Howler of the Month (archive)

"[D]iscussions on college campuses about the complexities of freedom, history, and belonging in Israel and Palestine are under increasing pressure and potential censorship from right-wing entities. In fact, new policies adopted by the US and Israeli governments are intended to eliminate any rigorous discussion of Israeli–Palestinian politics in university settings. Not since the McCarthyite anti-Communist purges have we seen such an aggressive effort to censor teaching and learning on topics the government disfavors."

Katherine Franke, Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and executive committee member for the Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University, in "The Pro-Israel Push to Purge US Campus Critics"; New York Review of Books, December, 12, 2018. (link to source)

Irina Tsukerman

We Couldn't Have Said it Better (archive)

"[I]t is but one in a series of events where major US universities recognized and promoted pro-regime views and individuals, despite widespread criticism of human rights supporters and legitimate Iranian dissidents of all backgrounds. . . . There is no shortage of such academics, influencers, pundits, analysts, and pro-regime sympathizers affecting the discourse in the direction of Iran."

Irina Tsukerman, human rights and national security lawyer, on a University of Maryland poll conducted by researcher and University of Tehran analyst Ebrahim Mohseni whose results are favorable to the Iranian regime; Diario Judio, February 20, 2018. (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.