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Horowitz Speech on Radical Islam Has Repercussions at Northwestern By: Frontpagemag.com
FrontPageMagazine.com | Monday, November 24, 2008

Less than a week after defaming David Horowitz by claiming that he spreads “blatant lies about Islam” and criticizing the College Republicans for “bringing such an offensive and divisive speaker” to campus, the Muslim-cultural Students Association (McSA) at Northwestern has announced plans to bring infamous Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers to campus.

In her letter to the Daily Northwestern, McSA co-president Dana Shabeeb criticized Horowitz for attacking the Muslim Students Association (which was founded by the Muslim Brotherhood) as supporters of jihad. “Let me make clear that Muslims vehemently reject the use of violence in the name of our religion and don't support the killing of innocent civilians for any reason,” she stated. Yet the McSA has now chosen to spend a vast sum of student government funding on a speaker who dedicated a book to the assassin of Robert Kennedy and is best known for being a co-founder of a terrorist organization and has publicly stated that he does not regret setting bombs and in fact “we did not do enough.”

The McSA plans to spend its entire Fall speakers budget of $21,000 to fund the event which features Ayers along with his wife and fellow Weather Underground member Bernadine Dohrn and Muslim radical, Imam Zaid Shakir, who co-founded the Islamic fundamentalist mosque Masjid al-Islam in Oakland, California. The honorariums offered the speakers are so large that the contract must be approved by the University’s General Counsel and its Vice President for Student Affairs. Horowitz, of course, was provided no student funds for his speech, which was underwritten for a fifth the cost by Young Americas Foundation.

“It is ironic that the McSA which expended considerable effort in an attempt to discredit my speech about the jihad on campus and the Muslim Students Association’s ties to the Muslim Brotherhood is now dedicating their entire fall speakers’ budget to bringing two notorious terrorists to campus,” said Horowitz. “This is a more eloquent link between the Muslim Student Association and the agendas of Islamo-fascism than I could provide. Bill Ayers was setting bombs during the Jimmy Carter Administration. He and his wife have dedicated their lives to attacking America, and are supporters of the jihadist enemies of the West.”

Horowitz’s speech also sparked considerable debate on the website of the Daily Northwestern, the main student paper on campus where real discussion over issues of radical Islam was disrupted by a flurry of hoax comments posted by a student or students claiming to be David Horowitz, Middle East scholar Daniel Pipes, Horowitz Freedom Center staffer Reut Cohen, and others. The comments appear to have been intended to discredit Horowitz and others by ascribing them false motives for their warnings about radical Islam. One post claiming to be from Horowitz states that “we need to make sure that Americans are afraid of the Muslim world—that’s the only way we can get them to keep tying up their foreign policy in the Middle East with Israel.” This is the propaganda line of al-Qaeda, and hardly something Horowitz would write.

Once notified about the hoax comments, the Daily Northwestern shut down the comment feature for the article about Horowitz, preventing further discussion. Campus police have been notified about the hoax comments but did not see any need to respond, despite the fact that this is a form of identity theft. It remains to be seen whether the University will launch an investigation and take action against the student(s) who posted these fake comments, but it does not appear likely. Last year the authorities at George Washington U. were exercised during Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week over a similar hoax – until they discovered that it was indeed a hoax perpetrated by the left.

David Horowitz is president of the David Horowitz Freedom Center. Through its Islamo-Fascism Awareness Program (IFAP), the DHFC has organized events to combat radical Islam and terrorism on hundreds of American campuses. More information on the program can be found at www.terrorismawareness.org.

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