Howler of the Month (archive)
"The attempts to transform the conversation on Israeli state violence to a series of stale talking points about Hamas rockets reflect the thorough dehumanization of Palestinians and the abject disregard for Israeli military aggression."
From a vehemently anti-Israel petition defending Palestinian rocket attacks and calling on universities to implement BDS, encourage activism by students, and end military aid to Israel. Signed by over 4,000 professors, including many in Middle East studies. "Open Letter and Call to Action," Palestine and Praxis: Scholars for Palestinian Freedom; May 14, 2021. (link to source)
We Couldn't Have Said it Better (archive)
"In the past decade, dhimmitude has become widespread. Normal kids at elite universities keep their heads down. Over the course of four years, this can become a subtle but real habit of obeisance, a condition of moral and spiritual surrender."
R.R. Reno, editor of First Things, on why the widespread internalization of second-class status by non-activist students at elite universities makes them unattractive job candidates, and why he instead hires graduates of traditionally-oriented colleges or large state universities. "Why I Stopped Hiring Ivy League Graduates"; The Wall Street Journal, June 7, 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.