Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Caroline Glick on Judicial Fascism in Israel
1. Caroline Glick on Judicial Fascism in Israel:
Academia's Anti-Israel Amen Corner
By Malcolm A. Kline
Accuracy in Academia June 19, 2006
A widely-publicized attack on supporters of Israel by two leading
academics commits a fair number of inaccuracies not the least of which is
their characterization of controversies surrounding the Israel Lobby as
they manifest themselves on American campuses.
.In September 2002, for example, Martin Kramer and Daniel Pipes, two
passionately pro-Israel neoconservatives, established a website (Campus
Watch) that posted dossiers on suspect academics and encouraged students
to report comments or behavior that might be considered hostile to
Israel,. John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt wrote in a recent report which
also appeared in abbreviated form in the London Review of Books. .This
transparent attempt to blacklist and intimidate scholars prompted a harsh
reaction and Pipes and Kramer later removed the dossiers, but the website
still invites students to report alleged anti-Israel behavior at U. S.
.Groups in the Lobby also direct their fire at particular professors and
the universities that hire them,. Mearsheimer and Walt write.
Dr. Mearsheimer is a political science professor at the University of
Chicago. Dr. Walt is a professor of International Affairs at the Kennedy
School of Government at Harvard. Full disclosure: Campus Watch has
complimented me by posting two of my pieces.
.Columbia University, which had the late Palestinian scholar Edward Said
on its faculty, has been a frequent target of pro-Israel forces,.
Mearsheimer and Walt aver. Said died in office, tenured, of natural
.When Columbia recruited historian Rashid Khalidi from the University of
Chicago, [then-Columbia president Jonathan] Cole says that .the complaints
started flowing in from people who disagreed with the content of his
political views,.. Mearsheimer and Walt write. .Princeton faced the same
problem a few years later when it considered wooing Khalidi away from
Mearsheimer and Walt neglect to mention that:
Khalidi is the Edward Said professor of Arab Studies at Columbia.
Khalidi has been credibly accused of plagiarism.
Khalidi has described Iran as a thriving democracy.
.A classic illustration of the effort to police academia occurred in late
2004, when the David Project produced a propaganda film alleging that
faculty in Columbia University.s Middle East studies program were
anti-Semitic and were intimidating Jewish students who defended Israel,.
Mearsheimer and Walt report. .Columbia was raked over the coals in
pro-Israel circles, but a faculty committee assigned to investigate the
charges found no evidence of anti-Semitism and the only incident worth
noting was the possibility that one professor had .responded heatedly. to
a student.s question.. Actually, the Committee was made up of Middle East
Studies professors who threw out or ignored most of the charges. The ones
they admitted to are telling enough;
A professor, in the middle of class, asking a student who had served in
the Israeli Defense Forces how many Palestinians he has killed.
Another professor telling a coed that she cannot comment on Middle East
controversies because she has green eyes.
.Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of this campaign to eliminate
criticism of Israel from college campuses is the effort by Jewsh groups to
push Congress to establish mechanisms that monitor what professors say
about Israel,. Mearsheimer and Walt write. .Schools judged to have an
anti-Israel bias would be denied Federal funding..
.This effort to get the U. S. government to police campuses have not yet
succeeded, but the attempt illustrates the importance pro-Israel groups
place on controlling debate on these issues.. If the authors are talking
about the Title VI program, they have their facts upside down.
3. Lying about David Horowitz's book on extremist professors:
(Please note - I am one of the contributors to that book)
See also http://dangerousprofessors.net/
4. Leftists in the Cold:
5. Channel 10, pants on Fire:
IDF Spokesman: Channel 10 report on Gaza beach blast a lie
By Amos Harel, Haaretz Correspondent
Channel 10 News claimed Monday night that a piece of shrapnel removed from
a Palestinian injured in last week's explosion on Lahia Beach in Gaza
almost certainly came from an Israeli weapon.
The Israel Defense Forces Spokesman's Office rejected the report.
"Unfortunately, Channel 10 persists in publicizing falsehoods despite
having been given the true facts," said the IDF Spokesman.
The military inquiry committee headed by Major General Meir Klifi based
its conclusions largely on a fragment extracted from a girl wounded in the
incident who was hospitalized in Israel. Laboratory examinations by the
IDF and then by an Israeli academic institution, the army said, proved
conclusively that the shrapnel was not from a 155 mm shell of the type
used by the IDF and resembled explosives used by Palestinian
Channel 10's Shlomo Eldar reported Monday that last week another fragment,
removed from a different Palestinian, is of Israeli origin.
Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch presented findings ostensibly proving that
Israeli shell fragments had been found near the site of the explosion.
6. Henry Siegman Cheerleads for the Hamas, endorses terrorism: