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Middle East Studies Profs Gone Bad


“I’m a professor!”  So cried Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) professor Anila Daulatzai as she was forcibly removed from a Southwest Airlines flight for lying about having a life-threatening allergy to the two dogs in the cabin.  Unable to provide the required medical certificate, Daulatzai, who had demanded that the dogs be removed, then refused to leave the plane.  Daulatzai’s Muslim faith was the likely cause of her aversion to dogs, but it was her dishonesty and unwillingness to cooperate that ended in her arrest.

A former visiting assistant professor of Islamic studies at Harvard Divinity School, Daulatzai has joined the growing ranks of Middle East studies academics who run afoul of the law.  Their misdeeds, which range from sexual harassment to domestic abuse and murder to terrorism, demonstrate that being “a professor” is no barrier to criminality.

Just last month, a professor in McGill University’s Institute of Islamic Studies whose name has not been released to the public was accused of “sexual violence” by way of stickers left in women’s restrooms on campus.  The professor, who is up for tenure this semester, denies the charges, despite former students testifying to his “predatory” behavior.  An open letter to Robert Wisnovsky, director of the Institute of Islamic Studies, from the World Islamic and Middle East Studies Student Association reiterated the allegations, recommending against tenure and concluding that “women are at a disadvantage within the Islamic Studies department.”

Likewise, it emerged in 2016 that two prominent professors, U.C. Berkeley’s Nezar AlSayyad and UCLA’s Gabriel Piterberg, had been sexually harassing female graduate students for years.  AlSayyad, former chair of U.C. Berkeley’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and Piterberg, former director of UCLA’s Center for Near Eastern Studies, exploited their positions of power to take advantage of the young women entrusted to their care.  Both universities’ perceived negligence and leniency in handling the cases led to student protests and loss of faith of the system.     

Another kind of relationship between student and teacher underpinned a controversy earlier this year involving Rollins College professor Areeje Zufari.  Zufari, a Muslim, resigned in April following a conflict with Christian student Marshall Polston, whom she had falsely accused of stalking after he challenged her anti-Christian, Islamist assertions.  After a wrongful suspension and a disciplinary hearing, Polston was reinstated, while Zufari now teaches at Valencia College.  Even more sordid is Zufari’s past, including numerous ties to Islamist associations and an affair with a married man under FBI investigation for terrorist activity.

The violent abuse of women raised its ugly head in the case of former University of Central Florida (UCF) history professor Vibert L. White.  During a 2010 campaign for Orlando City Commissioner, it emerged that would-be candidate White had been arrested at least three times on domestic violence charges involving two former wives.  He was not convicted of any of the charges and claimed that his ex-wives had fabricated the allegations.  The same year, an Orlando judge issued an injunction ordering White to stay away from an ex-girlfriend after she accused him of beating her.

White, no stranger to frivolous lawsuits and accusations of “Islamophobia,” is currently suing UCF for discrimination, claiming he was forced to resign in 2015 because, as reported by the Orlando Sentinel, “he is black and Muslim, and because he proposed recruiting more black and Muslim students to the school.”  He alleges that he received threats and that the university rejected his early proposals to initiate the now extant Islamic Studies and Middle East Studies programs, but UCF spokesman Chad Binette contends that “his claims have no merit.”  Predictably, White, who now bills himself as a “devout Islamic scholar,” is being represented by the Islamist organization the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Meanwhile, Youssif Zaghwani Omar, a Libyan-born teacher’s assistant in Arabic – not an assistant professor as reported at the time – at the University of Missouri, was arrested on suspicion of child abuse for the violent assault of a 14-year-old female relative in 2015.  Omar drove to her high school, saw that she wasn’t wearing a hijab (headscarf), and proceeded to grab her by the hair, slap her across the face, and pull her by the hair down a flight of stairs and into his car.

Villanova University history professor and director of the Center for Arab American Studies Mine Ener’s case is perhaps the most horrific.  In 2003, Ener admitted to slashing the throat of her six-month-old Down syndrome-stricken daughter at her mother’s home.  Charged with second-degree murder, Ener then committed suicide in jail by smothering herself with a plastic bag.  Reportedly, she had suffered from post-partum depression and expressed thoughts of suicide and harming her baby in order to end her “suffering.”  In 2008, Villanova made the controversial decision to dedicate a new section of its library to Ener.

In the realm of terrorism, three University of South Florida Middle East studies professors, Ramadan Abdullah Shallah, Bashir Musa Mohammed Nafi, and Sameeh Hammoudeh, were among eight men charged with racketeering and conspiracy to murder in 2003.  Indicted as “material supporters” of the “foreign terrorist organization” Palestinian Islamic Jihad, all three were praised afterward by their colleagues and described as “scholarly” and “highly respected.”

The case of Hassan Diab, a Lebanese-born dual Canadian citizen and a former sociology professor at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa, is less straightforward.  French authorities allege that Diab was the leader of a commando team that perpetrated the 1980 bombing of the Rue Copernic synagogue in Paris.  The bombing, which was attributed to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, killed three Frenchmen and an Israeli woman and wounded 40.

Diab was arrested in 2008 and extradited from Canada to France in 2014, where several court decisions to grant him bail have been overturned on appeal.  The investigation ended in July, but the judge’s decision on whether to drop the charges or proceed to trial is pending.  Meanwhile, Diab maintains his innocence, and his supporters are asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to encourage French authorities to release him.

While every profession has its bad actors, the field of Middle East studies is riddled with them.  It suffers from the violence, radicalism, and misogyny afflicting the region from which so many of its academics hail.  Moreover, it is arrogant and self-righteous, rejecting the outside criticism that exposes its misdeeds in favor of a closed circle that affirms its worst inclinations. Condemning the democratic West while elevating Islamism, the field betrays its moral confusion.  Is it any wonder that the worst follows?    

Cinnamon Stillwell is the West Coast representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum.  She can be reached at stillwell@meforum.org.

“I’m a professor!”  So cried Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) professor Anila Daulatzai as she was forcibly removed from a Southwest Airlines flight for lying about having a life-threatening allergy to the two dogs in the cabin.  Unable to provide the required medical certificate, Daulatzai, who had demanded that the dogs be removed, then refused to leave the plane.  Daulatzai’s Muslim faith was the likely cause of her aversion to dogs, but it was her dishonesty and unwillingness to cooperate that ended in her arrest.

A former visiting assistant professor of Islamic studies at Harvard Divinity School, Daulatzai has joined the growing ranks of Middle East studies academics who run afoul of the law.  Their misdeeds, which range from sexual harassment to domestic abuse and murder to terrorism, demonstrate that being “a professor” is no barrier to criminality.

Just last month, a professor in McGill University’s Institute of Islamic Studies whose name has not been released to the public was accused of “sexual violence” by way of stickers left in women’s restrooms on campus.  The professor, who is up for tenure this semester, denies the charges, despite former students testifying to his “predatory” behavior.  An open letter to Robert Wisnovsky, director of the Institute of Islamic Studies, from the World Islamic and Middle East Studies Student Association reiterated the allegations, recommending against tenure and concluding that “women are at a disadvantage within the Islamic Studies department.”

Likewise, it emerged in 2016 that two prominent professors, U.C. Berkeley’s Nezar AlSayyad and UCLA’s Gabriel Piterberg, had been sexually harassing female graduate students for years.  AlSayyad, former chair of U.C. Berkeley’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and Piterberg, former director of UCLA’s Center for Near Eastern Studies, exploited their positions of power to take advantage of the young women entrusted to their care.  Both universities’ perceived negligence and leniency in handling the cases led to student protests and loss of faith of the system.     

Another kind of relationship between student and teacher underpinned a controversy earlier this year involving Rollins College professor Areeje Zufari.  Zufari, a Muslim, resigned in April following a conflict with Christian student Marshall Polston, whom she had falsely accused of stalking after he challenged her anti-Christian, Islamist assertions.  After a wrongful suspension and a disciplinary hearing, Polston was reinstated, while Zufari now teaches at Valencia College.  Even more sordid is Zufari’s past, including numerous ties to Islamist associations and an affair with a married man under FBI investigation for terrorist activity.

The violent abuse of women raised its ugly head in the case of former University of Central Florida (UCF) history professor Vibert L. White.  During a 2010 campaign for Orlando City Commissioner, it emerged that would-be candidate White had been arrested at least three times on domestic violence charges involving two former wives.  He was not convicted of any of the charges and claimed that his ex-wives had fabricated the allegations.  The same year, an Orlando judge issued an injunction ordering White to stay away from an ex-girlfriend after she accused him of beating her.

White, no stranger to frivolous lawsuits and accusations of “Islamophobia,” is currently suing UCF for discrimination, claiming he was forced to resign in 2015 because, as reported by the Orlando Sentinel, “he is black and Muslim, and because he proposed recruiting more black and Muslim students to the school.”  He alleges that he received threats and that the university rejected his early proposals to initiate the now extant Islamic Studies and Middle East Studies programs, but UCF spokesman Chad Binette contends that “his claims have no merit.”  Predictably, White, who now bills himself as a “devout Islamic scholar,” is being represented by the Islamist organization the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Meanwhile, Youssif Zaghwani Omar, a Libyan-born teacher’s assistant in Arabic – not an assistant professor as reported at the time – at the University of Missouri, was arrested on suspicion of child abuse for the violent assault of a 14-year-old female relative in 2015.  Omar drove to her high school, saw that she wasn’t wearing a hijab (headscarf), and proceeded to grab her by the hair, slap her across the face, and pull her by the hair down a flight of stairs and into his car.

Villanova University history professor and director of the Center for Arab American Studies Mine Ener’s case is perhaps the most horrific.  In 2003, Ener admitted to slashing the throat of her six-month-old Down syndrome-stricken daughter at her mother’s home.  Charged with second-degree murder, Ener then committed suicide in jail by smothering herself with a plastic bag.  Reportedly, she had suffered from post-partum depression and expressed thoughts of suicide and harming her baby in order to end her “suffering.”  In 2008, Villanova made the controversial decision to dedicate a new section of its library to Ener.

In the realm of terrorism, three University of South Florida Middle East studies professors, Ramadan Abdullah Shallah, Bashir Musa Mohammed Nafi, and Sameeh Hammoudeh, were among eight men charged with racketeering and conspiracy to murder in 2003.  Indicted as “material supporters” of the “foreign terrorist organization” Palestinian Islamic Jihad, all three were praised afterward by their colleagues and described as “scholarly” and “highly respected.”

The case of Hassan Diab, a Lebanese-born dual Canadian citizen and a former sociology professor at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa, is less straightforward.  French authorities allege that Diab was the leader of a commando team that perpetrated the 1980 bombing of the Rue Copernic synagogue in Paris.  The bombing, which was attributed to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, killed three Frenchmen and an Israeli woman and wounded 40.

Diab was arrested in 2008 and extradited from Canada to France in 2014, where several court decisions to grant him bail have been overturned on appeal.  The investigation ended in July, but the judge’s decision on whether to drop the charges or proceed to trial is pending.  Meanwhile, Diab maintains his innocence, and his supporters are asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to encourage French authorities to release him.

While every profession has its bad actors, the field of Middle East studies is riddled with them.  It suffers from the violence, radicalism, and misogyny afflicting the region from which so many of its academics hail.  Moreover, it is arrogant and self-righteous, rejecting the outside criticism that exposes its misdeeds in favor of a closed circle that affirms its worst inclinations. Condemning the democratic West while elevating Islamism, the field betrays its moral confusion.  Is it any wonder that the worst follows?    

Cinnamon Stillwell is the West Coast representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum.  She can be reached at stillwell@meforum.org.



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The Zionists are Coming! Panic at San Francisco State U.


In the fevered imagination of the academic left, these are dark days at San Francisco State University (SFSU).  Speakers at a two-day conference, “Rights and Wrongs: A Constitution and Citizenship Day Conference at San Francisco State University,” described a campus where a “corporatist” administration is at war with its faculty; Arab-American professors are afraid to walk alone on campus; ethnic student organizations are consigned to the dank student center basement; “Zionists” lie in wait to pounce on innocent, beleaguered proponents of “Palestine”; and “white supremacy” rules.  All at one of the most radical universities in the nation.

Leading these lamentations was the director of SFSU’s Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative (AMED), Rabab Abdulhadi, whose anti-Israel activism is coming back to haunt her.  In addition to being named in a Lawfare Project (L.P.) lawsuit against SFSU alleging “anti-Semitism and overt discrimination against Jewish students,” she is at the heart of a Middle East Forum and Campus Watch campaign to end the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) she brokered between SFSU and An-Najah University, a hotbed of anti-Semitism and radicalism in the West Bank.

The conference was held on the top floor of the bustling Cesar Chávez Student Center – adorned with murals of Malcolm X and Edward Said – in spacious, light-filled Jack Adams Hall.  A bulletin board near the entrance displayed a flyer calling for the removal of San Francisco’s Pioneer Monument, which it dubbed a “monument to white supremacy!”  Conference programs featured a graphic of President Donald Trump’s silhouette balanced with a white fist on a scale of justice.   

The audience of mostly students and small clusters of faculty ranged from a sparse fifty to sixty for the panel “Academic Freedom for Whom? Islamophobia, Palestine, and Campus Politics” to around 250 – many sitting on the floor after the seats quickly filled up – for “Muslims, Mexicans, and the Politics of Exclusion.”

Abdulhadi chaired both panels, while Hatem Bazian, director of U.C. Berkeley’s Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project, participated in the second.  Both, she noted, hail from Nablus in the West Bank.  The co-panelists were graduate student instructors (one nicknamed “Che”), local leftist activists, and “veterans” of SFSU’s 1968 Third World Liberation Front strike.

Abdulhadi – who assured the audience she is a woman, lest anyone fear that a man heads AMED – was persistently on the defensive.  Harried and angry, her rapid-fire speech rendered many words unintelligible.  She complained about Campus Watch tweets “attacking her” and marveled at the “four articles” (two pieces, in fact) about the MOU-facilitated “Prisoner, Labor, and Academic Delegation,” which sent Americans who served prison time for Weather Underground-affiliated domestic terrorism to meet fellow self-described “political prisoners” at Najah.

She blamed these concerns – and the well documented history of terrorism and anti-Semitism at Najah – on her opponents’ “muddying the waters” with spurious claims of anti-Semitism and falsely conflating Arabs and Muslims with terrorism.  In Abdulhadi’s world, evidently, Palestinian terrorism and the cultural indoctrination underpinning it simply do not exist.  

The bulk of her ire was directed at SFSU’s administration and her onetime ally, President Leslie Wong, with whom she had collaborated to create the MOU.  She noted repeatedly that she had left a superior position as director of the Center for Arab American Studies at the University of Michigan, Dearborn at SFSU’s invitation, only to find herself relegated to a “token,” subjected to “new McCarthyism,” with AMED starved of funds and slated for termination.

Abdulhadi blamed Wong’s supposed abandonment of her on “Zionist pressure,” while accusing the administration of “Islamophobia”; “anti-Palestinian racism”; and the bigotry du jour, “white supremacy.”  She and her supporters fault Wong for not reacting quickly or stridently enough to the ongoing David Horowitz Freedom Center poster campaign at SFSU, U.C. Berkeley, and elsewhere, despite evidence to the contrary.  As with the grievances she reportedly filed earlier this year against the university “for the hostile and unsafe work and study environment for Palestinians, Muslims and Arabs on campus,” there is little proof to back up her assertions.   

Paranoia may better explain her worries, for she then declared, “I do not walk by myself on campus anymore. I am actually very afraid for my life.”  Because, you see, “the very people who are intimidating and harassing us, including people who have served in the Israeli military – and I grew up under Israeli occupation – are walking around on campus.”  Who knew that IDF soldiers are menacing SFSU’s faculty?!  

Abdulhadi’s co-panelists, in turn, praised her not only as a “Palestinian scholar” and a founding member of the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, but as a pillar of the community.  Diana Block, a participant in the Prisoner, Labor, and Academic Delegation, solicited funds on Abdulhadi’s behalf and encouraged audience members to attend a hearing in San Francisco on November 8 for motions to dismiss and strike the L.P. lawsuit filed by both Abdulhadi and the California State University system (CSU), of which SFSU is a part.  This proves that the university is indeed defending her, including deploying her tactic (in CSU’s motion to strike) of accusing her opponents of racism against “brown, black, and Muslim people.”

Yet Abdulhadi is her own worst enemy.  After spewing anti-Semitism in a rant written in response to the suit, she again exhibited the very bigotry she denies exists: she railed against the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) for condemning the General Union of Palestinian Students’ (for which she serves as faculty adviser) disruption of Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barakat’s 2016 SFSU talk.  Then, despite the university’s conclusion that Jewish student group Hillel was “improperly excluded” from a February campus civil rights information fair, she thundered, “People who are … oppressors have no place in spaces where people need to be protected. So the Know Your Rights Fair was right to not have a table for Hillel!”

Bazian piled on by repeating his contention that “[m]any of those who are engaged in the Islamophobia industry have been engaged in it to protect Israel’s interests in the U.S.”  They believe, he maintained, that “stoking anti-Muslim sentiment and Islamophobia is the way to protect Israel.”  

Conspiracy-mongering co-panelist Sara Kershnar of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN) claimed that an IJAN report to which Abdulhadi and AMED had contributed exposed several “Zionist backlash” organizations, including the Middle East Forum, whose president, Daniel Pipes, she dubbed “one of the fathers of the Islamophobia industry” and an “intermediary” for “millions and millions of dollars” that he doles out to his minions.  Pipes, Horowitz, L.P., the AMCHA Initiative, the Zionist Organization of America, and JCRC are, she warned, “at the center of the attack on SFSU.”

Abdulhadi and her anti-Israel cohorts may feel besieged, but they’re hardly victims.  What they label a nefarious plot is simply a justified lawful reaction to their dominance at SFSU and universities across teh nation.  The MOU with terror-promoting An-Najah is among the most blatant examples of this overreach, and the Middle East Forum remains committed to its demise.  No longer will activists posing as academics in order to push an illiberal agenda go unopposed.

Cinnamon Stillwell, a graduate of San Francisco State University, is the West Coast representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum. She can be reached at stillwell@meforum.org.

In the fevered imagination of the academic left, these are dark days at San Francisco State University (SFSU).  Speakers at a two-day conference, “Rights and Wrongs: A Constitution and Citizenship Day Conference at San Francisco State University,” described a campus where a “corporatist” administration is at war with its faculty; Arab-American professors are afraid to walk alone on campus; ethnic student organizations are consigned to the dank student center basement; “Zionists” lie in wait to pounce on innocent, beleaguered proponents of “Palestine”; and “white supremacy” rules.  All at one of the most radical universities in the nation.

Leading these lamentations was the director of SFSU’s Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative (AMED), Rabab Abdulhadi, whose anti-Israel activism is coming back to haunt her.  In addition to being named in a Lawfare Project (L.P.) lawsuit against SFSU alleging “anti-Semitism and overt discrimination against Jewish students,” she is at the heart of a Middle East Forum and Campus Watch campaign to end the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) she brokered between SFSU and An-Najah University, a hotbed of anti-Semitism and radicalism in the West Bank.

The conference was held on the top floor of the bustling Cesar Chávez Student Center – adorned with murals of Malcolm X and Edward Said – in spacious, light-filled Jack Adams Hall.  A bulletin board near the entrance displayed a flyer calling for the removal of San Francisco’s Pioneer Monument, which it dubbed a “monument to white supremacy!”  Conference programs featured a graphic of President Donald Trump’s silhouette balanced with a white fist on a scale of justice.   

The audience of mostly students and small clusters of faculty ranged from a sparse fifty to sixty for the panel “Academic Freedom for Whom? Islamophobia, Palestine, and Campus Politics” to around 250 – many sitting on the floor after the seats quickly filled up – for “Muslims, Mexicans, and the Politics of Exclusion.”

Abdulhadi chaired both panels, while Hatem Bazian, director of U.C. Berkeley’s Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project, participated in the second.  Both, she noted, hail from Nablus in the West Bank.  The co-panelists were graduate student instructors (one nicknamed “Che”), local leftist activists, and “veterans” of SFSU’s 1968 Third World Liberation Front strike.

Abdulhadi – who assured the audience she is a woman, lest anyone fear that a man heads AMED – was persistently on the defensive.  Harried and angry, her rapid-fire speech rendered many words unintelligible.  She complained about Campus Watch tweets “attacking her” and marveled at the “four articles” (two pieces, in fact) about the MOU-facilitated “Prisoner, Labor, and Academic Delegation,” which sent Americans who served prison time for Weather Underground-affiliated domestic terrorism to meet fellow self-described “political prisoners” at Najah.

She blamed these concerns – and the well documented history of terrorism and anti-Semitism at Najah – on her opponents’ “muddying the waters” with spurious claims of anti-Semitism and falsely conflating Arabs and Muslims with terrorism.  In Abdulhadi’s world, evidently, Palestinian terrorism and the cultural indoctrination underpinning it simply do not exist.  

The bulk of her ire was directed at SFSU’s administration and her onetime ally, President Leslie Wong, with whom she had collaborated to create the MOU.  She noted repeatedly that she had left a superior position as director of the Center for Arab American Studies at the University of Michigan, Dearborn at SFSU’s invitation, only to find herself relegated to a “token,” subjected to “new McCarthyism,” with AMED starved of funds and slated for termination.

Abdulhadi blamed Wong’s supposed abandonment of her on “Zionist pressure,” while accusing the administration of “Islamophobia”; “anti-Palestinian racism”; and the bigotry du jour, “white supremacy.”  She and her supporters fault Wong for not reacting quickly or stridently enough to the ongoing David Horowitz Freedom Center poster campaign at SFSU, U.C. Berkeley, and elsewhere, despite evidence to the contrary.  As with the grievances she reportedly filed earlier this year against the university “for the hostile and unsafe work and study environment for Palestinians, Muslims and Arabs on campus,” there is little proof to back up her assertions.   

Paranoia may better explain her worries, for she then declared, “I do not walk by myself on campus anymore. I am actually very afraid for my life.”  Because, you see, “the very people who are intimidating and harassing us, including people who have served in the Israeli military – and I grew up under Israeli occupation – are walking around on campus.”  Who knew that IDF soldiers are menacing SFSU’s faculty?!  

Abdulhadi’s co-panelists, in turn, praised her not only as a “Palestinian scholar” and a founding member of the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, but as a pillar of the community.  Diana Block, a participant in the Prisoner, Labor, and Academic Delegation, solicited funds on Abdulhadi’s behalf and encouraged audience members to attend a hearing in San Francisco on November 8 for motions to dismiss and strike the L.P. lawsuit filed by both Abdulhadi and the California State University system (CSU), of which SFSU is a part.  This proves that the university is indeed defending her, including deploying her tactic (in CSU’s motion to strike) of accusing her opponents of racism against “brown, black, and Muslim people.”

Yet Abdulhadi is her own worst enemy.  After spewing anti-Semitism in a rant written in response to the suit, she again exhibited the very bigotry she denies exists: she railed against the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) for condemning the General Union of Palestinian Students’ (for which she serves as faculty adviser) disruption of Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barakat’s 2016 SFSU talk.  Then, despite the university’s conclusion that Jewish student group Hillel was “improperly excluded” from a February campus civil rights information fair, she thundered, “People who are … oppressors have no place in spaces where people need to be protected. So the Know Your Rights Fair was right to not have a table for Hillel!”

Bazian piled on by repeating his contention that “[m]any of those who are engaged in the Islamophobia industry have been engaged in it to protect Israel’s interests in the U.S.”  They believe, he maintained, that “stoking anti-Muslim sentiment and Islamophobia is the way to protect Israel.”  

Conspiracy-mongering co-panelist Sara Kershnar of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN) claimed that an IJAN report to which Abdulhadi and AMED had contributed exposed several “Zionist backlash” organizations, including the Middle East Forum, whose president, Daniel Pipes, she dubbed “one of the fathers of the Islamophobia industry” and an “intermediary” for “millions and millions of dollars” that he doles out to his minions.  Pipes, Horowitz, L.P., the AMCHA Initiative, the Zionist Organization of America, and JCRC are, she warned, “at the center of the attack on SFSU.”

Abdulhadi and her anti-Israel cohorts may feel besieged, but they’re hardly victims.  What they label a nefarious plot is simply a justified lawful reaction to their dominance at SFSU and universities across teh nation.  The MOU with terror-promoting An-Najah is among the most blatant examples of this overreach, and the Middle East Forum remains committed to its demise.  No longer will activists posing as academics in order to push an illiberal agenda go unopposed.

Cinnamon Stillwell, a graduate of San Francisco State University, is the West Coast representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum. She can be reached at stillwell@meforum.org.



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