Vassar's Joshua Schreier Promises Zero Objectivity
by Cinnamon Stillwell • Dec 12, 2008 at 4:26 pm
Biased Middle East studies professors are nothing new, but what about a professor who actually states in his course syllabus that he has no intention of presenting a scholarly, balanced approach to the Arab-Israeli conflict? This is how Vassar College history professor Joshua Schreier introduces the syllabus for his fall 2008 course, "The Roots of the Palestine-Israel Conflict":
Schreier then goes on to lay blame at the feet of—you guessed it—Western imperialism, before making clear that he believes Jews (and, presumably, other non-Muslims?) do not belong in the Middle East:
Schreier is fond of using terms such as "Jewish ethnocracy" and "ethnic cleansing" in his discussion topics. The fact that Israeli society is multi-ethnic and multi-religious, while neighboring Islamic states do not allow freedom of religion and often discriminate against minorities, including Palestinians, seems to be lost on Schreier.
In keeping with Schreier's stated goal of presenting only one perspective, his required texts are authored by some of the most anti-Israel professors in the field. They include Columbia University's Rashid Khalidi, UCLA's James Gelvin, UC Berkeley's Beshara Doumani, and Nur Masalha of Saint Mary's College (UK). None have demonstrated a modicum of objectivity in their teachings, which makes them perfect vehicles for Schreier's propagandistic methodology.
That a "history" professor would so blatantly broadcast his biases indicates that Middle East studies, as Professor Barry Rubin described it, has truly hit rock bottom.
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