How Middle Eastern Studies Went Wrong

In September, the National Association of Scholars published a detailed report investigating the ways that Islamic and Middle East studies centers came into existence at American universities, the sources of their funding, and how they systematically encourage hostility toward Israel while diverting attention from the depredations of Arab nationalism and radical Islam. Neetu Arnold, the report’s author, discusses her findings with Martin Kramer and Winfield Myers, and the three debate to what extent these problems can be fixed through greater transparency about the sources of these centers’ funding, and how much they are endemic to a field that has been poisoned by academia’s most destructive trends. (Moderated by David Randall. Video, 91 minutes.)

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More about: Academia, Israel on campus, Middle East

Spain’s Anti-Israel Agenda

What interest does Madrid have in the creation of a Palestinian state? Elliott Abrams raised this question a few days ago, when discussing ongoing Spanish efforts to block the transfer of arms to Israel. He points to multiple opinion surveys suggesting that Spain is among Europe’s most anti-Semitic countries:

The point of including that information here is to explain the obvious: Spain’s anti-Israel extremism is not based in fancy international political analyses, but instead reflects both the extreme views of hard-left parties in the governing coalition and a very traditional Spanish anti-Semitism. Spain’s government lacks the moral standing to lecture the state of Israel on how to defend itself against terrorist murderers. Its effort to deprive Israel of the means of defense is deeply immoral. Every effort should be made to prevent these views from further infecting the politics and foreign policy of the European Union and its member states.

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More about: Anti-Semitism, Europe and Israel, Palestinian statehood, Spain