Muslim Hunting: David Horowitz's Antagonistic Career

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A supporter's role also linked Ziyad Khaleel to Al Qaeda. Throughout the '90s, the Palestinian lived in various locations across the U.S., procuring supplies for overseas extremists. Khaleel's purchases included the $7,500 satellite phone Osama bin Laden used to plot the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya. Khaleel previously headed the MSA at Columbia College in Missouri.

During the 1983–84 school year, the MSA at the University of Arizona was run by Wa'el Hamza Julaidan, the son of a wealthy Saudi family. After college, he ran the Islamic Center in Tucson, where he became passionate about the Afghan-Soviet struggle. In 1986, he headed for that region, serving in the mujahideen alongside Abdullah Azzam and bin Laden. The three would later found Al Qaeda.

This small army of MSA presidents–turned-terrorists has provided Horowitz with powerful ammo among the unregenerate right. But, of course, the MSA, like any college group, is as diverse as its membership. Some chapters emphasize religion, others social outreach. The MSA at the University of California, Berkeley, has produced videos on gay rights. The one at UC Irvine is known for flexing a militant side. Two years ago, 11 members were arrested for disrupting a speech by the Israeli ambassador.

Ellen Weinstein
Ellen Weinstein
In the late ’60s, David Horowitz (far right) was a member of the New Left and editor of Ramparts magazine.
Courtesy David Horowitz Freedom Center
In the late ’60s, David Horowitz (far right) was a member of the New Left and editor of Ramparts magazine.

In short: Broad-brushing the entire group is akin to labeling all evangelical Christians as freaks on par with the Westboro Baptist Church. But it's good business for David Horowitz.

Punch Horowitz's name into a YouTube search and you'll find a man who clearly enjoys strapping on the pads.

His campus road shows typically begin with an invite from college Republicans to speak, at which point Horowitz begins stoking the uproar with his ads in school papers. By lecture day, things are hot enough to require extra security—and Horowitz delivers.

While visiting UC San Diego in 2010, he scored an on-camera checkmate that has become Exhibit A for Muslim-haters on campus. During a question-and-answer period, he tangled with a female student in a head scarf. The woman was pressing for specifics on MSA's ties to terrorism. Horowitz ducked the question, instead demanding that she denounce Hezbollah on the spot.

"For it or against it?" he barked.

"For it," she replied.

Later, the woman, claiming she was upset and confused, backed off the comment. But Horowitz still landed an appearance on Sean Hannity's show to discuss his triumph.

At a UC Santa Barbara lecture, he didn't just face down a hostile audience; he controlled the crowd as if his hand had been on a thermostat. The packed auditorium was filled with members of the MSA. One outraged student after the next took the microphone to confront Horowitz. He deftly steered each question off in his own direction or bullied students into frustrated silences by demanding on-the-spot denunciations of groups like Hamas and Hezbollah. Shouts of "Fuck you!" and "You're making stuff up!" popped up from the seats.

Horowitz's incendiary rhetoric was also on full display at a Brooklyn College appearance last year. "No people has shown itself so morally sick as the Palestinians have," he announced. "No other people in the world have sunk so low morally as the Palestinians have, and yet everybody is afraid to say this." The crowd responded with angry cries.

Horowitz defends the atmosphere at his events by throwing up his hands and pointing to the MSA. "I don't go to campuses inciting people," he says. "I go to speak. I can't have a civil conversation. I have to go with bodyguards, and that's because of the Muslim Student Associations. Their behavior is what's important, not their sophistry in avoiding my questions."

As Henry Kissinger once said, "University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small." But they're very good for landing you an appearance on Fox News.

The charged atmosphere—and the readiness of the far right to cheer him on—allows Horowitz to spin theories with little structural integrity. One of his favorite conspiracies: that all U.S. Muslim organizations are tied to the Muslim Brotherhood, an Egyptian group with a history of jihad and anti-Semitism that has become Egypt's leading political force. His evidence is woven from the thinnest wool.

The Holy Land Foundation was once the largest Islamic charity in America—until it was caught violating U.S. law by funneling $12 million to Hamas. Five members of the foundation were handed life sentences in 2009 for the crime.

As part of that investigation, the feds found a memo at Holy Land's suburban Dallas headquarters. It was written in 1991 by a Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas member named Mohamed Akram. The text lays out a comical plot to institute sharia—Islamic religious law—across America by using "our organizations and the organizations of our friends," MSAs included.

The idea that sharia would ever dominate the land of the mega-church might be laughable, but that hasn't stopped Horowitz from insisting that Muslim Student Associations take their marching orders from the memo. "I see [MSA] as a recruitment organization," he says. "Its purpose is first to isolate the Muslim students, to create a Muslim center, so they're not going to assimilate into Western values. I know this from my youth in Communist front associations. The idea is you create a group that gathers all the Muslim kids, and then you identify the ones who become leaders. Those are the ones who get positions of power in the organization, and those are the ones who go on to do other Muslim Brotherhood tasks."

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Cassidy
Cassidy

Well, Muslims demonize themselves well enough.  Sure Horowitz is a money-rakin' rabble-rouser but the truth is, while not every terrorist is a Muslim, most are that aren't state-actors.

srjmsbnd
srjmsbnd

Wasn't David Horowitz a paid FBI informer when he worked for Ramparts? and was he recruited because of questions about his parents?

You don't know that is the charm of the police state no one knows until the next revolution when a mixture or revolutionaries and agents storm the old regimes intelligence headquarters and insulate themselves in the halls of power and execute they past associates to hid ethe fact they are snitch agent double-crossers.

I say execute David Horowitz after a quick trial  before dinner or lunch.

iamourhaj
iamourhaj

One correction-- the MSA members listed in the article who "went bad" are a real grab bag and I would suggest not lumping together direct support for Al Qaeda with involvement in local liberation struggles. The tens of thousands of MSA students every year are regular and fairly typical people and the MSAs promote service and positive values. Many are active in interfaith dialogue, especially with Hillel clubs. However, the recent AP articles report how quite a number of such student clubs have been put under police surveillance—based apparently on one student once upon a time joining a conflict or a conspiracy (sometimes with the help of an aggressive agent provocateur). It does not matter if the individual left the club years ago after graduation. The police don’t bother to try to prove any cause and effect—this is their pretext for widespread infiltration, just as they have pretexts for stop and frisks on a huge scale. Media should not make that sloppy police analysis easier, either.

iamourhaj
iamourhaj

Good-- the Voice finally publishes some fairly good articles about the right wing movement that is energetically targeting Muslim Americans and their organizations as if somehow "linked" to Al Qaeda as well as to Kevin Bacon.The truth is that the Muslim community is extremely diverse and its organizations are relatively under-funded. Greater unity will only stabilize the community, and of course will not install some some backward interpretation of Shariah Law in this nation. It would be helpful for that building process, if we Muslims did not to have to dodge media spitballs and police surveillance all the time. Of course, some of our fellow "Americans" just want us out --in the grand tradition of anti semitism, nativism and racism, sad to say.

Quixote3
Quixote3

I wonder how Mr. Horowitz would react if someone sent out a series of little "Gmail confessions" in his name... Would he stand up for "freedom of speech," "satire," and the right to "criticize" people, or would he do what has to be done and call in the Internet cops in New York — who, incidentally, are moving straight ahead with an excellent job of suppressing this form of identity theft, at least when it becomes embarrassing to prominent members of the community — as seen in this case —

http://raphaelgolbtrial.wordpress.com/

alexsullera
alexsullera

Boo hoo hoo. A Jewish man says mean things about Muslims. Ditto for your article of Pamela Geller. When are you going to do articles on all those Muslims and blacks who say mean things about Jews, Asians, gays and women? Far worse than this guy. The media seems to hate uppity Jews. Louis Farrakhan is openly promoted by Jermiah Wright, Tavis Smiley, NAACP, Russell Simmons and thousands of other black civic, religious and student organizations without anyone taking them to task. I don't really agree with Horowitz or Gellers worldview but I like seeing Jews who don't act as house negroes. The left goes bolistic over it. And I say this as a leftist.

TurnToTheLeft
TurnToTheLeft

Please post contact information for David Horowitz; he needs to be flooded with messages from the VOICE nation.

geerterri
geerterri

This is sad. It looks like Horowitz will do anything for publicity. He used to be admired. IMO, it looks like he jumped the shark a long time ago.

p.j.brn
p.j.brn

"Like many of the '60s generation, David Horowitz changed his political coloring over time"....

Not sure how true that. How about "some" for a better stab coming from one who is one of the most who didn't?

alanhw
alanhw

Once a Trot, always a Trot

silkroad
silkroad

First Pamela Gellar, now David Horowitz. Is the Village Village going to continue to give free publicity to crackpots?

robert.cogan
robert.cogan

"Smear Machine" has a better, broader application. I recently searched "obama muslim" and got 48.5 million hits. Aside from insulting the 60+ million voters who chose Obama, such Big Lie hitting, imho, has an adverse turnout selection effect for elections, accounting in some measure, for diminish electoral returns. It invaded and eroded his political capital, measured crudely by vote margin (down from 10+ million in 2008 to about 4 million in 2012.) It weakened him in to point where summer 2010 - 2011 he offered far too much AUSTERITY to get out of the Tea Party Debt Ceiling Strike. Now STRONG REACTION is needed against any severe Depression inducing cuts, especially to Social Security and Medicare. Warning: the Fiscal cliff can turn into a Hostage Job Killing Crisis. Cliff deadline is missed, job "creators" start killing more jobs, Repuglicans shriek "Let us cut your [general welfare entitlements] Social Security and Medicare and we'll agree to a little more taxation on the rich." It's EXTORTION, but, Obama already agreed 2010 2011 to the process and made a bad offer!

Brynmr
Brynmr

@WajahatAli An Islamophobe is one who has an irrational fear of criticizing Islam. @LogansWarning

EddietheInfidel
EddietheInfidel

Yeah, David Horowitz may be antagonistic.... but how many times has he been wrong?... It appears that the author freely admits that he's been right most of the time, despite the spurious claim in the column that he's "broad-brushing" the muslim community.

It's time that people start to admit that there ARE segments of the muslim community that embrace the savage ideology of jihad.

alexsullera
alexsullera

I should add, that blacks and Muslims have been pretty obsessive about demonizing Jews (then later Asians in the former case) starting with Malcolm X through Al Sharpton, Leonard Jeffries, Tony Martin, to Jermiah Wright and Farrakhan today.  It's no big surprise that some formely leftist Jews have returned the favor.  It's very understandable.  Do you expect Jews to take decade after decade of degradation by both groups happily? 

geerterri
geerterri

@robert.cogan According to the SCOTUS ruling in Perry v United States (1935), Congress does not have the right to even consider not paying our legal debts. At all.

I just started a petition on the White House petitions site, We thePeople. Will you sign it? http://wh.gov/5ksN

alanhw
alanhw

@EddietheInfidel what the author says is that, surprisingly, Horowitz is occasionally right.  If he accuses every Muslim and every leftist of terrorism, he's bound to occasionally hit on someone who actually is.  This doesn't change the fact that his method is to simply accuse everyone. 

justbentley
justbentley

@alexsullera

Well, it's good to see that Black folks aren't being left at the back of the bus again! Seems we got ourselves our very own little muckraker!

Can't hold a candle to the original, but with such dim lights, I guess that don't matter none.

Just a heads up though, if you're looking to match Mr. Horrorwits, you ought to try digging up dirt on some other community than toffersfers Black folks cuz see, we ain't really had no leaders since the mid-seventies at best. Nearest we got was Jesse Jackson, and everybody knows he weren't out to help nobody so much as himself.

But then, you indicated at least a partial awareness of how deeply divided our. community is through your employment of the. term "house negro". You misapplied it, but that's not my h of a matter that's

robert.cogan
robert.cogan

@geerterri @robert.cogan Your thought has merit but the subject is complex and it needs clarification as to what specifically you want to have happen. That should be described in a petition. The Preamble of the Constitution is the top of an order of overriding law. Starting with its requirement that the government provide for the common defense AND promote the general Welfare, etc. it's ability to coin money and regulate the value thereof is above even the Amendment prohibiting questioning the validity of the public debt. The ability to coin money and regulate its value are what is pointed out by greenback monetary theorists as a way to sweep aside the entire so called "deficit" problem. "Deficits" are the new "Weapons of Mass Destruction," the big Lie the Republicans have been shrieking to try to win the election and get us to cut Social Security and Medicare. The whole national debt is an accounting contrivance of the 1913 Federal Reserve Act. The U.S. Congress can at anytime create "United States Notes" which are debt free (search wiki on this.) It could use them and their power to both pay off and  reduce the quantity of the national debt, or add to the balances in the SS and Medicare Trust Funds any time it wanted to.  See Ellen Brown, The Web of Debt or Steve Zarlenga The Lost Science of Money, Walter Mosler, The Seven Deadly Frauds of Economic Policy. etc.

robert.cogan
robert.cogan

@geerterri @robert.cogan As a monetary theorist, I read that case a long time ago. I was trying to be helpful. But I see you need no help. I do THINK I understand NOW, after your clarification, what you mean. You want a change whereby "Congress shall pass no bill without fully funding it." O.K do you understand the problems with this? Currently bills  are proposed by subcommittees, approved by majorities of committees, and then go to APPROPRIATIONS committees that have to decide how much can actually be spent on them, GIVEN OTHER PASSED BILLS as well. Also sometimes the bills have to go to conference committees with the other house, which has other bill funding priorites. Also, Tax collections VARY and there are emergency funding needs sometimes. Something more like what you want could occur IF there was a greenback funding mechanism like the authors I mentiones proposed. Goodbye and good luck with your idea.

geerterri
geerterri

@robert.cogan @geerterri 

 It's not all that complex. Once Congress passes a bill, and it gets signed by the President, Congress has a legal obligation to pay for it. ALL of it.  

 Did you bother to read Perry v United States? 

I agree with most of what you said, but you took it rather far afield.

Here's a link to Perry v United States

http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/294/330/

Here are the highlights:

5. By virtue of the power to borrow money"on the credit of the United States," Congress is authorized to pledgethat credit as assurance of payment as stipulated -- as the highestassurance the Government can give -- its plighted faith. To say thatCongress may withdraw or ignore that pledge is to assume that theConstitution contemplates a vain promise, a pledge having no othersanction than the pleasure and convenience of the pledgor. P. 294 U. S. 351.6. When the United States, with constitutional authority, makescontracts, it has rights and incurs responsibilities similar to those ofindividuals who are parties to such instruments. P. 294 U. S. 352.7. The right to make binding obligations is a power of sovereignty. P. 294 U. S. 353.8. The sovereignty of the United States resides in the people, andCongress cannot invoke the sovereignty of the people to override theirwill as declared in the Constitution. P. 294 U. S. 353.9. The power given Congress to borrow money on the credit of theUnited States is unqualified and vital to the Government, and thebinding quality of the promise of the United States is of the essence ofthe credit pledged. P. 294 U. S. 353.10. The fact that the United States may not be sued without itsconsent is a matter of procedure which does not affect the legality andbinding character of its contracts. P. 294 U. S. 354.11. Section 4 of the Fourteenth Amendment, declaring that "Thevalidity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, . .. shall not be questioned," is confirmatory of a fundamental principle,applying as well to bonds issued after, as to those issued before, theadoption of the Amendment, and the expression "validity of the publicdebt " embraces whatever concerns the integrity of the publicobligations. P. 294 U. S. 354.

 
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