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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Dec. 7, 2005 / 6 Kislev, 5766

How to Stop Academic Bias? Cut Off Their Funding!

By Jonathan Tobin



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University bigots are funded by us, not the Saudis


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The overwhelming anti-Israel bias that has come to characterize Middle East studies at major American universities is no longer the dirty little secret of academia.


For several decades this field has seen an exponential growth of tenured positions and well-funded Middle East studies departments. But along with it, this trend has fostered a new orthodoxy of opinion about the subject. Those who do not teach contempt for Israel and Zionism as well as the influence of the west have generally been driven out of the field.


This culture of bias has also created a hostile atmosphere for pro-Israel students and faculty that has often crossed the line into outright anti-Semitism.


What is to be done about it?


One way is for the pro-Israel dissidents within the university community to protest. Last year, some brave Columbia University students made their complaints known after several egregious incidents of bias and intimidation. The result was a highly publicized university investigation. Even though it produced a predictable whitewash of the offenders, the protests won't go away.


What else can we do?


An even better way to combat this bias is to examine who is really funding this shoddy scholarship and campus bullying. Though foreign sources of funds, especially Saudi Arabia, can be blamed, the bulk of the money comes from John Q. Taxpayer. That means Congress' power of the purse is probably the best way to put a halt to the madness.


After the publication of scholar Martin Kramer's groundbreaking 2001 book about the subject, "Ivory Towers in the Sand," the momentum has gradually built for Congress to take action to halt the use of federal money to subsidize programs where anti-Zionist bias is widespread.

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The money is doled out under the aegis of the 1958 Title VI education bill to fund higher education. Title VI has been key to the creation of departments, such as the notorious examples at Columbia and Georgetown universities, where the works of Palestinian propagandists such as the late Edward Said were treated as gospel, and Zionism is seen as the main problem in the Mideast.


Advocates of more rigorous scholarship on the region have long complained about the uniformity of views voiced by the Middle East Studies industry. Now finally Congress has finally acted to provide some accountability for the vast sums spent on this cause.


Yet a question remains: Does the legislation that has just been approved provide real accountability, or will a key last-minute change in one version of the bill render its passage a meaningless exercise?


The change involved the dropping of a plan, included in a version of the legislation proposed in the House of Representatives, to create an advisory board that would help foster "diverse opinions" in the field of Middle Eastern studies. In this context, the phrase "diverse opinions" meant the inclusion of pro-Western and pro-Zionist voices, rather than the monolithic Arabism that currently dominates the field.


Instead of this board, a Senate version of a bill on the issue leaves it all in the hands of the Secretary of Education. The secretary would have the power to suspend federal funding to universities where bias is rampant. But according to the wording of the bill, after 60 days the funding would be reinstated, no matter whether complaints had been resolved or not.


So while the passage of the Senate version is certainly a step in the right direction, as long as a powerful mechanism for holding bias in check is absent, the victory will be purely symbolic.


Those who oppose the more stringent measure worry about government interference in curricula and the heavy-handed use of the power of the purse. Some academic Arabists go further — and allege that the result of this legislation would be a form of "McCarthyism," in which independent voices would be squelched in a pro-Israel witch-hunt.


But the bill's opponents have it backward.


If there is any danger of a "thought police" running amok in academia, it is under the present system, where anti-Zionist professors reign unchallenged and enforce a new anti-Western orthodoxy that stifles both the truth and any hope of creative scholarship.


And lest anyone think this is a purely esoteric controversy, the influence of the Middle Eastern-studies industry is not to be underestimated. The pernicious influence of these academics now extends into American high schools, where textbooks and teacher education have been co-opted by the anti-Israel crowd. It's high time that the tenured radicals who see America and Israel as the source of all evil in the world and rationalize if not excuse the Islamo-fascist enemies of our civilization stop feeding at the public trough.


Let's be clear: these academics have every right to peddle their lies and distortions if they like and to shout it from the rooftops or the microphones of every National Public Radio outlet they can find (not to mention the oped page of The New York Times). But they should not do so at the expense of federal taxpayers.


It's vital that the final version of the legislation that's passed on this issue include an advisory board that will act to correct this imbalance. Such a measure won't solve the problem but it is a vital first step. The anti-Israel bias currently ruling college campuses will not be defeated until the taxpayer dollars that fuel it is halted at the source.

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