Howler of the Month (archive)
"It is certainly the case that using language like 'an ugly Israeli occupation of precious Palestinians' would be enough to keep someone from being hired at most American universities. This is because many pro-Israel professors and administrators (as well as those hoping for big donations from pro-Israel donors) are corrupt, and are entirely willing to misuse their positions to silence voices that are inconvenient for Israeli propaganda."
Juan Cole, Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the Univ. of Michigan, on Harvard's refusal to award a tenured position to Cornel West, Victor S. Thomas Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard; West (quoted by Cole) blamed the decision on his support for Palestinians. "Is Harvard Denying Tenure to Cornel West over His Views on Palestine?" Informed Comment, Feb. 24, 2021. (link to source)
We Couldn't Have Said it Better (archive)
"Middle Eastern Studies to a certain extent looks like the emperor's new clothes: everybody knows the emperor is naked, but nobody will say it."
Wang Xiyue, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and doctoral candidate at Princeton University who spent 40 months in an Iranian prison on false espionage charges, on the willful blindness of Middle East studies professors to the realities of life in the Middle East, including the brutality of the regime in Tehran. "'Inform the World How Brutal this Regime Is': Scholar Detained for Three Years in Tehran Recounts Lessons from Captivity"; The Algemeiner, April 23, 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.