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Monday, February 16, 2004

HAMAS "activist" teaches at Florida Atlantic University

And why not? When an American company hosts HAMAS website (see below)
Hullo, good morning (boker tov), time to wake up, boys and girls. Accuse me of McCarthyism, racism or libel if you want, but this is friggin' crazy!

Daniel Pipes and Asaf Romiorwsky have exposed the fact that a visiting Palestinian professor is teaching at Florida Atlantic University, USA (paid for with our tax money, via the Fulbright Foundation). Their "little scoop has been met with yawns or disbelief," or worse yet, cynicism.

The Fulbright exchange professor, Mustafa Abu Sway, is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Islamic Studies and Director of the Islamic Research Center at Al-Quds University in east (Arab-occupied) Jerusalem. He is the co-author of a Palestinian Authority textbook that explains to Palestinian seventh-graders that jihad is a military obligation that "becomes the individual religious duty of every Muslim man and woman -- if the enemy has conquered part of its land." See the book at www.edume.org.

Abu-Sway was a board member and raised funds for two HAMAS-related organizations: the Heritage Committee and the Foundation for the Development of Society. He has worked with the Palestinian "Charity Coalition" that includes two organizations known as HAMAS fund-raisers (which have had their assets frozen by the American government).

As I pointed out in the post on Rantisi's website (below), HAMAS IS DESIGNATED BY THE UNITED STATES AS A FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATION.

Abu Sway is quoted as saying, at a 2002 interfaith meeting in Israel, that he wished the state of Israel "would disappear," or, according to another report, that he wished for "the end of the state of Israel." (I don't care which quote is the more accurate, do you?).

And get this. A letter to the editor, Palm Beach Post 11/13/03, states:
The students of the Florida Atlantic University Wilkes Honors College are a talented group who will be among Florida's leaders in the years to come. The faculty invited Dr. Abu Sway to join us because we want to offer our students and the wider community a better understanding of Islamic culture. . .

We found, in Dr. Abu Sway, a man of conscience. . . Dr. Abu Sway indeed is "an activist." But his activism has been on behalf of ecumenical and interfaith groups, groups that strive to build bridges across the chasms that separate us. We of the faculty are of many faiths, including Christianity, Hinduism and Judaism, and we see Dr. Mustafa Abu Sway as a peace-loving man in a war-torn place and time. . .

KEVIN LANNING

LAURA BARRETT

EUGENE BELOGAY

RACHEL CORR

JULIE EARLES

STEPHANIE FITCHETT

MICHAEL HARRAWOOD

TERJE HOIM

PAUL KIRCHMAN

RAKESH MOGUL

JON MOORE

EDWARD MURPHY

WAIRIMU NJAMBI

WILLIAM O'BRIEN

MARK RUPRIGHT

GENE SMITH

CHRISTOPHER STRAIN

MARK TUNICK

DANIEL WHITE

AMY BRODERICK

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A Palm Beach Post editorial (10/29/03) described Daniel Pipes as "the unreconstructed crusader who makes his living and reputation through vituperative attacks on Muslims and Islam, not just Muslim terrorists" and repeated the suspicion of "the professor (Abu Sway) and others" that his object is to "discourage acadmic freedom and certain viewpoints."

A local news piece in the Post 1/29/04 stresses that there is "no evidence" the charges of links to terrorism are true. It does not quote the PA textbook mentioned above, but quotes instead an article where Abu Sway wrote:
"It is our duty to reconfirm the sanctity of human life regardless of ethnic or religious background. Let us join hands for the welfare of humanity at large."
And then can we sing Kumbaya? ugh.

It's one thing to be attacked by Arab terrorists, but it's an altogether new experience to be endangered by our fellow Americans' goodwill and naivete. What really, really bothers me is that the "good" qualities, benefit of the doubt, freedom of speech, and all that, are extended differentially, more to The Other than to Our Own. Why would people rather believe the lies of Abu Sway than the truth of Daniel Pipes? Good question, no answer.