The A-word and Mideast studies

Here’s a wrap-up of the most recent straw poll that ran on this site. The question: “Do you think that anti-Semitism in Middle East programs on American campuses is currently a very serious problem, somewhat of a problem, or not a problem at all?” Ballots were cast by 167 readers. Very serious problem, according to 72 percent (120 ballots); somewhat of a problem, think 10 percent (16 ballots); not a problem at all, in the opinion of 18 percent (31 ballots). The poll ran from November 1 through December 18; no two ballots were accepted from the same IP address. Whatever you think the reality is, there’s no question that a lot of people believe Middle Eastern studies are that bad.