David Horowitz at UC Santa Barbara

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While thousands of Muslims live in Israel, enjoying the same rights as Jews, no Jew could live in an Arab country without fear.

“And that is a hate act,” he said.

The reason the leftists on campus fear him, Mr. Horowitz said, is because they have no answer for him.

“If you don’t have an answer, it’s best to try to stop the person asking the question,” he said. “But every one of your rights is threatened when a speaker like myself, when an attempt is made to shut me down.”

Students attending Mr. Horowitz’s lecture defended his right to express his views in the proper setting, regardless of people’s feelings about those views.

“Anyone should be allowed to say practically anything,” said junior John Collado. “I’m all about freedom of speech.”

During Mr. Horowitz’s talk, a group that formed in opposition to his visit held their own event, “The Alternative: Empowering our Voices,” on free speech and hate speech, diversity and the campus climate.

The UCSB Respect Coalition, composed of the MSA, American Students for Israel, Queer Student Union, and more than 60 other campus groups, met across the street to discuss diversity and emphasize the need for empathy along with free speech.

Students wore buttons that said, “I Stand Against Hate.”

They filled Embarcadero Hall to capacity, packing more than 250 students in to hear from a panel that included Elizabeth Robinson, the Associated Students’ director for media; Mr. Bazzano, MSA spokesman and doctoral student; Rabbi Evan Goodman, director of Santa Barbara Hillel; George Lipsitz, a professor of black studies at UCSB; and Paul Amar, an associate professor of global and international studies.

Some students told the News-Press they came because they were curious about the opposition to Mr. Horowitz, while others said they came for extra credit. Still others came in solidarity with the coalition’s message of diversity and tolerance.

Ahmed Mostafa, the external vice president for the Associated Students, said he felt the event was “absolutely incredible,” and that the unity between such diverse groups who may otherwise disagree was a testament to what the campus can do.

Max Samarov, secretary of American Students for Israel, agreed, saying the groups supported real dialogue.

“The MSA doesn’t deserve the way it was attacked, at all,” he said.

“The Alternative” was intended to promote dialogue, something speakers claimed was absent from Mr. Horowitz’s talk. It was also intended to teach students how to defend themselves against hate speech.

Matt Borasi, vice president of the College Republicans, said the College Republicans chose Mr. Horowitz precisely because they hoped his talk would provide an opportunity for students’ views to be challenged, as well as for them to challenge the speaker’s views.

“He represents a minority ideology that’s not represented on campus,” he said. “He also sparks controversy that encourages people to talk about those ideas.”

* Frontpage thanks our new cartoonist Amir Avni for the graphic representing this article. Amir graduated from Sheridan College with a Bachelor of Animation Degree in 2010 and was awarded a Certificate of Merit by ASIFA-Hollywood in 2009. He is currently finishing his Master’s Degree.

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  • george

    "while others said they came for extra credit.": so the profs gave them class credit for attending? disgusting

    • Yaakov Watkins

      It happened at the University of Colorado during the Vietnam war. Lefties are like that.

  • george

    Evan Goodman, director of Santa Barbara Hillel; George Lipsitz, a professor of black studies at UCSB; and Paul Amar, an associate professor of global and international studies: the attendees of the anti Israeli counter to Horowitz. We are use to traitoryoust Jews like Lkipsitz, but a Hillel Rabbi – just great.

  • Lezli Hammon

    David Horowitz has amazing courage. He is an inspiration to stand up and refuse to allow the assualt on freedom. Thank you Mr. Horowitz

  • Monty Lasovsky

    At last David Horowitz is starting to dent the "Armour" of the bigots and the sworn enemies of the freedom of speech. I was encouraged and elated to see his fight for the right to speak on an American campus is starting to bear fruit at last. Mr.Horowitz, keep the momentum going and the change of attitude to The Wall of Lies" and the truth of it all will shine through thanks to your courage and fortitude.Perhaps the Jewish students will now be encouraged to start fighting their own battles at last on campuses all around the US thanks to the battle cry "Don't step on me"! that they must now understand, the meaning of.Thank you so much.

  • Max

    I agree with a number of points that David Horowitz makes in general but I think it is retarded how many people on this site blindly support him no matter what. When the Jewish community at UCSB strongly disagrees with Horowitz's assessment that "there is a movement for a second holocaust of the Jews being supported at this campus by the [UCSB] MSA", it should be a pretty strong indicator that he's in the wrong. Then again, maybe they're all traitors who secretly hate Israel. Lol.

  • Max

    I agree with some points David Horowitz makes in general but I think its absurd how many people on this site blindly defend him and agree with everything he says. When the Jewish community at UCSB publicly disagrees with his assessment that, "there is a movement for a second Holocaust of the Jews being supported on this campus by the [UCSB] MSA" it should make it pretty clear that he's in the wrong. Or maybe they're all traitors who secretly hate Israel and want it to be destroyed. Lol.

    • Martin

      You need to research the historical beginnings of the Muslim Students Association. They go waaaaaaaaay back. You would be surprised to find out what MSA and CAIR have in common! I'll connect the dots for you……… Muslim Brotherhood does not hide their support for another Holocaust……. MSA and CAIR are fronts/were started by/are funded by MB……….UCSB supports MSA and CAIR/MB by default ……sooooooooo……..! Is he in the wrong! I think not young Max!
      Let's see how much money UCSB gets from "Muslim oily sheiks"…………..? Get back to me on that one, OK!!

      • Max

        Gladly, the links between MSA National and the Muslim Brotherhood do exist, you are absolutely correct in that. The problem is a) that the UCSB MSA is not affiliated with MSA National (you can check MSA National's website, UCSB isn't listed as an affiliated chapter) and b) that the nature of the organization should be judged by its actions. The fact is that UCSB MSA does not take any stances or put on events about political issues in the Middle East. It remains completely neutral as an organization. The UCSB group which more resembles other MSAs around the country in terms of politics is SJP. SJP is not affiliated with the MSA in any way and in fact most of its members are not Muslim. Their last president was Hispanic. Last year one of MSAs co-presidents publicly defended American Students for Israel when the organization was accused of vandalism by SJP. You're gonna need a lot more evidence than you posted just now to prove that the UCSB MSA has any ties to terrorism.

        • ConservInCali

          If I'm not mistaken, wasn't this at UCSB? This young brain-washed, brain-dead young woman is a member of the MSA. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYtQ_oFQ6nk

          • Max

            That was at ucsD as in San Diego. ucsB is Santa Barbara. Very different places. I think if he said the same thing at UCSD at least the Jewish community would be relatively supportive.

  • Rick White

    The other group sounded very reasonable on the whole. So why do they have such a big problem with David? Perhaps because they didn't attend his talk but had their own meeting at the same time based on preconceptions?

  • Asher

    David, You are a force to be reckoned with because you tell the truth! The truth will stand, we have to keep hammering at the radicals and the liberals…