Middle East Studies Association Panel Reserves Outrage Only for Israel

Israel studies are rarely center stage at annual conferences of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), but when they are, one can be certain they’ll be the subject of criticism.

Consequently, my expectations were low when in late November I joined approximately seventy attendees in an awkwardly arranged conference room at the Washington Marriot Wardman Park Hotel for the panel “Navigating Jewish Campus and Community Debates on Israel/Palestine in the Age of Trump.”