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Three Ex-Terrorists to Take Back UC Irvine By: Lee Kaplan
FrontPageMagazine.com | Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Former PLO-terrorist-turned-peace-activist Walid Shoebat once told me that when he first came to America to attend Loop College in Chicago as a PLO organizer and counselor, and to learn from Jamal Said at the Bridgeview Mosque how to wage violent jihad within the U.S., that he was sitting with some Palestinian compatriots when a Jewish student walked by. Shoebat immediately suggested to his friends that they throw a rock at the “Zionist.”  His friends intervened to stop him, not because it was wrong, but, as they explained to him, he was now in America, not the West Bank, and they put people in jail for such things.  Shoebat told me that one day rocks would be thrown at Jews in America with the same normalcy as they are in the West Bank.  Since that experience 20 years ago, Shoebat's prophecy has come true, especially at the University of California at Irvine.

Reports are out that a Jewish student at UCI had a rock thrown at him by a student from the Muslims Students Union (MSU).  Despite the fact that such incidents are immediately reported to the UCI administration, it does nothing -- as usual.  Welcome to Germany in the 1930’s courtesy of the University of California, Irvine’s administration, where a Jewish student can face harassment for being Jewish and the authorities look the other way.


The simple fact is that there is a climate of constant intimidation by students in the MSU against Jewish and conservative students on campus.  Incidents range from physical intimidation to outright illegal behavior, situations the UCI administration is content to just downplay or ignore.


The Muslim Students Union, a.k.a. Muslims Students Association, has chapters on over 150 campuses in the USA and Canada.  Funded by Wahhabist Saudi Arabia with headquarters in Virginia, MSU/MSA chapters all over the U.S. frequently pay tribute to Hassan al-Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, which eventually became Al Qaeda.  The MSU at UC Irvine though, has the dubious distinction of being one of the most active and militant chapters of the Wahhabist organization.  Muslim students at UCI have been known to wear Hamas paraphrenalia on campus and even did so during graduation ceremonies in the past, even though Hamas is a terrorist organization according to the U.S. state department.  In its report on campus anti-Semitism, moreover, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights singles out UC Irvine as one of the worst campuses nationwide for these abuses.


Most recently, one of the proudest moments of UC Irvine’s MSU was forcing an FBI agent on campus out of his car and, according to some accounts, even throwing a cinderblock at him.  It seems the agent was following one of the MSU leaders who was removing a large wall display with the usual propaganda against Israel and Jews.  Allegedly, the FBI agent was tailing him with his car, but had had to flee the scene.  It’s a great comfort with a war on to know that people who are openly supporting al Qaeda and terrorist movements overseas feel so confident at UCI that they can assault a federal agent, and, after all,  why shouldn’t they?  UCI makes a perfect base of operations to turn the U.S. into another cesspool of violence and intimidation by Islamic fanatics as is found in any Middle East dictatorship.


The MSU has consistently invited virulently anti-Semitic speakers to campus like the Muslim convert Amir Abdel Malik, a.k.a. Derek Gilliam of Oakland, California who literally preaches on campus in favor of violent jihad, or Abdel Aleem Musa who refuses to condemn terrorism.  These two MSU guest speakers rail against the “Zionist conspiracy” that runs America as much as one can hear in any totalitarian Arab country.  What is even more disturbing is that the MSU forbids fellow students to record or photograph what these people say, and UCI administrators actually act as enforcers to prevent this from happening.  Still, some students record surreptitiously at peril to their academic careers when the administration finds out.  The MSU does not want recordings because the speakers openly attack Jews and America in an effort to recruit more students to their cause; however, they also know such speeches will out them to the public-at-large, the taxpayers.  Their goal is to indoctrinate the next generation of students in the same manner Arab dictatorships like Saudi Arabia do. At the same time, the MSU stages violent actions to silence the other side from speaking.


Given this atmosphere, it was only fitting that the UCI College Republicans have finally invited Walid Shoebat, Kamal Saleem and Zak Anani, three ex-terrorists, to speak this coming Wednesday at UCI's Bren Events Center at 7:30 pm on May 30th.  The three ex-terrorists come to UCI after successful presentations at UC Davis and Stanford and will give a true perspective on what makes a terrorist and why they changed and became peace activists.  Their own experiences as past campus activists for overseas terrorist groups will clarify what the MSU really seeks to achieve at UC Irvine under the guise of education or free speech.  At the same time, anyone seeking to disrupt this lawful assembly will be subject to federal and state laws prohibiting such actions and prosecuted even if UC Irvine fails to act.


The producers feel it is important to have a good attendance from the outside community in southern California.  It is important that there be a big turn out for this event because just two hours of listening to these three men relate their personal experiences and upbringing from infancy into the terrorist mindset, and why they quit it, is enough to send even the most skilled jihadi propagandist on a college campus scurrying for cover.  All three of these men are equally versed in the Koran and the Bible and are essential for anyone concerned about the state of education at American universities.


Tickets become available on Tuesday, May 29th. Admission is FREE to UCI students/staff/faculty, $8.00 to the public. The Bren Events Center Ticket Office hours are 10:00am to 5:00pm Tuesday (May 29th) and Wednesday (May 30th). Tickets for Bren Events Center events can be picked-up (purchased) either at the Box Office or by phone at (949) 824-5000.


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Lee Kaplan is an undercover investigative journalist and a contributor to Front Page Magazine. He is also a regular columnist for the Israel National News and Canada Free Press and a senior intelligence analyst and communications director for the Northeast Intelligence Network. He heads the organizations Defending America for Knowledge and Action (DAFKA) and Stop the ISM. He has been interviewed on over one hundred nationally and internationally syndicated radio shows and been a guest on Fox Cable TV’s Dayside with Linda Vester and Bill O’Reilly’s The Factor. He is a guest every Tuesday on the Jim Kirkwood Show on Utah's K-Talk Radio am630. He is currently working on a book about America's colleges in the War on Terror and the International Solidarity Movement.

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