Will Taxpayer-supported Title VI Middle East Studies Centers Boycott Israel?

Posted on September 5, 2014 - Filed Under Uncategorized | Leave a Comment

The following appeared originally at Campus Watch, which I direct. Will the taxpayer-supported Middle East studies centers at five American universities join a boycott of Israeli academic institutions? Or were their directors, who signed a recent letter pledging “not to collaborate on projects and events involving Israeli academic institutions,” engaged in personal protests that won’t affect their [...]

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Email Exchange with an anti-Israel Professor

Posted on August 6, 2014 - Filed Under Uncategorized | Leave a Comment

—–Original Message—– From: Bergman, Jay (History) Sent: Wednesday, August 06, 2014 9:06 AM To: xxxxxxxxxxxxx; Listserv-campusforum Subject: RE: 10 killed at UN school: moral outrage and criminal act – UN Secretary General; disgraceful shelling, no justification – US State Department Dear xxxxx, I’ve read your posting carefully. There is evidence — suggestive if not conclusive [...]

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President Obama Must Cease his Relentless Hostility to Israel

Posted on August 4, 2014 - Filed Under Uncategorized | Leave a Comment

The following appeared in the Providence Journal (RI), the Connecticut Jewish Ledger, and the Journal Inquirer in Manchester CT: President Obama’s demand for an unconditional and immediate cease-fire in the fighting between Israel and Hamas, which would leave the latter with the wherewithal to murder Israeli civilians in the future, is just the most recent [...]

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JOSEPH J. SHATTAN, 1950 – 2014

Posted on July 3, 2014 - Filed Under Uncategorized | Leave a Comment

JOSEPH J. SHATTAN, 1950 – 2014 For 7 months, I worked alongside Joseph J. Shattan as one of the Heritage Foundation’s 3 Major Gifts Writers. Perhaps because he was Brooklyn & I was South Yonkers and we were close in age, we hit it off right away – same sense of humor, same love of [...]

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Brandeis and Double Standards

Posted on May 13, 2014 - Filed Under Uncategorized | Leave a Comment

Online at the website of the Weekly Standard: http://www.weeklystandard.com/print/blogs/brandeis-and-double-standards_791299.html (May 12, 2014) Support for the decision of Brandeis University not to award Ayaan Hirsi Ali an honorary degree, after previously announcing it would do so, has coalesced around the notion that while Islamic radicalism can be criticized, even condemned, one cannot criticize Islam itself. By condemning [...]

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Email Exchange on the Ayaan Hirsi Ali Honorary Degree Fiasco at Brandeis University with Stephen Whitfield, the Max Richter Professor of American Civilization at Brandeis

Posted on April 28, 2014 - Filed Under Uncategorized | Leave a Comment

Dear Professor Whitfield: I appreciative your taking the trouble to respond to my email to President Lawrence. I have read your response carefully. But I find your arguments unpersuasive. You sharply distinguish Islamism and Islam: the first should be criticized, even condemned, the latter should not. And you imply strongly that the former is a [...]

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“A Letter to the President of Brandeis,” The Weekly Standard Blog (April 10, 2014), http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/letter-president-brandeis_786727.html

Posted on April 9, 2014 - Filed Under Uncategorized | Leave a Comment

Frederick Lawrence President Brandeis University Waltham, Massachusetts Dear President Lawrence: The decision of Brandeis University not to award an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, after first announcing that it would do so, is disgraceful. The cowardice it reflects contrasts sharply with the courage Ms. Ali has shown in condemning aspects of Islam that she [...]

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Comment in “The Chronicle of Higher Education”

Posted on December 5, 2013 - Filed Under Uncategorized | Leave a Comment

The resolution approved by the American Studies Association supporting a boycott of Israeli educational institutions is yet another example of the hypocrisy, dishonesty, malevolence, and outright bigotry rampant among the left in American academia today.  The resolution’s supporters claim — oh so piously! – to be concerned for the academic freedom of Palestinian Arabs. Yet they are mute — [...]

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Suffolk U. Professor* Claims U.S. Plans to Sterilize “Women of the Entire World”

Posted on December 3, 2013 - Filed Under Uncategorized | Leave a Comment

Reprinted from American Thinker, December 3, 2013. [N.B.: This version differs slightly from the American Thinker text. Update below.] Munir Akash,* a Syrian-born visiting professor in the department of world languages and cultural studies at Suffolk University in Boston, claimed in a recent Arabic-language interview with Lebanon’s ANB TV that the U.S. government has a [...]

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Rouhani: The Bogus Moderate

Posted on November 5, 2013 - Filed Under Uncategorized | Leave a Comment

The claim that Hassan Rouhani, the new president of Iran, is a “moderate,” with whom Western leaders can do business on the basis of mutual self-interest, brings to mind an earlier fantasy common among elites in the West after the death of the Soviet dictator, Leonid Brezhnev, in 1982: that his successor as General Secretary, [...]

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