Muslim Mag that Praised Bin Laden Demands Jewish Student Reject “Islamophobic” Pro-Israel Group

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Islamophobia is a very serious problem. Just ask UCLA’s Al-Talib.

The editorial board of Al-Talib, the Muslim Newsmagazine at UCLA, called on Jewish student Avinoam Baral to disassociate himself from the pro-Israel program Hasbara Fellowships due to the group’s alleged Islamophobia. Al-Talib alleged that the Jewish program “actively (contributes) to violence against Muslims” and asked that Baral, who is a candidate for Internal Vice President in upcoming UCLA student elections, separate himself from the program.

The newsmagazine asked that Baral “publicly distance himself from the organization Hasbara Fellowships because of its association with the production and dissemination of Islamophobic documentaries across the United States. Unless Baral distances himself from an organization that disseminates Islamophobia, ties to anti-Muslim networks will remain accepted in campus life and politics.”

Al-Talib is of course notorious for its incredibly moderate views that in no way demonstrate Islamic support for terrorism.

In July 1999, Al-Talib featured a cover story titled “The Spirit of Jihad,” which said: “When we hear someone refer to the great mujahideen Osama bin Ladin [sic] as a ‘terrorist,’ we should defend our brother and refer to him as a freedom fighter; someone who has forsaken wealth and power to fight in Allah’s cause and speak out against oppressors.” The same piece characterized bin Laden as a “philanthropist.”

In November 2000, Al-Talib praised the ideas of Sheikh Abdullah Azzam, Osama bin Laden’s spiritual mentor who believes that Islam must conquer the world by means of “jihad and the rifle alone.” “We pray that Sheik Azzam’s dream of a true Islamic state comes true,” said Al-Talib.

The November 2001 edition of Al-Talib featured three full-page, color advertisements soliciting donations for the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF), the Global Relief Foundation (GRF), and the Benevolence International Foundation (BIF). One month later, each of these pseudo-charities would be closed down by federal agents for funding al Qaeda and Hamas terrorists.

It might be more sensible to ask any Muslim student candidate at UCLA to disavow any ties to Al-Talib and the Muslim Students Association.

  • Ban Liberals

    Muslim mag? Didn’t you mean Muslim RAG?

  • Veracious_one

    I wonder how Al-Talib feels about talking to the FBI about possible Muslim terrorist activity..

  • liz

    That last suggestion would be the SANE thing to, so obviously it is the one thing that is guaranteed never to happen.

  • Dyer’s Eve

    A Mozzy complaining about violence? A bit like the pot calling the kettle black.

  • M2000

    Islam the Religion of Bigots lectures who is a bigot, but doesn’t mind raiding non-Muslim places of worship.

  • kilfincelt

    You are being Islamophobic, Daniel. (Sarcasm, guys.) The Muslim Student Association, a group affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, and Al-Talib should be banned from college campuses because they are anti every religion known except Islam. Of course, many on the left, particularly in academia, will, unfortunately, have to become victims of Jihad before they finally wake up.

  • Hard Little Machine

    The only way to deal with these people is carbombs.