Howler of the Month (archive)

"Israel & Netanyahu's banning @Ilhan and @RepRashida from entering Palestine represents the Palestinian Nakba; thus the insistence on the right of return for the 1948 refugees is a key demand for the BDS movement."

Hatem Bazian, director of the Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project at the University of California, Berkeley, comparing Israel's Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu barring BDS activists and US Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from a planned trip to Israel to the Palestinian "Nakba," or catastrophe, the Arabic term for Israel's founding in 1948; Twitter, August 15, 2019. (link to source)

We Couldn't Have Said it Better (archive)

"Then, in 1978, the entire field of Middle Eastern Studies was revolutionized by the late professor of English comparative literature at Columbia University, Edward Said, with the publication of his book, 'Orientalism.' The treatise was that no one could speak with any degree of scholarship and authenticity about the Middle East unless he or she was a native of the region (i.e., an Arab or a Muslim). . . . A cannon of almost biblical proportion developed. Edward Said was the grand master, and his disciples include (among many others) Rashid Khalidi, Hamid Dabashi, and Joseph Massad at Columbia, and Hatem Bazian, the founder of Students for Justice in Palestine, which has known links to terrorist organizations."

Sarah N. Stern, founder and president of the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET), in the Jewish News Syndicate (JNS), August 21, 2019. (link to source)

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