The David Horowitz Freedom Center, a conservative organization that focuses on anti-Jewish and anti-Israel bias at colleges and universities gave out 1,000 flyers specifically targeting U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, herself a Wayne State alumnus, equating her to Hitler because of her support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign for Muslim extremist (Hamas) human rights.
The Southend An organization described as a far-right, anti-Muslim hate group by the FBI-discredited Southern Poverty Law Center said it distributed over 1,000 flyers across Wayne State’s campus Tuesday, Nov. 5, in what it calls a “stealth campaign to reach students directly,”
But as you can see by several of the Freedom Center posters (below) put up on other American college campuses, they don’t just target Muslims, but all kinds of terrorist supporters.
Along with the flyers, the DHFC also distributed a newspaper targeting universities who they claim have a history of “Jew-hatred and incite terrorism.” The newspaper lists WSU as one of the top universities promoting anti-semitism and “Hamas agenda.”
“The Center’s mission is to defend free societies like America and Israel, which are under attack by totalitarians both religious and secular, domestic and foreign,” the press release states.
WSU spokesperson Ted Montgomery said the DHFC’s claims that WSU promotes any hatred or any anti-semitism is “ridiculous and has no basis in fact. Nothing could be further from the truth.”
The paper names current and former WSU students with the organization Students for Justice in Palestine, using the information it acquired from the website Canary Mission — an organization that lists students and faculty members who participate in pro-Palestinian organizing on college campuses.
Among those named in DHFC’s “report” is former SJP member and WSU alumna, Mayssa Masri, who spoke with The South End in 2018 for an article on the Canary Mission. In the article, Masri addressed her past tweets the website used to smear her.
“One of the things they used as so-called evidence of my anti-Semitism is a tweet where I shared a Huffington Post article that was saying how Muslims are represented (as) terrorists while Jews are not,” Masri said. “I was trying to bring attention to Islamophobia and that was twisted into anti-Semitism.
Horowitz presents an example of widespread anti-Semitism at the UC-San Diego campus:
SJP released a statement on Nov. 6 addressing the flyers. “We want to address this article by distinguishing the fact that being pro-Palestine and anti-Zionist is not equated with being anti-Semitic,” the statement said.
“Speaking out against the Israeli apartheid and occupation and being critical of Israel’s corrupt, oppressive government does not mean we hate Jews.
The David Horowitz Freedom Center was founded in 1988 by conservative writer David Horowitz. The group has stirred up controversy at universities across the country through its campaigns to flyer campuses and its targeting of student Muslim organizations like the Muslim Student Association and SJP.
Horowitz’s organizations are known for compiling lists of students, professors, and administrators, and accusing them of being “subversive” according to the SPLC.
Horowitz himself is an outspoken Trump supporter, who once called anti-Trump conservative columnist and former Bush administration official Bill Kristol a “renegade Jew” in an article he wrote for the website Breitbart News.
Dean of Students David Strauss had no problem with the flyers, saying, “It’s free speech. I’ve seen the flyers. Individuals are certainly welcome to utilize flyers as their method of free speech,” Strauss said. “Diversity and inclusion is one of the fundamental tenants of our university mission. It is foundational to who we are.
David Horowitz fights just as hard against the anti-Christian movement in America: