Radical Middle East Studies Establishment Does Not Like Criticism

Thirteen years after Campus Watch (CW)’s inception in 2002, radical, politicized Middle East studies academics remain indignant that an organization dared confront them with the horror of outside criticism, which they falsely equate with censorship, McCarthyism, and other paranoid clichés. Case in point: at a recent Stanford University lecture featuring Steven Salaita (which CW covered), respondent Joel Beinin -- Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History and Professor of Middle East History and a past president of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) -- concluded a lengthy treatise on his “generation of Middle East scholars” by deploring CW’s ascension in the “post-second intifada-9/11 environment” and mischaracterizing its purpose: This gave rise to an organization that still exists, a neo-McCarthyite organization called Campus Watch, whose purpose was to supervise the discourse of people who taught Middle East studies on...(Read Full Article)