Conservatives complain about UC Irvine "Nakba" event

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The UC Irvine Muslim Students' Union Association is currently staging a week long "Nakba" event (May 7-15) which, under the guise of commemorating the "catastrophe" of the founding of the Jewish state, will bring onto campus the genocidal philosophy being promoted by leaders and movements throughout the Middle East.

This preparation for genocide makes headlines every day in the world press. Rejecting the international community's call for negotiation and statecraft, Iran's Ahmadinejad, Hizbollah's Nasrallah, and various spokesmen of Hamas instead prepare for the obliteration of Israel. From the goose-stepping soldiers of Hizbollah, Syria and Iran to the broadcasts of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion on al-Jazeera and Egyptian TV, homage is paid to the Nazi past by radicals throughout the Muslim world. In their sermons and public proclamations the most virulent Jew-hatred since the dark of days of the Third Reich is trumpeted. And unlike the Nazis they do not conceal their malevolent goal.

It is one thing for such toxic ideas to be conceived in the clandestine meeting places of international terror organizations, however, but quite another for them to be promoted in the campus offices of recognized student groups. But this incitement of hatred is exactly what is taking place during the UC Irvine Muslim Student Union's week of "Nakba" events.

How destructive is the agenda of "Nakba" week? Consider the roster of speakers the MSU has assembled:

· The notorious Norman Finkelstein, who demeans the Holocaust as an "industry" and is so extreme in his hatred of Israel that he is scorned by true scholars and denied tenure by his university department.

· Mohammed al Asi, who spreads the lunatic notion that 9/11 was actually caused by agents of the Mossad and CIA who had infiltrated "Islamic combatant groups."

· Amir Abdel Malik Ali, who believes that Ahmadinejad is "a pretty good guy" and has praised Palestinian mothers whose children become suicide bombers....
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