and the other, the one." Pipes's devastating critique of Bail's work appeared on 9/11/16 at the History News Network. A sample of Bail's confusion:

Conversely, what Bail calls "mainstream Muslim-Americans" are decidedly not mainstream but Islamist, seeking to create a worldwide caliphate, replace the U.S. Constitution with the Koran, and impose a medieval law on Americans. Utilizing various degrees of subterfuge, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Islamic Society of North America, and the Muslim Public Affairs Council the share goals with Hezbullah, Hamas, and Boko Haram. The FBI broke ties with CAIR in 2009. The UAE government listed CAIR as a terrorist group in 2014, along with the Muslim Brotherhood, the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, and ISIS. Some mainstream.

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

By Winfield Myers  |  September 13, 2016 at 3:10 pm  |  Permalink

Campus Watch's Articles Highlighting SFSU and An-Najah

Rabab Abdulhadi

The Middle East Forum's petition to end San Francisco State University (SFSU)'s memorandum of understanding (MOU) with An-Najah University in the West Bank continues to garner a lot of interest, including coverage from SFSU's student newspaper, Golden Gate Xpress, and San Francisco's CBS affiliate.

Cinnamon Stillwell, the West Coast representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that reviews and critiques Middle East studies in North America, authored the series of articles on the SFSU/MOU investigation that inspired our petition.

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By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  September 12, 2016 at 2:35 pm  |  Permalink

Terrorism and Extremism at An-Najah University

Islamic Bloc at An-Najah

Why did the Middle East Forum launch a petition to end San Francisco State University (SFSU)'s memorandum of understanding (MOU) with An-Najah University? Read on.

Located in the West Bank city of Nablus, An-Najah reflects the ideological and political currents of the wider society to which it belongs. In other words, An-Najah is a hotbed of Islamist radicalism. Going back to at least 2001, clear documentation exists that prominent current and former students were directly involved in terrorism, as well as pro-terrorist propaganda and incitement.

For example, a former leader of the Hamas-run student group Islamic Bloc (Kutla Islamiya) and head of the An-Najah student council, dispatched the suicide bomber who perpetrated the August 2001 attack on Sbarro Pizzeria in Jerusalem. Shortly thereafter, An-Najah art students constructed a gruesome display of the Sbarro bombing that was so offensive that even then-Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat was forced to denounce it and order the exhibit closed.

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By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  September 12, 2016 at 2:28 pm  |  Permalink

UCLA Pays Grad Students $460,000 to Settle Harassment Suit Against Gabriel Piterberg

Gabriel Piterberg

UCLA has reached a settlement with two female grad students who charged Middle East studies prof Gabriel Piterberg with sexual harassment, according to Inside Higher Ed. "One graduate student will receive $350,000 and the other is owed $110,000 and a dissertation year fellowship, according to a statement from the university." So, after costing his employer $460,000 and a dissertation fellowship, not to mention the more important effects his nefarious actions had on vulnerable grad students who trusted him, Piterberg is again teaching about the Middle East. As if students needed another reason to avoid this reliably anti-American, anti-Israel mouthpiece for the far left.

By Winfield Myers  |  September 12, 2016 at 9:24 am  |  Permalink

Why SFSU President Leslie Wong Partnered with a Radical Palestinian University

Islamic Bloc at An-Najah

The Middle East Forum's petition to end San Francisco State University (SFSU)'s memorandum of understanding (MOU) with An-Najah University in the West Bank continues to build steam and was covered by San Francisco's CBS affiliate yesterday!

But the question remains: why would SFSU President Leslie Wong choose to partner with a Palestinian university that promotes terrorism and extremism?

An April 2015 SFSU reception provides the answer. Alongside the MOU's author, Rabab Abdulhadi, director of SFSU's Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative, Wong trumpeted the agreement and his own role in bringing it to fruition with a mysterious 2012 trip:

"When I returned from Palestine two years ago . . . I said I want to be one of the first major universities to sign an agreement with An-Najah or any of the other Palestinian universities, or any of the universities in the Arab world."

Noting how "pleased" he was to have "attracted a group of radicals around me, so that when I propose ideas that would shake the academic community, they say we're right behind you," Wong praised Abdulhadi for being "a means of making one of my goals and dreams come true."

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By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  September 10, 2016 at 2:47 pm  |  Permalink

San Francisco State University President: We Failed Students

SFSU Nir Barkat Protest

The Middle East Forum's petition to end San Francisco State University (SFSU)'s memorandum of understanding (MOU) with An-Najah University in the West Bank has topped 1,100 signatures in just one day!

Please sign the petition and letting SFSU President Leslie Wong know that SFSU's partnership with a university that promotes terrorism against Israelis is outrageous and unacceptable.

This is not the first time SFSU's administration has failed to address the longstanding problem of anti-Israel activity on campus.

Confirming the findings of an independent investigation into the disruption of Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat's lecture earlier this year, President Wong himself admitted "the responsibility for the inadequate response prior to, during and following the event falls squarely on the shoulders of San Francisco State University administrators. On April 6, we failed our students — both the event attendees and the protesters — through multiple inactions."

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By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  September 8, 2016 at 2:36 pm  |  Permalink

MEF Petition on SFSU Tops 800 Signatures!

The Middle East Forum's petition to end San Francisco State University (SFSU)'s memorandum of understanding (MOU) with An-Najah University in the West Bank has already topped 800 signatures in one day!

Use this tweet to tell SFSU President Leslie Wong to end the university's relationship with An-Najah:

#SFSU partners with university that supports glorification of #terror - Ask @GatorPres to end this agreement today!

Described by Hamas as a "greenhouse for martyrs," Najah is a Palestinian university where incitement to violence, anti-Semitism, and the glorification of terrorism against Israelis is routine. Matthew Levitt, director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, notes that Najah is known for "terrorist recruitment, indoctrination and radicalization of students," while, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Najah's student council "glorifies suicide bombings and propagandizes for jihad against Israel."

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By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  September 7, 2016 at 6:26 pm  |  Permalink

End SFSU Cooperation With An-Najah. Universities Should Not Support Glorifying Terrorism

Despite mounting evidence that San Francisco State University (SFSU) has established an official partnership with An-Najah National University in the West Bank — known by Hamas as a "greenhouse for martyrs"— President Leslie Wong refuses to respond to the Middle East Forum or Campus Watch's inquiries. We call on President Wong to end his silence. The California State University system and the California State Legislature must investigate this outrageous misuse of taxpayer funding. Please click here to sign our petition or go to:

By Cinnamon Stillwell  |  September 7, 2016 at 2:57 pm  |  Permalink

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