Gary Fouse, an adjunct instructor at the University of California, Irvine, reports for Campus Watch on a recent hate-filled conference at UCI. Published today at FrontPage Magazine, here are the article's opening paragraphs:
On January 31, 2009, a conference took place at UC Irvine (UCI) titled, "Whither the Levant? The Crisis of the Nation State: Lebanon, Israel, Palestine." Organized by the Levantine Cultural Center of Los Angeles and the Middle East Studies Student Initiative, the conference featured two documentaries about the 2006 war in southern Lebanon, three panel discussions, and a number of Middle East studies academics. In spite of the neutral sounding title, the conference was a one-sided exercise in bashing Israel and America.
The general theme was that Israel is an oppressor and deliberately murders innocent Palestinians, aided and abetted by an imperialistic America. California State University-Stanislaus political science professor As'ad Abu Khalil, for example, claimed that civilian casualties by Israel are "never accidental." UCLA history professor Gabriel Piterberg made a macabre remark about Israelis "dancing on the blood of Palestinian children" and called for the prosecution of Israeli "war criminals." David Theo Goldberg, director of the University of California Humanities Research Institute, referred to Jews, and particularly Ashkenazi Jews, as racists. Nubar Hovsepian, associate professor of political science and international studies at Chapman University, described Israeli soldiers as "Israeli terrorist soldiers" and accused the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) of warning civilians to evacuate and then bombing the evacuation routes.
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