The Radicalizing of Eric Ciaramella
[Spectator] While the lawyers representing Eric Ciaramella, the alleged "whistleblower" in the Trump impeachment fiasco, describe him as having spent his entire career in "apolitical civil servant positions," the truth is that Eric Ciaramella has been involved in radical political behavior throughout his life - including his years at Yale.
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In fact, long before he was digging up dirt with the DNC's Alexandra Chalupa about President Trump's mythical collusion with Russia, Ciaramella was involved in leading a protest over what he believed was the poor treatment of Bassam Frangieh, a radical professor of Arabic Studies at Yale. On April 15, 2005, then first-year Yale student Ciaramella dressed in all white to lead a contingent of ten similarly dressed first-year Yale Arabic students to the offices of the Provost and the President of the university to demand that the university provide an incentive to encourage Frangieh to stay at Yale. The students were unhappy because Frangieh had decided earlier in the school year to accept a tenure-track position at the University of Delaware.
Ciaramella helped to organize a campus-wide letter-writing campaign on behalf of Frangieh which "identified flaws in the administration's policies regarding language instructors at Yale." According to the Yale Daily News, Bassam Frangieh was looking for an opportunity to teach more of the classes that he would like to teach, according to one of the protesters: "His specialty is Arabic language and literature, and he wanted to teach some classes on style and poetry." A week after the protest, Yale’s administration announced that they had "upped the ante with an offer competitive enough to keep one of its star language instructors from leaving Yale.
It is likely that Bassam Frangieh wanted to use literature to be able to shape Yale's undergraduates' views on what he called the "heroic Arabic poet-martyrs" battling against the unjust occupation in Palestine. In 2000, Frangieh published a chapter romanticizing terrorism in a book entitled Tradition, Modernity, and Postmodernity in Arabic Literature. Ciaramella's favorite Yale Arabic professor praised the heroism of Abd al Rahim Mahmud, the "first Arab poet-martyr."
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Mahmud, who is often used to inspire terrorism and suicide bombings among Arab youth, was described by Frangieh as "carrying his soul in the palm of his hand," as he "threw himself into the cavern of death." Romanticizing his terrorism, Frangieh recalls Mahmud's "premature death at age 35, fighting a battle in an attempt to keep Palestine free from foreign occupation, [which]brought dignity to the hearts of his people. Through his death he eliminated the gap between words and action... he shall remain a symbol of heroism and pride for his people."
|Do read the entire thing by Anne Hendershott at the Spectator. I tell you, my mind was blown.|
Posted by: Dron66046 2019-11-10