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Editor’s note: The speech below was delivered by David Horowitz at Brooklyn College on March 10, 2011. The speech is part of a nationwide campaign being conducted by the David Horowitz Freedom Center to counter the genocidal propaganda campaign launched by the Hamas-related Muslim Students Association as “Israel Apartheid Week.” The Center has also created the video “Palestinian Wall of Lies” to counter the MSA’s genocidal propaganda campaign. For more information on the Freedom Center’s campaign, visit WallofLies.org.
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Myths and Facts
“To achieve justice, it is first necessary to call things by their right names.” – Confucius
It’s a pleasure, I guess, to be back on a college campus. It wasn’t like this in my day, however, with all these officers present, wanding everybody and searching your backpacks. How does it feel to go through a checkpoint? Here’s what I feel: safer.That’s what checkpoints are about. They’re about making people feel safer when they’re under attack from terrorists and, as it so happens, Middle Eastern Jew-haters.
In the 1930s, the Communists and the Nazis in Germany joined to break up meetings of their opponents with protests, and if that didn’t work with protests inside the meeting halls, and if that didn’t work, with physical violence. The main opponents of the Nazis and Communists were liberals — social democrats. This violence against the social democrats, this attempt to suppress discussion of political issues, spelled the end of the Weimar Republic and its democracy. It led directly to the reign of Hitler, who was elected chancellor and then it was all over.
The most important battle line in defending our democracy against its totalitarian enemies is the First Amendment, which guarantees us the ability to dissent — to disagree in a civil manner, and to have our point of view heard. That is the indispensable basis of a democracy.
And as you can see evidenced here tonight, there is a movement all across this country to suppress the free speech of conservatives, of people who embrace the fundamental principles of this democracy and are actively defending them against the threat posed by totalitarian radicals. You don’t need bodyguards and you don’t need armed police and you don’t need checkpoints if you’re a leftist coming to speak on a college campus. That’s because conservatives respect the democratic principles of our society, while many leftists don’t.
The group that attempted to organize a protest against my appearance here tonight is the International Socialist Organization, a Marxist organization whose goal, according to its own website, is a “dictatorship of the proletariat” in America. If you are looking for the true reactionaries of our time, they are political leftists.
Leftists operate on the basis of doctrines that were discredited over the entire course of the 20th century at the cost of 100 million innocent lives. The International Socialist Organization is one of the most active components of this communist left on college campuses. For ten years, they have protested my appearances on campuses across the country, no matter what subject I was speaking on.
The pressure from this left has been so successful that now legislators cannot even hold hearings without being attacked as “McCarthyites” or “racists” or “Islamophobes.” This effort to embargo critical thought is the primary weapon of the radical jihad within the democracies of the West at present.
You probably were in class today and didn’t see the congressional hearings about the radicalization of Muslims held by Representative Peter King, which have been attacked by the political left and the Democrats on the committee. The hearings featured a particularly sad case of an African American father from Texas whose son had converted to Islam and went to a mosque which happened to be a radical mosque and was recruited into the Islamic jihad. He was sent to a Muslim center in Yemen where he was trained to be a terrorist, returned to the United States and murdered two U.S. soldiers at an Arkansas military facility. His father testified about the dangers to American youth who might unsuspectingly attend mosques connected to the jihad.
Also testifying at these hearings was Zuhdi Jasser, who is an American Muslim. Jasser said that that the ones whom these radicalization programs hurt are Muslims and that the Muslim community needs to stand up and defend democracy in this country. That’s what we’re all waiting for.
The fascist left is making significant heady in silencing the opposition to the domestic jihad. It’s already impossible for me, and speakers like me, to come to a university campus and have a civilized exchange with faculty or with students. Leftist faculty avoid us; conservative faculty hardly exist. To speak to students, we have to come under police guard, and face malicious slanders that utterly misrepresent what we think and have said. This means that many students are unable to hear a non-left point of view on their campuses and weigh the issues for themselves.
This atmosphere of intimidation, because that’s what it is – is a threat to everyone’s democratic rights. You intimidate the opposition and then you win an election and then you shut everybody down. And why do you do that? Because people who go out of their way to intimidate others are people who believe so fiercely in their own righteousness that they basically want to eliminate their opponents, and they do. When they have enough power, they shut you up or they kill you.
The atmosphere of intimidation on this campus is so intense that with one exception the dozen or Jewish student organizations at Brooklyn College were afraid to sponsor me. Only one professor on this campus, Mitchell Langbert, was willing to get this room reserved for this event, and only one student was willing to stick his neck out and organize it, and that is Yosef Sobol.
Across the country, Jewish student groups have been intimidated from presenting their case if presenting it involves saying anything negative about people who launch terrorist attacks against Jews and want to destroy the only Jewish state in existence. Because doing so might “offend an ethnic or religious group.” Doing so would be Islamophobia. So everyone has to pretend, for example, that there’s actually a peace process in the Middle East. As a result, Jews have to pretend that it is their fault that they haven’t been able to make peace with people who want to kill them
If there are liberals in this room, you should be horrified. Anybody who is truly liberal, anybody who believes in democracy, should be horrified by this situation. If there were a liberal professor on this campus with guts, he would be in this room introducing me, and save Mitchell Langbert from having to stick his neck out for the thousandth time on this campus. But there are no such liberal professors; they are all hiding.
Now, to the Middle East. Let me say before I start, since leftists on the web have portrayed me as an arch-Zionist. I actually have never been to Israel. I have never been a political Zionist except in the very basic sense of believing that Jews have a right to exist and that they have a right to a state in the Middle East. That is the only sense that I am a Zonist, as every decent person should be.
These are the words said in 2007 by Mahmoud Al-Zahar, the founder of Hamas:
“There is no place for you Jews among us and you have no future among the nations of the world. You are headed to annihilation.”
This is Ahmad Bahar, the acting chairman of the Gaza Parliament. The parliament in Gaza, of course, is controlled by Hamas, which was elected in a democratic election. It’s important to point this out because when I submitted these quotes to the UCLA Daily Bruin for publication, They said, “Well, these are individuals and in your ad, you call them ‘Voices of Palestine.’” Well, yes.
These are the voices of Palestine, the Chairman of the Parliament, Ahmad Bahar, said:
“Make us victorious over the infidel people. Allah, take hold of the Jews and their allies; Allah, take hold of the Americans and their allies. Allah, count them and kill them to the last one and don’t leave even one.”
The next statement is from Ibrahim Mudayris, an official of the Palestinian Authority, Ministry of Religious Trust and Religious Affairs:
“The prophet said the resurrection will not take place until the Muslims fight the Jews and the Muslims kill them. Rejoice in Allah’s victory. Everything wants vengeance on the Jews, these pigs on the face of the earth, and the day of our victory, Allah willing, will come.”
Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Hezbollah, the party of God, an Islamic party in Lebanon, funded and created by the Iranians has said that he hopes that the Jews will gather in Israel, so he won’t have to hunt us down globally.
The creator of Hamas, is the Muslim Brotherhood, about which you’ve read something in the last few weeks during the protests in Egypt. Here’s what Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, has said. Qaradawi spoke in Cairo a week or two ago to a million cheering Muslims:
“Throughout history, Allah has imposed upon the Jews people would punish them for their corruption. The last punishment was carried out by Hitler by means of all the things he did to them. Even though they exaggerated this issue, he managed to put them in their place. This was divine punishment for them. Allah willing, the next time will be at the hands of the believers.”
In other words, Islam — or Qaradawi’s Islam, Hamas’ Islam, Hezbollah’s Islam, Ahmadinejad’s Islam — will finish the job that Hitler started.
So who are the opponents of the Jews in the Middle East? You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know. They are Nazis, Islamic Nazis, and the level of intimidation is already so great in this country that you can’t even say Islamic fascists, let alone Islamic Nazis to describe these people, because that would be “Islamophobic.” But these are Nazis. That’s who they are. They want to kill the Jews. That is their agenda. They don’t want a state in the Middle East. They have rejected a state over and over again. Because their goal is not the self-determination of the Palestinian people. Their goal is to push the Jews into the sea.
So how do people deal with this? How do religious Muslims deal with this? How do people who want peace, or say they want peace, people who are basically decent, get associated with Hamas and Hezbollah and the Palestinian Authority? How do liberals turn a blind eye to these Nazi agendas. Well, they say to themselves — these people can’t really mean that. They’re just angry and oppressed. The Jews are oppressing them. They’re just reacting to that.
For a moment, let’s hold apart the question as to whether the Jews have actually oppressed the Palestinians. Instead, let’s just consider the claim that these expressions of Palestinian inhumanity are reactions to being oppressed. For thousands of years the world has been an unhappy place and people have been oppressed. Yet never in all those thousands of years has there been a people who have strapped bombs onto their own children and told them to go and blow up innocent people, people at weddings, seders, and in pizza parlors, and if they do that they will go to heaven and become saints, and if they’re lucky enough to be males will have seventy-two virgins as a reward.
No other people in the world has sunk so low morally as the Palestinians and yet everybody is afraid to say this. Even if you are oppressed, there are things that you don’t do that Palestinians are willing to do. There have been revolts in Iran against jihadist rulers, but there is no such revolt in Gaza or the West Bank. The terrorist governments in both places are elected without opposition from an anti-terrorist party. All through history, people have been oppressed, but no people has done what the Palestinians have done. No people has shown itself to be as morally sick as the Palestinians.
The next defense of Palestinian terrorism is that even if they commit such heinous acts and teach their children to hate Jews and want to kill them, that is because the Jews stole their land. This is the biggest lie of the Middle East conflict. It is a lie of Hitlerian dimensions because the agenda of Hamas is to kill the Jews, or to quote the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, “push the Jews into the sea.” This was also the slogan of the PLO, until its KGB sponsors advised Arafat not to say “push the Jews into the sea” because if you continue to do that you will not get people to support you. Instead, say that you want self-determination, say the Palestinians want a state, and that the Israelis are denying you a state and oppressing you. Then people will support you.
So the Palestinians have done that. For two decades the Jews have offered the Palestinians their own state and the Palestinians have rejected the offer. Today there is not a single Palestinian leader who is willing to recognize existence of the Jewish state. What is the chant on college campuses today? “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.” The Jordan river is the eastern boundary of Israel; the Mediterranean is its boundary to the west. If Palestine extends from the river to the sea, there is no Israel. In other words, kill the Jews and push them into the sea. That’s what the Middle East conflict is about. It’s not about right against right. It’s about right against wrong.
The biggest lie promulgated by the anti-Israel left and the Palestinian Jew-haters is that Israel is “occupied Palestine.” They have even created maps to prove it. At UC San Diego, the Israel Apartheid Wall features four successive maps to show the encroachment of Jews on the state of Palestine. The first map purports to show Palestine in 1946. The map is Muslim green and there are tiny little white spots to show Jewish settlements around Jerusalem.
The fact that the map is green is interesting. The war against Israel began as a war of Pan-Arab nationalists who didn’t want a Jewish state in the region because Jews are not Arabs. Now the war against Israel is a Muslim war to clean out the infidels. Not only are the Palestinians terrorists, they are sick Nazi terrorists, racists who can’t live peacefully alongside anybody who’s not Muslim – just ask the dwindling Christian populations of Bethlehem and other Arab cities in the region. The map is a lie. There was no Palestine in 1946 and anybody who used the word “Palestine” in those days was referring to the Jews.
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