Friday, November 21, 2014

Middle East Studies Association Fights a Rising Tide of Critics

The Chronicle of Higher Education
November 21st, 2014

With tensions between Israelis and Palestinians escalating after this week’s terrorist attack on a Jerusalem synagogue, one scholarly group, the Middle East Studies Association, appears unlikely to escape conflict anytime soon.
Yet, after a year in which many of its members have been publicly accused of anti-Israel bias or even outright anti-Semitism, the group, known as Mesa, is not showing any signs of shying away from controversy. In addition to having published strongly worded attacks on its members’ accusers and lodged protests against Israel’s shelling of Palestinian educational institutions, the association plans to wade right into hot-button debates related to Israel at its annual conference, which begins here on Saturday.

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