Threatened by the MSA on Campus

Let me begin by saying that I used to proudly identify myself as a liberal and a “progressive.” Growing up, I never believed Islam was a threat to the enlightened, Western world. I thought it was unfair to think Islam more evil or harmful than Christianity, Judaism, or any other world religion. But I have been mugged by reality and now view things in a wholly different light.

Part of what I now understand should have been perfectly obvious. The New Testament of Christianity is substantially kinder and more magnanimous than the Qur’an. The Old Testament/Torah, while filled with morally questionable verses, is balanced and made reasonable by the Jewish Oral Tradition. The Qur’an has neither of these qualities and is, simply put, a book morally on par to Hitler’s Mein Kampf. The following verses make it easy to understand why Islam, in contemporary times, is the most violent and sexist religion in existence:

Kill disbelievers wherever you find them. If they attack you, then kill them. Such is the reward of disbelievers. 2:191-2

We shall cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Their habitation is the Fire.  3:151

A woman is worth one-half a man. 2:282

These verses are oppressive in themselves.  In addition, however, they recently caused me to be assaulted. On my college campus, several groups had come together for a several-hours-long anti-Israel protest.  The most prominent of the protesters were, unsurprisingly, members of the radical Muslim Students Association (MSA) who provocatively shouted insults at passersby about Israel’s evil.

I couldn’t resist. I walked towards the grassy, green Heritage Hill, a campus free speech zone which attracts speakers and protesters from all across the political and religious spectrum. The student doing most of the talking was a brawny fellow standing in front of twenty or so  fake coffins representing innocent Palestinians murdered by Israelis.

I stood there and listened to the protestors as they ranted about Israel’s cruelty.  I kept thinking of all the countries surrounding Israel that commit human rights violations, that are of a magnitude much higher than anything Israel has done or does. Why not protest Saudi Arabia, which publicly beheads and hangs teenagers for being homosexuals? Why not protest Iran for being a completely fascist country that suppresses freedom of speech and tortures, murders, and brutalizes its citizens on a daily basis? Why not protest Pakistan and Afghanistan for their debasement of women and vile laws regarding rape and pedophilia?

But this protest was not about human rights.  It was about Jew-hatred. (The Qur’an says, in Surah 2:96, that “Jews are the greediest of all humankind. They’d like to live 1000 years. But they are going to hell.”)  I said as much and attracted quite a crowd. Both Muslim protesters and non-Muslim students interested in the demonstration came nearer. One student, his face contorted in rage, approached me and immediately began screaming. He demanded to know why I disrespected Islam and disagreed with their presentation.

I told him exactly what I felt–that the teachings of Islam and the Qur’an are filled with hatred and based on the teachings of a pedophile—Muhammad—who consummated relations with his youngest wife, Aisha, when she was not yet in puberty.

The Muslim student grew more and more enraged as I continued to speak. When I was finished, he cocked his arm back and attempted to punch me. By grabbing and restraining him, his friends saved me from any actual altercation.

This all leads to one question: Why is a club whose only ideology is radical hatred receiving school funding? Why is a club that engenders hatred towards Israel and Jews and threatens dissenters with violence receiving taxpayer dollars to spread their insanity? And most of all, why do universities like my own not make sure, in their rush to be politically correct, that the groups they support are not violent in their words and potentially in their deeds as well?

Anonymous is a student at the University of Arizona.

  • Jim Johnson

    The question asked in the article needs to be answered. Yet who will ask the question? And if some one asks who will answer.

    The question should be "Who will join us and fight back".

    It is wise to remember that those who are belligerent against Jews in the name of Islam are also haters of America.

    • Patrick

      I'm in. Just tell me when and how. This also needs to be investigated into how they receive funding

  • Gary Rumain

    Arizona, eh? Ask for their papers. ;-)

    • Syd Barrett

      Gary, you can't go on making remarks like this. You're killing me! I still haven't gotten over the "Mein Qurampf" thing. LOL!

  • IceStar

    Muslims are not about free speech. They do not tolerate dialogue. They are bullies.

    Why are they funded? Good question, do other hate groups get tax payer money?

    It sure does sound like they are a hate group. Perhaps video would help get them de-funded.

  • Gamaliel Isaac

    They are funded by people who are either progressive, scared or both.

    • Tanstaafl JW

      The proper term is dhimmi.

  • badaboo

    Fear ,Apathy ,and Political Pandering for votes …those are the culprits .Muslims are eating our lunch .
    The time is fast approaching , as it is and already has in Europe , to STAND OR FALL .

    The whole damn couintry oughta be up there in NYC , at Ground Zero ,to protest and NIX that proposed mosque .
    If it does get built , then we as a free nation , should just hang it up , we're finished .

  • badaboo

    These BARBARIANS are less than a percentage point of our population …and they're calling the shots ……what a disgracefull absurdity !!!

  • badaboo

    ….and as for the Colleges and Universities that are allowing this on their campuses ….Alumni can cut off their donations , and parents can refusae to pay for their kids educations at those particular schools . [ and doing the same for any school that accepts SAUDI MONIES ]

    Time to WAKE UP !

  • donnamarie

    All great questions but my question is 'Why do Jews predominantly vote for Democrats?'

    • M Rob

      My question exactly – how can any self respecting Jew have voted for that muslim imposter in the White House – shame on any Jew who did.

      • trickyblain

        Shame on you for being such a douchebag.

        • Bruce

          And shame on you for your flip answer.
          Jews come in two "flavors" – those descended from the Ashkenazi & those from the Sephardic tribes. Leftist Radicalism comes from the former a la Marx who was an atheist but genetically & culturally descended from the Ashkenazi (He was the grandson of a famous rabbi). The majority of American Jews came from Ashkenazi emigrees from the former USSR. Many others were prominant in the Russian Revolution. Radicalism seems to be in their (Ashkenazi) genes. All MHO

          • Aly

            Wow, what an anti-semetic statement. SHAME on you and your humble opinion. GENERALIZATIONS of ANY group is racist.

            As a secular American Jew of Russian descent I can assure you that MANY of my friends and relatives ARE conservative and that, unfortunely in the name of some misguided sense of fairness and human rights many Jews are misguided in their thinking but GENETICS have nothing to do with OPINION.

  • W. Birkhead

    It is very encouraging to see the US nation finally wake up to the very real threat of Islam. It's not too late if we ditch PC (especially in D.C.) and confront these dangerous proponents of terror and hate.

  • DeadReckoning

    The answer to the question is simple, MONEY. These schools receive funds from Muslim Nations. They do not want their funds terminated by countries supporting MSA or its affiliates.

  • andres de alamaya

    Islam doesn't understand America. It succeeded in conquering a group of primitive nations by sword and every type of bullying and intimidation. It thinks I can do so with us in similar ways. Wahabi funds, originating from oil wells in Saudi Arabia, are funding the MSA and various organizations which can be labeled as so many Trojan Horses designed to use our soft underbelly, our laws and courts and patience to convert and subjugate us. They are programmed to do so and once allowed into our land, cannot help themselves but to continue their intifada. But there are several sides to America. There is the loose Cannon in the White House who tells us we are not at war with Islam. He forbids the uses of honest descriptions with words such as Muslim terrorist. Then there are the muddled Americans who can't handle controversy and would like to pretend that all and everybody is nice, nice, nice. And then there are the descendants of American revolutionaries who said enough is enough, defied King George and created a new nation. Their DNA lives in far more Americans than most of us realize. These Americans may have a slow boiling point but when it is reached they will rise violently and it will be ugly. Mosques will be blown up, Mullahs will be tarred and feathered, innocent Muslims who just came to America for a better life will also suffer, as innocents always do when a vast majority has been pushed too far.

    • Armando

      Andres, you've got it wrong. Islam is a primitive culture that destroyed flourishing civilizations that existed millenia before Mu- , what's his name, came on the scene.

  • kwg1

    DeadReckoning, the second answer is this: Universities are run by Progressives and the U of A is no different even though our state legislature is far more conservative/libertarian. Putting both answers together gets you tollerance of Islam and an assault on Judeo Christian values from this institution of lowest learning.

    I live here.

  • AntiFascist18

    Call Gabrielle Giffords' office and demand action. (she represents the U of A district) After all, she boasts she's a "Jewish Cowgirl". If she is, she might do something. But remember, she's a Democrat and an Obama arse kisser, so I highly doubt it.

    If she doesn't and you get no satisfaction from campus admin, go to campus fully prepared.

  • Mark Goldberg

    Adiv, you said "The Old Testament/Torah, while filled with morally questionable verses, is balanced and made reasonable by the Jewish Oral Tradition." They are also made reasonable by the Torah and by history itself. Unlike islam, who's reasonableness is made to be false by it's Qu'ran, hadiths and especially it's history.

    You see, the 'questionable verses' you cherry picked by telling yourself that they are politically incorrect. But the history of whatever you found was this: when murder was called for it was for a certain place and certain time against a certain tribe or people. It was unlike the Qu'ran and Islam where the submission of 'infidels', kaffirs- is forever and everywhere and where the slaughter of kaffirs is so ordained if they do not submit to Islam- and that is everywhere and for ever. None of that is the Torah.

    So… for example, jewish law is for jews and about jews. Non jews have no obligation to abide by them. For Sharia law, it is the opposite. It is for muslms but it is meant to supplant any other law and accommodations have to be made for muslim law and ultimately nonmuslims are to be obligated to follow those laws. And another thing

    Your vaunted 'secular', 'liberal' understanding…. it too is very much intolerant of any divergence except of course now, with the threats against it by Islam you see the women's lib movement apologizing for the customs of muslim women( female mutilation, and burqua obligations) as a cultural difference that we must somehow appreciate. Or the fact that say in the Sudan, where 500,000 black animist and christian women and kids have been enslaved and forced into conversion and muslim ownership- why there are few and far between cries for the freedom of these enslaved peoples by Islam- today, for the last 20 yrs or so. And on and on and on it goes……. so when you speak of 'morally questionable verses' you might take a different view and take a good long look at the mirror and ask yourself what verses of the 'liberal' view have allowed the enslavement of half a million black women and children these last twenty years while you called yourself a 'liberal'.

    • Syd Barrett

      Right on Mark – good reply.

  • USMCSniper

    Rachel Avraham of the University of Maryland writes: The Muslim Student Association, the Muslim Women of Maryland, the Organization of Arab Students, the Bengali Student Association, the Pakistani Student Association, the African Student Union, and various left wing extremist groups on The College Park Maryland campus have been instigating a terrible propaganda campaign against Jewish students and other pro-Israel advocates on our campus for years. The Muslim Women of Maryland and Muslim Student Association, are hopeless, because these people support the Muslim Brotherhood, whose ideology playsa pivotal role in both Hamas and Al Qaeda. The Muslim Student Association are fanatics are not interested in brownies with Quran lessons, but political fundementalist Islam and this is unfortunate. As for the left-wing extremists and Arab Student Association, well, they are also hopeless. Pan-Arabism and left wing extremists have never been supportive of Israel. Pan-Arabists will always exclude every one who is not Arab and/or left wing extremists.

    • Ganesha akbar

      UMD Jewish students stood up to the MSA bullies this year.

      UMD: Rallying against hate

      "For these reasons, I, along with other Jewish students, decided to rally against this event. We came dressed in remembrance of Yom Hazikaron in Israeli flags and Israeli shirts. We peacefully handed out pamphlets to show both sides of the conflict. The only people screaming and swearing were the solidarity week supporters when some students outside our rally went to talk to them. Throughout the day, there were more Jewish students there than those supporting the event. Our statement was that hate speech is not, and will not, be tolerated on our campus…"

    • Rachel Avraham

      Check out my website:

      You can find all of the UMD Students for Justice in Palestine's activities monitored here. Also, feel free to contact me on facebook if you want a complete story of how I was harrassed by the MSA on the UMD campus when I was a student there.

  • Fred

    We need an organization of Jewish fighters who are trained in martial arts who would confront these haters and only then would they back down. ENOUGH already. Krav Maga people where are you? FIGHT BACK JEWS. If I was a student on the campus I know I would get into it with these haters.

    • Telly

      Do you the Jewish Defense League?

  • UC-Berkeley

    Anti-Israel Activist Attacks Jewish Girl on Campus

    "University of California at Berkeley was again the site of a clash involving pro-Israel and anti-Israel activists last Friday when Husam Zakharia, leader of the Students for Justice in Palestine, assaulted Jessica Felber of the pro-Israel Tikvah group with a shopping cart…."

  • Armando

    Calling these "people" animals is an insult to the human race and to animal life.

  • blotto

    Yet I bet the crickets are chirping louder than any Jew in Congress on this issue.

  • sflbib

    Re: "Why are they funded? Why do universities like my own not make sure, in their rush to be politically correct, that the groups they support are not violent in their words and potentially in their deeds as well?"
    In a recent Front Page article…. on the burgeoning anti-Israelism and anti-Semitism on today's campuses, Ruth Wisse, a sometimes formidable analyst of liberals’ foibles, shows a fundamental incomprehension of the nature of modern Liberalism that is shared by most conservatives and moderate liberals today. She writes: "The claim of universities to be fostering diversity and preventing discrimination against vulnerable minorities is oddly compromised by a surge of anti-Semitism. . . . Anti-Semitism perverts the ideal of a mutually tolerant campus."

    What Miss Wisse fails to understand is that the modern liberal project of treating diversity, tolerance, equality, and anti-discrimination as the defining values of our society assures exactly the kind of anti-Semitism that she deplores. The reason for this paradoxical-sounding result is actually quite simple: once liberal tolerance rather than traditional morality becomes our guiding principle, we must ultimately tolerate the presence of evil, including (as can be seen in the Left’s rationalizations and support for Palestinian terrorists) the evil of exterminationist anti-Semitism.
    To understand how we got into this fix, we need to think about how Liberalism has been transformed over the last several decades.
    "Liberalism: the Real Cause of Today's Anti-Semitism"
    By Lawrence Auster | January 8, 2003
    Great article. Read the rest here:….

  • Disabled Veteran

    There will come a time. It is not to far in the distant future. During this time Americans will put down the threat of islam. During this time there will be a national awakening against islam. It has already begun. President Obama has actually performed a laudable service for our nation. By being the most pro muslim president in history, with and advance pro muslim agenda, he has done more for the cause of awakening the nation against the threat of islam, than anyone could have ever done. In the future, groups such as this group in Arizona will be nothing more than a a memory, as America cleanses itself of this cancer that is islam.

  • Mary

    I have never experienced such anti-Israeli sentiment in my life. Since Obama took office, it's as if every slimmy creature has crawled out from beneath its rock. MECha, hates the Jews, radical Islamists hate the Jews, I feel as if I'm in Nazi Germany. At no time in recent history can I remember a time when the Jews faced this type of threat, this type of hatred. We cannot tolerate this in our society, on our campuses or in our streets. It's time to fight back and let others know that we will not tolerate their hatred.

  • rob

    Anyone seen Mo Dees and his Southern Poverty Law goons?

  • Douglas Thomas

    Why do most Jews vote for Democrats?

    • georgerekers

      because they are smarter.

  • georgerekers

    hate to break it to you but with university atmosphere you have exchanges of ideas and points of view that may border physical confrontations and assaults. i went to one of the most radical institutions in the late 60's and witnessed events similar to you 40 years earlier. this was not anti-war rhetoric but israel palestine politics. almost daily occurrences. you indeed learn a lot by watching and participating in the debate. experiences that you will never forget. the only difference is that is are palestinian students in different parts of the country and the internet. just remember that the highly strung guy who almost punched you is probably waiting for his uncle to die so he can inhertit his corner grocery store. his views will drastically change when he realizes he needs others to make a living. nothing new here at all no matter what the above comments claim.

  • JVP, UofA

    It is very important to protest US-Israeli terror and violence in the military occupation of Palestine, arguing for the human rights of all peoples affected by the crisis and conflict. Groups like Jewish Voice for Peace and Students for Justice in Palestine will continue to build a divestment movement targeting the US-Israeli occupation of Palestine. And we will not stop until Israel is forced to comply with international law, as well as with US law and bilateral agreements, in its continuing torture and brutalization of Palestinians under occupation.

    Jewish Voice for Peace is the only national Jewish organization that provides a voice for Jews and allies who believe that peace in the Middle East will be achieved through justice and full equality for both Palestinians and Israelis. With offices in New York, California, and Seattle, 100,000 online activists, chapters across the country and an Advisory Board comprised of numerous prominent Jewish thinkers and artists, JVP supports nonviolent efforts here and in Israel-Palestine to end Israel’s Occupation, expand human and civil rights, and implement a US policy based on international law and democracy. JVP opposes anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim, and anti-Arab bigotry and oppression and seeks an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem.

  • Rachel Avraham

    Yah, a couple of years ago, when I was a student at UMD, I was harrassed by the pro-Palestinian community on campus for no other reason than opposing their hate speech. However, now I am a Maryland alum and live in Israel. I currently am doing my MA at Ben-Gurion University.

  • Rachel Avraham

    Note: The MSA and other pro-Palestinian groups on campus continued to harrass me even after I left UMD because I had the audacity to open up two facebook groups against them and to operate a blog that monitored their activities. It was only when I made it so I could pre-approve comments on my blog, UMD Students for Justice in Palestine Watch, and made it so people needed to requiest to join one of the facebook groups, UMD Students for Justice in Palestine Watch, and banned a bunch of people from the other facebook group, I am against pro-Palestinian propaganda being spread at Maryland, that they finally began to leave me alone. But in sum, they harrassed me consistantly from spring 2009 semester till this past spring, when I finally took actions that forced them to leave me alone. If you want more updates about the UMD Student for Justice in Palestine's activities, check out my blog. Any one who wants a more complete picture of what these activitists did to me can feel free to contact me via facebook.