On October 22, 2000, Ahmed Shama, president of the UCLA Muslim Students Association led a crowd of demonstrators at the Israeli consulate in chants of “Death to Israel!” and “Death to the Jews!” Shama declared that Ehud Barak, Yassir Arafat and Bill Clinton were all “racist zionists.” “When we see that a peace process is being negotiated between Zionists, mediated by Zionists, controlled by Zionists, and being portrayed in the media by Zionists, we come and we condemn all of you,” Shama said.
One of the invited speakers at the event was Hamid Ayloush, a member of the Council on Islamic Relations (CAIR), which was also an event sponsor. In his speech, Ayloush solicited contributions for the Holy Land Foundation, an organization that the Justice Department has shut down as funder of al-Qaeda.
On May 26, 2001 the UCLA Muslim Student Association held a conference of Islamic radicals on the UCLA campus. The conference featured speakers from CAIR whose founder is a supporter of the terrorist organization Hamas, and the Muslim Public Affairs council, a radical group whose executive director has justified the terrorist killing of 243 U.S. marines in Lebanon in 1983 by Hizbollah suicide bombers: “This attack, for all the pain it caused, was not in a strict sense, a terrorist operation. It was a military operation, producing no civilian casualties — exactly the kind of attack that Americans might have lauded had it been directed against Washington’s enemies.”
The UCLA Muslim Student Association has routinely invited pro-terrorist speakers to the UCLA campus and paid for them with student funds. At a January 21, 2001 event, nine months before 9/11, a speaker called Imam Musa, an African-American Muslim who is a staple of the anti-war rallies staged in Washington DC declared: “If you were to say that the Soviet Union was wiped off the face of the earth . . . people would have thought you were crazy, right? The people of Afghanistan didn’t have the intellect or historical knowledge to know that they wasn’t supposed to wipe out the Soviet Union, is that right? . . . We saw the fall of one so-called superpower, Old Sam is next.”
Prior to 9/11, the UCLA magazine Al-Talib featured a cover story on Osama Bin Laden titled, “The Spirit of Jihad.” The editorial declares:
“When we hear someone refer to the great mujahideen Osama Bin-Ladin as a ‘terrorist’ we should defend our brother and refer to him as a freedom fighter; someone who has forsaken wealth and power to fight in Allah’s cause and speak out against oppressors. We take these stances only to please Allah.”
Two days before 9/11, Al Talib co-sponsored a dinner at UC Irvine to honor then accused (and subsequently convicted) cop-killer (and Imam) Jamil Al-Amin — aka H. Rap Brown. Another cop-killer favored by Muslim student groups and by the antiwar movement generally is Mumia Abu Jamal. Imam Musa spoke here as well:
“You think Zionism and Palestine is the only dictatorial power in the world. We’re telling you about apartheid right here in America.… When you fight Old Sam, you are fighting someone that is superior in criminality and Nazism. The American criminalizer is the most skillful oppressor that the world has ever known.”