UC Irvine’s ‘Islam Awareness Week’: A CAIR Convention

The Muslim Student Union (MSU) at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) is holding its 2013 “Islam Awareness Week 2013” from January 22-25. Although the program is billed as one “dedicated to encouraging dialogue, dispelling misconceptions, and bringing thought-provoking content to the entire campus community on topics related to Islam,” it is little more than another link in the historical chain of Islamist-influenced events that the MSU has sponsored over several years. The disturbing list of speakers on this year’s roster says volumes about the MSU’s pernicious influence on campus and its Muslim Brotherhood origins.

Speaking about freedom of speech will be Hussam Ayloush. Ayloush is the head of the Southern California chapter of the Council on Islamic-American Relations (CAIR), a Muslim Brotherhood offshoot and an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) case where five defendants were convicted of financing terrorism. In October 2000, Ayloush was a guest speaker at an event where the president of the UCLA branch of the Muslim Student Association (MSA) led a crowd of demonstrators in chants of “Death to Israel!” and “Death to the Jews!” in front of the Israeli consulate. Ayloush was soliciting funds for the HLF at the time.

At another Muslim Student Association event in 2006, Ayloush contended that any attempt to shut down Hamas-linked charities that were funding Palestinians was “an attempt at genocide.” In 2009, angered by FBI attempts to surveil Muslims for possible ties to radicalism, he declared that “our mosques,” “our Koran,” and “our youth who they try to racialize” are “off limits.”  On September 12, 2012, when “the blame video” meme was being used to explain the attacks in Benghazi that killed four Americans, Ayloush didn’t wait for any confirmation of the facts before tweeting, “Extremist Jews produce hateful film, extremist Christians promote it. Extremist Muslims riot and kill. The whole world will suffer.” Moreover, the man who will speak about freedom of speech supported the power grab by Egypt’s Mohamed Morsi, and the country’s new constitution that prohibits “insults” to “religious prophets.”

Speaking on the topic of “Jihad: the Struggle For Peace” is Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, the former president of Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), another unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial, and an organization, like the MSA, with roots in the Muslim Brotherhood. In 2000, Siddiqi claimed that Jerusalem is land “that belongs to Muslims,” further warning Americans that if they “remain on the side of injustice, the wrath of God will come.” In June 2001, the San Francisco Chronicle published a story about Siddiqi’s views on homosexuality, during which he revealed that “Islam is totally against homosexuality.” And while he doesn’t condone violence against gays and lesbians, he reportedly supported countries whose laws make homosexuality a crime punishable by death.

During a 2006 sermon, Siddiqi added his voice to those Muslims who promote free speech limits concerning Islam. “We do not force others to believe in Prophet Muhammad the way we believe in him; but they should not insult us and humiliate us by abusing his name, his personality and character in public,” he said. As for the so-called jihadist struggle for peace, Siddiqi had a slightly different take on the subject, tape recorded around 17 years ago. He said he could see Jihad’s impact “in the Intifada movement in Palestine,” where “in a few years we will be celebrating with each other the victory of Islam in Palestine…celebrating the coming of the Masjid al-Aqsa under the Islamic rule…and the whole land of Palestine insh’allah and the establishment of the Islamic State throughout that area.”

Zahra Billoo, executive director of CAIR’s San Francisco Bay Area chapter, will be addressing women’s rights in Islam. She is associated with several MSAs through MSA West “an umbrella organization comprised of Muslim Student Associations (MSAs), representing Muslim students and their organizations from campuses across the West Coast,” according to its website. Her communications on Twitter have referred to “apartheid Israel,” claimed American troops “are engaged in terrorism,” and characterized Rep. Peter King’s (R-NY) congressional hearings on Muslim extremism as a “witch hunt.” She also claims to “find inspiration” in Sami Al-Arian, convicted of conspiracy for his involvement in funding the terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), and Tariq Ramadan, the grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna. Ramadan was barred from entering the United States for six years due to his ties to a charity that supported Hamas.

Billloo is also a supporter of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel, and a big fan Egypt’s Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood-controlled government. Two Tweets from June 2012 sum up her feeling towards Israel. “Zionism IS racism,” she posted on June 4.  “[Apartheid] Israel commits war crimes as a hobby,” she posted a week later.

None of this is even remotely surprising. UCI’s MSU, founded in 1992, is notorious for its overt promotion of the Islamist agenda and anti-Semitism over the years. Its radically pro-Palestinian efforts came to prominence during the Second Intifada, when MSU members began wearing “Freedom Fighter” t-shirts on campus, a slogan that changed to “UC Intifada” as the group grew more confident of its place at the university. MSU members walk around campus wearing green armbands to signal solidarity with Hamas, and each year at graduation they don green stoles with the Arabic word shahada (“martyr”) on them–as a tribute to Islamist suicide bombers.

In the early 2000s, a series of anti-Semitic speakers were invited to campus. These included radical Imams Muhammad al-Asi, who in 2001 spoke of a “psychosis in the Jewish community that is unable to co-exist equally and brotherly with other human beings,” and Abdel Malik-Ali, who proposed a “one state solution” in 2002, delivered a speech entitled “America under Siege: The Zionist Hidden Agenda” in 2004, and called Zionism “a mixture, a fusion of the concept of white supremacy and the chosen people” in 2005.

In 2006, the MSU organized “Holocaust in the Holy Land,” a four-day hate fest where Israel was compared to Nazi Germany, and the keynote speaker, Holocaust-denier Norman Finkelstein, called the Jewish State the world’s worst human-rights violator. In 2007, the MSU featured “Israel: Apartheid Resurrected” week, followed by “Never Again? The Palestinian Holocaust” in 2008, and an event in 2009 featuring extreme left-wing UK politician George Galloway, after which an eight month investigation was initiated by the university to determine if the MSU knowingly raised funds for Hamas, a federal felony. University officials eventually relented, despite acknowledging the fund-raising activities, claiming they couldn’t determine whether they were “negligent, reckless or intentional.”

In 2010, UCI officials could no longer ignore the MSU’s thuggishness when Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren visited the campus to give a speech. A pre-planned and coordinated effort to deride the Ambassador and disrupt his speech resulted in a year-long suspension for the MSU and 50 hours of community service for the offenders. Upon appeal, the suspension was reduced to the fall quarter of 2010, but the community service was upped to 100 hours.

In 2011, the students involved were also convicted by an Orange County jury for their actions. DA Tony Rackauckas characterized the student’s behavior as “thuggery.” “In a civilized society, we cannot allow lawful assemblies to be shut down by a small group of people using the heckler’s veto,” he contended.

What has happened at UCI is not anomalous. The national Muslim Students Association (MSA) was established in 1963, and now boasts more than 600 chapters in the United States and Canada. Muslim Brotherhood documents discovered through the Holy Land Foundation trial list the MSA as one of the Brotherhood’s “organizations and the organizations of our friends.” Despite their self-professed innocence, terrorism expert Patrick Poole, who has investigated them, explains who they are. “The Muslim Students Association has been a virtual terror factory,” said Poole. “Time after time after time again, we see these terrorists — and not just fringe members: these are MSA leaders, MSA presidents, MSA national presidents–who’ve been implicated, charged and convicted in terrorist plots.” The NYPD has also referred to them as an “incubator” for Islamic radicalism.

FBI Special Agent John Guandolo reiterates the genesis of the problem: the MSA’s roots can be traced to the Muslim Brotherhood. “The MSA serves as a recruitment tool to bring Muslims into the Brotherhood,” he said. “Which was its original purpose: to evaluate Muslims and to bring them into the Brotherhood and to recruit non-Muslims into Islam as a dawa entity, giving them the call to Islam.” He goes further. “Their goal, both from their senior leaders, presidents of MSA’s around the country, national leadership, is to implement Islamic government here in the United States,” he explained. “And they say that.”

The overlooked threat of the MSA is analogous to the threat of Islamist influence in the federal government, which Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has been on the forefront of exposing — and vindicated in doing so. That she is not being taken seriously, and being slandered, is unsurprising. The Obama administration’s proposed nominees for high-level positions relating to such matters include Secretary of State John Kerry, who referred to Syrian butcher Bashar Assad as a “reformer,” CIA director John Brennan, a serial apologist for violent jihad, and Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel, whose disdain for Israel is matched only by his indifference to Iran obtaining nuclear weapons and his desire to conduct negotiations with designated terror groups Hamas and Hezbollah. Bachmann has also courageously raised the alarm about Hillary Clinton’s aide, Huma Abedin, due to her abundant and well-documented connections to the Brotherhood and its affiliate organizations. Leftist criticism directed at Bachmann has been relentless, but the truth is on her side, just as it is for those drawing attention to the MSA.

Such self-inflicted myopia is underscored by Guandolo, who revealed that one former MSA member was a man once held in high esteem by the U.S. government. So much so, that this former leader of the Dar Al-Hijrah mosque in Virginia, and Muslim Chaplain at George Washington University, was invited to lunch at the Pentagon shortly after 9/11, as part of the government’s Muslim outreach program. That former MSA member was Anwar Al-Awlaki, the terrorist recruiter who was killed by a drone strike in 2011. If America’s college campuses are susceptible to would-be Islamists, how can it be impossible to believe the federal government remains immune to infiltration?

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  • objectivefactsmatter

    "UC Irvine’s ‘Islam Awareness Week’: A CAIR Convention"

    Just google "jihad terror" and you'll get more useful information than any of this liars will every admit freely to a non-Muslim.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "Ayloush didn’t wait for any confirmation of the facts before tweeting, ”Extremist Jews produce hateful film, extremist Christians promote it. Extremist Muslims riot and kill. The whole world will suffer.”"

    Perceptive people understand that when Christians and Jews get upset, they produce and distribute propaganda, while in the same mode of thinking, Muslims murder and plunder. What does that tell you? These are his own words about the "extremists" from each group. Implied is that we don't have extreme Christians and Jews murdering according to their ideology.

    And still so many leftists want to not just deny the problem but go along with calling every concerned person a "racist."

    What a load of BS. These people will feel shame if they ever wake up to what they're doing.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Let us interchange one terror hydra's name for another, and implant MSA with MSU, with ISM and on and on…..

    Revealed herein are their jihadi ways – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/08/15/the-muslim-st

    Here too – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/09/10/way-past-time

    And this American-Israeli blogger states without hesitation – she is less than six degrees separated from these jihadi student groups…she knows them well!!

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • MaryS, CA

      You should look up the name Abuljebain, both his sons went to UCI and were both very active in the MSA
      there on campus. I believe one of the sons was actually President. The father is a marxist/Muslim radical too and you can google a YouTube on him down in L.A. a few years back as well. They bailed out of my neighborhood a couple of years ago and stiffed the taxpayers of the U.S. with a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th mortgage on their home, not to mention they probably stiffed the taxpayers with both their sons high class education at UCI as well… Can't prove it, but if they did that with the house and trashed it too before they left for the Middle East why wouldn't they leave their education for the taxpayers to foot the bill, very interesting bunch of radicals. Glad their gone from my neighborhood.
      Mary711

  • Larry

    This is what is wrong with the American Higher Education System. They continually allow the teaching of Anti-Semitism on their campuses. THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH FREEDOM OF SPEECH. It has everything to do with the spreading of hatred. You would think the world of education would have learned a lesson from what went on in the German educational system in the 1930's. Allowing the teaching of hatred benefits no one, least of all the gullible students.

  • STEVEN CHAVEZ

    This is just like a "MUSLIM UNDERSTANDING DAY." I asked a group of Muslims at our university if they had an "American Understanding Day" at ARAB UNIVERSITIES. I also wrote on a note, "I don't need to 'understand' you, I just need to tolerate you.'" I walked away and two male students ran after me and one had a T-shirt that said "HAMAS 175" but I didn't ask what that meant. I stood my verbal ground and they left.

    Now a "DAY" has been turned into a "WEEK" including at our University of New Mexico and the event has been taken over and controlled by groups associated with the Peace and Justice Center who then sends their ARMY of speakers. The Student Union Building is used and about a hundred chairs are placed there for students BUT ONLY A HANDFUL OF PEOPLE ARE LISTENING and even then, it is the same activists that are at every protest or speech.

    QUESTION: Is there an "AMERICAN AWARENESS WEEK" at Arab Universities?

    • MaryS, CA

      You know there is not, they don't tolerate anything having to do with America unless it involves furthering their cause to take us down and destroy us. That is there ambition, their goal in life, one objective.
      If one doesn't accomplish it, then it will be passed on to the son to do the job, and if he doesn't do it the grandson will pick up the sabre and proceed with the distruction and chaos in the world. They don't care how long it takes, just keep it up, and up and up and up. From one generation to the other hate and more hate. They have no tolerance for free speech in their countries, they have no tolerance for another religion, in fact you can lose your life practicing another religion. Look at the American Pastor that is waiting in Iran to face their form of justice, yet they come here and try to subvert and change our ways to their Sharia insanity., and they use the "useful idiots" on college campuses that haven't a clue as to who they really are. Mary711

  • Lan Astaslem

    Maybe CAIR will care enough about the truth to inform us whether it is accurate to assert that violence is committed in the name of Islam on a regular basis. Maybe CAIR will care enough to explain whether Mohammed was a kind, forgiving person or a ruthless, brutal murderer. Maybe CAIR will care enough about women to inform me whether the verse in the Koran it sent me about the inferiority of women was really God talking or if Mohammed just made that part up. Maybe CAIR couldn't care less about this and only cares about converting people to an ideology that results in so much violence and oppression.

  • Hogrider

    I am sure the wolves will show up in their costumes with huge smiles. The only thing they CAIR about is advancing the Islamic agenda of one caliphate. Guaranteed this will be one event filled with lies from the masters of taqiyya. Come on out for a few laughs.

  • Choi

    'The Palestinian Holocaust"?????/

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA LMAO!
    WHAT 'Palestinian Holocaust"?
    The ONLY Palestinian "Suffering"(another Laugh) is their REFUSAL to live in peace with the Jews,and their REFUSAL to STOP trying to DESTROY Israel,FORCING Israel to DEFEND ITSELF,and their FELLOW Arabs/Muslims who really do nothing but KEEP them OUT of their countries.rather than ABSORB their FELLOW Arabs.

  • Yoshi11

    It is impossible to remember all the names and affiliations of all these supremacist Moslems. All one need know about them is that they consider the Koran and Muhammad to be sacred.Once we know how a Moslem views the Koran and Muhammad, we know what his/her views are on Israel, Jews, Christians and non-Moslems in general. All of them are subversive supremacists, just like the Muslim Brotherhood.

  • Moishe Pupick

    W., 01/16/13 common era

    In the interests of The Most-Holy Diversity, the U.C. system ought to start a "Take a Jihadi to Lunch." program. Maybe it should make and distribute badges with yellow Stars of David for its Jewish students to wear on campus. D'himmis have nothing to fear because Chairman Obama's new "sensible" gun control laws will keep everyone safe. . . . (Wanna buy a bridge?)

  • garyfouse

    Re Siddiqi:

    In addition, in 1992, he hosted the Blind Sheikh at his mosque in Garden Grove and translated his sermon on violent jihad in real time. He also has yet to sign the Freedom Pledge letter from Former Muslims United sent to him and 200 other Muslim leaders in the US simply stating that apostates in the US should not be harmed. Some "bridge-builder".

  • Stevecsd

    Here is what I would say to these Muslims:

    You can talk to me when majority muslim countries like Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iran, Egypt, etc. allow people of other religions to peacably exist in those countries without killing and harrassing them. When you allow other religions to peacably proselytize for their religion, without the violence and coercion Muslims use to advance Islam, then we can talk.

  • Ghostwriter

    Not exactly the sort of people I'd want on my campus.

  • garyfouse

    Ghostwriter,

    I teach at UCI and have watching these events for about 6 years. We have the worst problem of any university in the US with this stuff. Wait till May when they have their Israel bashing week of radical speakers.

  • JacksonPearson

    "UC Irvine’s ‘Islam Awareness Week’: A CAIR Convention"

    Yeah, I'm sure CAIR will make sure everyone are aware of the fact that Mohammad was a liar, thief, mass murderer, pedophile, pirate, slaver, extortionist, adulterer, admitted false prophet, and renowned terrorist.

    One just have to make a cursory read of the Qur'an to realize that Allah was Muhammad and Muhammad was Allah. Since Muhammad's continuous 20 year wet dreams, that started in 620AD, it's been estimated that Islam have slaughtered 270 million of earths inhabitants, all in the name of Allah and his false prophet. Two and three times more murdered than Stalin, Mao, and Hitler combined. And this folks, are who Muslim believers pray to, and use as their role model five times a day!

  • kafir4life

    A serious question about cair (if anybody knows the answer)….Aren't they the terrorist supporters at that terrorist supporting islamist group that worships a pretend moon god (allah) that was invented by the pedophilic monster, mohamat the dog faced pig, who shat the contents of the terror guide, the koran, into the arabian sands following a carnal relationship with, then later a meal of his favorite uncooked pig, or "mom" as he called her?
    That them?

    allahu snackbar!

  • RUI

    "Congresswoman Bachmann not taken seriously"? They're taking her dead seriously! They would kill her, but for now they would rather destroy her in the public's opinion. And when you're up against leftards or muztards, being derided or otherwise threatened is always a sign that you broadsided their ideology.

  • Dwoods

    The horror, the horror. American higher education . Leftist creeps who charge the stage to interrupt speakers they hate is tolerated by administrators. These same administrators cite the 1st amendment to tolerate the real purveyors of intolerance .

  • garyfouse

    I attended Thursday's presentation by Zahra Billoo. You can watch the video here:
    http://garyfouse.blogspot.com/2013/01/muslim-awar

  • garyfouse

    Though I was not present at the presentation by UCI professor Sohail Daulatzai, here is some background on him.
    http://garyfouse.blogspot.com/2013/01/muslim-awar