In reporting on a lecture by NYU prof Zachary Lockman, Campus Watch contributor Mara Schiffren asks, "How does a detail-oriented lecture on research methodology and academic field building in Middle Eastern Studies (MES) descend into a one-sided and unprovoked salvo against Israel?" For Lockman, it involves the so-called "Israel lobby," which (according to conspiracy mongers) influences not only U.S. policy toward the Middle East, but has circulated "blacklists of scholars" critical of Israel. Schiffren continues:
Last month, Zachary Lockman, a professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic studies at New York University (NYU), provided the answer with a talk entitled, "Anxieties of Field-Building in U.S. Middle East Studies." It was the first in a new series at NYU meant to introduce students to faculty members' methodological approaches; however, Lockman used the occasion of the question and answer period to peddle "Israel Lobby" conspiracy theories that bordered on classical anti-Semitism.