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Campus Support For Terrorism
Edited by David Horowitz and Ben Johnson


            In the 1930s, the universities were the first German institutions to capitulate to Adolf Hitler. Martin Heidegger, Germany’s greatest 20th century philosopher and the intellectual idol of American academics hailed the advent of the Third Reich from the rectorship of Freiburg University. Fascism was an idea so messianic in its conception, so elitist in its attitudes and so anti-capitalist in its social philosophy that intellectuals found it irresistible.

            In England in the 1930s, while Germany rearmed and began annexing territory in the heart of Europe, the Oxford Union resolved “not to defend King and country” against the growing fascist threat. The pacificism of the progressive left and the Tory right added up to an appeasement of Hitler that protected him when he was still weak and testing the limits of Western resolve. The consequence was World War II and 70 million deaths before he was stopped.

            The lessons of history are not readily learned and the past, as a result, is slated for an endless revival. Plus ca change plus c’est la meme chose. The seeds of the contemporary opposition to the War on Terror were sown in the 1960s in the movement to oppose the Communist aggression in Vietnam. Once again the universities and the intellectual culture provided the most dependable support in the West for the totalitarian agendas of the Communist bloc. The withdrawal of American aid to the anti-Communist forces in Cambodia and Vietnam in 1975 (long after American forces had been removed) resulted in the slaughter of two and a half million peasants in Indo-China at the hands of the Communist victors. The blood of these innocents would not have been shed without the aid the Communists received from their supporters and appeasers in the anti-Vietnam movement in the West.

            Now we are engaged in a new war with a totalitarian enemy. Radcial Islam despises capitalism and its democracies in the West. And once again, totalitarianism finds its most dependable allies on college faculties. This time, the enemy does not offer lofty visions of utopia nor rallying cries of “self-determination,” nor a promise to revenge past national grievances. The jihadists of Radical Islam simply offer unmitigated hatred of the “Great Satan,” United States. For the academic left, that is enough. “The enemy of my enemy is my friend” is a sufficient logic to cement the alliance.

                On university campuses across the country, tenured radicals teach their students that “one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter,” and that America is “the world’s greatest terrorist state.” The Middle Eastern Studies Association and more than 200 “Peace Studies” programs share the view that our terrorist enemies, however regrettable their public relations sense are in fact the voice of the world’s “oppressed” and that by challenging the United States they are advancing the cause of “social justice.”[1] ([1] For the views of one influential radical professor see Peter Collier and David Horowitz, The Anti-Chomsky Reader, Encounter Books 2004) Nor is the activity of these faculty radicals confined to academic theory. On every major American campus, radical professors are busily organizing anti-American “teach-ins” and demonstrations against the war, and providing their students with academic credit for joining the radical cause.

                September 11, 2001, is burned into the nation’s memory as a day of infamy and terror. Yet within weeks of this horror, protests were organized on more than 150 American college campuses opposing an American military response in advance. Columbia University Marxist Eric Foner, a past president of both the American Historical Association and the Organization of American Historians, declared, “I’m not sure which is more frightening: the horror that engulfed New York City or the apocalyptic rhetoric emanating daily from the White House.” As President Bush vowed to depose the totalitarian theocracy that had given al-Qaeda a military base of operations and bring the terrorists to justice, professors denounced America as “the greatest terrorist state;” lecturers at the City University of New York condemned “American imperialism” as the root cause of the attack; and Brown University academics chanted, “one, two, three, four, we don’t want a racist war!”[2] (For these citations see David Horowitz, Unholy Alliance: Radical Islam and the American Left, Regnery 2004) Thus, before the final death count had been tallied in the worst act of terrorism in American history, the campus Left had already launched a pre-emptive strike against America’s effort to defend itself.

            A year and a half later, American forces entered Iraq to enforce UN resolution 1441 against Saddam Hussein’s brutal dictatorship, a sponsor of terror, a deployer of chemical weapons, an aggressor in two recent wars, and an outlaw regime in open defiance of 16 previous UN resolutions and international law. Demonstrations were organized on nearly 1,000 campuses to prevent America and Britain from taking down Saddam’s regime.  At one “antiwar” teach-in at Columbia University, conducted by 30 faculty and attended by 3,000 students, Professor Nicholas De Genova declared: “Peace is subversive, because peace anticipates a very different world than the one in which we live – a world where the U.S. would have no place. The only true heroes are those who find ways that help defeat the U.S. military. I personally would like to see a million Mogadishus.”[3] (Cited in Horowitz, op. cit. p. 34)


            This was a reference to the site in Somalia where an al-Qaeda warlord ambushed and killed 18 American troops, then dragged their bodies through the streets. According to reports, the crowd “applauded loudly” when De Genova continued, “If we really [believe] that this war is criminal...then we have to believe in the victory of the Iraqi people and the defeat of the U.S. war machine.” The “Iraqi people” the Columbia teach-in cheered to victory are the same terrorist forces that carried out the torture and rape of Saddam’s political opponents and their families as a matter of course, and have since killed more than 1,000 U.S. servicemen. 


            This speech was a moment of truth  for the campus antiwar Left, revealing how a significant segment of academia had formed an unholy alliance with terrorists and their enablers. From sponsoring pro-terrorist symposia, to funding and defending pro-terrorist campus organizations, to teaching students that America is an imperialistic oppressor and the terrorists are no threat, America’s universities are playing a sinister and dangerous role in the war on the terror. It is a role that deserves more attention than it has been given, and the present booklet, Campus Support for Terrorism, is an attempt to remedy the deficiency.

            Perhaps the most notorious example of a professor’s active role in the terrorist jihad is that of Osama “Sami” al-Arian, a University of South Florida professor who before his arrest was the North American head of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, an organization that has murdered more than 100 people in suicide bombings in the Middle East, including two young Americans.

            Al-Arian operated his terrorist network using the University of South Florida as a base of operations. Under university auspices, he created two “think tanks,” the World Islamic Studies Enterprise (WISE) and the Islamic Committee for Palestine, from which he leveraged campus authorities to invite, sponsor, and employ his fellow terrorists. WISE board member Tarik Hamdi delivered a satellite phone to Osama bin Laden in May 1998. Ramadan Abdullah Shallah also worked at WISE, and al-Arian proposed USF hire him as a professor before Shallah became Secretary-General of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (replacing the assassinated brother of another WISE board member). Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, the blind sheikh responsible for the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, was one of al-Arian’s invited speakers.

            Al-Arian is also a pioneer in organizing a national “civil liberties” lobby against the Patriot Act. In 1997 he founded the National Coalition to Protect Political Freedom whose goal was to the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty act of 1996 a precursor of the Patriot Act. The bill declared “material support” for terrorism a crime and allowed investigators to use secret evidence in trials against terrorists. Federal authorities had arrested al-Arian’s brother-in-law and cohort in Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Mazen al-Najjar, for providing material support to terrorists under its terms. He was subsequently deported.

            Al-Arian’s “civil liberties” movement drew a toxic mixture of terrorists and leftwing activists into its ranks. Among its member groups were:

  The Committee for Imad Hamad and the Committee for Justice for the “L.A. Eight,” both of which sought to free convicted

terrorist members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a Palestinian Marxist terror organization;

The American Muslim Council, headed by Abdurahman Alamoudi. Authorities arrested Alamoudi, a former Clinton administration adviser on Islamic affairs, for acting as a conduit for Mohammar Qaddafi. Alamoudi stands accused of smuggling Libyan money to terrorist groups including al-Qaeda, Hamas, and Hezbollah.

  The Center for Constitutional Rights, founded by William Kunstler and Arthur Kinoy for the purpose of, in Kunstler’s words, “keeping people on the street who will forever alter the character of this society: the revolutionaries.”

            Although authorities hold Sami al-Arian under tight surveillance, the National Coalition for the Protection of Political Freedom keeps his work alive. His replacement as head of the coalition is Kit Gates, longtime executive with the National Lawyers Guild, a radical organization prominent in every law school in the United States.

            Al-Arian has solicited donations for Palestinian “martyrs” and publicly lauded violent acts of barbarism. He told one crowd, “We assemble today to pay respects to the march of the martyrs and to the river of blood that gushes forth and does not extinguish, from butchery to butchery, and from martyrdom to martyrdom, from jihad to jihad.” In a letter he wrote in the 1990s, al-Arian pleaded, “I call upon you to try to extend true support to the jihad effort in Palestine so that operations such as these can continue.”[4] (Unholy Alliance, op. cit. pp. 188-192. Thomas Ryan, "Lobby for Terror," FrontPage Magazine, April 28, 2004)

            Although al-Arian’s terrorist agendas were exposed by the Miami-Herald and others in 1994, the president of the University of South Florida, Betty Castor, steadfastly refused to fire al-Arian. Al-Arian subsequently appeared  on an episode of The O’Reilly Factor in 2002, which produced an embarrassing flood of protesting emails and phone calls to his university. As a result, President Castor suspended al-Arian, with pay, while he was under FBI investigation, then reinstated him to the USF faculty when the American Association of University Professors and other leftist organizations protested on his account. When Castor stepped down from the USF presidency, the new USF President, Judy Genshaft, fired al-Arian, but not for engaging in terrorist activity. He was fired because his presence on campus had become disruptive.[5] (Ronald Radosh, “The Case of Sami al-Arian”)

            Throughout these events, al-Arian and his leftwing supporters claimed that he was a political victim of prejudice. “I’m a minority. I’m an Arab. I’m a Palestinian. I’m a Muslim. That’s not a popular thing to be these days. Do I have rights, or don’t I have rights?” Al-Arian’s professional colleagues immediately sprang to his defense. USF professor Dr. Roy Weatherford filed a grievance on his behalf. The American Association of University Professors “condemned” USF in 2002 and filed a report the following year in its monthly magazine, Academe, stating al-Arian had not acted improperly.[6] (David Tell, "Professors for Sami," Weekly Standard, June 17, 2003.  Nathan Giller, "American Association of University Professors: Lobby for the Left") Other academic heavyweights testified to al-Arian’s impeccable character.

In a FrontPage Magazine article, Jonathan Schanzer noted the depth of sympathy al-Arian elicited in the academic community: “Georgetown’s John Esposito stressed al-Arian's ‘professional competence and stellar teaching record.’ Anthony Sullivan of the University of Michigan declared that al-Arian ‘is a quintessential political moderate.’ Louis Cantori, professor of political science at the University of Baltimore, insisted that al-Arian is not ‘a political radical…Period.’” McCarthy expert Ellen Schrecker said al-Arian’s was a case of “political repression.” Indeed, just before his arrest, Duke University asked al-Arian to speak at a symposium on “National Security and Civil Liberties.”[7] (Jonathan Schanzer, “Professors for Terrorist Al-Arian,”   Horowitz, Unholy Alliance, p. 191.)

           After USF President Judy Genshaft, who is Jewish, made the decision to let the terrorist al-Arian go, she endured backlash from such national outlets as the Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the American Muslim Council, the National Lawyers Guild, The Nation magazine, the ACLU, the Center for Constitutional Rights, and the New York Times. Former Democratic Michigan Congressman David Bonior also defended al-Arian.[8] (Robert Spencer, “Al-Arian: Terrorist Professor and His Campus Allies”)

            The Justice Department arrested Sami al-Arian in February 2003, issuing a 120-page indictment that charged him with 200 instances of supporting terror. The indictment specified that al-Arian used “the structure, facilities and academic environment of USF to conceal the activities of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.”

            The threat that embedded terrorist professors and their faculty supporters pose is real. Rachel Corrie, who was recruited into the radical movement as a student is a case in point. A 23-year-old college senior at Evergreen State in Olympia, Washington, Corrie became passionately attached to the political causes championed by her left-wing university. In the spring of 2003, she joined a campus crusade in behalf of terrorists that would lead her to an early death.

            The campus environment of Evergreen has long proven amenable to terrorists. “To gain a sense of Evergreen’s ideological orientation,” wrote FrontPage Magazine columnist Myles Kantor, “its main area is called Red Square and cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal has been a commencement speaker” (via audiotape from prison).[9] (Myles B. Kantor, “Terrorist Martyr, American Style.” David Horowitz, “The Tip of a Dangerous Iceberg,” FrontPage Magazine, April 8, 2004  ) At Evergreen, Corrie joined the Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace, a group formed to oppose President Bush’s military response to the Taliban. Its anti-capitalist, anti-Western views are summed up in one of its trademark slogans: “Corporate Globalization Equals Imperialist Domination.” 


            From there, Rachel moved deeper into the circles of the Left. In early 2003, she joined the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), a group of Western “human shields” who operate under the aegis of the Palestine Liberation Organization. ISM’s mission is to obstruct Israeli security officials attempting to protect Israelis and Palestinians from terrorist outrages. Corrie accompanied a contingent of ISM activists to the West Bank and hoped to do her part for “the movement.” After terrorists killed two IDF troops, Corrie wrote, “more Martyrs [sic.] are ready to defend the honor of Palestine.” That February, she donned a burqa, sat amidst a group of Palestinian children, and violently ripped apart a paper American flag she had set ablaze.

            Soon, she and her ISM colleagues got to fulfill their actual agenda. On March 16, 2003, an Israeli bulldozer set to work removing shrubs in the Gaza Strip town of Rafah. These shrubs obscured the tunnels terrorists were using to smuggle weapons from Egypt to the West Bank. As Rachel Corrie knelt in front of the terrorists’ supply lines, the bulldozer’s driver, who could not see her, ran over her. Corrie’s fellow ISM members – whom she considered her closest friends as she sojourned half a world away from her family – snapped propaganda photos of her broken, bleeding body before even attempting to help her. “My back is broken,” she whimpered as she died at the age of 23.

            The terrorists saw Corrie’s death as a propaganda coup. The PLO organized a wake for Corrie attended by members of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade. Corrie has since become a celebrated martyr of the Palestinian cause.[10] (Ibid.)

            The articles collected in this booklet describe several of the key players in this growing collaboration between Islamic terrorists and their supporters on American campuses. David Horowitz dissects a Peace Studies course and textbook at Ball State University in Indiana that is a veritable model of the leftwing attitudes in which students are being indoctrinated on American campuses. Lee Kaplan demonstrates how Duke University has lent its prestige to the International Solidarity Movement, the very organization that shepherded Rachel Corrie to her death. Duke hosted a “Palestine Solidarity Conference” whose purpose was to recruit students on its campus to follow Corrie’s path. Radical attorney Lynne Stewart is an indicted terrorist but also a campus celebrity, as Erick Stakelbeck’s article “Lynne Stewart’s College Tour” amply documents. The Muslim Students Association, as Stakelback reports in a second article, is a Saudi funded support group for Muslim radicals and terrorists that operates on 150 college campuses. The Middle East Studies Association is the primary professional organization of American academics whose expertise is the terrorist heartland and who as Leslie Carbone documents are the chief western apologists for Islamic radicalism.

            It is our hope that these reports will alert others to the dangers this campus juggernaut represents. It is time for the academic world to take its head out of the sand and join the rest of the nation in its efforts to defend itself, or for the rest us to take steps to see that it does.


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American Association of University Professors:

American Association of University Professors: Lobby for the Left
By Nathan Giller
June 4, 2003

Terrorism and Other "Scholarly Pursuits"
By David Tell
June 9, 2003

Professors for Sami
David Tell
June 17, 2003

Shilling for the Campus Left
By R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
May 11, 2004

American Library Association:

Librarians for Terror
By Lee Kaplan
August 24, 2004

Librarians vs. Ashcroft
By Mike Martin
June 19, 2003

Divestment from Israel:

Heated Arguments Arise at Duke’s Israeli Divestment Forum
By Charles Lin
February 3, 2003

Help Stop the Anti-Israeli Divestment Campaign
By David Horowitz
February 10, 2003

Anti-Semitism on Campus
By Ruth Wisse
December 13, 2002

General Union of Palestinian Students:

Palestinian Terror on Campus
By Lee Kaplan
November 23, 2004

Jihad at San Francisco State
By Lee Kaplan
November 8, 2004

Intifada Against College Republicans
By Lee Kaplan
November 2, 2004

Middle East Studies Association:


The Middle East Studies Left
By Jonathan Calt Harris
November 6, 2003

Academia Silent on Militant Islam
By Jonathan Calt Harris
November 25, 2002

Terror’s Academic Sympathizers
By Leslie Carbone
December 9, 2002

Juan Cole, Media – and MESA – Darling
By Jonathan Calt Harris
December 7, 2004

Middle East “Scholars” Unleash a New Brand of Bias
By Martin Kramer
November 26, 2004

Scholars for Terror
By Lee Kaplan
December 7, 2004

Muslim Student Organization:

Boca Raton: City of Terror
By Joe Kaufman
May 22, 2003

Florida Atlantic Terror University
By Joe Kaufman
February 19, 2004

Muslim Students’ Association:

The MSA Is a Pro-Terror Organization
By Ben Johnson
December 14, 2004

Islamic Radicals on Campus
By Erick Stakelbeck
April 23, 2003

Butcher Enablers
By Stephen Schwartz
March 10, 2003

UCLA Sponsors of Terrorism
By FrontPageMagazine.com
April 4, 2003

Muslim Students at Penn Sponsor Nazi
By Jonathan Calt Harris
October 9, 2003

MSA Figure Seized by FBI
By Paul Barrett
May 29, 2003

The Muslim Student Association: A Wahhabi Front
By Stephen Schwartz

March 11, 2003

Islamism’s Campus Club
By Jonathan Dowd-Gailey
June 2, 2004

The Tip of a Dangerous Iceberg
By David Horowitz
April 8, 2003

A Neo-Nazi On Campus

By Gamaliel Isaac

April 19, 2002

A Muslim Patriot’s Call

By Oubai Mohammad Shahbandar

October 13, 2003

Fighting Anti-American Hatred on Campus
By Oubai Mohammad Shahbandar
March 10, 2003


Palestine Solidarity Movement

Solidarity with Terrorism Campaign
By Nat Hentoff
November 27, 2002

The Intifada Comes to Duke
By Eric Adler and Jack Langer
January 5, 2005

Duke's Weekend of Terror 
By Stephen Miller
November 2004

Embracing Terror
By Michael Petrocelli

October 7, 2004

Duke Rally vs. Terror Precedes Conference
By Michael Petrocelli
October 14, 2004

Chesler's Duke Battle Round II
By FrontPage Magazine
October 5, 2004

The Chesler Wars Come to Duke
By Phyllis Chesler
September 28, 2004

Duke's Terror Odyssey
Nathan Carleton
September 21, 2004

Duke’s Platform for Terror
By Lee Kaplan
September 15, 2004


Professors and Invited Campus Speakers:

By David Horowitz
April 22, 2003

Moment of Truth (for the Anti-American Left) (Nicholas De Genova and Eric Foner)
By David Horowitz
March 31, 2003

John Pilger: Profile
By DiscoverTheNetwork.org


Confronting John Pilger
By Jamie Weinstein
October 22, 2004

A Journalist Prof for Saddam (Robert Jensen)
By Mike Adams
December 16, 2004

Symposium: The Left’s Hatred of Bush (Robert Jensen)
By Jamie Glazov
October 15, 2004

Bernardine Dohrn: Profile
By DiscoverTheNetwork.org

Bill Ayers: Profile
By DiscoverTheNetwork.org

Allies in War (Bernardine Dohrn and Bill Ayers)
By David Horowitz
September 17, 2001

Graduation Gift for the Left (Bernardine Dohrn)
By Shawn Macomber
July 2, 2004

Laura Whitehorn: Profile

RNC Forecast: Severe 'Weather' Watch (Laura Whitehorn)
By Thomas Ryan

August 30, 2004

Duke University's Terrorist (Laura Whitehorn)
By Newsmax.com
January 21, 2003

Susan Rosenberg: Profile
By DiscoverTheNetwork

The Susan Rosenberg Debate
By Jonathan Rick
January 27, 2005

An Open Letter to the President of Hamilton College (Susan Rosenberg)
By Edward Moore
December 2, 2004

Hamilton College’s Other Leftist Problem (Nancy Rabinowitz and Ward Churchill)
By Thomas Ryan
February 3, 2005

Elaine Brown: Profile
By DiscoverTheNetwork.org

Forget Drugs, Oil, and SUVs: Evil is Nourished by Student Fees (Elaine Brown)
By Vic Spooner
February 12, 2003

Sami Al-Arian: Profile
By DiscoverTheNetwork.org

The Case of Sami Al-Arian
By Ron Radosh
February 8, 2002

Al-Arian: Terrorist Professor and His Campus Allies
By Robert Spencer
February 26, 2003

Professors for Terrorist Al-Arian
By Jonathan Schanzer
February 24, 2003

Lynne Stewart: Profile
By DiscoverTheNetwork.org

Cheerleaders for Terrorism (Lynne Stewart)
By Erick Stakelbeck

June 17, 2003

Terrorist Law School Mentor (Lynne Stewart)
By Michael Tremoglie
November 18, 2002

Stanley Cohen: Profile
By DiscoverTheNetwork.org

Stanley Cohen: Terrorist Mouthpiece
By Michael Tremoglie
December 17, 2002

The Record of a Radical (Ward Churchill)
By Jacob Laksin
February 10, 2005

Ward Churchill Is Just the Beginning
By David Horowitz
February 9, 2005

Ward Churchill and the Politics of Campus Extremism
By Edward Alexander
February 7, 2005

Ward Churchill’s No Indian
By Jim Adams
February 7, 2005

CU Professor Compares 9/11 Victims to Nazis (Ward Churchill)
By The Denver Channel
January 28, 2005

Ward Churchill: Useless Idiot
By Don Feder
February 11, 2005

Why Does Ward Churchill Still Teach at Colorado? 
By Ann Coulter
February 10, 2005

Pro-Terror Events:

Solidarity with Terror
By Lee Kaplan
July 2, 2004

Campus Rally for Terror
By Lee Kaplan
November 26, 2003

A Pro-Terrorist Rally at Ohio State?
By Students for Academic Freedom
November 7, 2003

Students for Jihad
By Lee Kaplan
October 23, 2003

Columbia's Anti-Israel Film Festival
By DiscoverTheNetwork
May 2004

Columbia Sponsors Genocidal Film
By Columbia College Conservative Club
January 24, 2003


Students for Justice in Palestine:

Students for Justice in Palestine: Profile
By Wendy Webb
December 4, 2002


1] For the views of one influential radical professor see Peter Collier and David Horowitz, The Anti-Chomsky Reader, Encounter Books 2004

[2] For these citations see David Horowitz, Unholy Alliance: Radical Islam and the American Left, Regnery 2004

[3] Cited in Horowitz, op. cit. p. 34

[4] Unholy Alliance, op. cit. pp. 188-192. Thomas Ryan, "Lobby for Terror," FrontPage Magazine, April 28, 2004.                http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=13158.


[5] 5  Ronald Radosh, “The Case of Sami al-Arian,” http://www.frontpagemag.com/articles/Readarticle.asp?ID=1473 

[6] David Tell, "Professors for Sami," Weekly Standard, June 17, 2003. http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/002/814mevxi.asp

Nathan Giller, "American Association of University Professors: Lobby for the Left," http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=8160

[7] Jonathan Schanzer, “Professors for Terrorist Al-Arian,” http://www.frontpagemag.com/articles/readarticle.asp?ID=6307. Horowitz, Unholy Alliance, p. 191

[8]Robert Spencer, “Al-Arian: Terrorist Professor and His Campus Allies,” http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Printable.asp?ID=6306


[9] Myles B. Kantor, “Terrorist Martyr, American Style,” http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=6966.

13 David Horowitz, “The Tip of a Dangerous Iceberg,” FrontPage Magazine, April 8, 2004

[10] Ibid.

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