Setting The Record Straight
Campus Watch corrects false allegations made against it.
Campus Watch Responds:
In an article so jargon-filled that it resembles another tongue, Niyousha Bastani of The Daily of McGill University praises radical San Francisco State University professor Rabab Abdulhadi for her anti-Israel activism. Abdulhadi, a founding member of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (BDS), negotiated a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with An-Najah University in the West Bank. 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.
What follows is a correction of both Bastani's errors of reporting and Abdulhadi's false statements about CW.
Abdulhadi's November 10 visit to McGill occurred against the backdrop of an ongoing Campus Watch campaign calling for SFSU to end the MOU with Najah. Bastani writes that Abdulhadi has been
Abdulhadi's actions, writings, and public statements are indeed frightening (they're delineated in great detail here and here). As CW has shown repeatedly, she supports those who in turn glorify terrorism--real terrorism that kills Israelis.
Moreover, CW is not a "Zionist group," but an organization that critiques biases in the highly politicized academic discipline of Middle East studies.
Next, Bastani claims:
CW (which is indeed web-based) critiques only professors whose primary research and teaching deal with the Middle East. But here Bastani inadvertently hits on a truth: many professors are in fact little more than activists. They long ago abandoned rigorous, objective research and teaching for indoctrination, anti-Israel, anti-American, and anti-Western bias, and agit-prop.
Abdulhadi then charges CW with wanting to "scare [her] out of business," "cyberbullying," and "incitement to violence." What rot.
Campus Watch works to reform Middle East studies, not by calling by scaring into unemployment those with whom we disagree, but by encouraging rigor, objectivity, and fact-based knowledge in research and teaching. That would mean that Abdulhadi would need to significantly reform her own approach to her discipline, beginning with an end to her love affair with terrorist-supporting institutions abroad.
"Cyberbullying" in the mouth of Abdulhadi means, as it does for so many academics, never critiquing professors, who alone among all professions demand absolute immunity from criticism. Such histrionic outbursts in response to disagreements are boringly predictable among academics. Where do you think campus snowflakes get their ideas?
Finally, CW challenges Abdulhadi, or anyone else, to prove that it has ever, in any way, engaged in "incitement to violence." Such a charge is baseless, irresponsible, and absurd. Prove it, professor. You can't.
(Posted by Winfield Myers, director of academic affairs and of Campus Watch at the Middle East Forum.)
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