Help End Biased Title VI Grants

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Dear Colleagues:

Many of us have long been aware of the problems within Middle East studies centers. Now in an effort to help end the biased Title VI Grants you can become a peer reviewer. Of late, SPME has learned about peer reviewing for federal Title VI grants to Middle East studies centers and I invite you to join me in helping end the federal support for politicized scholarship by applying to help this process.

For years, Title VI funds have supported biased, anti-American, anti-Israel programs with effectively no oversight from the federal Department of Education (ED). Peer reviewers have traditionally done little to curb these abuses.

By applying to review applications, you can help ensure that future grants will go only to those centers willing and able to promote rigorous, unbiased scholarship and outreach thereby, effecting change from within.

If selected, you would work within the Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) to read and evaluate applications and score them on their qualifications for funding. Reviewers receive an honorarium, and travel costs to and from Washington are covered.

For information on applying to peer review: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/peer-reviewers/index.html

Answers to frequently asked questions regarding the qualifications and duties of peer reviewers are found here: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/peer-reviewers/peer-reviewers-faq.html

There is no deadline to apply, but you must create an account (login to G5 in bureaucratic parlance) here: https://www.g5.gov/g5/home?g5.parameters.errorcode=&g5.parameters.error=&g5.parameters.username=unauthenticated

On a separate note, as the State of Israel marks its 70th we are observing a significant growth in antisemitism globally where European Jews, “are experiencing a normalization and mainstreaming of antisemitism not seen since the Second World War.” Moreover, according to Moshe Kantor the President of European Jewish Congress, “there has been an increase in open, unashamed and explicit hatred directed against Jews. The Jew as exploiter, the Jew as killer, the Jews as banker. It is like we have regressed 100 years.”

Clearly there is much to be done.

Sincerely,

Asaf Romirowsky

Help End Biased Title VI Grants

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Asaf Romirowsky

Asaf Romirowsky PhD, is the Executive Director of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME). Romirowsky is also a fellow at the Middle East Forum and a Professor ​[Affiliate] at the University​ of Haifa. Trained as a Middle East historian he holds a PhD in Middle East and Mediterranean Studies from King's College London, UK and has published widely on various aspects of the Arab-Israeli conflict and American foreign policy in the Middle East, as well as on Israeli and Zionist history. Romirowsky is co-author of Religion, Politics, and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief and a contributor to The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel. Romirowsky’s publicly-engaged scholarship has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The National Interest, The American Interest , The New Republic, The Times of Israel, Jerusalem Post, Ynet and Tablet among other online and print media outlets


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