Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Truth or Neo-Consequences

By Morgan Strong
April 29, 2008

An obscure academic dispute – over whether Israeli archeology sought to obscure the land’s last two millennia of history and promote a continual Jewish claim of ownership – has shown again how tensions in the Middle East can reverberate in unlikely ways in the United States.

The dispute centered on whether Barnard College should grant tenure to Nadia Abu El-Haj, an American-born scholar of anthropology who, in the 1990s, challenged the scientific integrity of what she saw as the Israeli use of archeology in a politically motivated way to justify Jewish settlements on territory that had belonged to Palestinians.

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1 comment:

Doug said...

Good article. Now, not that he needs to be mentioned every time, but it would have been apt to mention Norman Finkelstein's tenure denial, as well as Larudie's, at DePaul. Otherwise, good job.