Setting The Record Straight
Campus Watch corrects false allegations made against it.
Campus Watch Responds:
In a Jerusalem Post column excoriating Israeli activist group Im Tirtzu for having the gall to publicly criticize New Israel Fund (the primary funder for organizations that provided 92% of the information in the Goldstone Report) chairwoman Naomi Hazan, Ben-Gurion University political geography professor David Newman manages to sideswipe Campus Watch. He labels Campus Watch, along with various other organizations, with the oldest smear in the leftist playbook: McCarthyism. As he puts it:
As we have reminded our critics over and over again, Campus Watch does not engage in "McCarthyism," but rather, the analysis and where warranted, criticism of Middle East studies academia. We hold no governmental authority to "silence" anyone, nor would we wish to. As for "delegitimizing" these academics, they manage to do that all by themselves with their shoddy and politicized scholarship. All we do is shed light on statements and material that is readily available to anyone with an Internet connection or the desire to attend academic events.
Later on in his column, Newman dredges up the "McCarthyism" card yet again by expressing outrage that students, whether Israeli or American, be encouraged and, worst of all, allowed to share their impressions of their professors:
There is nothing "anti-democratic" about students reporting their classroom experiences to the outside world. In fact, it is democracy in action. But in the paranoid, insulated, and arrogant world view of academics such as David Newman, any suggestion of accountability for one's work is tantamout to censorship.
No, Professor Newman, this isn't McCarthyism and no, you don't know what is.
(Posted by Cinnamon Stillwell)
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