We based our characterization on a study we made of 18 campus chapters of the MSA which regularly sponsored anti-American and anti-Semitic speakers from such prominent points of the network as the Council on Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Muslim American Society (MAS) – all created by the Muslim Brotherhood. We published the study in a footnoted pamphlet called “The Muslim Students Association and the Jihad Network,” and submitted the ad to the student newspapers on 17 campuses. Of the 17 papers we contacted, 7 rejected it on the grounds ranging from the claim that it was “unnecessarily offensive” (Columbia) to “encourages discrimination” (Michigan State). Three papers didn’t respond. Of the 7 that published the ad, three – the Daily Nexus at UC Santa Barbara, the Daily Collegian at Penn State and the Post at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee were immediately attacked as “Islamophobic” and “racist” and having caused Muslims to fear for their safety.
This attack on a free press was abetted by leftwing faculty members such as Michael Berube at Penn State. In the Penn State ad we referred to the fact (checked by the editors) that the Penn State MSA had invited an imam to campus who blamed the United States for the attack on the World Trade Center and called for gays to be killed. Berube is a member of the national council of the American Association of University Professors, but instead of decrying the attempts to abridge freedom of the press on the campus, or the expressing dismay at the imam’s remarks, he attacked David Horowitz as a campus provocateur.
In the anti-Semitic poster distributed by the Wisconsin MSA I am seen to be asking “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the most fascist of them all?” In other words, the Jew is a Nazi. But in mounting a nationwide campaign against a campus free press, obstructing speakers and slandering everyone who disagrees with them as religious bigots and racists, the Muslim Students’ Association would win any such competition.
Before I even arrived at the University of Wisconsin, members of the MSA had torn down 2,000 flyers posted to advertise my event, and surrounded students distributing our pamphlet at a table while screaming “cancel the speech.” Their efforts at intimidation had so alarmed campus security that university officials ordered metal detectors and a security force of a more than dozen burly officers and staffers for the event. I didn’t count how many individuals had to be ejected during my remarks but there were many. Ironically, the standard complaint of the Muslim Students’ Association is that my ad “endangered” safety of Muslim students and should have been suppressed for that reason. In fact the conservative students who organized my event and were the chief opponents of the MSA, were mainly dressed in suits and ties and were exceptionally polite. They did not shout back or rant, as the MSA students and their progressive supporters did, nor had they torn down posters or ever obstructed speakers for MSA events.
In a week I will be headed to UC Irvine to confront another branch of the jihad network. The Muslim Students Union at Irvine is an affiliate of the Muslim Students’ Association and an open supporter of terrorist religious party Hamas, who wear Hamas armbands at campus events. The MSU has hosted the radical cleric Imam Muhammad al-Asi, who told his UCI audience: “We have a psychosis in the Jewish community that is unable to co-exist equally and brotherly with other human beings. You can take a Jew out of the ghetto, but you cannot take the ghetto out of the Jew.”
In 2006, the MSU held a week of events called “Holocaust in the Holy Land,” a reference to the alleged treatment of Palestinians by the Israelis (who in fact have more rights and privileges and are treated better than Muslim Arabs in any Arab country in the Middle East. At a recent UCI graduation the MSU demanded and won the right to wear green sashes over their graduation gowns with the word “shahid” or “martyr” to honor suicide bombers who kill Jews. This year the MSU is hosting Norman Finkelstein and other Hizbollah and Hamas supporters to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the creation of Israel or what the MSU and the MSA call “the Nakba” – the catastrophe. On the anniversary of the creation of the Jewish state, the MSA is holding “Nakba” commemorations at other campuses across the country, including UC Santa Barbara where I will be speaking as well.
The immediate agenda of the Muslim Association is the destruction of the Jewish state – “death to Israel” – in the words of Hamas and Hizbollah leaders. But its larger agenda is the destruction of America and its democratic republic, in order to replace it with a totalitarian Islamic state. My speeches at UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara will be called “Campus Support for the Next Holocaust,” a provocative title perhaps, but unfortunately an accurate one too.