Setting The Record Straight
Campus Watch corrects false allegations made against it.
George Salzman, an emeritus professor of physics at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, along with being a self-described "anarchist physicist," is a very confused fellow. In a long, rambling piece on his university-hosted web space, Salzman purports to chronicle "Zionist censorship" at various North American colleges and universities. The problem—aside from the extreme paranoia that causes him to confuse criticism with censorship—is that he can't seem to get his facts straight.
In a section on controversial former Bard College professor and author Joel Kovel, Salzman writes that:
Obviously Salzman has gotten various members of the "Zionist Thought Police" confused with each other because StandWithUs, whether in Michigan or beyond, has nothing to do with Campus Watch, let alone being a "branch" thereof. Campus Watch is a project of the Middle East Forum, which was indeed founded by Daniel Pipes.
CW never "assailed" Kovel's book, so we can hardly take credit for causing the University of Michigan Press to "cave in." In fact, CW hasn't produced any "Campus Watch Research," or original articles, on Kovel at all. Instead, we've posted outside articles on the subject, as is our habit, in the "Middle East Studies in the News" section of our website.
Middle East Forum Director of Academic Affairs Winfield Myers set the record straight in the course of correcting yet another sloppy piece—this time by Nora Barrows-Friedman— falsely alleging CW's involvement in the Kovel case:
It seems that Howard Zinn, Nora Barrows-Friedman, and George Salzman have all been drinking the same Kool-Aid.
But it doesn't end there. This is the footnote accompanying the error-filled section on Kovel:
Salzman's eagerness to defame the dreaded "Zionists" first led him to create a story about Alan Dershowitz's involvement and then when that backfired, to make up another one about Campus Watch. To say that his memory "is not that reliable" is an understatement; Salzman is living in a fantasy world.
(Posted by Cinnamon Stillwell)
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