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Watch and tell: Tel-Aviv's influence on American institutions
: Watch and tell: Tel-Aviv's influence on American institutionsBy
: Joel Beinin Published in
: Le Monde DiplomatiqueDate of issue
: July 2003Topic(s) addressed
: Commentary Abstract
Shortly after 11 September 2001 Martin Kramer, former director of the Dayan Centre for Middle East Studies at Tel Aviv University, published a tract condemning the entire academic field of Middle East studies in North America (1).
Kramer alleges that the "mandarins" of the Middle East Studies Association of North America have imposed an intellectual and political orthodoxy inspired by Edward Said's "Orientalism"; moreover they failed to predict the attacks or warn the US public about the dangers of radical Islam. Kramer has not seen fit to criticise the FBI and the CIA, who are specifically charged with conducting intelligence and preventing crime.