The Middle East studies establishment has for years shown little but contempt for Israel and its isolated academic supporters, and this year's gathering of the Middle East Studies Association proved that nothing has changed. Campus Watch Fellow Mitchell Bard attended the Washington, DC event and filed a report that appears today at the Algemeiner:
Israel studies are rarely centerstage at annual conferences of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), but when they are, one can be certain they'll be the subject of criticism.
Consequently, my expectations were low when in late November I joined approximately seventy attendees in an awkwardly arranged conference room at the Washington Marriot Wardman Park Hotel for the panel "Navigating Jewish Campus and Community Debates on Israel/Palestine in the Age of Trump."
The panel featured Shira Robinson of George Washington University (GWU), Liora Halperin of the University of Washington (UW), Stanford's Joel Beinin, Joshua Schreier of Vassar, his brother Benjamin Schreier of Penn State, and independent scholar Sarah Anne Minkin.
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