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 (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

Monday, February 27, 2012

Richard Falk's Imagination Trumps Truth in Lecture on Israel

In a Campus Watch article published today at Frontpage Magazine, April Kaza reports on Richard Falk's recent lecture on "peace" in the Middle East at Stanford University:

Richard Falk, Princeton University professor emeritus of international law and United Nations Human Rights Council special rapporteur for the Palestinian territories, is well-known for his hostility towards Israel. Indeed, this antagonism, and his high-profile involvement in any number of anti-Israel organizations, led to his expulsion from the country in 2008.

A recent lecture at Stanford Law School entitled, "Imagining Israeli-Palestinian Peace: Why International Law Matters," provided a platform for more of the same vitriol. Approximately 100 people attended, about evenly split between students and local residents. One of the latter, when asking a question, described himself as an "activist" and an elderly couple sporting keffiyehs and political buttons sat in the front row, nodding enthusiastically in agreement throughout the lecture.

Falk's solution for how to achieve "peace" in the Middle East was to "move from the domain of reason and analysis to the domain of imagination," which, throughout his lecture, trumped facts, analysis, and history.

To read the entire article, please click here.

Cross-posted from the Campus Watch blog.


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