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, February 28, 2012

Hummus-Making 101 at 'Israel Apartheid Week'

Perusing the "Israel Apartheid Week" (IAW) website, which, I hate to say, is quite user-friendly (the better to suck in new acolytes), several patterns emerge. One is the "pink-washing" meme; that is, anti-Israel activists trying desperately to explain away or distract the faithful from the fact that Israel--not "Palestine" or any Islamic country for that matter--is by far more amenable to the LGBT crowd (i.e. you won't be hanged, stoned, shot, or simply persecuted for being openly gay).

And the other theme is desperation. That's right, the anti-Israel crowd sounds rather sad and pitiful, probably because their campaign to falsely equate Israel with apartheid-era South Africa in order to undermine its very existence is not gaining steam in the U.S. Certainly, it holds sway on many college campuses and it's not be underestimated--particularly in the PR department at which it excels--but Americans, by and large, still aren't buying the lies.
Hence, inadvertently hilarious IAW events like this one (note that the ignorant are particularly encouraged) in New York City:
'Free Hummus, Free Palestine: A delicious, hands-on, anti-Apartheid cooking demo.' Come taste delicious homemade hummus while learning how to make it yourself— and support Palestinian liberation at the same time! Learn about the BDS movement, the boycott against Sabra and Tribe hummus, and culinary/ cultural appropriation. This workshop will be fun, hands-on, and accessible to those who have no prior knowledge about Palestine or Israel. Open to all!

UCLA 'Conflict Resolution' Program Features Anti-Israel Profs. on Both Sides

This just in from the UCLA Newsroom:

UCLA is launching a series of public lectures, academic courses and programs aimed at fostering civil discourse and the peaceful resolution of conflicts.

UCLA Chancellor Gene Block will be among those teaching courses, along with experts on mediation and professors who have opposing viewpoints on politically charged issues.

'It is our obligation to equip students for success in a complicated and interconnected world,' Block said in an email announcing the effort to the campus community. 'From UCLA alumnus Ralph Bunche, who won the 1950 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts as a mediator in the Middle East, to the class of 2012, UCLA has sought to train the next generation of leaders who will help resolve conflict, here in California and around the world.'

And who has been chosen to initiate the first of these enlightened, peace-loving lectures on the Arab-Israeli conflict? None other than Saree Makdisi, a UCLA English professor, nephew of the infamous Edward Said, and a well-known anti-Israel ideologue. . . .

To read the rest of this post, go to the Campus Watch blog.

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.