Setting The Record Straight
Campus Watch corrects false allegations made against it.
Campus Watch Responds:
[The following letter to the editor appeared in the December 9, 2014 Chronicle of Higher Education under the title "Campus Watch's Mission Was Mischaracterized," in response to the article cited above. The letter is archived here.]
To the Editor:
An otherwise balanced article, "Middle East Studies Association Fights a Rising Tide of Critics" mischaracterizes Campus Watch's mission (The Chronicle, November 21).
Describing a panel convened at the annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) to discuss the controversy surrounding Steven Salaita, who was denied a position at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign following the revelation of his vitriolic, anti-Semitic tweets, The Chronicle writes:
In fact, Campus Watch critiques Middle East studies programs for hostility not to Israel, but to the principle of rigorous, unbiased scholarship and teaching—a principle the MESA panel failed utterly to meet. Such critiques cover myriad topics across the discipline without regard to any mention of Israel.
(Posted by Winfield Myers)
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