This article originally appeared at FrontPage Magazine, on May 13, 2008.
While waiting to speak at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee last night, I was given a tour of the Student Union, the venue for my talk. The Union building also houses the offices of student clubs, funded by mandatory student fees. On the bulletin board outside the office of the Muslim Students’ Association a flyer was posted, which was part of a campaign against my appearance. It was titled “Getting to Know David Horowitz,” and featured a section headed “Who is David Whorowitz?” At the top of the page was an anti-Semitic caricature of a Jew in the classic style familiar from the Nazi posters of the 1930s, which have become ubiquitous in the Arab world. The Jew in the caricature was standing in a garbage can with the cover on his head, dressed in a Nazi uniform, with an armband marked “H” for “Horowitz,” and the caption read “Horowitz Awareness Week.” This is the central of the tropes of the Muslim Students’ Association campaign on college campuses across the country: Jews are Nazis. “Bring your white sheets and brown shirts and COME ON DOWN! Flaming crosses and Stars of David will be supplied to those who arrive early.”
On the side of the garbage one can read a series of slanders about me that have been given currency by radical professors and the secular left on college campuses: “Muzzling Academics, Blacklisting, Hate Mongering, Race Baiting, Spying…” The flyer describes me as an “Israeli apologist and Judeofascist, and claims that I ran an ad in the university newspaper “alleging that a UWM student group, the Muslim Students’ Association, is an extremist organization engaged in violent jihad.”
What the ad stated was that the Muslim Students’ Association was created by the Muslim Brotherhood and is part of its jihad network. The motto of the Muslim Brotherhood is: “God is our objective, the Quran is our constitution, the Prophet is our leader, jihad is our way and death for the sake of God is the highest of our aspirations.” There are more than 150 affiliated chapters of the Muslim Students’ Association on college campuses across the country, all funded by student activities fees and by outside sources that are not disclosed. At the University of Pennsylvania, the Muslim Students’ Association boasts a $50,000 annual budget. Of this total $20,000 comes from student fees. By contrast, College Democrats and College Republicans at the University of Pennsylvania receive no student funding.
This spring, as part of our efforts to make students aware of the dangers of the jihad that has been declared against the West, we submitted a “Declaration Against Genocide” to 100 chapters of the Muslim Students’ Association on campuses across the country, including the chapter at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. The Declaration asks its signers to condemn the terrorist organizations Hizbollah and Hamas, and to repudiate a call to genocide that has been attributed to the prophet Mohammed. The request to condemn Hamas is particularly difficult for members of the Muslim Students Association since Hamas is also an organization created by the Muslim Brotherhood. Equally difficult, no doubt, is the call to genocide that has been attributed to the Prophet. This call is posted verbatim on the university website of the Muslim Students’ Association at the University of Southern California: “The Prophet, prayer and peace be upon him, said: The time [of judgment] will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews and kill them; until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him!”
We gave the 100 chapters of the Muslim Students’ Association to whom we submitted the Declaration more than a month to respond to our request, but not a single one out of the hundred we approached did so. We then drew up an ad which described the MSA as group that “postures as just another campus religious and cultural organization, and gets special privileges for being that, but is in fact “a radical political group that was founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood, the godfather of Al-Qaeda and Hamas, to bring the jihad into the heart of American higher education.”