Tolerance: the MSU and other Islamic supremacists on various campuses “maintain a double standard–one that regards any negative comment about Islam or Muhammad as hate speech (and deserving of punishment or death, according to some) but considers violent rhetoric against Israel and the Jewish people a duty.” “‘We will fight you,'” by Jill Nelson in World Magazine, November 20 (thanks to AKW):
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!” […]
After this year’s “Israeli Apartheid Week,” Wolf launched a campaign to refund a portion of the estimated $6,500 in mandatory students fees allocated to the MSU for the four-day event. Malik-Ali’s vocal support for Hamas, Hezbollah, and Islamic Jihad–all considered terrorist organizations by the U.S. government–constitutes a breach of campus policy, Wolf said. Last year MSU hosted British politician George Galloway and allegedly solicited funds for his organization, Viva Palestina, which has links to Hamas documented by the Investigative Project on Terrorism.
The university has not reached a decision about the student refunds, but the ultimate goal, according to Wolf, is to prevent future student fees from being used to sponsor speakers like Malik-Ali or Galloway.
Neelie Milstein, a December 2009 graduate of UCI, says she hadn’t felt attacked for being Jewish until she came to the university in 2006. She recalls her first encounter with some of the MSU’s more visual propaganda: “I first saw an Israeli flag and thought, ‘Where’s the hate in this?’ And then as the flag continued to blow in the wind, I realized there was blood all over it.” […]
Other visual demonstrations are equally disturbing: posters of Muslim women saying, “God bless Hitler,” swastikas and the Star of David displayed side by side, a mock “apartheid wall” complete with students dressed as Hamas “freedom fighters,” and posters of Muslim women sporting AK-47s are a few of the group’s choice props.
Some Jewish students claim they’ve also been physically attacked. None has reported serious injuries but many are clearly frustrated by what they say is a lackluster response on the part of the university. “They cause a lot of hate on campus,” Milstein said.
UCI, like other college campuses, appears to be entangled in a discussion about First Amendment rights. The crux of the disagreement centers on the definitions of free speech and hate speech and to whom these rules apply. Radical Muslims maintain a double standard–one that regards any negative comment about Islam or Muhammad as hate speech (and deserving of punishment or death, according to some) but considers violent rhetoric against Israel and the Jewish people a duty, according to Islamist interpretations of the Koran, and a constitutional right under the First Amendment….