If a conservative political activist like David Horowitz makes you feel unsafe on campus, then perhaps the Islamic terrorists have won. Horowitz recently spoke to an audience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, invited by the College Republicans to address issues about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and terror-linked Muslim groups on campus.
According to student-newspaper accounts, Horowitz said “that student organizations like the Muslim Students’ Association and Students for Justice in Palestine are connected to terrorist organizations.” Horowitz added that SJP and the MSA — along with the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Fatah, Iran and Hezbollah — intend to “kill the Jews, to push them into the sea.”
After Horowitz’s speech, some UNC students began an online campaign called #NotSafeUNC to show how they have felt discriminated against on and around campus. The campaign is not just for Arab and Muslim students, but for any student who identifies as a marginalized person.
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Daily Tarheel Horowitz runs the Horowitz Freedom Center, a think tank that “combats the efforts of the radical left and its Islamist allies to destroy American values.” He’s also a critic of academia who has written books that name American professors who he believes teach radical ideologies. After playing a 10-minute video that attempted to give background to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Horowitz addressed students, faculty and community members directly.
Most professors on university campuses indoctrinate their students with leftist views, he said, adding that student groups such as the Muslim Students’ Association and Students for Justice in Palestine are connected to terrorist organizations. “The goal of SJP, the MSA and the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and Fatah, and Iran and Hezbollah is to kill the Jews, to push them into the sea,” Horowitz said.
He argued that activists who claim to be defending the human rights of Palestinians are really attempting to erode support for Israel. He believes these activists are persuaded by Muslims and the Arab states surrounding Israel to attack the Jewish state, saying that, “Arabs are racists.”
Although the name of the speech referred to “paths toward peace,” Horowitz said that the existing peace process being pursued between Israel and Palestine is fiction.
Tali deGroot, a UNC junior and co-chairwoman of J Street UNC, an advocacy group devoted to peace between Israel and Palestine, spoke up during the question-and-answer session, raising a problem with Horowitz’s categorization of Muslims as backward and violent.
“(Horowitz) blatantly ignored the realities on the ground in the Middle East,” deGroot said later in an email. “He claimed that to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Palestinians had to be killed and coerced into fear until there would be peace. Palestinians are being killed and are ruled by a military occupation, and there is no peace.”
Frank Pray, chairman of UNC College Republicans, helped bring Horowitz to campus, along with Christians United for Israel and Young America’s Foundation. Pray said more attention needs to be given to reforming the MSA and SJP in light of Horowitz’s assertions about connections to terrorist groups.
“I think it’s important to have a variety of views on college campuses,” he said. Pray said police were present because there have been past threats directed at Horowitz
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