Two University of California professors warn that Jewish students face greater dangers as Muslim extremist organizations grow in campus influence.
In an article on AmericanThinker.com, Leila Beckwith and Tammi Rossman-Benjamin â€“ Professor Emeritus at the UCLA and Lecturer at the University of California Santa Cruz, respectively â€“ write of the growth of Al-Awda, the presence of the Muslim Students Association or Muslim Student Union in nearly 600 North American colleges and universities, the activities of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), and more.
"Many of the activities of these groups specifically harass and intimidate Jewish students," they write, and "it is not inconceivable that these groups' anti-Semitic discourse and hostility could escalate into incidents of physical violence. Nevertheless, California administrators have been unwilling to respond to, or even acknowledge, the threats that Jewish students face on their campuses."
Al-Awda, for instance, is an organization that opposes Israel's right to exist, supports foreign terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Hizbullah, organizes strongly anti-Israel rallies and events, and often features virulently anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic speakers and films at its events.
"Al-Awda has also made significant inroads on college and university campuses in North America," the professors write, "by partnering with dozens of Muslim and pro-Palestinian/anti-Israel student groups. The first four of Al-Awda's seven annual international conventions were held on university campuses (University of Toronto, Hunter College, UCLA, and San Francisco State University)," and its conventions and regional conferences are invariably sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and the Muslim Student Association (MSA).
In California alone, SJP and MSA groups from more than ten California public colleges and universities have collaborated with Al Awda in hosting events.