Howler of the Month (archive)
"The members of this association, now more than half a century old, have harnessed years of rigorous scholarship and intellectual output to conclude that solidarity with Palestinians must today deepen and expand."
Noura Erakat, Rutgers University assistant professor of Africana Studies, defending the Middle East Studies Association's (MESA) adoption of an academic boycott of Israel as its official policy, in "Why Our Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions Will Hurt the Apartheid Regime"; Middle East Eye, April 13, 2022. (link to source)
We Couldn't Have Said it Better (archive)
"Academics in U.S. universities are far more radical in many ways than the people who run some of the Arab Muslim countries."
William Jacobson, founder of the Legal Insurrection website and clinical professor of law at Cornell University, in a discussion with the Breitbart News Network about the impending vote by the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) on whether to adopt BDS as its official policy. Interview posted at SoundCloud, December 19, 2021. (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.
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