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UC-Irvine's Anti-Anti-Terror Rally By: Joseph D'Hippolito
FrontPageMagazine.com | Monday, February 21, 2005

As January merged into February, UC Irvine's Muslim Students Union once again displayed its true colors, hosting an anti-Jewish hatefest protesting an anti-terror rally.

Jewish and conservative students staged an anti-terrorism rally on January 31st, which featured the burnt hulk of a Jerusalem bus targeted by a Palestinian suicide bomber as its centerpiece. Eleven people had died and 50 had been injured on the bus, which previously was displayed in front of the International Court of Justice in The Hague. The biographies of civilians murdered by suicide bombers accompanied the bus.

"We must be their voice," said Carrie Devorah, whose brother, a father of seven, died onboard. "I hope people realize that this could have happened to a member of their family," added Rachel Schiff, president of Cal State Fullerton's Hillel chapter.

On Feb. 2, the MSU responded by sponsoring a speech by a radical Oakland imam, Abdel Malik Ali, who speaks frequently at Muslim student gatherings nationwide.

"When the freedom fighters go after these buses," Ali shouted like a Pentecostal minister, "they're going after soldiers who are on those buses."

Ali also decried the "Zionist-controlled media," claimed that "Zionism is a fusion of the concept of white supremacy and the chosen people," and unveiled his solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict:

"Israel wants Palestinians to have their own state. It's beyond that now. No. That's off the table. One state. Majority rules. Us. The Muslims."

Does anyone doubt that Ali's proposal means the genocide of all Israelis? Nevertheless, shouts of "Allahu Akbar" greeted it.

Ali's speech is the latest in a series of episodes exposing the MSU's pervasive bigotry -- and the cowardice of a university's administration that makes no distinction between diversity and anarchy, between tolerance and moral irresponsibility.

In 2002, the MSU newspaper Alkalima joined forces with UCLA's Muslim magazine to publish a series entitled, "Zionism: The Forgotten Apartheid," and praised Hamas and Hezbollah as "the resistance movements against Zionist aggression."

A year earlier, the MSU invited the elected imam of the Islamic Center of Washington, D.C., Mohammed al-Asi, to speak. Al-Asi, a research fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought and an advisor to the Islamic Human Rights Commission, also speaks frequently to American Muslim students. "The Zionist-Israeli lobby is taking the United States...to the abyss," al-Asi said at UCI. "We have a psychosis in the Jewish community that is unable to co-exist equally and brotherly with other human beings. You can take the Jew out of the ghetto but you cannot take the ghetto out of the Jew."

If UCI's administrators cannot understand the implications of such remarks and activities, their students do. "Hate speech often leads to violence, and is that what we as Anteaters want on our campus," Loren Casuto asked in UCI's student newspaper, New University. "I want the administration of UCI to give me some kind of answer to this: Since when is anti-Semitism politically correct or allowed under the guise of free speech?"

Among the most offended are Muslims. "I am ashamed of the extreme elements of my culture of origin who are now speaking for all of us as though we are all anti-Semitic and want to die in jihad against Jews," Shirene Said wrote on the Internet. "These extremist groups have their allegiance somewhere other than the USA and I do not want my taxpayers' money to help in anyway support their cause.

"I hope I will never see the day when the USA allows such hate and words of violence to be practiced by the Moslem students studying on our campuses and using our honorable principle of freedom of speech to change the fabric of our society."

Said and her fellow Muslims can do something: They can forbid such men as Ali and al-Asi from speaking at their gatherings, and work toward their censure and removal from responsible positions. Students can challenge the MSU leadership or form alternative associations. Wealthy donors to UC-Irvine can inform Chancellor Ralph Cicerone that they will withdraw financial support if his administration does not confront the MSU.

More than 70 years ago, Western civilization did nothing to abort the Nazis' anti-Semitic agenda peacefully when it had the chance. Will the ideological descendants of Neville Chamberlain working in UC-Irvine's Administration Building follow suit?

Joseph D’Hippolito is a columnist for Frontpagemag.com, whose main focuses are religion and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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