Howler of the Month (archive)

"We ain't got to walk around struttin' talking about two state solutions. . . . What about a world where everyone has freedom, justice, equality, safety, and self determination? One person one vote. Gettin' rid of the settler colonial project altogether."

Marc Lamont Hill, Temple University Professor of Media Studies and Urban Education, speaking at the annual dinner for the Westchester Peace Action Committee Foundation (WESPAC); Mondoweiss, May 3, 2019. (link to source)

We Couldn't Have Said it Better (archive)

"There has been an exponential growth of tenured positions and well-funded Middle East Studies departments. But this trend has fostered a new orthodoxy of opinion about the subject. Far from a bastion of impartial study, these departments became a preserve of those devoted to whitewashing radical Islam, bashing Israeli policies, critiquing and undermining support for Zionism, and supporting the Palestinian Arab war to destroy the Jewish state. In Mideast studies, only one point of view about Israel is welcome."

Jonathan Tobin, Jewish News Syndicate (JNS) editor-in-chief, in "Is There Room in the Academy for Honest Scholarship on Israel?"; JNS, May 23, 2019. (link to source)

CAMPUS WATCH, a project of the Middle East Forum, reviews and critiques Middle East studies in North America with an aim to improving them. The project mainly addresses five problems: analytical failures, the mixing of politics with scholarship, intolerance of alternative views, apologetics, and the abuse of power over students. Campus Watch fully respects the freedom of speech of those it debates while insisting on its own freedom to comment on their words and deeds.