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August 21, 2012 4

Free Palestine! End ZioNazi Apartheid!”: A Snapshot of Al Quds Day 2012

Al Quds Day is com­mem­o­rated annu­ally with mass ral­lies and speeches on the last Fri­day of Ramadan. It has tra­di­tion­ally been marked by hos­tile rhetoric towards the state of Israel, includ­ing bla­tant anti-Semitism.

Al Quds Day Protest in LA

This year, for exam­ple, Iran­ian pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ahmadine­jad described Israel as an “insult to all of humankind” and called for Israel’s destruc­tion. Secretary-General of Hezbol­lah Has­san Nas­ral­lah sim­i­larly threat­ened that Hezbol­lah has the power to “trans­form the lives of mil­lions of Zion­ists in Israel to a real hell.”

While the largest Al Quds Day events gen­er­ally take place in the Mid­dle East, protests are also held in cities across the United States. The protests, which took place last Fri­day in a dozen U.S. cities, were rife with extreme lan­guage, includ­ing signs that com­pared Israel’s treat­ment of the Pales­tini­ans to the Holocaust.

In New York, L.A. and Hous­ton, large ban­ners read­ing “Stop Pales­tin­ian Geno­cide” were on dis­play, as well as other signs that read, “Israel is a Can­cer,” “Down with Zion­ism,” Holo­caust in Pales­tine” and “Gaza=Auschwitz.” A woman in New York held a sign that said, “Free Pales­tine! End ZioN­azi Apartheid! No $$ to ‘Israel!’ Boy­cott ‘Israel’.”

Speak­ers at sev­eral ral­lies also used fanat­i­cal rhetoric to denounce Israel. Rabbi Dovid Feld­man of Neturei Karta called for the “dis­man­tle­ment of the entire State of Israel” dur­ing an address at the Los Ange­les protest. Another Neturei Karta speaker, this one at the New York rally held in Times Square, led the audi­ence in chants of “Judaism, Yes, Zion­ism, No, the State of Israel must go” and “From the River to the Sea, Pales­tine will be free.” In a media inter­view, an orga­nizer of the Hous­ton protest pledged to con­tinue to “com­mem­o­rate” Al Quds Day, say­ing, “This demand for jus­tice will take place every year until Pales­tine will be free from Zion­ist hands!”

NYC Al Quds Day Flyer

A sec­ond speaker at the event in New York, ANSWER activist Sara Floun­ders, expressed implicit sup­port for Hezbol­lah when she addressed the crowd, say­ing “We stand with the resis­tance in Lebanon today.” Floun­ders, who also declared sol­i­dar­ity with the regimes in Iran and Syria, has pre­vi­ously par­tic­i­pated in con­fer­ences in Beirut attended by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Hamas and Hezbol­lah. At one such con­fer­ence in Jan­u­ary 2009, Floun­ders said, “We need to mil­i­tantly sup­port Hamas…We need to make it clear that we sup­port the right to resist, the right to fire rockets.”

Many of the protests also fea­tured imagery and mes­sag­ing designed to fur­ther fan the flames of the con­flict and paint Israel as a vio­lent oppres­sor. At the rally in Los Ange­les, for exam­ple, sev­eral chil­dren held signs that read, “Israel is killing chil­dren like me.”

The Iranian-owned tele­vi­sion sta­tion Press TV reported on the Al Quds Day protest that took place in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. and inter­viewed one of the speak­ers at the event. The speaker, Imam Abdul Alim Musa (an anti-Semitic extrem­ist who founded the Sabiqun move­ment) called for Israel’s defeat and described Gaza as the “biggest open-air prison.”

Al Quds Day, which refers to the Ara­bic term for Jerusalem, was ini­ti­ated in 1979 in Iran by Aya­tol­lah Khomeini.

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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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