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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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