Course Syllabi

Geographies of the Palestine-Israel Conflict (Course Proposal) 

[The "Geographies of the Palestine-Israel Conflict" course proposal was reviewed by the full faculty of the Department of Earth and Environmental Systems (EES) between March 2014 and March 2015 and voted down 9-2-1. It was reviewed again (in the context of a wider curriculum restructuring in which a number of new courses were proposed and approved) by the EES Undergraduate Affairs Committee between January 2017 and May 2018 and voted down 4-1-0. The 'majority' is not always right or righteous. While this archaic 51%-rules-49% technique of censoring curricula and policing academia does undermine academic freedom, subvert intellectual diversity, and sabotage ISU dedication to teaching and the creation of knowledge, it does also bring to mind some documented and relevant facts:

Israel’s "Occupation of the American Mind, scroll down to watch the video" (https://www.veteranstoday.com/2018/08/01/israels-public-relations-and-propaganda-war-machine-against-palestine-and-our-world-of-sanity/);

Allan Bloom's "The Closing of the American Mind"  (https://iwcenglish1.typepad.com/Documents/14434540-The-Closing-of-the-American-Mind.pdf ); 

Pat Buchanan's depiction of the United States Congress as "Israeli-occupied territory" (https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/so-just-how-powerful-is-the-israel-lobby-in-the-us-8478432.html; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNf2SntA3pk );

"Do Jews Dominate in American Media? And So What If We Do? -- The result is that Americans are not getting the full story re Israel/Palestine" ( https://mondoweiss.net/2008/02/do-jews-dominat );

Rick Sanchez's ‘Un-American Sellouts’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mWR5OaRO8k);

US Senator Chuck Hagel's "I am NOT an Israeli senator, I am a United States senator" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1xSY-g0Ghk);

British Crown Prince Charles' "Surely some U.S. president has to have the courage to stand up and take on the Jewish lobby in U.S.? I must be naive, I suppose!" (http://www.israelhayom.com/2017/11/12/1986-prince-charles-letter-reveals-shocking-thoughts-on-jews/);

The Shah of Iran (a great friend of Israel) on the Jewish lobby "pushing around too many people" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsTxfH6tnww);  

Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir's “I do not believe in God, I believe in the Jewish people” (http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/books/254461/hannah-arendt-and-gershom-scholem);

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to his foreign Minister Shimon Peres' "we, the Jewish people control America, and the Americans know it," https://www.wrmea.org/old-html/sharon-to-peres-don-t-worry-about-american-pressure-we-control-america.html;

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to his worried Jewish settlers in Palestine's "America is a thing that can be easily moved, moved in the right direction," (http://forward.com/articles/216074/what-do-israelis-think-about-americans-start-with);

Attorney Jeff Gates' "How the Israel Lobby Took Control of U.S. Foreign Policy and Public Opinion" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cr56HuPf-9o);

"The Lobby-USA"  (https://electronicintifada.net/content/watch-film-israel-lobby-didnt-want-you-see/25876 );

The 1975 United Nations General Assembly Resolution 3379's "Zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination" [repealed under US pressure in 1991] (http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/761C1063530766A7052566A2005B74D1);

The Rabbis' "The Rabbis Speak Out: The 130 Year Record of Religious Jewish Opposition to Zionism" (http://www.nkusa.org/historical_documents/TheRabbisSpeakOut.htm);

American Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss' "Weiss Rips the Ideology of Zionism" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_ZiVRedU-4);

Israeli Rabbi Ovadia Yosef's “The sole purpose of non-Jews is to serve Jews” ( http://www.jta.org/2013/10/07/life-religion/ovadia-yosef-founder-of-shas-and-sephardi-sage-dies-at-93);

US Army Lt. Col. Harold Hoskins' candid warning to President Franklin Roosevelt (in 1943) against the creation of a Jewish state in Palestine: … Not only you as President but the American people as a whole should realize that, if the American government decides to support the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine… they are committing the American people to the use of force in that area, since only by force can a Jewish state in Palestine be established or maintained (http://www.worldcat.org/title/secret-files-washington-israel-and-the-gulf/oclc/25557943);

Albert Einstein's math instinct and warning that a Jewish state in Palestine where a majority of the population is Arab would be “unjust and impractical” (http://forward.com/news/325189/what-was-einsteins-relationship-to-judaism-and-zionism/ );

Israel Will Decline, and Jews Will Be a Persecuted Minority. Those Who Can Will Flee to America ( https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-israel-will-decline-and-jews-will-be-persecuted-those-who-can-will-flee-1.6848498) ;

President George Washington’s Farewell Address to the People of the United States (1796)'s "a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter without adequate inducement or justification. It leads also to concessions to the favorite nation of privileges denied to others, which is apt doubly to injure the nation making the concessions—by unnecessarily parting with what ought to have been retained—and by exciting jealousy, ill will, and a disposition to retaliate in the parties from whom equal privileges are withheld. And it gives to ambitious, corrupted, or deluded citizens (who devote themselves to the favorite nation) facility to betray or sacrifice the interests of their own country..."(https://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/resources/pdf/Washingtons_Farewell_Address.pdf);

US President Donald Trump's "[We spent] $7 trillion over a 17-year period [on Middle East wars to secure Israel]; we have nothing, nothing; except death and destruction; it's horrible!" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WhQ2rlv54M);

Trump's "Trump: U.S. troops will remain in the Middle East for Israel" (https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Trump-US-troops-will-remain-in-the-Middle-East-for-Israel-572997);

"Trump picks pro-Israel stalwart Mike Pence as running mate" (http://www.jta.org/2016/07/15/news-opinion/politics/trump-picks-pro-israel-stalwart-mike-pence-as-running-mate ) ;

"Meet the [11] Jews in the Trump administration" [who] "will help shape policy in the next four years” (http://www.timesofisrael.com/meet-the-jews-in-the-trump-administration/ ) ;

A New York Times cartoon depicts the Israel-US relationship by portraying Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as guide-dog for blind US President Donald Trump (http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/262320 ) ;

Congress' "U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Criminally Outlaw Support for Boycott Campaign Against Israel" (https://theintercept.com/2017/07/19/u-s-lawmakers-seek-to-criminally-outlaw-support-for-boycott-campaign-against-israel/);

Indiana Senate's "The Indiana Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill banning state dealings with entities that boycott Israel or its settlements" (https://forward.com/news/breaking-news/334842/indiana-passes-bds-resolution/);

Anti Semitism Law Will Make Christianity Illegal ( https://www.veteranstoday.com/2019/05/26/dear-christian-zionist-anti-semitism-law-will-make-christianity-illegal/ );

"The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) strongly applauds the fact that the first Senate bill of the 116th Congress [2019] is a legislation supporting Israel" (https://zoa.org/2019/01/10384232-zoa-applauds-newest-bill-supporting-israel-protecting-us-interests/);

The AMCHA's "101 Jewish And Pro-Israel Groups Ask [250 U.S.] Universities To Oppose BDS [boycotts of the Jewish state]" (https://forward.com/fast-forward/415346/101-jewish-and-pro-israel-groups-ask-universities-to-oppose-israel/);

The American Studies Association's "American Studies Association votes for boycott of Israeli universities" (https://www.jta.org/2013/12/16/news-opinion/united-states/american-studies-association-votes-for-israeli-universities-boycott)

"Europe's Largest Bank to Divest From Israeli Defense Contractor Following BDS Campaign" (https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/business/europe-s-largest-bank-hsbc-divest-israel-elbit-bds-1.6788301); Jewish Leaders'

"Why Jewish Leaders Decided Harassing College Kids Was The Best Way To Help Israel" (https://forward.com/news/israel/416569/why-did-jewish-leaders-think-they-should-target-college-kids-to-help/) ;

Nabi Saleh's "Palestinian women and children fight off Israeli soldier with boy in chokehold," (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrrbyGtNfEg);

Bahia Amawi's "Meet the Texas Speech Pathologist Who Lost School Job for Refusing to Sign Pro-Israel, Anti-BDS Oath" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dOfQYBXJOI);

"US and Israel to leave Unesco over listing of Palestinian sites" (https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/us-and-israel-to-leave-unesco-over-listing-of-palestinian-sites-1.808087);

UN's "Israel most condemned country at UN in 2018" (https://www.yenisafak.com/en/world/israel-most-condemned-country-at-un-in-2018-3470583);

UN's "Here are the 7 small nations [out of nearly 200 UN members) that sided with U.S. and Israel on U.N.'s Jerusalem vote: Guatemala, Honduras, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, and Togo" (https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/12/21/here-7-nations-sided-u-s-and-israel-u-n-vote-over-jerusalem/974098001/);

Jon Stewart's "Why we don't just talk about something lighter like Ukraine!" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmCKZYKsiGM);

"Former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney: US Lawmakers FORCED to Support Israel!" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_VNOk7Wv5A);

"Congressman James Moran was forced to step down from leadership post for merely saying: "If it were not for the strong support of the Jewish community for this war with Iraq, we would not be doing this" (http://www.cnn.com/2003/ALLPOLITICS/03/14/moran.remarks/index.html);

"Only Israel Benefits From US War in IRAN" ( https://www.veteranstoday.com/2019/05/16/only-israel-benefits-from-us-war-in-iran/);

"The Obama administration said repeatedly that Syrian President Assad “must go” before ending the Syria war which killed hundreds of thousands of Syrians and threw over 11 millions into refugee camps" ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSBRk10E5R8);

"Hillary Clinton Email Archive informs us that Syrian President Assad “must go” simply because that is 'the best way to help Israel'” (https://wikileaks.org/clinton-emails/Clinton_Email_November_Release/C05794498.pdf)]

Geography of the Middle East ENVI 423-003, spring 2020

Global Geography ENVI 419-001, spring 2020

World Cultures & Environments ENVI 130-002, spring 2020

Geography of the Middle East ENVI 423-301, summer 2019

Development of Geographic Thought GEOG 612-001, Fall 2016