Zionist group goes after Columbia's Rashid Khalidi

That organization of course is Campus Watch, Daniel Pipes effort to monitor American college professors for their unwillingness to keep Israel criticism off campus, to remain silent. Pipes is well known for his audacious attempts to silence American professors with threats of blackmail, including arrogant demands from tainted professors that they submit their course curriculums to him, personally, for approval. There is a history of professors deprived of tenure because of organizations like Campus Watch.

I'm not kidding. Check out Pipes' org here: http://www.campus-watch.org/

But this latest attempt at censorship, this attack against Rashid Khalidi really pissed off Cecile Sarasky of Muzzlewatch:

Academic freedom, CampusWatch goes after Columbia’s Rashid Khalidi and PARC

"Is space opening up or shutting down for professors who criticize Israel or express sympathy for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement?

One answer is that academic McCarthyite group CampusWatch is, unfortunately, still in business. In fact, they just published yet another hopefully meaningless attack on the Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) and keynote speaker at their October conference, the preeminent Middle East scholar (and famously, former-friend-of-Obama) Rashid Khalidi, Columbia University’s Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies. Why do they want PARC to stop receiving funding from the Department of Education? Because in his speech at a conference on Palestine, Khalidi criticized Israel, and worse, criticized Campus Watch! Comical, yes. Imagine, one of the country’s most respected Middle East scholars having the audacity to criticize Israel and CampusWatch at a conference called “Palestine: What We Know.” CampusWatch’s Jonathan Schanzer smears Khalidi with a charge he denies, that he was ever an official spokesperson for the PLO, and insists:

While Khalidi undoubtedly has the right to express his opinion, the American public has as a right to know that they paid for it. PARC receives controversial Title VI funding from the U.S. State Department and the Department of Education for “Palestinian studies.” By inviting Khalidi, PARC spent fungible taxpayer money to bring a notorious former spokesman for a terrorist organization to Washington to rail against Israel and complain about a group that critiques him.

Meanwhile, Nora Barrows-Friedman’s new article in the Electronic Intifada about academic freedom suggests the answer to the question, is there more space on campus for debate on Israel/Palestine?, is both yes and no.

UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Richard Falk, says:

“There seems to be diverging trends in relation to academic freedom for those who express sharply critical views of Israel or Zionism,” Falk remarked. “On the one side there is growing sympathy for the Palestinian struggle, and this is exhibited by the spreading BDS campaign. On the other side, there are increased efforts by organized Zionist groups to exert covert and overt pressure on university administrations to punish those seen as critics of Israel. As a result, we can expect some inconsistent outcomes in this period.”

Caught up in that tension are professors like UC Santa Barbara’s William Robinson who called down the wrath of the Anti-Defamation League and others for criticizing Israel’s attack on Gaza: in June 2009, the university threw out charges of faculty misconduct. And Columbia’s Joseph Massad and Barnard’s Nadia Abu El Haj who both survived extensive campaigns to deny them tenure." 

Read on here: http://www.muzzlewatch.com/

Interesting stuff. Only in America.

 

Tags: Israel, Palestine, Gaza, Muzzlewatch, Campus Watch, Daniel Pipes (all tags)

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Just a word on the PLO.

The history of the PLO can be found in numerous places. The PLO arose as a counteraction to the Zionist project that took Palestine and its people and essentially threw them out, two thirds of an entire people, their villages and cities emptied and then later bulldozed into the ground. After the Nakba, the Palestinian term for the ethnic cleansing of their people by Jewish militias, the Haganah, and the Jewish terror gangs like the Irgun and the Stern Gang, was initiated actually two months before Israel even declared independence. Massacres occurred of entire Palestinian villages. The surrounding Arab countries, who were seeing thousands of Palestinians coming across their borders, tried to come to the rescue, but their weak efforts failed (this was the so-called Israeli -Arab War). Later on, a counter terrorist group, the Palestine Liberation Organization, developed. Its purpose was obvious, but its methods were terroristic, their most well known incident being at the Munich Olympics massacre of a dozen Israeli athletes, along with the Palestinian terrorists killed there to make news.

Today, it would seem that Palestinian terrorism is more important than Israeli terrorism, even Israeli state terrorism involved in killing Palestinian civilians, entire families and children alike, as in Gaza recently.

Khalidi did not work for the PLO, but I have no doubt that if he had been younger he probably would have. Interestingly, the leaders of the Israeli terror gangs, Irgun and the Stern Gang, Menachim Begin and Itsask Shamir, respectively, were later elected as prime ministers of Israel, and welcomed into the US as leaders. Begin allegedly pumped his chest at the massacre of the entire village of Der Yassin, a terrorist without question, and the one who ordered the bombing of the British Embassy where dozens were killed.

It goes without saying, one person's hero is another's terrorist. Arafat, leader of the PLO, was so seen.

 

by MainStreet 2010-01-14 12:15PM | 0 recs
Just a word on the PLO.

The history of the PLO can be found in numerous places. The PLO arose as a counteraction to the Zionist project that took Palestine and its people and essentially threw them out, two thirds of an entire people, their villages and cities emptied and then later bulldozed into the ground. After the Nakba, the Palestinian term for the ethnic cleansing of their people by Jewish militias, the Haganah, and the Jewish terror gangs like the Irgun and the Stern Gang, was initiated actually two months before Israel even declared independence. Massacres occurred of entire Palestinian villages. The surrounding Arab countries, who were seeing thousands of Palestinians coming across their borders, tried to come to the rescue, but their weak efforts failed (this was the so-called Israeli -Arab War). Later on, a counter terrorist group, the Palestine Liberation Organization, developed. Its purpose was obvious, but its methods were terroristic, their most well known incident being at the Munich Olympics massacre of a dozen Israeli athletes, along with the Palestinian terrorists killed there to make news.

Today, it would seem that Palestinian terrorism is more important than Israeli terrorism, even Israeli state terrorism involved in killing Palestinian civilians, entire families and children alike, as in Gaza recently.

Khalidi did not work for the PLO, but I have no doubt that if he had been younger he probably would have. Interestingly, the leaders of the Israeli terror gangs, Irgun and the Stern Gang, Menachim Begin and Itsask Shamir, respectively, were later elected as prime ministers of Israel, and welcomed into the US as leaders. Begin allegedly pumped his chest at the massacre of the entire village of Der Yassin, a terrorist without question, and the one who ordered the bombing of the British Embassy where dozens were killed.

It goes without saying, one person's hero is another's terrorist. Arafat, leader of the PLO, was so seen.

 

by MainStreet 2010-01-14 12:15PM | 0 recs
Fuck you Pipes. Here's Columbia U responding to your shit.

Mondoweiss:

Columbia profs blast their president’s silence on destruction of Gaza schools

by Philip Weiss on February 16, 2009

Hampshire students take heart. You are part of a movement. 120 members of Columbia faculty have sent this strong letter to Columbia President Lee Bollinger blasting him for his utter silence on the Gaza slaughter and the countless other destructions of freedom in Palestine. Here's the letter in full:

On a number of occasions since becoming president of Columbia University you have expressed your views in public on questions of academic freedom in the Middle East. Yet you have remained silent on the actions by Israel that deny that freedom to Palestinians.

These actions include Israel's continuing blockade of Gaza, the imposing of barriers, checkpoints, and closures around and within the West Bank that make academic life unworkable, the denial of exit visas to Palestinian scholars offered fellowships abroad or invited to international conferences, including scholars invited to Columbia, and the recent three-week war against Gaza that included not only the bombing of Palestinian schools and colleges, with great loss of life, but the widespread destruction of the material and social fabric on which academic life depends.

We, as Columbia and Barnard faculty, ask you now to make public your opposition to these actions and your support for the academic freedom of Palestinians.

There are great people among the signatories.

Elizabeth Povinelli, Alisa Solomon, Saskia Hamiton, Rashid Khalidi, Timothy Mitchell, Mahmood Mamdani, Nadia Abu El Haj, among others. and leading off, at number 1: Lila Abu-Lughod, who said at a Nakba commemoration last spring that she had led a quiet political life till now. Well this is a beautiful letter. Maybe it will lead to further activism? I don't think Bollinger's silence can be understood outside of the tremendous financial pressures on him from the likes of Columbia alum Robert Kraft, especially given Bollinger's dreams of a legacy in building a giant new campus in what it calls Manhattanville, between 125th and 131st Street. How much of Columbia's big gifts come from Jews who think, per Reform head Rabbi Eric Yoffie and other religious "leaders", that what Israel did in Gaza, destroying colleges, was copasetic?
(Phil Weiss)

http://mondoweiss.net/2009/02/columbia-professors-blast-bollingers-silence-on-destruction-of-gaza-schools.html

 

by MainStreet 2010-01-14 01:19PM | 0 recs
Fuck you Pipes. Here's Columbia U responding to your shit.

Mondoweiss:

Columbia profs blast their president’s silence on destruction of Gaza schools

by Philip Weiss on February 16, 2009

Hampshire students take heart. You are part of a movement. 120 members of Columbia faculty have sent this strong letter to Columbia President Lee Bollinger blasting him for his utter silence on the Gaza slaughter and the countless other destructions of freedom in Palestine. Here's the letter in full:

On a number of occasions since becoming president of Columbia University you have expressed your views in public on questions of academic freedom in the Middle East. Yet you have remained silent on the actions by Israel that deny that freedom to Palestinians.

These actions include Israel's continuing blockade of Gaza, the imposing of barriers, checkpoints, and closures around and within the West Bank that make academic life unworkable, the denial of exit visas to Palestinian scholars offered fellowships abroad or invited to international conferences, including scholars invited to Columbia, and the recent three-week war against Gaza that included not only the bombing of Palestinian schools and colleges, with great loss of life, but the widespread destruction of the material and social fabric on which academic life depends.

We, as Columbia and Barnard faculty, ask you now to make public your opposition to these actions and your support for the academic freedom of Palestinians.

There are great people among the signatories.

Elizabeth Povinelli, Alisa Solomon, Saskia Hamiton, Rashid Khalidi, Timothy Mitchell, Mahmood Mamdani, Nadia Abu El Haj, among others. and leading off, at number 1: Lila Abu-Lughod, who said at a Nakba commemoration last spring that she had led a quiet political life till now. Well this is a beautiful letter. Maybe it will lead to further activism? I don't think Bollinger's silence can be understood outside of the tremendous financial pressures on him from the likes of Columbia alum Robert Kraft, especially given Bollinger's dreams of a legacy in building a giant new campus in what it calls Manhattanville, between 125th and 131st Street. How much of Columbia's big gifts come from Jews who think, per Reform head Rabbi Eric Yoffie and other religious "leaders", that what Israel did in Gaza, destroying colleges, was copasetic?
(Phil Weiss)

http://mondoweiss.net/2009/02/columbia-professors-blast-bollingers-silence-on-destruction-of-gaza-schools.html

 

by MainStreet 2010-01-14 01:19PM | 0 recs
Let us be clear

Rashid Khalidi is an advocate of a "one state solution" for all of "Palestine" - meaning the destruction of Israel and its replacement by an Arab state.

 

How about you, do you support a "two state solution"?

In other words, do you support the right of israel to exist?

by 2010-01-14 02:32PM | 0 recs
mainstreet is among those

who are emotionally / intellectually invested in seeing the destruction of the Jewish state.

For some reason he thinks that Jews, and only Jews, of all the world's peoples, should not be allowed self-determination and self-defense.

He does not criticize Israel.  He vilifies it.

by Karmafish 2010-01-14 03:10PM | 0 recs
RE: mainstreet is among those

figured as much

by 2010-01-14 03:16PM | 0 recs
RE: mainstreet is among those

" For some reason he thinks that Jews, and only Jews, of all the world's peoples, should not be allowed self-determination and self-defense. "

 

Where has he said, or even hinted, at this?

by vecky 2010-01-14 05:54PM | 0 recs
What about the Tamils?

Do they deserve state?  How about the Pashtuns?

by JJE 2010-01-14 08:21PM | 0 recs
RE: Let us be clear

I don't see how a "one state solution" equals a "destruction of Israel". Many prominent academics, including several jewish ones, have promoted such a solution - one in which all peoples, Jews and Arabs alike live in peace enjoying equal rights together.

by vecky 2010-01-14 05:53PM | 0 recs
This post kinda brought out the troops, no.

It is either two states or one state or Apartheid. Since the above folks are for the status quo, the Likud Charter no state position, i.e., keeping Israel on its present path, then it can only be one state or Apartheid. Since they believe one state will destroy Israel's intent to be a Jewish State, it can only achieve it by becoming an Apartheid state. In fact, some believe that it is already reached that configuration.

Well, what's the problem? You already have what you wish for.  

by MainStreet 2010-01-14 05:06PM | 0 recs
RE: This post kinda brought out the troops, no.

How about you, do you support a "two state solution"?

In other words, do you support the right of israel to exist?

by 2010-01-14 05:29PM | 0 recs
RE: This post kinda brought out the troops, no.

Aren't you asking the wrong person. Ask the Likud Israel government which seems to be expanding settlements and continuing its ethnic cleansing of Palestinian families to such a degree that there is now no room for a Palestinian state.

Look at East Jerusalem alone. Orders to demolish another 700 Palestinian homes has been reported. And in just 9 months, the expansion of settlements in the West Bank will explode. Netanyahu has promised, and the racist Avigdor Lieberman has guaranteed. And no doubt, we shall see a stricter enforcement of Israel's segregation laws inside Israel itself.

Does the destruction of the Jewish state mean the downfall of Arab segregation? Is that what you mean?

 

by MainStreet 2010-01-14 05:46PM | 0 recs
guess your answer is,

no.

by 2010-01-14 07:16PM | 0 recs
RE: This post kinda brought out the troops, no.

I support a "two state solution". I even support a "one state solution".

Hell I support any plan which allows everyone to live in peace together enjoying freedom and basic human rights. Bottom-line, I support a "solution".

by vecky 2010-01-14 05:59PM | 0 recs
RE: This post kinda brought out the troops, no.

You  may want a solution now, but it is the last thing Israel wants. The colonialism is not over, and there is much more land to take and many more Palestinians who can be ethnically cleansed in the meantime.

The Israel strategy has always been to talk peace but stall while more land is confiscated. That's why Fatah will not talk until all settlement building stops. They have been fooled to many times before with these false peace proposals, and Washington knows it. Hence, our attempts to circumvent Netanyahu with a proposals to talk borders. Bibi had the shits when he heard that, no doubt.

by MainStreet 2010-01-14 07:37PM | 0 recs
RE: This post kinda brought out the troops, no.

Peace is merely a propoganada slogan. That is one of the tragedies of the I-P conflict.

by vecky 2010-01-14 11:42PM | 0 recs
RE: This post kinda brought out the troops, no.

The way the colonization keeps moving along at full speed, talk of 'peace' is indeed just a propaganda tool.

by MainStreet 2010-01-15 05:15AM | 0 recs

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