The Middle East Studies Association (MESA) has attacked Campus Watch for its campaign to stop the implementation of a Memorandum of Understanding between San Francisco State U. and Hamas-loving An-Najah U. in the West Bank. Responding at the History News Network, MEF president Daniel Pipes ridicules MESA's blatant hypocrisy, documents it numerous errors, and sets the record straight:
It's only to be expected. My colleagues and I at the Middle East Forum have for over two decades criticized the decline of Middle East studies; so now, its syndicate, the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), has for the first time in 14 years replied in kind. The fusillade takes the form of a letter to Leslie Wong, president of San Francisco State University (SFSU).
MEF's Campus Watch has documented the disturbing ties between SFSU and An-Najah University, a radical institution in the West Bank lauded by Hamas as a "greenhouse for martyrs" and described by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy as a hotbed of "terrorist recruitment, indoctrination, and [the] radicalization of students." We believe that Najah's long and sordid record should make it an academic pariah.
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