Tue, November 19, 2019
Faculty in the News, Nov. 19
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CSUSB professor comments on U.S. policy shift on Israel West Bank settlements
Nov. 18, 2019
David Yaghoubian, CSUSB professor of history, was interviewed for a segment about the Trump administration recognizing Israeli settlements in on the West Bank as legal, a shift from a decades-old position that they were “inconsistent with international law.” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said it is up to Israelis and Palestinians to negotiate the status of the land. Israel’s embattled prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, applauded the policy shift.
Yaghoubian said he saw the move as another attempt to boast Netanyahu, who is struggling to hold onto power after two elections in Israel this year.
Watch the full segment at “Pompeo says status of West Bank is for Israelis and Palestinians to decide.”
CSUSB professor interviewed about increasing hate incidents against Latinos in the U.S. (in Spanish)
NVI Noticias (Mexico)/BBC Mundo
Nov. 19, 2019
The Spanish-language newspaper in Mexico picked up an article by the BBC’s Spanish-language channel that included a brief interview with Brian Levin, director of CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, for an article on the increase of hate incidents against Latinos in the United States.
While crime statistics show that hate crimes against African Americans historically have been more numerous, experts warn, however, that in recent years Latinos have become one of the minorities with the highest risk of hate attacks.
"When you have white supremacists who subscribe to a 'replacement' doctrine, going against Latinos seems to be the most obvious," said Levin.
In addition, the expert adds, "the issue of immigration is very contentious at a time when the country is polarized."
Read the complete article, in Spanish, at “¿Es realmente peligroso hablar español en los Estados Unidos?”
FBI report points to more violent attacks against Jews, CSUSB professor says
KNX Radio Los Angeles
Nov. 18, 2019
The news station broadcast a segment on the recent FBI hate crime report and asked Brian Levin, director of CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism for his analysis. The report indicated that reported hate crimes against Latinos and immigrants was on the rise, while reported incidents against Muslims were down.
Levin said that there was also worrying news about anti-Semitic attacks. While attacks on Jews slightly declined after significant increases over the last three years, he said, “what we’ve seen is an increase in violence, and particularly homicide, because the Tree of Life massacre (in a Pittsburgh synagogue that killed 11 people in October 2018) was the worst one in American history. Jews generally are only the No. 1 target in New York City. We’ve just seen a change: in Los Angeles now, Jews are the No. 1 target as well.”
The center’s own independent study also shows that the nation’s largest cities, such as Los Angeles, New York and Chicago, along with Washington, D.C., may surpass the previous year’s numbers, and that decades-high numbers may also be reached.
Listen to the segment at “04:35 KNX-AM (Radio).”
CSUSB professor writes in defense of Ethiopia’s younger generation of leaders
Nov. 18, 2019
Alemayehu G. Mariam, CSUSB professor emeritus, political science, wrote in his weekly column: “Every time there is some disturbance in Ethiopia, a parade of pseudo-patriots, pseudo-intellectuals, pseudo-activists, pseudo-political leaders and ye dil atbiya arbegnoch (heroes who show up on the eve of victory and take credit for the battle won), wannabe revolutionaries and warriors take to social media, YouTube and the blogosphere to lecture, hector and pontificate to the younger generation of leaders in Ethiopia.
“I wonder why they do that.”
Read the complete column at “‘OK, hippos!’ growled Ethiopia’s (Abo Shemanes) cheetahs.”
These news clips and others may be found at “In the Headlines” at inside.csusb.edu.