Sunday, April 8, 2012

Combating the Hate Groups on Campus

To counter the hate, disinformation and propaganda generated during Israeli Apartheid Week (what should more honestly be called Israeli Demonization Week) at universities across the United States, the David Horowitz Freedom Center (DHFC) is arming pro-Israel and pro-freedom student leaders on campus with the truth, in the form of its newspaper ads, pamphlets, film screenings, and speakers such as Nonie Darwish, Raymond Ibrahim, David Meir-Levi, and Horowitz himself.
A controversial DHFC ad appeared last week in the campus newspapers of Florida State University and the University of Arizona, and the Freedom Center has plans to place it in at least one hundred more. Entitled “Where Are They Now?,” it consists simply of a long list of nearly twenty former leaders and members of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) who have graduated to terrorist entities such as al-Qaeda, Hamas, the Taliban, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
Among them are such standouts of Islamic terrorism as “bin Laden 2.0” Anwar al-Awlaki (former MSA President at Colorado State University); American al Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn (member of the MSA at the University of Southern California); the infamous Underwear Bomber (former head of the Muslim Association at the University College London); convicted terrorist supporter Abdul Rahman Alamoudi (former MSA National President); Ramy Zamzam, convicted of attempting to join the Taliban and kill U.S. troops (former president of Washington D.C.’s council of Muslim associations); Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas associate Jamal Barzini (co-founder of the MSA); Abu Mansoor al-Amriki (MSA President of the University of South Alabama), spokesman for al-Qaeda in Somalia; and more. The list speaks for itself as ample evidence that the MSA has less to do with serving student needs than recruiting for violent jihad.
A shorter version of that ad recently stirred up controversy on the campus of Ohio State University, where it was condemned as hate speech by a Muslim student who nevertheless could not contradict the factuality of the ad’s content, and who ironically has her own connections to Muslim Brotherhood entities CAIR and Hamas. She lashed out at The Lantern, the student paper that published the ad, but a faculty adviser for The Lantern said the newspaper “can reject advertising that denigrates individuals, groups or organizations based on such things as race, nationality, ethnicity and religion.”
“In this,” he said, “the adviser and co-chair of the publications committee agreed that the ad did not violate the policy.”
The Lantern certainly gave the DHFC a fairer shake than it will have a chance to get at many universities, if MediaMate has its way. MediaMate is a company that manages national advertising for its nearly one hundred client universities like Brown, Colgate, UC San Diego, Boston University, Swarthmore, Temple, and Indiana University. On their website they proudly announce that, “When it comes to college advertising, we are the college.”
They certainly act like they are, at least when it comes to deciding what message students get to see in their school papers. MediaMate has informed the Freedom Center that it refuses to accept any of its ads, regardless of the content. Asked by the DHFC if this pre-emptive rejection had specifically been requested by their clients, MediaMate responded, “We make the final decision.” Discriminating against the DHFC ensures that students themselves won’t get to see the ad and make up their own minds about the facts noted therein.
The ad closes by promoting a new DHFC pamphlet by FrontPage contributor and Shillman Journalism Fellow Daniel Greenfield titled “Muslim Hate Groups on Campus,” which documents the radical origins and violent objectives of the main Muslim student organizations on our nation’s campuses, such as the MSA and Students for Justice in Palestine, the sponsors of hate-fests like Israeli Apartheid Week and Palestine Awareness Week.
In addition to elaborating on the MSA’s terrorist alumni noted in the ad, Greenfield’s pamphlet points out how the MSA has raised money for terrorist support groups, invited terrorists to campuses and distributed their videos and press releases, disseminated anti-Semitic hate speech, and organized to shut down the free speech of visiting speakers, such as Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren in a controversial incident at the University of California, Irvine. Greenfield likewise exposes the radical agenda of Students for Justice in Palestine, “architected by experienced Islamist and Marxist activists for the sole purpose of waging a campus war against the Jewish state.”
Campus Muslim groups like the MSA and SJP and their leftist allies, Greenfield writes,
are not interested in dissenting ideas, only in manufacturing a myth of victimhood that grants them a license for a theology of limitless hate… The anti-Israel radicals who have occupied America’s campuses have made it clear that they are not there to learn, but to teach. And they have only one lesson to teach. The lesson of their hate.
The Freedom Center is mailing 100,000 copies of “Muslim Hate Groups on Campus” to members of the public.
The struggle for control of the future is taking place on our college campuses, where leftist indoctrination has largely replaced a classical liberal education, and where some organizations, posing as a resource for Muslim students, recruit for terrorism instead and spread their militant Jew-hatred. The Freedom Center’s ads and pamphlets are critical ammunition for beating back that destructive influence, exposing the enemy, and defending freedom.

(This article originally appeared here on FrontPage Mag, 3/7/12)