Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for SFGate.com (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at CinnamonStillwell.com.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Academic Activism on Display in Berkeley: Bazian, Zunes, and "Friends of Sabeel"

My latest Campus Watch blog post looks at the involvement of two California Middle East studies professors in an upcoming conference in Berkeley that, to put it mildly, hardly provides an unbiased perspective on the Middle East:

UC Berkeley Near Eastern studies lecturer Hatem Bazian and University of San Francisco (USF) politics and international studies professor Stephen Zunes are among the speakers at a Friends of Sabeel – North America regional conference taking place on August 24-45 at St. John's Presbyterian Church in Berkeley.

Friends of Sabeel – North America is a branch of Sabeel International, which claims to be "an international peace movement initiated by Palestinian Christians in the Holy Land." The Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center may be based in Jerusalem, but there is nothing peaceful about the organization's propagandistic and one-sided approach to the Mideast conflict.

Sabeel's ultimate goal, as stated at its website, is a "bi-national state" in which Israel no longer exists as such. To this end, the group seeks to enlist the aid of Western Christians and others in the "interfaith community" in isolating Israel through boycotts and, ultimately, by ending U.S. support for, as they put it, its "illegal military occupation."

Tireless champions of any "cause" that implicates Israel and the United States in alleged wrongdoing, Bazian and Zunes should fit in perfectly at the Sabeel conference, which is titled, ironically, "Breaking Down the Wall of Silence: Voices We Need To Hear."

Continue reading "Academic Activism on Display in Berkeley: Bazian, Zunes, and 'Friends of Sabeel'"

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

These idiotic "professor" activists are destroying the credibility of academia. The chicken will come home to roost eventually.

Thursday, August 23, 2007 5:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is some interesting commentary on the Indymedia system re: Sabeel, including some good info on their history and philosophy.
Apparently they were so over the edge racist, they were protested Women in Black in Berkeley this weekend.

https://israel.indymedia.org/newswire/display/7357/index.php

Monday, August 27, 2007 5:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Paul said...

Good information Cinnamon !

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 5:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Event report from one of the few unbrainwashed participants at Sabeel in Berkeley last weekend

http://atthebackofthehill.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, August 29, 2007 10:56:00 AM  

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