11/17/2010

UC Irvine Caves To Muslim Student Group with Terrorist Ties

When will we wake up?  If this were isolated to a single university, it would be one thing. It doesn't excuse the response from the university administration, but it would be a relatively isolated thing.  But this is not isolated.  It is happening, due to political correctness and appeasement to the most radical elements of the Islamists in our midst, on numerous college campuses across the country.  I spoke to a Professor at Fresno state, which has a sizeable Muslim student body, and its own share of anti-semitic activity on campus, about having a public forum at the campus with the Imam of the local Muslim Cultural Center and Dr. Zuhdi Jasser of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, a moderate Muslim group which advocates for the separation of mosque and state, and for unqualified recognition of the state of Israel. His answer shocked me.  He said, "When hell freezes over.  The Administration will never allow that to happen." It isn't that the administration is anti-semitic. It is an appeasement mentality which doesn't want any real debate with a point of view (Dr. Jasser's) which will contradict, and in their mind, enflame the more radical elements of the Muslim student body or surrounding community.  We have a problem in this country which many don't want to address.  If our officials, both government and those in academe, won't even acknowledge that we have a redical element in our society, which is hell-bent on destroying us, using our own laws and timidity to undermine the foundations of our country, then we have a real problem.  - Brian

'We will fight you'

Cal-Irvine  After shouting down speakers and allegedly supporting terrorists, a Muslim student group prepares to re-emerge on a California campus
Jill Nelson

When a Muslim organization on a campus known for free speech tries to shut up those with a different viewpoint, what's the right penalty? At the University of California, Irvine (UCI), home to approximately 23,000 students and one of the most virulent Muslim student groups in the nation, administrators are choosing a slap on the wrist.


UCI's 2010 travail began in February when the Muslim Student Union (MSU) orchestrated a protest of Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren's speech at UCI. Emails obtained by administrators revealed the MSU plan for students one by one to heckle the ambassador. Campus officials issued a warning the group chose to ignore.

The interruptions continued—consuming more than 30 minutes of the ambassador's speech—until police escorted from the building and arrested 11 protesters, eight of them UCI students. Then the remaining protesters exited, chanting slogans in unison as they left. UCI suspended MSU, which is funded by compulsory student fees, for 12 months, but in September cut the suspension by two-thirds: The suspension will now end on Dec. 31, with MSU remaining on "probation."

MSU has a history of disturbances and support for terrorist groups.

In May it sponsored a speech by Amir-Abdel Malik-Ali, an imam associated with the Muslim organization As-Sabiqun. Malik-Ali gripped a campus podium displaying the slogan "Israel, the Fourth Reich" and called Jews "the new Nazis." He thrust forward a thinly veiled threat: "Your days are numbered. We will fight you. We will fight either until we are martyred or until we are victorious!" A group of students responded with the jihadist battle cry, "Allahu Akbar!"

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