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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Bir Zeit-on-Hudson is continuing to earn its name if this report by the Angry Arab is to be believed: Joseph Massad has tenure

I have a message to all the Zionist hoodlums out there: for all of you who campaigned and harassed and intimidated and who treated academic life like an aspect of Zionist thuggery, Joseph Massad has received tenure. He called me yesterday from Cairo to break the great news to me and I could not wait to report it to his enemies and mine. It is with great pleasure and gratification that I break the news to all of you. No matter what dirty tricks you (i.e. Zionist hoodlums) have resorted to, and no matter what sleazy methods you have employed and no matter what sinister propaganda you have resorted to, dear Joseph Massad deservedly received his tenure. I am looking forward to Joseph's contribution to Middle East studies at Columbia and elsewhere. And as 'Abdun-Nasser told the colonial power back in 1956, I say: if you don't like this news please feel free to go and drink from the Mediterrenean sea.

(The author, As'ad AbuKhalil, is a 'professor of political science at California State University, Stanislaus and visiting professor at UC, Berkeley,' BTW.)

Despite prior reports, it looks like the intervention by his supporters has worked. Columbia is making it a habit of tenuring cranks.

We've posted about the rantings of Joseph Massad many a time here. For a just a handful of his greatest hits, see this old post.

Update: Speaking of the way things are, looks like it's full speed ahead for the newly tenured Nadia Abu El-Haj and her racial explorations:

COLUMBIA CENTER FOR ARCHAEOLOGY BROWN BAG RESEARCH SEMINAR

Prof. Nadia Abu El-Haj (Barnard/Columbia):

"The Politics of Geneaology: from race science to genetic anthropology

FRIDAY APRIL 10, 12-1pm.

951 Schermerhorn Ext.

All welcome, bring your lunch.

And good luck keeping it down.

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You know what I find most shocking about this - like the incident at DePaul - the ugly, hateful tone of the quoted statement.

It's vicious.

It's also out of place in an academic environment. Aren't we supposed to be teaching and learning in a calm, temperate environment?

What's going on out there?

PS: Apologies to the author if I've misread the intent behind his words. But that note is threatening and hateful as well as gloating.

Is this what you're teaching?

He doesn't call himself the Angry Arab for nothing. Welcome to the modern academy.

Viciousness?

Please cut the shit.

The tone of Professor AbuKhalil's panegyric on "Brother Joseph" attests to the high level of discourse at U Cal wherever he allegedly teachers. Reading the words of his supporters sholud make even those who had no concerns about Massad's tenure worried now,

"Syme: It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words. You wouldn't have seen the [Newspeak] Dictionary 10th edition, would you Smith? It's that thick. [illustrates thickness with fingers] The 11th Edition will be that [narrows fingers] thick. Winston Smith: So, The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect? Syme: The secret is to move from translation, to direct thought, to automatic response. No need for self-discipline. Language coming from here [the larynx], not from here [the brain]" -1984 (film)


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