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Sunday, October 14, 2007

A bunch of failed American ex-academics trying to blacken the name of a real one (well, several actually)

I'd been meaning to post a link to this piece in 5th October's Guardian, as it summed up a lot of my feelings on the matter. While not supporting a generalised boycott of Israeli academia, I have some misgivings about such a boycott's having been declared unlawful, especially as no reasons have been given in support of such an opinion.

The threats cited by Dr Gopal to academic freedom in the United States are well-known:

Organisations such as Campus Watch monitor what academics write and teach, compile blacklists and attempt to shut down debate, despite their claim to support free speech. Respected scholars who have faced campaigns include Columbia University's Middle East specialist Joseph Massad, who was accused and then cleared of anti-semitism; outspoken Michigan professor Juan Cole; and Norman Finkelstein, refused tenure and forced to resign after DePaul University came under external pressure.

Well, clearly she touched a nerve at Campus Watch, as their apparatchik Winfield Myers (apparently a "journalist and public intellectual") published this attack:

A cursory look at CW's web pages would have saved Gopal from, at least, errors of fact, if not from those rooted in her ideology.

To state the obvious: CW does not compile blacklists; where does she see them on our site?

Well, to state the obvious, things can exist without being publicised on a website. (I have a diary, but you won't see it here.) Anything better?

As for the tired charge that CW aims to "shut down debate," it is rather the case that Gopal and her allies are so unused to debate of any kind that the mere appearance of alternative views causes them to swoon and cry foul. I invite critics to tell us precisely what mechanisms we use for achieving this grand claim. They cannot, of course, for we neither wish it nor have it within our means to achieve it.

Well, if you visit the "About Us" page at CW's site, it lists its aims as:

Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum, reviews and critiques Middle East studies in North America, with an aim to improving them. The project mainly addresses five problems: analytical failures, the mixing of politics with scholarship, intolerance of alternative views, apologetics, and the abuse of power over students.

Then it defines all these "problems" in terms of specific opinions which academics ought or ought not to hold. For example:

...out of the Middle East Studies Association's four-day conference in November 2002 where more than 550 papers were presented, exactly one dealt with Al-Qaeda and one with "fundamentalism." "Militant Islam" was not the subject of a single paper.

Gosh. it's almost as though the Middle East Studies Association made up its own mind as to what were significant topics of discussion rather than bowing to the ill-informed prejudices of a bunch of journalists with no credibility in the subject. But Winfield Myers is still hopping about with a foot remaining to shoot off:

Gopal objects to CW's research on Joseph Massad, who was, as those who can discern gold from brass know, "cleared" only to the degree that an internal committee at Columbia denied that he is an anti-Semite.... the committee's conclusions hardly settled the matter to the satisfaction of many outside observers and members of the Columbia community.

...i.e. he was cleared but Campus Watch don't like it and will carry on pretending he wasn't....

Gopal's inclusion of Finkelstein and Archbishop Tutu in her list of supposedly silenced heroes further exposes her lack of research: we have never commissioned a single item on either man, as Campus Watch does not take positions on questions of tenure or on campus speakers.
Oh, right. I'm sure that's true, but by a strange coincidence if you click on the tab labelled "Moonlighting: Non-specialists in the News" (a bit rich, one might think, from an organisation entirely made up of non-specialists) you will see links to these articles:

The Finkelstein Affair [on former DePaul professor Norman Finkelstein]
by David Bernstein, October 2, 2007 - The Volokh Conspiracy

Profile of Marc H. Ellis: Director of the Center for American and Jewish Studies at Baylor University
September 19, 2007 - DiscoverTheNetworks.org

The Passion of Norman Finkelstein
by Steven Plaut, September 17, 2007 - FrontPage Magazine

The "Fink" in Finkelstein [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Ryan Masse, September 13, 2007 - The Badger Herald (Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison)

Israel/Palestine, week 1 [on "Israel/Palestine Legal Issues," a course at Harvard Law taught by Duncan Kennedy]
by Joel Pollak, September 12, 2007 - Guide to the Perplexed Blog

Michigan Resumes Distribution of Anti-Israel Book [on "Overcoming Zionism" by Joel Kovel; Pluto Press]
by Scott Jaschik, September 12, 2007 - Inside Higher Ed

Anti-Zionist Book Will Be Distributed in U.S. [on Joel Kovel, "Overcoming Zionism"; University of Michigan Press; Pluto Press)
by Elizabeth Green, September 12, 2007 - The New York Sun

The Next Piece of Housekeeping for DePaul? [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Steven Plaut, September 6, 2007 - FrontPage Magazine

Finkelstein and DePaul Settle
by Scott Jaschik, September 6, 2007 - Inside Higher Ed

DePaul University's Finkelstein Quits
September 6, 2007 - Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Tenure Dispute at DePaul Ends With a Settlement and Professor's Resignation [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Paula Wasley, September 6, 2007 - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Embattled US Professor Who Accused Jews of Using Holocaust to Stifle Criticism Agrees to Resign [on Norman Finkelstein]
September 5, 2007 - Associated Press

DePaul, Embattled Professor Settle Dispute [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Ron Grossman, September 5, 2007 - Chicago Tribune

Finkelstein Resigns at DePaul U., After Deal Forestalls Threats to Defy University [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Paula Wasley, September 5, 2007 - The Chronicle of Higher Education

DePaul U. Memos Accuse Professor in Tenure Dispute of Being Disruptive [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Elizabeth F. Farrell, September 4, 2007 - The Chronicle of Higher Education

DePaul Memos Tell of Run-Ins with Professor [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Ron Grossman, September 3, 2007 - Chicago Tribune

Defending Fink [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Marty Peretz, September 2, 2007 - The New Republic

Denial of Tenure Defended [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Dave Newbart, September 1, 2007 - Chicago Sun-Times

Controversial Professor Plans to Risk Arrest After University Cancels His Classes [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Melissa Drosjack, August 30, 2007 - Fox News

Walt, Mearsheimer to Protest Finkelstein Firing [on Norman Finkelstein]
August 30, 2007 - Jewish Telegraph Agency (JTA)

In Wonderful Company [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Jamie Kirchick, August 30, 2007 - The Daily Dish (Andrew Sullivan's blog)

Not the Norm [on Norman Finkelstein, Thomas Klocek, AAUP]
by John J. Miller, August 29, 2007 - Phi Beta Cons (NRO)

Holocaust Academic Vows to Fight Axe of University Class [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Donald MacLeod and agencies, August 29, 2007 - The Guardian (U.K.)

DePaul University Cancels Class Taught By Professor Critical of Israel [on Norman Finkelstein]
August 28, 2007 - Associated Press

DePaul Pulls Plug on Controversial Professor [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Ron Grossman, August 28, 2007 - The Chicago Tribune

Terminating the Terminal Year [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Scott Jaschik, August 27, 2007 - Inside Higher Ed

DePaul U. Cancels Courses of Professor Who Lost Tenure Bid, but He Plans to Teach Them Anyway [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Jennifer Howard, August 27, 2007 - The Chronicle of Higher Education

CCUS Professor Looks at Middle East from Psychological Perspective [on Moises Salinas]
by Lisa Kingstone, August 15, 2007 - The Jewish Ledger

Tenure Decisions at DePaul U. [letter to the editor re Norman Finkelstein]
by Anne Clark Bartlett, July 27, 2007 - The Chronicle of Higher Education

DePaul Flubs Up on Finkestein
by Anthony Paletta, June 29, 2007 - Minding the Campus

Students Will Begin Hunger Strike in Support of DePaul Professors Denied Tenure [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Sierra Millman, June 25, 2007 - Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog

Finkelstein's Sexism
by Alan Dershowitz, June 25, 2007 - FrontPage Magazine

DePaul University Students Fast for Academic Freedom [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Daniel Klimek, Victor Lang, et al., June 25, 2007 - Monthly Review

Finking on Finkelstein
June 25, 2007 - Reason Online

Outwit. Outplay. Outlast. Outtenure? [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Dave Newbart, June 22, 2007 - Chicago Sun-Times

Students Protest Tenure Denials at DePaul U. [on Norman Finkelstein, et al.]
by Sierra Millman, June 22, 2007 - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Muslims Need More Creative Voice [interview with Karen Armstrong; ref. John Esposito]
by Aniza Damis, June 18, 2007 - The New Straights Times (Malaysia)

The Fight Against the Israel-Haters in Academia [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Asaf Romirowsky, June 15, 2007 - San Diego Jewish World

Norman Finkelstein: The Case Against
by Alan Dershowitz, June 14, 2007 - Comment Is Free (The Guardian, U.K.)

Students Ordered to Leave Chief's Area [on Norman Finkelstein and DePaul U.]
by Dave Newbart, June 14, 2007 - The Chicago Sun-Times

DePaul Chief May Face Vote of No Confidence [regarding Norman Finkelstein]
by Dave Newbart, June 13, 2007 - Chicago Sun-Times

ADL Reacts to DePaul's Denial of Tenure to Prof. Norman Finkelstein
June 11, 2007 - Anti-Defamation League

DePaul Denies Tenure to Controversial Political Science Professor [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Ashley M. Heher, June 11, 2007 - Associated Press

DePaul Rejects Finkelstein
by Scott Jaschik, June 11, 2007 - Inside Higher Education

DePaul Denies Tenure to Finkelstein
June 11, 2007 - Jewish Telegraphic Agency

DePaul U. Turns Norman Finkelstein Down for Tenure
by Jennifer Howard, June 11, 2007 - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Outspoken Political Scientist Denied Tenure at DePaul
by Patricia Cohen, June 11, 2007 - The New York Times

Controversial Professor Denied Tenure at DePaul
by Ron Grossman, June 10, 2007 - The Chicago Tribune

Finkelstein Rejected from U.S. College
by Yaakov Lappin, June 10, 2007 - YnetNews.com

No Tenure for Controversial Professor
by Maudlyne Ihejirka and Dave Newbart, June 9, 2007 - The Chicago Sun-Times

DePaul Rejects Tenure Bid by Finkelstein and Says Dershowitz Pressure Played No Role
by Jennifer Howard, June 8, 2007 - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Finkelstein's End
by Martin Peretz, June 8, 2007 - The Spine (TNR Online)

Radical Reverse Psychology [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Alan Dershowitz, June 4, 2007 - FrontPage Magazine

Student Group Petitions Against Prof [on Norman Finkelstein]
June 4, 2007 - Jewish Telegraph Agency (JTA)

Free Speech Has a Price: Common Sense [on Shiraz Dossa]
by Dan Leger, June 4, 2007 - The Chronicle Herald (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Academic Freedom and the Tehran Conference [on Shiraz Dossa]
by Sean E. Riley, June 2, 2007 - The Chronicle Herald (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Match Point [Noam Chomsky Vs. Alan Dershowitz on Norman Finkelstein]
by Noam Chomsky and Alan Dershowitz, June 1, 2007 - The New Republic Online

Canadian Professor Defends Attendance at Tehran Holocaust Conference [on Shiraz Dossa]
by Karen Birchard, May 30, 2007 - The Chronicle of Higher Education

An Unstable Academic Threatens Alan Dershowitz [on Robert Trivers, Norman Finkelstein, Alan Dershowitz]
by Steven Plaut, May 29, 2007 - FrontPage Magazine

Name-Calling and a Canceled Lecture [on Robert Trivers, Norman Finkelstein, Alan Dershowitz]
by Scott Jaschik, May 29, 2007 - Inside Higher Education

Political Scientist Responds to School's Stance on His Attendance at Holocaust Conference
by Laura Fraser, May 29, 2007 - The Chronicle Herald (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Professor Who Attended Holocaust Conference Blasts Critics as Islamophobes [on Shiraz Doosa]
by Michael Valpy, May 28, 2007 - The Globe and Mail

The U.S. Supports and Exports Racism--Because You Allow It! [on Shahid Alam]
by Ami Isseroff, May 28, 2007 - Zionism and Israel News

Scientist Says Harvard Canceled Talk [on Robert Trivers, Norman Finkelstein, & Alan Dershowitz]
by Marcella Bombardieri and Brian Ballou, May 27, 2007 - The Boston Globe

Dershowitz V. Finkelstein
by Pauline Dubkin Yearwood, May 25, 2007 - The Chicago Jewish News

Taking the Bait [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Alan Dershowitz, May 21, 2007 - The New Republic

Democracy Not! [Dershowitz on Finkelstein]
by Alan Dershowitz, May 16, 2007 - Frontpage Magazine

Distortions Fill the Air at Colleges [references Norman Finkelstein]
by Marcos Bretón, May 16, 2007 - Sacramento Bee

Author is Invited by Muslim Student Group to Discuss Jewish 'Exploitation' of the Holocaust [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Stephen Magagnini, May 15, 2007 - Sacramento Bee

Finkelstein Brings ASUCD-Funded Hate Speech
by Shira Rawlinson, May 15, 2007 - The California Aggie (UC Davis)

UC Davis Campus in Jewish-Muslim Spat [on Norman Finkelstein]
May 15, 2007 - The Washington Times (UPI)

Tenure or trouble? [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Dave Newbart, May 14, 2007 - Chicago Sun-Times

What Does Kanan Makiya Think Now About the Iraq War?
by Thomas Padilla, May 14, 2007 - History News Network

Principal Says "Salaam" to Gibran School [on Khalil Gibran Academy]
by Dana Rubenstein and Ariella Cohen, May 12, 2007 - The Brooklyn Paper

DePaul's Disgrace [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Martin Peretz, May 12, 2007 - The Spine (TNR Online)

Steve Emerson and Alan Colmes Go at it Over Anti-Semitic DePaul Professor [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Bryan, May 11, 2007 - Hot Air

Academic Questions [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Editorial, May 10, 2007 - The Jewish Exponent (Philadelphia)

Academic Repression Update / A Question of Scholarship: On the Tenure Controversy of Prof. Norman G. Finkelstein
by Christopher Brown, May 4, 2007 - The Advocate (CUNY Graduate Center)

Finkelstein's Bigotry
by Alan Dershowitz, May 4, 2007 - The Wall Street Journal

The Unsolicited Outside Letter; A Regular Part of the University Tenure and Appointment Process [on Norman Finkelstein, Alan Dershowitz, et al.]
by Emmet Trueman, May 2, 2007 - Solomonia Blog

The Chutzpah Industry [on Finklestein and Dershowitz]
by Jon Wiener, May 2, 2007 - The Nation

Finkelstein Calls Israel a Human Rights Abuser, Following Brief Protest [on Finkelstein's lecture at Brandeis]
by Lital Shair, May 1, 2007 - The Justice (Brandeis Univ.)

Finkelstein Distorts Facts to Fit Agenda
by Benjamin Berg, May 1, 2007 - The Justice (Brandeis Univ.)

Finkelstein Discusses Israel's Human Rights Record [also Jimmy Carter]
by David Pepose, April 27, 2007 - The Brandeis Hoot

Up for Tenure and Under Fire [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Michael Scharff, April 20, 2007 - The Daily Princetonian

Dershowitz, Finkelstein, and a Bitter Tenure Battle
by Michael Lando, April 19, 2007 - The Jerusalem Post

Motivated by Hate [on Finkelstein's talk at the University of Massachusetts]
by Ben Duffy, April 18, 2007 - The Daily Collegian

Finkelstein Gives Impassioned Talk
by Andrea Milne, April 17, 2007 - The Bi-College News (Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges)

Administration Wants to Be Notifield Before High-Profile Speakers Are Invited [on Jimmy Carter; ref. to Norman Finkelstein]
by Dan Hirschhorn, April 17, 2007 - The Justice (Brandeis Univ.)

Stanford University Officials Bar Public from Panel Featuring 'Ex-Terrorists' [references Finkelstein]
by Nanette Asimov, April 13, 2007 - San Francisco Chronicle

Inspiration Under Attack [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Claire Sherman, April 13, 2007 - The DePaulia

Finkelstein In Nasty Tenure Battle
by Stewart Ain, April 13, 2007 - The Jewish Week

Harvard Law Professor Works to Disrupt Tenure Bid of Longtime Nemesis at DePaul U. [on Alan Dershowitz & Norman Finkelstein]
by Jennifer Howard, April 5, 2007 - Chronicle of Higher Education

Will America's Largest Catholic University Give Tenure to a Fan of the Hezbollah? [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Steven Plaut, April 5, 2007 - FrontPage Magazine

Furor Over Norm Finkelstein
by Scott Jaschik, April 3, 2007 - Inside Higher Education

Upcoming Lecture Puts Bryn Mawr in the News [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Andrea Milne, April 3, 2007 - The Bi-College News (Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges)

Palestine Day Engages Students [campus events ahead of lecture by Norman Finkelstein at Bryn Mawr]
by Andrea Milne, April 3, 2007 - The Bi-College News (Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges)

Professor Whose Works on Israel Stirred Controversy Is in Tenure Fight With DePaul U. [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Jennifer Howard, April 2, 2007 - Chronicle of Higher Education

Appearance of Staunch Israel Critic Sends Penn Campus Into a Tailspin [on Norman Finkelstein at Penn]
by Bryan Schwartzman, March 29, 2007 - The Jewish Exponent (Philadelphia)

Behind New Sponsors, Controversial Middle East Writer Norman Finkelstein to Speak
by Miranda Neubauer, March 27, 2007 - The Justice (Brandeis Univ.)

A Campus Divided Over Israel [on speakers at Brandeis]
by Sierra Millman, March 23, 2007 - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Letters to the Editor: [on Norman Finkelstein, Alan Dershowitz, Avery Goldstein]
by Susan Landau, et al., March 23, 2007 - The Daily Pennsylanian

Finkelstein Receives Support; Speech Back On
by Miranda Neubauer, March 23, 2007 - The Justice (Brandeis Univ.)

Letters to the Editor: Norman Finkelstein [on his lecture at Penn]
by Stephen Gale, Barry Morrison, et al., March 22, 2007 - The Daily Pennsylanian

Terror Supporter and Antisemitic Conspiracy Theorist Teaches at Dalton State College, Georgia [on Hassan A. El-Najjar]
by Rusty Shakelford, March 22, 2007 - The Jawa Report

Poli Sci Department Sponsorship Unduly Legitimizes Finkelstein's Work
by Julie Siegel, March 21, 2007 - The Buzz (at the Daily Pennsylvanian)

Fostering Dialogue: The Political Science Department Was Justified in Bringing Norman Finkelstein
by Opinion Board, March 21, 2007 - The Daily Pennsylanian

Amid Debates, Contentious Prof Speaks [on Norman Finkelstein at Penn]
by Rebecca Kaplan, March 21, 2007 - The Daily Pennsylanian

Norman Finkelstein Gives Lecture on Israeli/Palestinian Conflict
by Roger Weber, March 21, 2007 - The Daily Pennsylanian

Upholding Academic Freedom [on Norman Finkelstein at Penn]
by Avery Goldstein, March 21, 2007 - The Daily Pennsylanian

Letters to the Editor: Norman Finkelstein
by Ezra Billinkoff, Shira Goldberg, Max Schapiro, March 20, 2007 - The Daily Pennsylanian

UA Avoids Debate on Divisive Speaker [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Rebecca Kaplan, March 20, 2007 - The Daily Pennsylanian

Letters to the Editor: Norman Finkelstein
by Matthew Richman, Sara Barclay, Alexis Orenstein, March 20, 2007 - The Daily Pennsylanian

Letter to the Editor: Finkelstein Is Dishonest and "Inimical" to Truth
by Jonathan Abbett, March 20, 2007 - The Justice (Brandeis Univ.)

Would the Political Science Department Invite David Duke? [on Norman Finkelstein at Penn]
by Alan Dershowitz, March 19, 2007 - The Daily Pennsylanian

Radical Student Alliance/SDS Disavows Member, Finkelstein Visit [on Norman Finkelstein]
by David Pepose, March 16, 2007 - The Brandeis Hoot

Timeline of Finkelstein Event [on Norman Finkelstein & Brandeis]
by David Pepose, March 16, 2007 - The Brandeis Hoot

Finkelstein Visit Loses Club Support [on Norman Finkelstein & Brandeis]
by Claire Moses, March 13, 2007 - The Justice (Brandeis Univ.)

Professor Finkelstein to Visit Brandeis after F-board Approval
by David Pepose, March 2, 2007 - The Brandeis Hoot

Tentative Date For Israel Critic At Brandeis [on Norman Finkelstein]
by Larry Cohler-Esses, March 2, 2007 - The Jewish Week (New York)

Post-Carter Showdown At Brandeis Over Speakers [on Norman Finkelstein & Brandeis]
by Larry Cohler-Esses, February 23, 2007 - The Jewish Week (New York)

Admin Rejects Finkelstein Visit
by Claire Moses and Justin Sulsky, January 30, 2007 - The Justice (Brandeis Univ.)

Prof. Eric Lawee on Canadian Prof's Presence at Iran's Holocaust Conference [on Shiraz Dossa]
by Eric Lawee, December 22, 2006 - Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME)

Even a Scholar's Academic Freedom Has Its Limits in Canada
by John Ibbitson, December 14, 2006 - The Globe and Mail

Canadian Prof's Presence at Iran Forum "Abhorrent": University
December 13, 2006 - CBC News

Canadian Prof Attends Tehran's Gathering of Holocaust Deniers [on Shiraz Dossa]
by Doug Saunders, December 13, 2006 - The Globe and Mail

It is quite true that CW claims to take no position on academic tenure in general or Finkelstein in partucular, but that list tells a different story: dozens of links to articles critical of Finkelstein and none to the equally numerous ones supporting him. Even if one could accept that CW had no opinion on Dr Finkelstein's tenure, they act as a willing and conscious platform for those who have very strong opinions indeed. However, one can accept no such thing, as CW's founder and director Daniel Pipes has publicly described Norman Finkelstein as a Holocaust denier. This tells us a lot more about Daniel Pipes than it does about Norman Finkelstein, whose parents - unlike Pipes's who fled to America - survived both the Warsaw Ghetto and the camps (his father was at Auschwitz and his mother at Majdanek). But Finkelstein expresses dissident opinions, not rubber-stamped by Pipes and his Stalinist buddies: not over the truth of the Holocaust, or its scale, or Hitler's culpability, but over the extent to which it has nowadays become a brand, a commodity, which can be called into action to excuse any kind of law-breaking or immorality. Pipes can't deny this, so has to resort to smearing his opponent's parents. Yet Myers expects us to believe that Pipes has no opinion on Finkelstein's suitability for tenure, or that he somehow sheds his visceral hatred of the man when he logs onto Campus Watch. No wonder Myers is a "public intellectual" (i.e. a free-floating ego nobody pays to hear).

No, these guys are kooks, and dangerous kooks at that, who dream of establishing accountability among America's academics (i.e. teach what we tell you), who "look forward to the day when scholars of the Middle East provide studies on relevant topics" (just talk about terrorism and how Islam is evil - oh, and don't mention Israel at all, ever) and who call upon Middle East studies specialists to recognize their "correlative obligations" (whatever the hell they are).

Fortunately Campus Watch's inquisitorial writ doesn't extend to Oxford, where we still have people with brains and morals such as Priyamvada Gopal. That those who have neither have hounded Norman Finkelstein from office in a flurry of lies and ad hominem attacks is bad enough: that they don't even have the courage to admit it tells you all you need to know about these heroes of "academic freedom". They're liars and cowards, who couldn't cut it in academia themselves and are driven by hatred and envy. I've mentioned Pipes before, here and here. I havn't changed my opinion of him, nor my hope that if he ever comes to the UK we arrest him for incitement to racial hatred and deport the evil lunatic.


At 11 November, 2007 00:27, Blogger Muslims Against Sharia said...

Emerson, a Jew who gets it
A perspective of a moderate Muslim

At the risk of sounding anti-Semitic, I want to say this: either American Jews are completely clueless about the internal struggle inside Islam or they are so cowardly, that they are even afraid to voice their opinion. Or maybe it's a combination of both.

Every time there is a development that involves radical Islam, be it a Mayor of New York attending an Islamist parade, DOJ's officials attending an Islamist conference, or a protester being sued for having the balls to expose an Islamist-sponsored event at an amusement park, the American Jewish community is as quiet as a church mouse. It's like it is not even there.

The effect of this silence is devastating. Not for the Jewish community, not yet. That time is still to come. The silence affects the American Muslim community. Every time moderate Muslims are ignored and Islamists are legitimized (by either direct support from government representatives or silent support of the ADL), radicals gain ground. In the current PC climate, moderate Muslims have pretty much no choice but to keep their mouths shut.

Luckily for us, not everyone in the Jewish community is like that. There are some Jews that are speaking out. One of them is Steven Emerson, who has been warning the West about the dangers of Islamic fundamentalism since before PanAm 103. Most of his current work is focused on exposing the radicals masquerading as the moderates – those radicals who are embraced by the DOJ and the Pentagon, by the mayor of New York Bloomberg (Rudy would never get into bed with terrorist supporters) and the Treasury Department, by the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security, by the Congress and the White House.

There is a war of ideas within Islam, and moderate Muslims are losing. Most of Muslim clergy and Muslim establishment are paid for by the Wahhabis. Moderate Muslims are being run out of Mosques and community centers, and in many cases are physically threatened. Moderate Muslims have no place in the media or public debate, because the place reserved for Muslims is filled by Islamic radicals, who attempt to make criticizing anything Islamic a taboo. According to the Islamists, a Muslim can do no wrong.
1. When a non-Muslim criticizes Islam or Muslims, he/she is an Islamophobe.
2. When a Muslim criticizes Islam or Muslim, he/she is not a real Muslim, therefore see #1.

This is a tactic used by "moderate" Muslims, the darlings of the government and the media. But how can you call someone who praises bin Laden, or has ties to Hamas, or calls for the elimination of Israel, or wants to replace the Constitution with the Koran a moderate? They are anything but moderates, however nobody except for a few people like Steven Emerson seems to notice that. But even when the Emersons of America appeal to the public, they are often being dismissed as alarmists and racists. Well, they are anything, but. You don't have to be a clairvoyant to predict the future when it comes to expansion of radical Islam and extinction of moderate Muslims. All you need to do is get your heads out of the sand.

Why our government is so forgiving and forgetful when it comes to individuals or organizations with known terrorist ties and anti-American views is beyond me. Why the Jewish leaders are so timid when it comes to the subject of radical Islam is incomprehensible.

I thank God every day for people like Steven Emerson, because they are the last glimmer of hope for moderate Muslims.


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At 15 November, 2007 04:37, Blogger Rob said...

Behold the Zionazi spambot. Again.

Still pretending to be from Aghanistan, I see. Still pretending to be Muslims. Still so f*cking stupid you haven't figured out that you've been comprehensively exposed as the lying shysters you are.

Run along back to your paymasters now.


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