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“Israel Apartheid Week” is a common blood libel on college campuses, hosted every year by hate groups such as the Muslim Students Association and Students for Justice in Palestine. These hate weeks are designed to de-legitimize Israel and soften it up for the kill, claiming that it is an apartheid state and should be isolated. The declared goal of Hamas and the PLO is to “liberate” Palestine “from the river to the sea” – in other words, to destroy the Jewish state and push its inhabitants into the sea.
The growing BDS movement on campus (BDS stands for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions, which are the steps the movement advocates taking against Israel for its purported policies of “apartheid”) is another element in the jihadist assault. The accusations of apartheid levied on Israel are not simply lies; the truth of the true apartheid and discrimination in the Middle East has been obscured. Israel is actually the only apartheid-free state in the Middle East. Countries such as Lebanon and Jordan do in fact have apartheid-style laws on their books, and Islamic supremacy can be seen all over the world with the subjugation of women, the persecution of gays, and the persecution of religious and racial minorities. Despite the fact that these atrocities are par for the course in countries ruled by Islamic law, the Left (and especially the Women’s Studies departments and LGBT groups) on campus has remained silent.
Until now, there has been no national campaign to expose the brutal discrimination that occurs under Islamic Sharia law. But this spring, the David Horowitz Freedom Center is sponsoring “Islamic Apartheid Weeks” on over 50 campuses. These weeks will elaborate on the many forms of Muslim apartheid that have been integral to the Middle East for over a millennium and can now be seen in other regions of the world such as Africa: religious intolerance, ethnic inequality, racism, gender discrimination, denial of citizenship, political oppression and slavery, among others.
The centerpiece of each week will be panel discussions and keynote speeches featuring former victims of Sharia law and Islamic supremacism, including dissidents such as Nonie Darwish and Simon Deng, and experts on political Islam, such as Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, and Andrew C. McCarthy. We will also be providing students with a full compliment of resources, such as pamphlets, flyers, and films highlighting the various human rights abuses sanctioned under Sharia law. Groups like Students for Justice in Palestine are in fact partially right: there is apartheid in the Middle East. It’s just that it’s being practiced by the Arab Muslim nations, and the David Horowitz Freedom Center is setting out to make that abundantly clear.
Islamic Apartheid Week events have already occurred or have been planned at these campuses so far:
Bob Jones University
Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo
Missouri Western State University
Murray State University
UC San Diego
University of Missouri
University of San Diego
Valdosta State University
Wisconsin – River Falls