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Wednesday, May 28, 2003

UGH. COLUMBIA AGAIN
If you can stomach it, read "Subverting the Arab Street" by Columbia Assistant Professor (of Modern Arab Politics and Intellectual History), Joseph Massad.

According to an article in The Columbia Daily Spectator, Massad has recently passed his fifth-year review and will soon be up for tenure. Student comments about classes with Massad have been posted at Campus Watch, and he has been described as follows by the Columbia Conservative Alumni Association:

"According to reliable sources, Prof. Massad has openly supported Islamist terrorism against Israel, including suicide bombings of civilians. In his class on Israeli-Palestinian politics, Massad openly engages in conspiracy theories, teaching students about the connections between Nazis, Rothchilds, international bankers, and a host of other nefarious characters (such as the Freemasons or the Knights Templars) to dispossess Palestinians of their land and make them permanent victims of Western colonialism and imperialism. From what I hear, his behavior behooves that of a paranoid conspiracy theorist, and not that of a published academic. Massad has also come close to belittling, if not denying the Holocaust outright."

Columbia President Lee C. Bollinger: bollinger@columbia.edu
Department Chair, Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures, Hamid Dabashi: hd14@columbia.edu