Middle East Studies Profs Usurp New Roles to Censure Israel over Gaza Flotilla
The latest Campus Watch Research, by Brendan Goldman, appeared Sunday at American Thinker. In "Middle East Studies Profs Usurp New Roles to Censure Israel over Gaza Flotilla," Goldman examines the lack of objectivity and willingness to ignore the facts about the incident by leading members of the Middle East studies establishment:
"The martyrs of the [Gaza flotilla] ships are heroes," writes Mark LeVine, professor of history at the University of California, Irvine. "They are warriors every bit as deserving of our tears and support as the soldiers of American wars past and present."
In the aftermath of the death of nine mercenaries on the deck of the Gaza-bound Turkish vessel, the Mavi Marmara, professors of Middle East studies lined up to denounce the Jewish State. Ignoring overwhelming video and documentary evidence of the activists' radical agenda and affinity for violence, these professors asserted that the "Freedom Flotilla" of the six Gaza-bound vessels were on a purely "humanitarian" mission.
"Those ships were just bringing aid to the impoverished Palestinians," said New York University professor of modern Middle Eastern History Zachary Lockman. "It's not [the Palestinians'] fault they are under Hamas rule." Has Lockman already forgotten that Hamas was democratically elected by the Palestinians in January 2006?
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