I’m set to speak at Stanford University on Tuesday night, and the social justice warriors on campus are in magnificent convulsions of rage and self-pity. The staff of the Freshman Sophomore College dormitory has told students to report other students who put up posters advertising my event to university authorities. In no fewer than eight hit pieces that have been published (so far) in the Stanford Daily attacking me, it has been claimed that I “give license” to the “oppression” of Jews, and that Muslims at Stanford are endangered by my work. It has been charged that I have incited a mass murderer and approve of restricting the right to vote. My work has been characterized, without any specific examples, of being not only inaccurate, but also inflammatory, offensive, hateful, and dishonest.
There has also, of course, been the predictable call that my event be canceled, or boycotted if it goes forward. Among the groups calling for this is Stanford Students for Queer Liberation, which may find, if members take a field trip to, say, Tehran or Riyadh, that what I was saying made a bit more sense than they may have suspected. Also signing were Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and Jewish Voice for Peace. Note, however, that Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace brought Aarab Barghouti, the son of Marwan Barghouti, to campus. Aarab Barghouti is a supporter of and apologist for his father, a convicted jihad mass murderer.
There was no uproar when Aarab Barghouti spoke at Stanford. No calls for cancellation or boycott. No statements from administrators offering support to students who found Barghouti’s presence disturbing. No protests. No safe spaces opened. No hysterical attacks on Barghouti in the Stanford Daily. No calls by dorm staff to report students who put up posters advertising Barghouti’s event.
Likewise, when the SJP co-hosted an event at Stanford featuring Mads Gilbert, who supports the 9/11 jihad attacks that murdered 3,000 people, no one at Stanford got hysterical and called for cancellation, boycott, punishment of the students supporting the event, etc.
But now I am coming — a foe of jihad terror and of the Sharia systematic discrimination against women, gays, and non-Muslims. And Stanford is acting as if an asteroid is rapidly approaching and about to obliterate their campus.
Is my father a terrorist murderer, whose actions I go around justifying? No. Have I ever applauded the murder of 3,000 people, or the murder of anyone? No.
Moral myopia? Worse, I’d say. Moral cretinism. A near-total inversion of any rational moral standards.
Tuesday evening is going to be fun.
“Stanford Student Senate Funds On-Campus Speech by Jailed Palestinian Terrorist Leader Marwan Barghouti’s Son,” by Rachel Frommer, Algemeiner, May 25, 2017:
The Stanford student senate voted to fund an on-campus speech by the son of imprisoned Palestinian terrorist Marwan Barghouti, a campus paper reported on Wednesday.
The event featuring Aarab Barghouthi, to be hosted on Thursday night by Stanford’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), will receive “$450 for an honorarium and $200 for facility use” from the senate, according to the report in The Stanford Daily….
Jacob Kaplan-Lipkin, a past president of the Stanford Israel Association, told The Algemeiner that he was “not at all surprised” that SJP invited Barghouti to come speak about his support for his father, who is currently heading a hunger strike of Palestinians jailed in Israel. Marwan Barghouti — the head of Fatah’s Tanzim armed wing and a founder of the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades — orchestrated a string of deadly terrorist attacks during the Second Intifada before being arrested in Ramallah by Israeli troops in April 2002. He was convicted on five counts of murder in May 2004 and is serving life in prison.
Aarab Barghouti has been a leader in crafting the international campaign in support of the hunger strikers, including launching the “Salt Water Challenge,” in which anti-Israel activists film themselves drinking a cup of saltwater and challenging friends to do the same.
“SJP has hosted far worse people,” said Kaplan-Lipkin, adding that he “would expect an administrative response” if SJP were to invite, for example, Marwan Barghouti himself….
Don’t hold your breath, Kaplan-Lipkin. If Stanford invited Marwan Barghouti, administrators would probably roll out a red carpet for him and give him an award.
Kaplan-Lipkin noted that hosting pro-terror speakers was the “bread and butter of SJP…[and] if we took the time to be outraged at every iteration of this, we would not be able to focus on planning” the numerous pro-Israel events SIA has held this year, including Israel Independence Day parties and lectures by Israeli diplomats.
“I am, of course, concerned that Aarab is speaking in support of terrorists, but unfortunately, I am not the least bit surprised, and it would simply be impossible to be emotionally distraught every time this happened,” he said.
Jewish Voice for Peace is among the co-sponsors of the Barghouti event….
In 2015, Stanford’s SJP co-hosted a program featuring Mads Gilbert, a Norwegian doctor who said in November 2001 that he supported the 9/11 terror attacks, as “the oppressed…have a moral right to attack the USA with any weapon they can come up with.”