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Thrust of argument: Robert Fisk writes 'Saree Makdisi - a close relative of the late Edward Said - has revealed how a right-wing website is offering cash for University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) students who report on the political leanings of their professors, especially their views on the Middle East. Those in need of dirty money at UCLA should be aware that class notes, handouts and illicit recordings of lectures will now receive a bounty of $100. "I earned my own inaccurate and defamatory 'profile'," Makdisi says, "...not for what I have said in my classes on English poets such as Wordsworth and Blake - my academic speciality, which the website avoids mentioning - but rather for what I have written in newspapers about Middle Eastern politics."

Mearsheimer and Walt include a study of such tactics in their report. "In September 2002," they write, "Martin Kramer and Daniel Pipes, two passionately pro-Israel neo- conservatives, established a website (www.campus-watch.org) that posted dossiers on suspect academics and encouraged students to report behaviour that might be considered hostile to Israel... the website still invites students to report 'anti-Israel' activity."

Perhaps the most incendiary paragraph in the essay - albeit one whose contents have been confirmed in the Israeli press - discusses Israel's pressure on the United States to invade Iraq. "Israeli intelligence officials had given Washington a variety of alarming reports about Iraq's WMD programmes," the two academics write, quoting a retired Israeli general as saying: "Israeli intelligence was a full partner to the picture presented by American and British intelligence regarding Iraq's non-conventional capabilities."'
Direction of resistance / implied resistance: Nothing is viler than a racist who attacks intellectuals in the name of protected zeal, such as Israel's protected zeal.

 

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Removal of resistance: When I was at school I was ignorant of politics and religion, but some of the boys and some of the teachers abused me out of their crusading christian bigotry and jewish bigotry. Indeed many, perhaps most, did not! But some did. And their actions must be judged.

Indeed one teacher allegedly almost derailed my academic career, out of her spiteful racism, but I got into Oxford anyway, apparently despite her and her smears - indicating that I did it more because of myself and less because of my 'public school'. As for boys' slander - I didn't even realise it until many years later - we're talking about the extreme tory contingent - boys who were active tory campaigners from the age of 10, I kid you not. Proper 'tory boys' - slandered the living fuck out of me - and I was far too giving and naive to even realise it until I was much older (they did of course continue - and sooner or later their slander found its way into my hands - shocking me - I had no idea that they talk like that about me behind my back - but in retrospect it's obvious - people of such low calibre will behave like that, always).
Unification: May the universe have mercy on their doomed souls. Infinity is a long time to let slide away from you.
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