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.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

How Does It Feel To Be a Victim? Ask Prof. Bayoumi

In a Campus Watch-sponsored article posted today at Frontpage Magazine, Berkeley resident Rima Greene and I write about a recent talk at UC Berkeley by Brooklyn College's Moustafa Bayoumi. It begins like so:

Moustafa Bayoumi, associate professor of English at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, gave a lecture at the University of California, Berkeley's Center for Middle East Studies (CMES) last month titled, "How Does It Feel To Be a Problem: Why Arabs and Muslim Americans Are at the Heart of Today's Culture Wars."

Bayoumi is the editor of How Does it Feel To Be a Problem: Being Young and Arab in America, a collection of biographical stories about young, Brooklyn-based Arab-Americans that the CMES website describes, among other things, as "a catalog of mistreatment and discrimination."

Baymoui's narrative of Arab victimhood extends beyond America's borders—he is also the editor of Midnight on the Mavi Marmara: the Attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and How it Changed the Course of the Israeli-Palestine Conflict, as well as co-editor of The Edward Said Reader; victimization has long been a staple of his academic career.

Continue reading "How Does It Feel To Be a Victim? Ask Prof. Bayoumi"

Update: For a detailed analysis of the numerous errors and distortions in Bayoumi's book, read Robert Cherry (a professor of economics at Brooklyn College)'s "Sound and Fury---The Bayoumi Uproar" at MindingtheCampus.com.

Cross-posted at the Campus Watch Blog

Monday, March 14, 2011

Using the Holocaust to Bash Israel at UCLA

Reprinted from the Campus Watch blog:

Concordia University (Montreal) professor Joseph Rosen spoke recently at UCLA's Center for Near Eastern Studies, and Eric Golub reported on the lecture for Campus Watch. Golub found Rosen's talk, "Traumatic Memory Discourses in Israel: Holocaust History, Territory and Self-Critique," unconvincing. Here's the beginning of Golub's article, which appears today at FrontPage Magazine:

In the never-ending quest amongst Middle East studies academics to demonize Israel, a trendy new approach has appeared: employing the Holocaust.

A recent lecture co-sponsored by UCLA's Center for Near Eastern Studies, "Traumatic Memory Discourses in Israel: Holocaust History, Territory and Self-Critique," fit the pattern. It was delivered by Joseph Rosen, a postdoctoral fellow in Montreal at Concordia University's department of history & the Centre for Ethnographic Research and Exhibition in the Aftermath of Violence.

Rosen's emphasis on the "cultural production of the memories of violence in relation to contemporary sites of suffering and oppression" was intended to explain the Arab-Israeli conflict from a psychological standpoint. Stated briefly, it holds that Israelis are so paranoid about a second Holocaust that they exaggerate the nature of threats and, in response, overreact. As a result, Israeli self-defense is conditioned not by facts on the ground, such as terrorism or openly genocidal enemies, but by irrational fear.

To read the rest of this report, please click here.