The Return of the Malevolent Jew: The Academic Nazification of Israel

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“What if the Jews themselves were Nazis?,” mused French philosopher, Vladimir Jankélévitch in 1986. “That would be great. We would no longer have to feel sorry for them; they would have deserved what they got.”

The recasting of Israelis, and, by extension, Jews as Nazis has, in fact, taken place, just as Jankélévitch envisioned. This summer’s Israeli incursion, Operation Protective Edge, provided anti-Semites and loathers of the Jewish state with resurgent justifications for assigning the epithet of Nazi on the Jews yet another time, together with oft-heard accusations of “crimes against humanity, “massacres,” genocide,” and, according to recent comments by Turkey’s prime minister Tayyip Erdoğan, in their treatment of the Palestinians, Israel has demonstrated that “. . . their barbarism has surpassed even Hitler’s.”

Max Blumenthal And The Nation’s Standards

Over the weekend, I was alerted to a tweet posted by Max Blumenthal, who announced that “.@thenation decided @eric_alterman’s promotion of far-rightist painting me as anti-Semite ‘did not meet…standards’.” The tweet was accompanied by a screenshot showing an “Editor’s Note” that can be found under one of Eric Alterman’s recent posts at his regular Nation…

The LDB urges Congress to end or mend Middle East Studies Funding

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The Brandeis Center recently issued a public policy White Paper on “The Morass of Middle East Studies: Title VI of the Higher Education Act and Federally Funded Area Studies” to address shortcomings in Title VI of the Higher Education Act.  The LDB is particularly concerned about biased, politicized, anti-Israel and anti-American programming at Title VI Centers that violate both the letter and spirit of 2008 congressional reforms.  Many Title VI recipients were ideologically polarized institutions notorious for one-sided approaches hostile to the United States, the West, and Israel.  Some programs were reportedly so hostile towards Israel that they would not even remotely entertain views that contradicted their unrelentingly anti-Israel perspective.

The White Paper is comprehensive in content, which includes a brief history of Title VI from its Cold War origins through post 9/11 reform efforts, the current status of Middle East Studies programs, analysis of failures, and recommendations for more effective Title VI funding. In an analysis of Middle East Studies programs, the Center found that:

  • “No proper complaint-resolution procedure exists to ensure compliance with the HEOA’s key Diverse Perspectives requirement” – highlighting Congress’ Failure to Provide an Enforcement Mechanism.
  • The Department of Education has not indicated what is required by the Diverse Perspectives requirement or how it can best be implemented.
  • “The Department [of Education] does not ensure compliance with this requirement through well-established processes that it uses to monitor grantees actions under other programs.”

The Department’s failure to clarify the Diverse Perspectives requirement has meant that universities applying for Title VI funding do not know what must be done to achieve “diverse perspectives,” and government officials do not know what to look for in reviewing applications.  To address this, the White Paper offers recommendations to Congress, the Department of Education, and the universities, on how best to reform Title VI funding.

JOINT STATEMENT ON THE MISUSE OF FEDERAL FUNDS UNDER TITLE VI

Today a coalition of national organizations, including the Louis D. Brandeis Center, issued the following statement concerning the issue of biased and highly politicized Middle East Studies programs funded under HEA Title VI.  The statement addresses the history, current problems, and proposed solutions ameliorate the bias programs of Title VI recipients. We, the undersigned, are…

The LDB Lauds ESA Research Network 31 on New Anti-Boycott Resolution

The LDB commended the European Sociological Association Network 31 after the Network passed the first pro-active anti-boycott resolution by a professional European academic association late last week. Kenneth L. Marcus, President of the Louis D. Brandeis Center commented, “This is a very important development, because it signals that some academics understand the problematic nature of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement and are willing to say so publicly.  I hope that Network 31 becomes a model for other responsible academic associations.”

Brandeis Center Welcomes Guest Blogger Mike Gonzalez

LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus is pleased to announce the appearance of foreign policy analyst Mike Gonzalez  as new guest blogger on the  Brandeis Center Blog for a two-week period beginning September 15.  Mr. Gonzalez’s appearance underscores the immediate need to address Title VI funding to universities under the Higher Education Act. Mr. Gonzalez’ appearance comes as…