Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Some Show Their True Colors

Before you watch the video, there are a few things that need to be explained. The speaker is David Horowitz. Mr. Horowitz is conservative advocate who runs the David Horwitz Freedom Center, is the editor of FrontPage Magazine, writes for NewsMax, and founded Students for Academic Freedom. Basically, this guy is very, very conservative. He is also very, very pro-Israel.

The girl who is talking to him identifies herself as Jumanah Imad Albahri. She is a member of the Muslim Student Association at UC San Diego. This year, they are putting on what they call "Apartheid Week." She wears a hijab and a keffeyih. Originally, the keffiyeh was simply something worn by the Bedouin. However, Yasser Arafat popularized it. In the last few weeks, it has become something of a fashion item, like the red ribbons for AIDS research and memorial. Except, people who wear this fashion accessory are supporting terrorist organizations. By wearing it, she proclaims that she supports Arab terrorism.

In his speech, Mr. Horowitz apparently referred to Apartheid Week as Hitler Youth Week. Basically its a week glorifying Arab terrorists and defaming Israel (or as they like to say "educating people about an Israel's policy of apartheid".).

After Mr. Horowitz, the following is the exchange that took place between Mr. Horowitz and Ms. Albahri.

Seems pretty clear what was said. Ms. Albahri came out in favor of genocide.

Now, what has Ms. Albahri had to say for herself. I'll let you read it for yourself. It can be foundhere. Essentially, its the Big Lie theory. She claims that she didn't hear the question. Look at the video and see what you think. She had a chance to speak for herself. It was only a week later that she was able to come up with the story that she spins on her blog page. She claims, that even though she is the communication director for the group, that she does not speak for them. She had a chance to explain herself. She had a chance to give a nuanced answer. She chose to give the answer she did. She chose to align herself with those who would use violence and terror as the primary means of achieving their goals.

What is astounding is what has happened next. First, UCSD has issued a statement defending her. When asked by the Los Angeles Times whether they were going to censure her at all, the response from the University was that she had done nothing wrong and that it was all part of open discourse and freedom of ideas.

So the University which came down with the wrath of the righteous when a group of students organized the "Compton Cookout". The purpose of the "Compton Cookout" was to make fun of Black History Month. Puerile. A bit racist. But not urging that anyone be killed. The University condemned the students. The Chancellor issued a statement.

The silence from the University of California San Diego is deafening and disgusting. By refusing to condemn these statements, UCSD and its Chancellor, Mary-Anne Fox, are condoning. When you talk about supporting genocide, about support for terrorism, there is no middle ground. There can be disagreement over whether Israel or the Arabs are right. But to voice support for terrorist organizations is to support them. To remain silent is to give them the comfort of knowing that another will not oppose them.

So nice to know that UCSD is open to anti-semitism but not racism. It seems that in the 21st Century, its still fashionable to blame the Jews.


Colby said...

I'm not sure how those words - neither the question nor the answer - could be mistaken.

AngryBell said...

Me neither.

I know I'm kind of ... strident.. in some of the things I support. I don't demand that everyone believe what I believe (e.g. I mean, after all if there are no Dodger fans than who do I get to razz) but I'm just stunned that the University did nothing to condemn this person.

And I know that no arm of the government will talk with her.

Grrrr.... I worry.

Julie said...

Wow. Gotta say.. it's creeping up on 90 degrees here in New Orleans, but that sent a chill down my spine.