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May 11, 2012 1

Malik Ali at UC Irvine: “Zionism Corrupts You”

In a speech that veered from anti-Semitism to vast con­spir­acy the­o­ries and then back again, Amir Abdul Malik Ali used his plat­form at UC Irvine to rant about Zionism’s respon­si­bil­ity for the finan­cial col­lapse, the alleged vil­i­fi­ca­tion of Islam and global cor­rup­tion issues.Through­out his talk, which took place this past Tues­day as part of the Mus­lim Stu­dent Union’sPales­tine Lib­er­a­tion Week,” Malik Ali sought to cast Zion­ism as the root of all evil, say­ing “One of the biggest deceits is that Zion­ism rep­re­sents free­dom, jus­tice and equal­ity when, in actu­al­ity, it rep­re­sents the exact oppo­site, slav­ery, injus­tice and racism and inequality.”

While Malik Ali took care to use the word “Zion­ist” rather than “Jew,” he expressed that Zion­ism “has cor­rupted those Jews who believe in it” and “cor­rupts them to the core.” And, in what was undoubt­edly the most anti-Semitic por­tion of his speech, Malik Ali claimed that the finan­cial col­lapse was orches­trated by the “Zion­ists” in an effort to vil­ify Islam:

“The cur­rent finan­cial cri­sis and col­lapse, the archi­tects of it, are Zion­ists. Whether you’re talk­ing about Greenspan or whether you’re talk­ing about Gei­th­ner or whether you’re talk­ing about Sum­mers or whether you’re talk­ing about Blank­fein or whether you’re talk­ing about Dimon. I’m say­ing Zion­ism cor­rupts you. Zion­ism cor­rupts you. These are not right­eous Jews who are doing this. These are not right­eous prac­ti­tion­ers of the Jew­ish faith who are doing this. These are them who are mix[ing] injus­tice with their religion.”

[Two of the indi­vid­u­als ref­er­enced by Malik Ali – Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JP Mor­gan Chase, and Tim­o­thy Gei­th­ner, the Sec­re­tary of the Trea­sury – are actu­ally not Jewish.]


Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia Pres­i­dent Mark Yudof was also described as a “Zion­ist Jew” who “sup­ports the apartheid state of Israel.” Malik Ali claimed that Pres­i­dent Yudof’s recent let­ter about tol­er­ance on cam­pus, which detailed inci­dents of anti-Jewish and anti-Israel harass­ment, “fol­lowed the media plan…in the media, you’re not allowed to show a Mus­lim or a Pales­tin­ian or an Arab or what have you from a sym­pa­thetic perspective.”

Malik Ali also cast blame on the Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment and Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, accus­ing Obama of “cor­rupt­ing the Con­sti­tu­tion” and con­spir­a­to­ri­ally alleg­ing that he will win the 2012 elec­tion only because the “next the­ater of [mil­i­tary] oper­a­tions is Africa. Black Africa…and they can­not have a white man in the White House bomb­ing Black Africa.”

On the eco­nomic front, Malik Ali alleged that the gov­ern­ment, the judi­ciary and the elec­toral process are “owned by cor­po­ra­tions” and that politi­cians “bow down to the Zion­ists because of these mate­r­ial things.” He also repeat­edly tried to con­nect the Israeli-Palestinian con­flict and the Occupy Wall Street Move­ment, advis­ing stu­dents that their mantra should be: “Anti-Zionist…Anti Empire…Anti 1%.”

Dur­ing the Q&A ses­sion, a stu­dent in the audi­ence shouted some­thing about Israel being the national home­land of the Jew­ish peo­ple, to which Malik Ali responded that it is not the Jews’ home­land and that “ya’all came from Europe” and “you gotta go back.”

Malik Ali, who is affil­i­ated with the anti-Semitic Sabiqun move­ment and is the imam of a mosque in Oak­land, is reg­u­larly invited to speak on cam­puses in Cal­i­for­nia. Dur­ing his appear­ances at Irvine, Malik Ali has con­spir­a­to­ri­ally claimed that “Zion­ist Jews” were respon­si­ble for 9/11 and that they con­trol the U.S. gov­ern­ment, the econ­omy and the media. He has referred to Jews and Zion­ists as “the new Nazis” and “the party of Satan.”

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May 2, 2012 0

Anti-Semite to Appear at MSU’s “Palestine Liberation Week”

Update: Amir Abdul Malik Ali used his plat­form at UC Irvine to rant about Zionism’s respon­si­bil­ity for the finan­cial col­lapse, the alleged vil­i­fi­ca­tion of Islam and global cor­rup­tion issues.

The Mus­lim Stu­dent Union at UC Irvine is at it again.

The group has invited Amir Abdul Malik Ali, a vir­u­lent anti-Semite, to speak at the uni­ver­sity next week. His talk is titled “The Strug­gle Has No Bor­ders.

Malik Ali’s sched­uled appear­ance is part of a week­long pro­gram being spon­sored by MSU next week called “Pales­tine Lib­er­a­tion Week: Get­ting to the Root of the Occu­pa­tion.” Other anti-Israel speak­ers sched­uled to appear include Hatem Baz­ian and Hedy Epstein. In addi­tion, mem­bers of the “Irvine 11, who were sus­pended for dis­rupt­ing a speech by Israeli Ambas­sador Michael Oren in Feb­ru­ary 2010, will return to cam­pus to take part in the event.

Malik Ali, who is affil­i­ated with the anti-Semitic Sabiqun move­ment and is the imam of a mosque in Oak­land, is reg­u­larly invited to speak on cam­puses in Cal­i­for­nia. Dur­ing his appear­ances at Irvine, Malik Ali has con­spir­a­to­ri­ally claimed that “Zion­ist Jews” were respon­si­ble for 9/11 and that they con­trol the U.S. gov­ern­ment, the econ­omy and the media. He has referred to Jews and Zion­ists as “the new Nazis” and “the party of Satan.” And, dur­ing an address titled “Death to Apartheid” in May 2010, Malik Ali responded “yes” to ques­tions about whether he sup­ports Hamas and Hezbollah.

MSU at UC Irvine did not invite Malik Ali to its annual anti-Israel pro­gram in 2011, but he had spo­ken at the pro­gram every year before that going back until at least 2006.

News of Malik Ali’s appear­ance coin­cides with an arti­cle that was pub­lished yes­ter­day in The Jew­ish Daily For­ward that describes how Jew­ish stu­dents and Hil­lels have begun work­ing with chap­ters of Mus­lim Stu­dent Asso­ci­a­tion and other Mus­lim stu­dent groups on cam­pus. A rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Hil­lel chap­ter respon­si­ble for UC Irvine was quoted in the arti­cle say­ing that Jew­ish stu­dents on cam­pus are engag­ing with their Mus­lim stu­dent coun­ter­parts and described it as “a new era.” Unfor­tu­nately, MSU’s con­tin­ued will­ing­ness to pro­vide a plat­form to an anti-Semite sug­gests otherwise.

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April 27, 2012 1

BDS Movement Gains Support of Activist Chicano Student Group

Lead­ers of the National Movimiento Estu­di­antil Chi­cano de Aztlán (MEChA), a Chi­cano stu­dent orga­ni­za­tion, recently voted to endorse the Pales­tin­ian call for Boy­cott, Divest­ment, and Sanc­tions (BDS). The endorse­ment was approved at the group’s 18th annual con­fer­ence in Phoenix, Ari­zona, on March 30. A press release issued after the con­fer­ence noted that BDS is nec­es­sary in light of Israel’s “mil­i­tary occu­pa­tion and set­tle­ment of Palestine.”

The Stu­dents for Jus­tice in Pales­tine (SJP) chap­ters at Ari­zona State Uni­ver­sity and the Uni­ver­sity of Ari­zona helped MeChA arrive at its endorse­ment and, accord­ing to the state­ment, led sev­eral work­shops on the Israeli-Palestinian con­flict at the conference.

One of the ses­sions was called “Con­crete Con­nec­tions,” which com­pared the U.S.-Mexico bor­der fence to the Israeli secu­rity fence in the West Bank, and explored the poten­tial for “cross-movement build­ing” for Pales­tini­ans and Latin-Americans. The state­ment about the con­fer­ence con­cluded with, “Together, these civil soci­eties – from Ari­zona to Pales­tine – are work­ing towards one goal of fight­ing oppres­sion and resist­ing every­day injustice.”

Ear­lier this week, the Pacific North­west chap­ter of MeChA held a regional con­fer­ence at The Ever­green State Col­lege (TESC) in which it endorsed BDS as well. Dur­ing the con­fer­ence, MeChA-Evergreen invited other activists involved in the divest­ment cam­paign (known as TESC Divest!) to par­tic­i­pate in a teach-in con­nect­ing the BDS move­ment to the “indige­nous strug­gles in the Americas.”

A state­ment issued by the group read, “We rec­og­nize that our peo­ples’ his­tor­i­cal and present strug­gles — against depor­ta­tion, occu­pa­tion, exploita­tion, and dehu­man­iza­tion — in Ari­zona, in the bor­der, and in the United States — not only coin­cide, but are also con­nected to Pales­tini­ans’ strug­gle against Israeli mil­i­tary occu­pa­tion and set­tle­ment of Palestine.”

TESC Divest! has been spear­headed by SJP at Ever­green, as well as the newly formed Olympia, Wash­ing­ton, chap­ter of Jew­ish Voice for Peace (JVP).

In recent years, there has been grow­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion between MeChA, which has approx­i­mately 400 chap­ters around the United States, and Pales­tin­ian sol­i­dar­ity groups. Cam­pus chap­ters of MeChA and SJP (largely on West Coast cam­puses and espe­cially at Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia schools) have co-sponsored a vari­ety of events seek­ing to high­light con­nec­tions between Pales­tini­ans and the Latino-American community.

MeChA chap­ters have even co-sponsored anti-Israel events on cam­pus that have fea­tured extreme speak­ers and anti-Semites, includ­ing an appear­ance by Amir Abdul Malik Ali at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, River­side in May 2009. At the appear­ance, Malik Ali claimed that U.S. politi­cians are con­trolled by Israel, warned that although “many are afraid of Zionists…Muslims are not afraid” and described Israelis as “the new Nazis.”

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