While such virulent hate speech and incitement gets prominent billing on campus, the UCI chapter of the Muslim Student Association (MSA), the Muslim Student Union (MSU) has wantonly shut down pro-Israel speakers and events, including disruption of speeches by Daniel Pipes and Israeli ambassador Michael Oren. But the MSA chapter of UCI freely hosted unobstructed events with former MSA president Amir Mertaban, an admitted supporter of the Taliban in the 1980’s, who proselytized the students in defense of Osama bin Ladin, jihad, polygamy and, and in praise of Hamas’ “freedom fighting missions.”(5) http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/id.11499/pub_detail.asp
MSA is the campus division of the Muslim Brotherhood, the movement founded in Egypt in 1928 that seeks to re-establish the imperial Islamic state, transforming the world to Islam by infiltrating democratic institutions (6). MSA leaders have made statements condemning the Unites States and calling for the killing of all Jews (7). Recently the MSA has been in the news as the campus incubator of radicalization and recruitment of some of the most dangerous homegrown jihadists and global terrorists, such as al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, NYC subway bomber Adis Medunjanin, convicted terrorists Aafia Siddiqui, Zachary Chesser, Jesse Morton, Ramy Zamzam, and Washeed Zaman, convicted of plotting to blow up transatlantic flights, and many others (8). It is a disgrace and peril to us all that campuses are allowed to host these terrorist breeding grounds. UCI is culpable as well of providing a stately academic platform to legitimize the nefarious agenda of this dangerous campus organization and the poisonous radical speakers they present.
The rejection of the Wallenberg statue proposal for the UCI campus, which would serve as a model of courage and true heroism for students to discover, was a regrettable decision which betrays a long-standing pattern of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel discrimination. However, the Wallenberg rejection and obstruction of pro-Israel speakers reveals the deeper issue of the moral bankruptcy of a campus administration that would unreservedly prop up terrorism-supporting speakers and dangerous organizations at the expense of academic freedom and student safety. This is not only a disgrace to the academic traditions of scholarship and the free and open exchange of ideas but a serious threat to our national security that requires immediate attention and investigation.
National Conference on Jewish Affairs
(6) Shariah: The Threat to America, Center for Security Policy Press, 2010, p. 109
(7) Ibid, p. 136
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