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The Context of Lassner's Review of Facts on the Ground


Article/book #: 72695
Title: The Context of Lassner's Review of Facts on the Ground
By: Joachim Martillo  
Date of issue: Wednesday, 26 September 2007
Topic(s) addressed: People/entities mentioned in this item:

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  1. Criticizes this article, by Alan F. Segal, in Columbia Spectator which attacks Nadia Abu El-Haj
Commentary

Abstract:

The unifying factor in the campaign to deny Nadia Abu el-Haj tenure is the Boston-area Jewish Community, which developed strong communal defense mechanisms in response to Boston Catholic church leaders like Father Charles Coughlin and Father Leonard Feeney. Nowadays the Boston Catholic Church today takes a much less adversarial approach to non-Catholic groups while the organized Jewish community has moved from defense to attack, and the David Project serves as its fist.

The David Project, which was founded in 2002 for the purpose of diminishing the impact of critics of Israel according to its mission statement, produced the propaganda film Columbia Unbecoming to defame Arab and Muslim faculty at Columbia University. During approximately the same time period, the David Project thwarted Sheikh Zayed's attempt to create an Islamic studies professorship at Harvard Divinity School and lead the conspiracy to deny Boston Muslims their constitutional rights to assemble freely to practice their religion by bringing a lawsuit through a shill to raze the Roxbury Mosque before it was even completed. Alexander Joffe, who attacked Abu El Haj's book entitled Facts on the Ground (published 2001) in The Journal of Near Eastern Studies (Chicago: Oct 2005. Vol. 64, Iss. 4; p. 297, see http://tinyurl.com/2pzdx4) is currently research director for the David Project. Previously he was director of the Campus Watch project of The Middle East Forum founded by Daniel Pipes, who is a leading American Islamophobe and Arabophobe. The Middle East Forum publishes the Middle East Quarterly in which Lassner's article (see below) appeared.

Daniel Pipes grew up in the Boston Jewish community like both Columbia Professor Alan F. Segal, who seems to have opposed granting tenure to Nadia Abu el-Haj before he even read her book, and also Brandeis Israel Studies Chairman S. Ilan Troen, who is a former oleh (immigrant to Israel) and close collaborator of Northwestern professor Jacob Lassner.










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