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Major Academic Organization Sued For Anti-Israel Takeover

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The oldest scholarly group studying U.S. history and culture is getting sued for “covertly pack[ing]” its organization with anti-Israel professors.

Before 2012, no candidate chosen to head the American Studies Association had been associated with the Israeli boycott movement, according to The College Fix. For the past five years, ALL nominees were vocal supporters of the movement.

Some of the defendants in the case have a well-documented history of anti-Israel remarks. One of them, Steven Salaita, had a job offer rescinded after the discovery of these tweets:

“Zionists, take responsibility:  if your dream of an ethnocratic Israel is worth the murder of children, just f***ing own it already,” said the professor. In another tweet, Salaita said “at this point, if Netanyahu appeared on TV with a necklace made from the teeth of Palestinian children, would anybody be surprised?

Salaita sued the University of Illinois for retracting his job offer, getting $600,000 out of the settlement.

Another defendant, Rutgers University women’s studies professor Jasbir Puar, is accused of making sure that “only signed supporters of USACBI [which advocates for both the academic and cultural boycott of Israel] were nominated for American Studies Association President.”

Alex Lubin, an American University professor whom Puar nominated for ASA’s national council, apparently wrote in one of the released emails that “we were nominated in order to build momentum for BDS even though the question of BDS in American Studies Association may or may not emerge while we’re on the council.”

Puar accused Israel of committing “field assassinations of young Palestinian men,” and then invoked the anti-Semitic trope that “the bodies were mined for organs for scientific research.”

But not every ASA member knew about the collusion between the group and the anti-Israel lobby. Puar allegedly kept it hidden from the organization’s general membership. John Stephens, executive director of the ASA, denied knowing about it, but then did a simple Internet search and discovered for himself that the names on an anti-Israel boycott proposal matched up with the names of several ASA officers who passed the group’s 2013 boycott of all Israeli schools, which ⅔ of the ASA’s voting members approved.

But the ASA did receive backlash for this decision. In just a month, over 80 US colleges condemned the vote and several colleges withdrew from the organization entirely. Israel does not seem to be the only issue on which the ASA is biased. Its current president, Kandice Chuh, “teaches courses in critical theory, aesthetics, race and intersectionality, queer theory, and decolonial studies,” subjects typically associated with the political left. Elizabeth Duggan and David Roediger, ASA presidents from 2014 to 2016, are apparently interested in and/or have authored books on “whiteness.”

 

 

George Mason University

Prof OK With Calling Israelis ‘Mob,’ But Not Palestinians

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On Thursday, George Mason University Noura Erakat tweeted out a Washington Post article entitled “Israel’s use of fatal force in Gaza: Excessive force or justified mob control?” reported The Daily Caller News Foundation. This headline triggered Noura, who responded ““Mob”??? Can we plz try to acknowledge Palestinians as human? Not bugs to be exterminated. This is a freedom struggle.”

When I saw this awesome display of intellectual brilliance, I immediately put aside all thoughts like the fact that at least 50 of the 62 individuals killed by Israel Monday were Hamas or Islamic Jihad terrorists and thought to myself, “wow, what an upstanding citizen Noura must be, policing offensive words out of the English language.” It never even occurred to me that she might be a total hypocrite who shudders when the word “mob” is applied to Palestinians, but has used the exact same word to describe Israelis.

Oops, actually, here’s one of her tweets from a little while back: “Fadi Alloun – shot dead by Israeli police while he ran away from an Israeli mob.” And, of course, she neglects to mention that Alloun had allegedly stabbed a Jewish boy right beforehand. In case this didn’t convince you of how superb a mental gymnast Noura is, contorting language to fit her agenda, take a look at this time she tweeted about the murder of a Muslim teen in Virginia. She says “White supremacy breeds in all quarters,especially in the most liberal ones we call home.”

Except, as a commenter pointed out, the teen’s accused murderer, Darwin Martinez Torres, was not white, but Hispanic. Noura, of course, very adeptly dodged this pesky fact by saying “White supremacy is an ideology and what drives Islamophobia. Not race specific. Don’t need to be white to practice it.”

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Diablo Valley College

Antifa Bike Lock Prof May Face 11 Years In Prison

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Former Diablo Valley College professor Eric Clanton may face 11 years in prison for allegedly busting a Trump supporter’s head with a bike lock, according to an interview he did with Rolling Stone entitled “Antifa on Trial: How a College Professor Joined the Left’s Radical Ranks.”

I love how this headline suggests that it’s UNUSUAL for professors to be part of the radical left; perhaps this author needs to tune in to Campus Unmasked. But I guess if you define “radical” to include only outright violence and not anti-white and and anti-Israel curriculum, readings from the Marxist Frankfurt School, etc., you can maybe get away with it.

Clanton refers to the “structural violence of the state” and I don’t think he’s talking about specific states like totalitarian dictatorships there, but instead violence inherent when you have any sort of government. Even more curious is when he dismisses the concept of moral high ground as something created by the “narrative class.”

Are these the sort of people you want teaching in universities? People who think morality is just another narrative, who think respect and decency are just weapons used to oppress them? At the end of the day, Eric Clanton’s case is a huge win for 4Chan and citizen journalism in general. If the mainstream media won’t hold these domestic terrorists to account, there at least seems to be a whole generation of sleuthy sentinels out there whose investigative skills are matched only by their razor-sharp wit and devotion to Western values.

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Cornell University

Cornell Student Strips To Combat Oppression

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When Cornell University student Letitia Chai practiced her “Acting in Public” presentation earlier in the week, she opted for a button-down shirt and short shorts, and she got really triggered when her professor allegedly told her the outfit would distract men in the class and asked the girl “what would your mom think?” reported The Daily Caller News Foundation.

“My mom is a Feminist, Gender, Sexuality Studies professor,” Letitia responded. “She has dedicated her life to the empowerment of people in all gender identities. So, I think my mother would be fine with my shorts.”

But Letitia sure showed this professor, proceeding to dress even more provocatively and also convincing 28 out of 44 spectators of her presentation to do the same.

 

But Letitia’s speech wasn’t some kind of slutwalk spiel against rape culture or anything. No, she was talking about treating refugees as resources rather than burdens, a lecture that, outside of the ivory tower, would probably be made at the UN and in a bit more formal attire. Make no mistake: she donned this little get-up not out of relevance to her thesis but entirely out of spite and to prove that she could.

 

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