The Muslim Students Association of the U.S. and Canada (MSA) has chapters at nearly 600 colleges and universities across North America. Treated by administrators and student governments alike as a respectable political organization, the MSA has, over the past few years, sponsored a series of vile expressions of Jew-hatred in a variety of campus and non-campus venues. A few examples serve to illustrate the content of the MSA’s character:
In October 2000, the president of UCLA’s MSA led a crowd of demonstrators at the Israeli consulate in chants of “Death to Israel!” and “Death to the Jews!”
At UCLA’s annual “Anti-Zionist Week” festivities, rank-and-file MSA members have raised money for Hamas and Hezbollah terrorists, who are solemnly sworn to the mass murder of Jews and the annihilation of Israel.
Alkalima, the newspaper of UC Irvine’s Muslim Student Union (an MSA campus affiliate), once published a special report called “Zionism: The Forgotten Apartheid,” which glorified Hamas and Hezbollah as noble warriors fighting Israeli oppression.
At the 7th annual MSA West Conference held at the University of Southern California in January 2005, former MSA member Ahmed Shama praised Hamas and Hezbollah for being “uncompromising” on their principles, and for refusing to “shake hands with the other side.”
MSA’s Muhammad al-Asi is a frequent guest speaker on university campuses; his hatred of Israel is his trademark theme. In an article titled “The Qur’an Says Zionist Israel Will Be Shattered,” al-Asi wrote: “The prophet of Allah … summed it up when he said: ‘The final hour shall not commence until the Muslims engage Yahud [Jew] in warfare. And the Muslims will deal the deathblow to Yahud. These Yahud will hide behind timber and boulder that will call out on Muslims: O Muslim there is a Yahudi in disguise, come and annihilate him.'”
Appearing as a guest speaker at UC Irvine, al-Asi stated: “We have a psychosis in the Jewish community that is unable to co-exist equally and brotherly [sic] with other human beings. You can take a Jew out of the ghetto, but you can’t take the ghetto out of the Jew, and this has been demonstrated time and time again in Occupied Palestine.”
Amir-Abdel Malik-Ali, formerly a community activist and currently an Oakland, California-based Imam, is a frequent guest lecturer at MSA events. A passionate supporter of Hamas and Hezbollah, he endorses suicide bombings as a legitimate “resistance” tactic: “Palestinian mothers are supporting their children who are suicide bombers, saying, ‘Go honey, go!’ That ain’t suicide; that’s martyrdom.”
In a May 2006 appearance at UC Irvine, Malik-Ali accused the “apartheid State of Israel” of carrying out a “holocaust” and a “genocide” against the Palestinian people. Referring to Jews as “new Nazis” and “a bunch of straight-up punks,” he told Jews directly: “The truth of the matter is your days are numbered. We will fight you. We will fight you until we are either martyred or until we are victorious.”
Imam Abdul Alim Musa, founder and director of the As-Sabiqun movement (which seeks to recreate an Islamic caliphate), is another frequent speaker at MSA events. During a May 9, 2007 “Islamic Revival” at UC Irvine, Musa said: “Who ran the slave trade … who funded [it]? You’ll study and you will find out: the Jews … It was the Jewish bankers … in Vienna, with pockets full of money, funding and insuring, that’s who did it.” In June 2007, Musa held the U.S. and Israel jointly culpable for both attacks on the World Trade Center (in 1993 and 2001).
The racist anti-Semitism that rolls off the tongues of each of the foregoing speakers is also the defining feature of the organization that has anointed them as its leading mouthpieces. Established in January 1963 at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the MSA is the most well-known and influential Islamic student organization in North America. Neither its benign-sounding name nor its professed objective — “to serve the best interest of Islam and Muslims in the United States and Canada” — betray any hint of its repugnant ideology or its radical Islamic roots.
MSA was founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood, godfather organization to Hamas and al Qaeda. In fact, MSA (according to documents confiscated by the FBI) was named explicitly in a May 1991 Muslim Brotherhood memorandum as one of the Brotherhood’s likeminded “organizations of our friends” who shared the common goal of destroying America and turning it into a Muslim nation. These “friends” were described by the Brotherhood as groups that could help teach Muslims “that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands … so that … God’s religion [Islam] is made victorious over all other religions.”
In its earliest days, MSA was financed largely by Saudi Arabia. In return, the organization promoted the kingdom’s extremist Wahhabi strain of Islam. According to author and Islam expert Stephen Schwartz, MSA is a key lobbying organization for Wahhabism. Wahhabi textbooks do not recognize Israel as a sovereign state and do not show it, by name, on any map. Instead, all maps bear the name “Palestine.”
MSA formerly solicited donations for the now-defunct Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, whose assets the U.S. government seized in December 2001 because that organization was giving financial support to the genocidal barbarians of Hamas.
MSA also has strong ties to the World Assembly of Muslim Youth, which serves as a vehicle through which the Saudi government funds Islamic extremism and international terrorism. WAMY was co-founded by a former senior member of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and by Osama bin Laden‘s nephew. Moreover, WAMY raises funds for Hamas. A Saudi opposition group reports that WAMY disseminates literature encouraging “religious hatred and violence against Jews, Christians, Shi’a and Ashaari Muslims.” As WAMY puts it, this literature is expressly designed “to teach our children to love taking revenge on the Jews and the oppressors, and teach them that our youngsters will liberate Palestine and Jerusalem when they go back to Islam and make jihad for the sake of Allah.”
A number of noxious organizations have splintered off from MSA, including: the Muslim Arab Youth Association (a now-defunct group that sponsored conferences featuring known Islamic terrorists as guest speakers); the Islamic Circle of North America (currently under investigation by U.S. authorities for possible connections to Islamic terrorist groups); and the Islamic Society of North America (created by MSA with the help of Sami Al-Arian, former North American leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad).
The MSA uses the current obsession with “diversity” in American higher education as a form of protective coloration to conceal its goals. Not all of the MSA’s rank-and-file members are aware of the organization’s roots as an anti-Semitic hate organization. Some, in fact, are under the impression that they have simply joined a fraternity of sorts, dedicated to cultivating friendships, promoting outreach, and fostering interfaith understanding on campus. And indeed, not all MSA campus chapters are equally radical. But the national MSA, which serves as the umbrella group for the various campus MSAs, is a veritable training ground for those shock troops who spearhead the campus war against Israel and the Jews.
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We have grown accustomed to the bloodlust of the radical Islamic state of Iran, and of its determination, in league with terror organizations such as Hizbollah and Hamas, to annihilate Israel.
What is new is the degree to which the Middle East conflict has been brought home to America by radical professors and student groups who are lining up at universities across the country to join the jihadis in their fight against the Jews.
Earlier this year, as Israel was defending itself from Hamas’ three year campaign of rocket attacks in the Gaza War, “teach-ins” were held on campuses across the country. Their theme was that Israel is a Nazi apartheid state, that Palestinians are the victims of a “holocaust,” and that Hamas terrorists are freedom fighters.
These teach-ins and demonstrations were part of an intensifying war against the Jews that has broken out on many fronts across American higher education:
* University of California Sociology professor William Robinson assembles photos even university administrators conceded were “lurid” showing Nazis committing unspeakable acts against Jews and emails them to all his students along with a diatribe about how the Israeli soldiers fighting Hamas terrorists were no different from fascist troops in World War II destroying the city of Warsaw.
* A sit in by radical leftists and pro-jihadists at the University of Rochester during Israel‘s defensive counter attack on Hamas intimidates school administrators into backing a demand for the university to divest from companies doing business with “the Israeli war machine.”
* At UC Irvine, members of the Muslim Student Union attend graduation ceremonies with green sashes emulating those of suicide bombers inscribed with the word shahada (martyr).
At one level the campus war against the Jews is a war of symbols: radical demonstrators carrying banners on which the Star of David is joined to the swastika by an equal sign; student governments and academic senates pushing measures for disinvestment based on the rancid assumption that Israel – the only democratic state in the Middle East — is morally equivalent to the racist apartheid regime of South Africa; leftist propagandists cynically reversing the Biblical story so that the ideologues of genocide with their massive populations become David and tiny Israel becomes Goliath.
But the Middle East conflict as reflected on American campuses increasingly features the threat of real, in addition to merely rhetorical violence. Radical and pro-jihad groups are increasingly dropping the pretense that only Israel is in their gun sights and not Jews per se. Their approach to Jews who don’t agree with their position on the Middle East is one of hatred and intimidation. In recent pro Palestinian rallies at UC Irvine, for instance, radical Muslim students threatened Jewish students with violence and chased them off campus in a shocking act of hatred that school administrators ignored.
This fall the David Horowitz Freedom Center will launch a nationwide protest whose theme will be “Stop the Campus War Against Israel and the Jews.” Frontpage Magazine will have more to say about this campaign as it develops in the weeks ahead. In the meantime, to show the extent and intensity of this hate movement, we will publish portraits of the top ten individuals and institutions who have made Israel and Jews targets in a vicious campaign of slander and incitement to violence. These are the worst of the worst, hardcore anti Israel and hardcore anti Semitic. –The Editors FPM