A staunch defender of Israel, she has already criticised here Brandeis University's craven rescinding of its planned honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an act which of course suggests that when the claims of Islam clash with the claims of downtrodden womankind, liberal-leftists will betray the latter in order to placate the former: "Islamophobia" is, evidently, more of a crime in leftist eyes than Islamic misogyny (see, for instance, here).
Indeed, Islamic misogyny is not to be differentiated from the vestiges of sexism that occur in the United States and other Western societies: to make that distinction, in the eyes of liberal-leftists, is racist and unconscionable, hence the disingenuous piffle of signatories to a faculty petition against Ms Ali's honouring that "gendered violence"occurs everywhere.
But in her latest critique of Brandeis, Professor Chesler dwells not on the above obvious points but on something which to many of us is not so obvious: she has done yeoman service in highlighting the fact that Brandeis has form when it comes to accommodating the enemies of Israel.
She writes, inter alia:
'In 2003, Brandeis partnered with Al-Quds University—and did so, year after year, until 2013, when violent demonstrations broke out on the Al-Quds campus, replete with traditional Nazi salutes.
In 2006, the Brandeis community of students and professors did not protest the Distinguished Professorship Brandeis awarded to the "inflammatory" anti-Zionist playwright Tony Kushner.
In 2006, Brandeis also staged a "Voices of Palestine" exhibit. Seventeen paintings by Palestinian youths depicted their lives under Israeli "occupation." This time, refreshingly, Brandeis students had the exhibit taken down because there was absolutely no Israeli perspective being exhibited.
This was not surprising. There usually isn't an Israeli perspective exhibited. Kudos to these Brandeis students.
In 2006, Jordan's Prince Hassan bin Talal delivered the keynote address at the Brandeis graduation. Students did not protest Jordan's human rights record vis a vis the Palestinians (they massacred them in 1970), or in terms of torturing its own citizens, nor its abysmal record on honor-related violence, including honor killings.
Indeed, Brandeis students and staff did not hold Jordan accountable for its former systematic desecration of Jewish holy places and for its forcing the evacuation of Jews, many of whose families had been there for centuries, from the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem in 1948.
Brandeis students did not create online petitions to debate the merits of choosing Jordan's Prince as a speaker.
Here's why. Arabs and Muslims have been and still are treated super-sympathetically on American and Canadian campuses. Jews and Israelis are not. Nevertheless, the false charge of "Islamophobia" is received as divine revelation on many of these same campuses....'
In 2007, Dr. Daniel Pipes was invited to speak at Brandeis. However, he was defamed by Brandeis's former President who compared the distinguished and sober Pipes to Holocaust denier Norman Finkelstein. Both allegedly were speakers who "inflame passions, whose mission is not so much discussion and education as it is theatre, a show." Pipes did not lecture at that time—but subsequently did so.Oh, but there's more. Read all of Phyllis Chesler's revelations here