Howler of the Month (archive)
"The secret of Palestinian resistance and ultimate triumph: they sing they dance they live they love and they pass the message from one to the next generation—over the last 100 years over the next century if necessary — long after the racist settler colonialist occupiers of their homeland have rotten [sic] in the dustbin of history."
Hamid Dabashi, Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, commenting on a video of Palestinian girls performing the Dabka, a traditional Levantine dance; on his Facebook page, January 30, 2020. (link to source)
We Couldn't Have Said it Better (archive)
"[T]he particular funding program at issue provides funding for Mideast studies to promote knowledge of the Middle East to serve U.S. foreign policy objectives. As a result of this mandate, the relevant funding law requires universities to pledge that their programs will be balanced. In other words, monitoring balance is not some bizarre or aggressive anti-academic freedom initiative, but just enforcing the law, –a law, admittedly, that previous administrations failed to enforce."
David Bernstein, a professor at the Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, responding to criticism of President Trump's executive order that could impact Title VI funding for Middle East studies programs; Reason Magazine, December 12, 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.