More: Ahmadinejad Is Interfering with Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week
THIS NEWS WAS FIRST REPORTED EARLIER THIS WEEK.
NEWSMAX CONFIRMED THIS NEWS TODAY…
…Critics have dubbed the event “hate speech,” calling it a “campus crusade against Muslims,” and an “Islamophobia tour.”
Even Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Islamic Republic News Agency is getting into the fray, issuing two press releases to help students at Columbia University protest Horowitz’s appearance at his alma mater later this week.
University of Columbia students oppose Hatred Week in US
New York, Oct 20, IRNA
When David Horowitz returns to Columbia University next Friday to mark his organization’s much-hyped “Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week” (IFAW), he will find a determined opposition, coming from a coalition of concerned students and up to nine of Horowitz’s “101 Most Dangerous Professors.”
“The week of October 22-26, 2007, the nation will be rocked by the biggest conservative campus protest ever? a wake-up call for Americans, “claims the Terrorism Awareness Project, which is sponsoring IFAW together with the Young America’s Foundation. Between them, the sponsors have tens of millions of dollars in their war chest for occasions just like this.
The week will feature petitions denouncing “Islamo-Fascist jihad,” pamphlets like “The Islamic Mein Kampf,” “teach-ins” and “sit-ins” at Women’s Studies Departments, and speeches by the likes of Horowitz, Ann Coulter, Rick Santorum, and Daniel Pipes. Doing their part for the war, the sponsors urge their foot soldiers: “If you want to help our brave troops who are fighting the Islamo-Fascists abroad – bring Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week to your campus.”
…Nationwide, Muslim students and other advocates have launched a rapid response to IFAW and the Horowitz offensive. The MSA recently announced its “Peace Not Prejudice Campaign.” As national organizer Asma Rehman put it, “The MSA is trying to reclaim the discourse from the hands of intolerant extremists who smear and distort Islam to further their own racist agendas.”
Ibrahim Ramey, Human and Civil Rights Director for the Muslim American Society (MAS Freedom), added that, in his view, countering IFAW is also about countering “the longer-term political agenda of Horowitz and company to further consolidate American state power, military power, and transnational capital at the expense of real democracy and social justice.”
Many students see the situation in a similar light, in which Columbia is just one front in a much larger offensive. As activist Sam Rennebohm pointed out, “It connects to the war in Iraq, it connects to the way that rhetoric is used against Iran? And it’s interesting to look at the similarities between a national resurgence in racism and Islamophobia and similar actions on our campus.”
This is cross-posted at Incorrect U.