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U. of Texas Deserves Kudos, Not Blame by Evelyn Gordon

As a country with more than enough real enemies, the last thing Israel needs is for its supporters to start attacking its friends. But that’s what seems to have happened to the University of Texas – which has been attacked as an anti-Israel boycotter for taking a courageous stand against the boycott.

 

• U. of Texas Deserves Kudos, Not Blame by Evelyn Gordon http://t.co/oSshrE68

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Kramer on FB: Muslim Martin Luthers

Jonah Goldberg’s new book, ‘The Tyranny of Cliches: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas,’ quotes me (p. 235) regarding the quest for a “Muslim Martin Luther.” “As Kramer goes on to document, waiting for the Muslim Luther was a bit like waiting for Godot, because none of the candidates for the title panned out.” And, as Goldberg notes, those who made the analogy seemed not to understand Martin Luther.

 

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UC Berkeley and the 'Islamophobia' Lobby by Cinnamon Stillwell

It was a day of contradictions, ahistorical comparisons, numbing jargon, and, most of all, the elevation of victimhood to a privileged status. If aliens from another planet observed this conference, they would deduce that the streets of America were filled with murderous mobs and ranting rednecks out for Muslim blood. Then they would wonder how that is so when the academics at this conference, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, exhibited the very opposite: comfortable, professional lives buoyed by accolades and accommodation. If this is the product of "Islamophobia," then they have little to fear. Of the consequences of Islamism, however, the same cannot be said.

 

• UC Berkeley and the 'Islamophobia' Lobby by Cinnamon Stillwell http://t.co/3A0Tq9yw

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Kramer on FB: Tell the truth to donors

This appeal for funding of the humanities at Israeli universities isn’t misplaced. More money for libraries and languages would be well spent. But Ben-Gurion U. dean David Newman insults the very people to whom he’s appealing. Painting donors as ill-informed is condescending; denying the radical politicization of parts of the humanities is disingenuous. Tell the truth, propose solutions, or remain part of the problem.

 

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‘Osama bin Laden Made Me Famous’: Bernard Lewis looks back by Evan R. Goldstein

‘Osama bin Laden Made Me Famous’: Bernard Lewis looks back by Evan R. Goldstein | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

Age has not mellowed Lewis, especially on the topic of the late Edward Said, whose 1978 polemic, Orientalism, upended Middle East studies and placed Lewis in the position of having to defend his scholarship against charges of racism and imperialism. Lewis vividly remembers reading Orientalism for the first time. “Apart from Said’s ill will,” he says, “I was appalled by his ignorance.” “Middle Eastern studies in this country is dominated by the Saidians,” he says, his voice rising in indignation. “The situation is very bad. Saidianism has become an orthodoxy that is enforced with a rigor unknown in the Western world since the Middle Ages.”

 

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Boycott kills U. of Texas project on women writers in the Middle East by Scott Jaschik

The anthology was to honor the late Elizabeth Fernea, who in her years at Texas had helped build up the study of the region and who promoted the publication in translation of works from the many countries there. In the last week, however, the project fell apart -- as the movement to boycott Israel in every possible way left Texas officials believing that they couldn't complete the work.

 

• Boycott kills U. of Texas project on women writers in the Middle East by Scott Jaschik http://t.co/9UGTINQ9

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U of Texas cancels book including Israelis, Arutz 7

A Palestinian Authority woman author has managed to get the Univ. of Texas not to publish a book on the Middle East - because it includes Israeli authors. She would have preferred that they be excluded, but the university would not do that., so she ruined the possibility of the book's publication.

 

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On politicization in [Israeli] academia by Yaakov Ahimeir

On politicization in [Israeli] academia by Yaakov Ahimeir | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

In the literature department at Tel Aviv University, according to the most up-to-date student course catalog, there is not a single class dedicated to the works of Bialik, or other celebrated Israeli writers like Natan Alterman or Shmuel Yosef Agnon (Shai Agnon). Instead of teaching Bialik, a course called "the female author as a high-class prostitute, literature as a pimp" is offered.

 

• On politicization in [Israeli] academia by Yaakov Ahimeir http://bit.ly/JjjAvw

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Jews unwelcome on campus by Giulio Meotti

In 1936, at the beginning of a new wave of terrorism against the Jews, Zionist leader Berl Katznelson wrote: “We are called upon to defend ourselves not only from the physical marauders but also from the spiritual marauders.” Today the new spiritual marauders are based in Western faculties. They want to bring the war to the home of every Jew. It’s an academic final solution epitomized by a sign on the walls of London University: “Peace with Israel is a crime.”

 

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Dangerous Liaisons: Just how tight are our universities with authoritarian governments? by Shaun Tan

Dangerous Liaisons: Just how tight are our universities with authoritarian governments? by Shaun Tan | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

University administrators often justify their ties with authoritarian regimes by citing the need to engage with the rest of the world in order to change it for the better. Ideally, the university should also learn from the engagement and change for the better too. However, unless universities engage with a commitment to upholding their values of free inquiry at least equal to the commitment of the regimes that stifle it, they themselves will end up changing – for the worse.

 

• Dangerous Liaisons: Just how tight are our universities with authoritarian governments? by Shaun Tan http://bit.ly/HR9FOZ

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