May 12, 2002

Massad, Joseph
[CLME W3042] Palestinian and Israeli Politics and Societies

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

I think, although it was perhaps the most difficult class to sit through at times, Massad's class is a necessary fixture in the mealac dept. I think he's a necessary fixture, too, ego and all. All you ever hear about the middle east is the israeli/american point of view, and he shows you the side of the story you never hear. I'm half-israeli, so it was perhaps more difficult for me than for most to listen to him constantly dis my country and refer to the mean and cruel Israelis, but in some respects, he has a point. He made me realize that there is no clear "correct" point of view on the situation in the middle east because both sides commit equally atrocious acts, and while he drained any hope i had of any kind of resolution over there, at least i'm not stupid anymore . . . definitely an educational experience, and i think people who immediately shut him out based on his first display of egotism should think twice and try to listen to him and weed out the pertinent information from the opinion. he's not lying. that's a ridiculous claim. every factual thing he says is backed up by documented evidence that is compiled in two giant thick packets of reading that cost a hundred bucks in total.

Workload:

we did one paper for the midterm and two four page papers for the final. topics were fairly boring and i didn't much enjoy writing them, but i had other crap going on at the time, so you know . . .