Kudos to Jonathan Schanzer at NRO for informing the public that U.S. taxpayers fund grants for "Palestinian studies."
For more than a decade, the allocation of hundreds of thousands of dollars in U.S. funded doctoral and post-doctoral grants on Palestinian issues has been decided by a group of Middle Eastern-studies professors that includes some of the most polarizing and radical figures in the field.
The Bethesda, Maryland–based Palestinian American Research Center (PARC), a registered nonprofit, receives controversial Title VI funding from the U.S. State Department and Department of Education for "Palestinian studies." Yet, the organization perpetuates the failures of Middle Eastern studies in America — namely, the admixture of polemics and academia.
The list of PARC members includes Stanford's Joel Beinin, who denounces American "imperialism" on al-Jazeera television; Columbia's Rashid Khalidi, reportedly a former Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) spokesman; NYU's Zachary Lockman, supporter of a proposed academic boycott of Israel; Penn's Ian Lustick, who blames the U.S. for the war on terror, rather than those who carry out violence in the name of Islam; and Boston University's Augustus Norton, an apologist for the Lebanese terrorist organization, Hezbollah.
While PARC no longer enjoys the shelter of a university, it was hosted in recent years at Villanova University (under the directorship of Professor Ann Lesch), and Randolph-Macon College (under the directorship of Professor Michael Fischbach). Today, at least 15 U.S. colleges and universities are included among PARC's institutional supporters, including Georgetown, Harvard, Michigan, and other venerated schools.
According to PARC's tax returns, the organization has raised more than $550,000 since 2002. It received at least $47,000 in U.S. government funds in 2006. It also received "foreign grants" from a member of the radical London School of Economics Students' Union (LSESU), a professor of the West Bank's radical al-Najah University, as well as other funds from the U.K., Lebanon, Greece, the West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip, and beyond.
See the original in full and with links.
And p.s. - see also the PARC website's list of links to schools and universities, which includes the Islamic University of Gaza where Gilad Shalit is said to have been held captive, and from whence come the three Gaza Fulbright Scholars who are of such great humanitarian concern to both the State Department and Dhimmedia.