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U.S. Taxpayers Bankrolling “Palestinian Studies”

Cory Missimore

The JPC has new piece out today, first featured at National Review Online. It documents how U.S. taxpayer-funded grants on Palestinian issues has been decided by a group of Middle Eastern-studies professors that includes some of the most radical figures in the field.

The list of Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) members includes Stanford’s Joel Beinin, who denounces U.S. “imperialism” on al-Jazeera TV; Columbia’s Rashid Khalidi, reportedly a former PLO spokesman; NYU’s Zachary Lockman, supporter of an academic boycott of Israel; Penn’s Ian Lustick, who blames the U.S. for the war on terror; and Boston University’s Augustus Norton, a Hezbollah apologist.

One article penned by a grant recipient was a lengthy apologia for Palestinian suicide bombing. The writer uses the Palestinian claim that the “Israeli occupation can kill anyone, anytime” to justify her morally repugnant conclusion: “At least suicide bombers go out fighting.”

U.S. taxpayers should know that PARC is part of the U.S. Department of Education’s system of overseas research centers authorized under Title VI of the Higher Education Act of 1965. The Department of Education should conduct a full review.