Some members of the Muslim Student Union at the University of California at Irvine are facing charges stemming from their disruption of a speech by Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren. The Orange County district attorney has charged the students with criminal misdemeanor and other charges. The Muslim students frequently interrupted Oren’s speech despite a faculty member’s repeated requests they stop being disruptive.
The charges are based on a premise the students conspired to disrupt the meeting as opposed to each individual coming out on his own and speaking out. Predictably The Washington Post called the prosecution “wrong-headed.”
I strongly disagree—WaPo’s leftwing stance doesn’t surprise me. In my opinion, these students meant to shut the event down, claiming rights for themselves while trampling on rights of others. Union members had ample opportunity to picket outside.
The MSU at Irvine has had speakers visit the campus with no disruptions. One example is a visit from Amir-Abdel Malik-Ali, an anti-Israel, anti-Jew Muslim who told US Irvine Muslim students they were entering a “phase of civil disobedience.” Malik-Ali said it’s “not enough to have a civil protest.” He called for “massive civil disobedience to deal with those rich who are robbing the country blind…” His implication of course is that the rich are all Zionists who hold the American people in thrall. He stooped as low as a hater can go when he called Israelis “the new Nazis.”
Several videos of Malik-Ali speaking can be found on the MSU pages at the university website.
What many Americans (and probably WaPo) don’t realize is that Malik-Ali’s brand of propaganda is an Islamist weapon. Even the Muslim’s top prophet used propaganda well. Michael Scheuer, an expert on Osama bin Laden, has interesting theories about this in his new bio of bin Laden; I’ll touch on that in a future column.
In May, 2010, The US Report featured an article about a speech by David Horowitz at the University of California in San Diego. Horowitz had an exchange with a young Muslim woman:
Horowitz said, “I’m a Jew.” Then he said the head of Hezbollah hoped all Jews would gather in Israel ‘so he doesn’t have to hunt us down globally.’ [Horowitz then asked the young woman] “For or against it?”
The young woman leaned forward and looked directly at Horowitz. “For it.”
I’ve done in-depth research on Islam, Islamists and other subjects related to world politics. I’ve talked to numerous experts including natives of Middle Eastern countries. I’ve come to the conclusion we are coming close to fighting one aspect of WWII all over again—anti-Semitism. Wherever you look at hate-filled rhetoric, it’s always about the Jews and Israel. Islamists will never be satisfied with Israel the country. It’s that simple. Meanwhile the UN and human rights groups wail about detainee rights in the U.S. even as other countries call for and work towards our decimation.
If you watch the Orange County Register video of the MSU disruption of Oren’s speech, you have to come to the conclusion the object was to shut the event down. The MSU students acted in a manner that infringed rights of every single person who wanted to hear what Oren had to say. Their behavior is in keeping with historic Islam principles—to distribute propaganda and silence anyone who disagrees.
The charges should stand. And leftwing universities should take a long hard look at their policies. Had those students been fundamentalist Christians or orthodox Jews shouting down a Muslim dignitary, it’s likely the punishment would have been severe. US media would respond with a complete meltdown. As a matter of fact, when Christians were arrested in Dearborn, Mich., while filming an Arab festival from a public street, those Christians were arrested. Big media took no notice.
Enough is enough. These students made a choice to study in America. If they are not willing to abide by civil law, and if they are working cohesively to shut down others' freedom of speech, it’s time to ship them back to their repressive countries.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Feb. 16, 2011)