Message from the Editor
Here is the August – September number of the Faculty Forum. I am glad to report that our content has attracted solid interest from our readers and that from the indications we have received through our sister publication, the SPME website, http://spme.net/, our readership has grown steadily. Special thanks are due to the Acting Executive Director of SPME, Dr. Asaf Romirowsky, for his contribution.
As a matter of policy, your editor has tried to attract original contributions and to bring you fresh content and ideas. This month, I am glad to run a cogent personal report by Matt Abelson a rabbinical student on the JTS program who spent a year in Israel. Matt has demonstrated a positive interest in SPME and attended the convention in Miami. We also have four original book reviews. The fifth is reprinted with the author’s permission, Ms Jessica Spitzer, a very capable security analyst. We are most thankful to members of the SPME community who have submitted original contributions.
The Faculty Forum is a newsletter intended for an elite academic readership. It has been our editorial policy to take an ecumenical approach, to allow the reader to judge the content independently and to form his or her opinion. A serious publication of this type cannot be politically correct or attempt to fit into an ideological mold. As a rule, the terms, “right-wing”, or “left-wing”, do not serve us well, mainly because the reality which those terms purport to describe simply does not exist. Such terms in many cases may obstruct our understanding of reality and prevent imaginative thinking. George Orwell wrote in January, 1946 that “literature is doomed if liberty of thought perishes”. He also observed, “At some time in the future, if the human mind becomes something totally different from what it now is, we may learn to separate literary creation from intellectual honesty.”
It is much more important that arguments be supported by verifiable facts than be made to conform with preconceived notions and the straitjacket of political correctness. From time to time it becomes necessary to call things by their right names.
I hope that you will find good reading in this issue.
Faculty Forum 2012-08-31
- By SPME
- August 31, 2012
Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME) is not-for-profit [501 (C) (3)], grass-roots community of scholars who have united to promote honest, fact-based, and civil discourse, especially in regard to Middle East issues. We believe that ethnic, national, and religious hatreds, including anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism, have no place in our institutions, disciplines, and communities. We employ academic means to address these issues.