The Muslim Students Association (MSA), the extremist group which began as an American component of the violent Muslim Brotherhood (MB), once again has found itself sponsoring anti-Semite and terrorist supporter Abdul Malik Ali. The event is taking place this weekend, from the 10th through the 12th, at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). The title of it is ‘Change, that’s real,’ but this type of change no one needs.
Abdul Malik Ali, the imam of Masjid Al-Islam located in Oakland, California, has spent a good part of his life generating animosity towards Jews and Israel. He does this much of the time during forums on the campuses of major American universities. UCR, which is playing host to him for the latest affair, is not unlike many of its sister campuses, for most if not all of the University of California has been tainted by Ali’s presence.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has kept a log of various contemptible statements made by Ali at different UC sites. In February 2004 at UC-Irvine (UCI), Ali declared that Israelis staged the September 11th attacks “to give an excuse to wage war against Muslims around the world.” In March 2006 at UC-Santa Cruz, he referred to the U.S., Britain and Israel as an “axis of evil.” In May 2006 at UCI, he praised Hamas and Hezbollah, whilst warning Israel, “We will fight you until we are either martyred or we are victorious.”
In October 2006 at UCI, he again threatened Israel, stating, “If history is any indication, there’ll be peace when you’re gone and we are in control again.” In May 2007 at UCI, he described Hamas as “freedom fighters, not terrorists,” Hezbollah as “people with a higher moral character,” and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as “a nice guy” and “an honorable person.” All this, while calling for the destruction of Israel.
In addition to the offending speaker, much of the blame for these outrageous statements must be shouldered by the Muslim Students Association (MSA), the group who continues to organize these events. Specifically with regard to the Ali speeches, it is the MSA West Zone Conference who is the culprit. The MSA West is comprised of all of the California university, college and high school MSAs, in addition to those found in Washington state and Arizona.
As well, it was the MSA who was guilty of bringing Taliban senior advisor to Mullah Omar, Syed Rahmatullah Hashimi, to the University of Southern California (USC) to speak in March 2001. It was the MSA who was recently responsible for using a USC website to propagate Islamic religious statements calling for the murder of Jews. And it was the MSA at UC-Los Angeles (UCLA) who referred to Osama bin Laden, in its July 1999 edition of its publication Al-Talib, as a “freedom fighter,” “philanthropist” and “great Mujahid.”
In addition to Ali, also featured as a speaker at this weekend’s event will be the Civil Rights Coordinator of the Los Angeles office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Los Angeles), Affad Shaikh. Like his ‘keynote’ speaking counterpart, Shaikh has a history of antagonism against Jews, Israel and the United States.
In December 2008, Shaikh posted onto a blog, which he is affiliated with, a picture of an individual holding a sign with the words, “DEATH TO ALL JUICE” [read JUICE meaning JEWS]. This, whilst in the same post, he demeaned Israel and stated that Muslim groups should end their full participation in interfaith gatherings with Jews, calling the gatherings a “facade.” In September 2006, he compared Hezbollah to the U.S. government, describing Hezbollah as “accommodating,” while referring to the United States as “our terrorist [sic] facist government.”
It is not surprising to find out that, besides his involvement with CAIR, a group that had dealings with and was created by operatives from Hamas, Shaikh was also a board member of the MSA at UC-San Diego (UCSD) – according to Shaikh, the home of Abdul Malik Ali’s “first outdoor venue speech.” About the anti-Jewish atmosphere on his campus, he stated smugly, “It [is] critical that UCSD get credit, UCI is not half as Anti-Semitic as UCSD campus is.”
Shaikh’s latter statement contains much truth, not necessarily in whether one campus is more anti-Semitic than the other, but that one can describe a campus as being “anti-Semitic” in itself.
Indeed, this author would be remiss if he were to lay blame for what happens on UC’s campuses – and what will happen on UCR’s campus this weekend – solely on Ali or Shaikh or the MSA.
Ultimately it is the schools themselves who allow this environment of hate to enter their institutions and who provide absolutely no accountability towards violence-inducing infractions committed by their radical Muslim students.
However, who is there to hold the schools accountable?