Howler of the Month (archive)
"She [Sarah Ihmoud] has maintained an academically fair and balanced view of Israeli-Palestinian issues. I applaud the WGS [Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program] for hiring a highly intelligent and capable young professor who fits the diversity profile advocated by our Provost at Boston University."
Shahla Haeri, a Boston University (BU) professor, on BU postdoctoral associate Sarah Ihmoud, whom the WGS Program is considering for a position based on writings in which Ihmoud falsely accuses Israel of the "rape and killing of Palestinian women" and "systematic massacres," and Jewish women of experiencing "sexualized pleasure" while watching the IDF bomb Palestinian civilians; The Daily Free Press, November 15, 2019. (link to source)
We Couldn't Have Said it Better (archive)
"If misinformation is both a cause and a consequence of political passion, then good teaching is the antidote. Good teaching, in turn, requires the presence on campus of scholars who exemplify both academic excellence and nonpartisan professionalism. And it requires students that are unwilling to permit their political passions to get in the way of a good education."
Ron Hassner, Helen Diller Family Chair in Israel Studies at UC Berkeley, on the results of his survey of 230 UC Berkeley undergraduates, which showed that the most passionate students about the "Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories" were the most uninformed about the subject and overconfident; The Times of Israel, November 25, 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.