PRO-JIHAD, LINKED TO BIN-LADEN FUNDED ICPI
Ali Mazrui – lecturer at Bin Laden funded ICPI in South Africa -should be disinvited to speak at Rochester Institute of Technology
January 3, 2005
MIM: It is a travesty of the war on terror that calls for halting of the lecture of Dr. Daniel Pipes, the distinquished Middle East expert , and board member of the United States Institute of Peace,are being heard while no one is demanding that the RIT administration scrutinize the scheduled lecturer Ali Mazrui’s associations with Ahmed Deedat and the Bin Laden funded ICPI, as well as his leading roles in other radical Islamist organisations and withdraw his invitation to speak.
Ali Mazrui is a radical Islamist who lectured last year at the Bin Laden funded ICPI – International Center for the Propagation of Islam, whose founder and director , Ahmed Deedat is directly funded by the Bin Laden family and has boasted about meeting Bin Laden personally several times. Mazrui is also on the board of the Association of Muslim Social Services, the sister organisation of the IIIT – The International Institute of Islamic Thought, which is a Wahabist Saudi funded Islamic propagation front which was raided by the FBI and the JTTF in 2003.. The executive secretary of the AMSS is Kamran Bokhari ,the North American spokesman for the Al Qaeda offshoot group, Al Muhajiroun, which Dr. Pipes cites as “one of the most extremist groups operating in the west today” For more information on the AMSS and the CSID http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/214
A left wing paper written by students who are opposing Dr. Pipes right to free speech have even started a media campaign of hysterical disinformation which states that students at RIT will be forced to listen to Dr. Pipes lecture or not be able to graduate (!).
Left Hook, Canada – Dec 27, 2004
… of Technology (RIT) in New York State where in order to graduate, seniors will be forced to listen to a lecture by Daniel Pipes,… http://www.lefthook.org/Interviews/AlamCANreps122704.html
MIM: Update 1/5/04 The Left Hook paper has distorted the situation using a quote by Monique Dols, the Mid Atlantic CAN (Campus Anti War Network) representative, by failing to note the fact that some RIT senior students are required to attend the lecture series as part of their required coursework and have the same obligation to attend the lecture of Dr.Pipes as that of Ali Mazrui. One of the interviewees was the CAN representative on the RIT campus Josh Karpoff, who did nothing to rectify Dol’s false claim about the lecture series.
The communications director of RIT has clarified the situation and informed MIM that The Gannet lecture series which is inviting Dr. Pipes and Ali Mazrui are part of at the curriculum of a senior course. The attendence requirement pertains to all of the lectures in the series , although any students who are not able to attend will be accomodated according to circumstances.
MIM:While Dr. Grebinger’s and the RIT Provost Simone are on the defensive justifying their invitation to Dr.Pipes the real focus of condemnation should be their invitation of Ali Mazrui. who is probably regarded by the ‘Left Hook’ crowd as a paradigm of academic freedom and integrity.
Mazrui’s statements regarding ex USF professor and Florida jailbird Sami Al Arian are indicative of his committment to aintellectual honesty. The voluminous indictment against Sami Al Arian which included the names of nearly 100 murder victims of terrorist attacks, including that of Brandeis University student Alisa Flatow, financed by him and his group Palestinian Islamic Jihad, was dismissed by Mazrui who lamented that: http://news.tbo.com/news/MGAC3EONFCD.html
“…al-Arian was just a “victim of prejudice and of popular ill will…”http://www.campus-watch.org/article/id/556
MIM: Indeed RIT’s hosting of Ali Mazrui under the guise of giving the lecture series’ balance’ is similiar to the disingenuous excuses given by the administration of Duke University, who defended their hosting of an Islamist conference under the guise of giving a forum to ‘other views’. The conference ended up being not only a terrorist recruiting event , but the Duke administrations defense of the groups involved emboldened them to unleash a wave of anti semitism and conflict which is still engulfing the campus. The situation at Duke was summed up in this opinion piece in today’s Wall Street Journal article entitled: “The Intifada Comes to Duke :
“…Moreover, and whether or not a university has a duty to license the unfettered expression on its campus of every venomous notion under the sun, the real issue at Duke was always the refusal of the licensing authorities to call such notions by their proper names–in this case, bald anti-Semitism and incitement to the murder of innocents. That refusal on the part of the university and its president, a mark not of “constructive” liberality but of cowardice and complicity, is what led infallibly to the postconference outbreak of anti-Jewish hatred. Once the guardians of the citadel granted permission to open the gates, is it any surprise that the marauding hordes came storming through?…” http://www.opinionjournal.com/extra/?id=110006102
MIM: It appears that the RIT administration is turning a blind eye to Mazrui’s documented anti semitism and the fact that he lectured twice at an institute whose director is a personal friend of and is funded by Osama Bin Laden . On his own campus of Binghamton University, Mazrui turned a political science class into a vicious anti semitic and Israel bashing diatribe.
Mazrui ‘s Jew baiting is not surprising for someone who has no qualms about working for enterprises funded by Osama bin Laden. Just as the Americans are to blame for anti Americanism , Mazrui blames the Jews for anti semitism . Obviously Mazrui is not well versed in history, since one need only go back to 1948 before the existence of Israel (when the real geographical entity of Palestine existed) to see that anti semitism has existed from the time the Jews emerged as a nation centuries ago .But Mazrui’s revisionist pseudo scholarship cannot take details like historical fact into account…
MIM : It is indeed remarkable that students are clamoring to silence Dr. Daniel Pipes but are silent about the decision to invite the radical Islamist Ali Mazrui to speak on the RIT campus . Before Mazrui is lectures at RIT the university officals who are hosting his lecture should check with law enforcement and hold Mazrui accountable for his ties to Ahmed Deedat- Bin Laden- Al Qaeda – the International Center for Islamic Propagation- which is housed in a building named ‘The Bin Laden Centre’ in Durban South Africa and inquire into his role as board member and purveyor of the Ibn Khaldun Chair at the Graduate School for Islamic and Social Sciences (GISSS) which was recently raided by the FBI in connection with terrorist funding for Al Qaeda.
CSID chairman/director and AMSS board member Ali Mazrui meets Achmed Deedat’s cronies at the ICPI in the Bin Laden Centre in Durban. Deedat has been in ill for years and receives visitors at home.(see article excerpt below).
One of Deedat’s self proclaimed favorite books :http://www.ahmed-deedat.co.za/frameset.asp
Arrests and Plots Give South Africans a New Problem
By MICHAEL WINES
Published: August 9, 2004
In Durban, the Islamic Propagation Center International has long been financed by the bin Laden family in Saudi Arabia, and its founder, Ahmed Deedat, who is now dead, was a vocal anti-Semite and ardent backer of Osama bin Laden.
Support for radical Islam is evident in some Muslim neighborhoods in major cities, where T-shirts, banners and tapes espousing Qaeda causes are not difficult to buy.
The black racists and white flagellants contrived to make American universities adopt “The Africans” as a textbook.
They even made a TV series on it.
They may corrupt some students, delight white-haters, but they will ultimately worsen both white and black racism.
Mazrui attributes all present and past African problems to the Western white (particularly American and British) culture.
According to Mazrui, the black Africans are innocent victims of an oppressive Christian religion, exploitative capitalistic economy, emasculating culture, corrupt politics and depraved morality of the Western whites that transformed the original African Garden of Eden into the present hell.
Mazrui praises and admires Muammar Qaddafi, Idi Amin, predicates a society with a BLACK MASTER RACE and white pariahs, Islam above Christianity, primitive Marxism, unqualified anti-Americanism, black nuclear weapons at the service of the black races and Islam.
For the latter, he openly advocates Pakistani’s nuclear spying to provide the Islamic and black nations with striking power against the Western whites.
Even slavery was a Western white idea: “Before slave days, we were back in one huge village called Africa”.
Sure: killing to prove their manhood; raiding each other villages to capture people to be eaten, enslaved, or sold as slaves first to other black tribes, then to the Arabs, ultimately to the whites; cutting out women’s clitoris (plus labia minora and labia mayora) to kill their sexual pleasure possibilities (to assure their fidelity); practicing total genocide as a means to assert dominance… Not even kings were spared atrocious barbarism.
When the “Matiamvo”, for instance, an emperor in the interior of Angola, was considered to have reigned enough, he was first sent by his people to war (against any tribe one declared an enemy for the occasion) to be killed. If he was not killed, he went back to his throne and, “..sitting down, (he) calls his family around him. He then orders his mother to approach; she kneels at his feet; he first cuts off her head, then decapitates his sons in succession, next his wives and relatives,and, lasf of all, his most beloved wife, called Anacullo. This slaughter being accomplished, the Matiamvo, dressed in all his pomp, awaits his own death, which immediately followed, by an officer sent by the powerful neighbouring chiefs… This officer first cut off his legs and arms at the joints, and lastly he cut off his head; after which the heads of the officer is struck off…” (”The Golden Bough”, by J.G. Frazer, chapter xxiv).
When the Portuguese colonized Angola, they ruthlessly prohibited such an idillic custom, and imported their Christianity, the European culture, schools, work and other ghoulish white horrors…
Mazrui’s book carefully covers up those facts with pious fiction.
Just read the book, and think that it is being used by American Universities to Africanize white and black American students in Mazrui’s anti-white mission.
Mazrui has his anti-white anti-American book published by a white American publisher, TV-serialized by white-American television networks.”
[New society: Volume 51, Issues 900-912 - Page 249 - New Society Ltd., 1980
For Mazrui, despite his cavalier embrace of nuclear proliferation in Africa, despite even his one-time career as adviser to Idi Amin,..
Praise for Qaddafi
The narrator of a PBS series on Africa praises Moammar Qaddafi (1986).
In October 1986, PBS began airing a nine-part series called The Africans, co-produced by the BBC and Washington PBS station WETA. Lynne Cheney, then the chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities, got the NEH logo removed from the series in protest of how the producer and narrator, Ali Mazrui, “extols the virtues of Moammar Qaddafi.”
Video: One Man’s View of a Continent the Africans – TIME
TIME – Oct 13, 1986
Its writer and host, Ali A. Mazrui, a Kenya- born professor of political … on weapons imported from the West and his naive romanticizing of Gaddafi.
Host of PBS’s most controversial series would do it all again
Christian Science Monitor – Dec 1, 1986
s will hear, accompaniedby illustrative film footage, inthis commentary by Africanscholar Ali A. Mazrui: “When Muammar Qaddafi [Libya] came to power in 1969, …
Islamic and Western Values
Dr. Ali A. Mazrui
On December 6, 1997, the Al-Hewar Center in metropolitan Washington, D.C., had the distinct honor of welcoming Dr. Ali Mazrui as its guest speaker. Dr. Mazrui is the Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at the State University of New York at Binghamton.
Dr. Mazrui is the Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at the State …. On one issue of censorship WETA did consult me. Station officials were unhappy I had not injected more negativity into the series’ three-minute segment on Libya’s leader, Muammar Qaddafi. First they asked for extra commentary on allegations that Libya sponsored terrorism. When I refused, they suggested changing the pictures instead – deleting one sequence that humanized Qaddafi by showing him visiting a hospital and substituting a shot of the Rome airport after a terrorist bombing. After much debate I managed to save the hospital scene but surrendered on the Rome airport addition, on condition that neither I nor the written caption implied that Libya was responsible for the bombing.
Africa’s ‘thorny’ gender issue | The New Age Online
New Age Online – May 27, 2011
Turning to Libya, Mazrui said leader Muammar Gaddafi was a “good African but a bad Libyan”. He said Gaddafi remained the only Arab leader with strong ties with the rest of the continent.
DESCENDANT OF ARAB SLAVERS
East Africa 1700-1950 by Sanderson Beck
The Omanis governing Mombasa were of the Mazrui lineage. … The Omani Arabs soon arrived and took over Pate and Mombasa. … Omanis had revived Kilwa by developing the ivory and slave trades for the French, who acquired the Mascarene Islands;..
WISH WASHING ARAB SLAVE TRADE [WHICH WAS MUCH MORE CRUEL THAN THE TRANS-ATLANTIC]
Debating the African Condition: Race, gender, and culture conflict – Page 318 – Alamin M. Mazrui, Willy Mutunga – 2003 – Business & Economics – 495 pages
MAZRUI EVADED ARAB SLAVE TRADE ISSUE J. Covington Sunday Nation, Nairobi June 27, 1993 Due to the prodding of the scholarly Prof. Bethwell Ogot and more humbly, my own amateur historian views, Prof. Ah Mazrui has at last acknowledged that there was a very long standing Arab slave trade (Sunday Nation, May 30). The question is, why should “westerners” be tried as ‘guilty” and asked to pay while Arabs are “exempted” from any such demands by black Africans or their descendants? …
Equality, the Third World, and economic delusion – Page 195 – Péter Tamás Bauer – Harvard University Press, 1981 – Business & Economics – 293 pages
But Professor Mazrui’s discussion is nevertheless unbalanced and misleading. … The Arab slave trade long preceded the Atlantic slave trade, far outlasted it, and was also even more cruel… one reason why in the Middle East there are not many more descendants …
From subsistence to exchange and other essays – Page 77 – Péter Tamás Bauer – Princeton University Press, Apr 5, 2004 – Literary Criticism – 168 pages
2 Considerations such as these dispose of Professor Mazrui’s paradoxes and … The Arab slave trade long preceded the Atlantic slave trade, far outlasted it, and was suppressed only through Western effort. It was also even more cruel … why in the Middle East there are not many more descendants of Negro slaves. …
ANTI NON-ARAB, NON-MUSLIM INDIGENOUS AFRICANS [SUPPORTING VARIOUS GENOCIDES]
Debating the African Condition: Governance and leadership – Page 140 – Alamin M. Mazrui, Willy Mutunga – Africa World Press, 2003 – Business & Economics – 473 pages
Mazrui talks about Western-Christian slavery but not about Arab-Islamic slavery which pre-dated and post-dated trans-Atlantic slavery for centuries, that is, starting from the 7th century and continues up to this day. Slavery is still rife in Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Mauritania etc.
He talks about racism in the West and denies racism in Arab-Muslim society. First of all Mazrui is not an African. His allegiance is, first, his Arab ancestry followed by his Islamic religion in Arab form. Mazrui writes approvingly about Sudanese massacres, enslavement and forced conversions of African southern Sudanese. He went to Nigeria and told Muslims that they made a mistake to vote for Obasanjo, a Christian, to become Head of State! Mazrui was the chief advisor of Idi Amin and look at the legacy Amin left behind! What does such a person have to offer Africans? I know of a book written by a Ghanaian and just published by One World Publications in Oxford, UK. The title is The Legacy of A Arab-Islam in Africa: A Quest for Inter-Religious Dialogue. The book attacks Mazrui and reveals the magnitude and cruelty of Arab slavery and racism. Every African MUST read the book!
The legacy of Arab-Islam in Africa: a quest for inter-religious dialogue – John Alembillah Azumah – Oneworld, 2001 – 264 pages
Thoughtful and challenging, this book argues for a reassessment of the roleistorically played by Islam in Africa, and offers new hope for in creasedutual understanding between African people of different faiths.
Readings from Reading. Essays on African Politics, Genocide and Literature – Page 86 – Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe – African Books Collective, May 2, 2011 – 252 Pages
Mazrui took the side of the genocidists; Mazrui projected the testament of the Nigerian genocidists who murdered 3 . 1 million Igbo people . . . Not only does Mazrui condemn the right of the Igbo to defend themselves from the genocide (natural law, rights to life and property guaranteed by the relevant articles in the Nigerian constitution at the time, United Nations declaration to which the Nigerian state was… the-return- slaughters-in-Nigeria, Rwanda, Darfur, wherever!, to murder as many millions of African children, …
[Biafra revisited - Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe - Page 94 - African Renaissance, May 26, 2006 - 176 pages
DEMONIZING SALMAN RUSHDIE AS A “RACIST”
The Satanic verses, or a satanic novel?: the moral dilemas [sic] of the Rushdie affair – Page 27 – Ali AlʼAmin Mazrui
Committee of Muslim Scholars and Leaders of North America, 1989 – Political Science – 34 pages
To the question whether The Satanic Verses is as racist as Mein Kampf was, the answer is definitely not. But there is an undercurrent of Negrophobia in both books. The two books are also both anti-Semitic — but directed at different …
Students slam pro-Israel speaker
But welcome professor with ‘terror ties’
Published: 01/21/2005 at 1:00 AM
STUDENTS SLAM PRO-ISRAEL SPEAKER BUT WELCOME PROFESSOR WITH ‘TERROR TIES’
By Aaron Klein
Students at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) have been protesting an upcoming lecture, mandatory for some seniors, by pro-Israel Middle East expert Daniel Pipes, while public concerns have not be voiced over another speech, part of the same series, by Ali Mazrui, a professor accused of ties to organizations supporting terrorism.
RIT is featuring the Caroline Gerner Gannett Lecture Series, a seminar for seniors open to all students on “Globalization, Human Rights and Citizenship,” that brings to the campus over a dozen guest speakers as well as in-house professors to discuss topics ranging from regional conflict to the conservation of water.
Even though his speech is three months away, students have already written letters to lecture coordinators and the university president demanding Pipes, director of the Middle East Forum, a think tank that defines and promotes American interests in the Middle East, be disinvited or appear with a counterpoising speaker, although other Gannett lecturers appear without opposing speakers. An antiwar group has plastered the RIT undergraduate campus with posters protesting Pipes’ speech.
Pipes has in the past drawn some fire from Islamic groups for his support of Israel and for exposing several Islamic extremist organizations operating in the U.S.
In one letter to RIT president Dr. Albert Simone, a student writes Pipes is “an individual who makes broad stereotypical generalizations about people of the Muslim faith, such as ’15% of Muslims are terrorists,’ as well as supporting the concept that the only road to Middle East peace is ‘Total Israeli victory’ … How can the Gannett Lecture Series purport to be promoting the academic principles of debate and discussion when it allows his ideas to go without criticism by his peers? If Daniel Pipes does not want to appear with another speaker, then as I see it he doesn’t have to come and get paid.”
Pipes, who once estimated 15% of Muslims are “Islamists” not “terrorists,” has said he would not be interested in speaking with an opposing professor.
“My major purpose in going to universities like RIT is to offer a different point of view from what students usually hear. I dislike the idea of balance because it cuts into my time and it implies that my views need to be wrapped and controlled,” said Pipes.
Dr. Paul Grebinger, professor of Anthropology and coordinator of the Gannett series, agreed.
“It is often valuable to hear from individuals whose ideas we may oppose and whom we may not even like. I expect that Pipes will draw representatives from the Islamic community here on campus and from Rochester. They will no doubt be asking very pointed questions. So, I don’t expect any lack of debate.”
Last week, a poster distributed throughout the campus sponsored by the RIT Antiwar Group headlined “Islam is not the problem” called Pipes a “racist” and declared, “The real problem is the occupation of Iraq and the U.S. support of oppressive regimes in the Middle East. Stop the scapegoating of Arabs and Muslims!”
The group justified their “racist” label by quoting an article in which Pipes wrote, “The outside world should focus not on showering money or other benefits on the Palestinian Arabs, but on pushing them relentlessly to accept Israel’s existence.”
One RIT professor who asked that his name be withheld for fear that he “may lose his job” called the posters “idiotic. There is nothing remotely close to being racist about that statement. Pipes is the only thing approaching a non-leftist perspective on this campus, it wouldn’t kill these students to hear an opposing view. None of the liberal speakers need balancing counterparts.”
Dr. A.J. Cashetta, a professor of language at RIT told WorldNetDaily “I have never heard anyone here complain before that a speaker needed a counterbalanced idea, and now suddenly we have Pipes and people are complaining?”
Meanwhile, another Gannett lecturer, Dr. Ali Mazrui, who has repeatedly made anti-Israel comments, spoke at an Islamic extremist institution and is accused of ties to groups supporting terrorism, has escaped student criticism.
Mazrui, director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at Binghamton University, is on the board of the Association of Muslim Social Services, whose sister organization, the International Institute of Islamic Thought, a Saudi-funded Islamic group, was raided by the FBI in 2003. The executive secretary for the AMSS, Kamran Bokhari, was the North American spokesman for Al-Muhajiroun, a UK-based fundamentalist organization that disbanded in October under intense pressure by the authorities because of the group’s suspected ties to al-Qaida. Al-Muhajiroun members have become suicide bombers for Hamas, fought U.S. troops in Aghanistan, held rallies calling for the “death of America,” and publicly supported the charge of Osama bin Laden.
Mazrui lectured last year at the International Center for the Propagation of Islam in Durban South Africa. According to Militant Islam Monitor, the Center is funded by the bin Laden family and organizations linked to al-Qaida, and its founder and director, Ahmed Deedat, has publicly boasted of meeting bin Laden personally several times.
Mazrui recently wrote a paper, “The State of Israel as Cause for Anti-Semitism,” and presented a lecture at Binghamton that a student called “a 45-minute diatribe against Israel” equating Zionism with fascism, Israel with apartheid South Africa and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon with Hitler. Mazrui also expressed support for Sami Al-Arian, a South Florida professor indicted for raising money for the Islamic Jihad terror group, calling him “a victim of prejudice and of popular ill will.”
In an IslamOnline.com Question and Answer series, Mazrui implied Muslims are being isolated from American politics by pro-Israel Jews. “In the case of Hillary Clinton for example she was under pressure from pro-Israeli anti-Muslim New Yorkers. It was vital that American Muslims should not let those forces prevail and should keep on trying to enter the system …” wrote Mazrui.
Beila Rabinowitz, director of Militant Islam Monitor, told WorldNetDaily, “It is a travesty of the war on terror that we are hearing calls for halting the lecture of Dr. Daniel Pipes, the distinguished Middle East expert, while no one is demanding that the RIT administration scrutinize the scheduled lecturer Ali Mazrui, who plays leading roles in radical Islamist organizations.”
Mazrui, in an interview with WND, countered, “I’m not spying on the AMSS to find out who else is involved with them and whether they are kosher. Also, about the university in South Africa, I have to find out who funded it. But I don’t agree with this guilt by association policy.”
American universities hosting speakers connected to terrorism is nothing new. In December, WND exposed Nova Southeastern University was hosting a fundraising concert for the Islamic Relief, a charity connected to several organizations that support terrorism, is under investigation for accepting a contribution from a front group for al-Qaida, and was founded by the principle fundraiser for Muslim Aid, which according to Spanish police used funds to send mujahadeen to fight U.S. troops overseas and has held events at which speakers have boasted of supporting al-Qaida terror activities.
And in October, Duke University hosted a Palestinian solidarity conference cleared by the FBI and Homeland Security in which students were recruited to join the International Solidarity Movement, a terror-supporting group that has harbored terrorists in their Middle East offices and is outlawed in Israel.
David Horowitz, author and editor-in-chief of FrontPage Magazine, told WorldNetDaily the groups protesting Pipes and similar groups at universities throughout the country “are left-wing groups – often self-styled Marxist-Leninist vanguards – who regard the United States as the Great Satan, view the terrorists as ‘liberators’ and want us to lose the war on terror.” Friday, January 21, 2005
Reviving Jewish Race Science at Columbia U Conference
By By Brendan Goldman
May 23, 2010
The population of Jews in the US is three percent … but [their 'genius'] leads to their controlling so much power that even presidents are scared [of them]. Whether [President Barack] Obama will be able to escape the notion that three percent of the country is so powerful that the top gentile in the land cannot criticize Israel is not clear.
Columbia Professor Mahmood Mamdani and Barnard College Professor Nadia Abu El-Haj also sat on the panel, the former serving as moderator. Mamdani introduced the speaker, telling the audience that the Ifriqiyya Colloquium was about "gain[ing] some depth to the study of Africa." It may require a Ph.D. to appreciate how Mazrui’s anti-Semitic diatribe relates to that mission statement.
Mazrui’s lecture was entitled "Euro-Jews and Afro-Arabs: The Semitic Divergence in History," but he spent most of his time discussing the development of Jewish "genius" and "cultural impurity" in a European context. Ostensibly, Mazrui was comparing the impact of Jews on Europe to the impact of Arabs on Africa. However, he was more interested in why "Arabs lagged behind Jews in manifest genius." After admitting he knew little about Arab history and even less about Jews, Mazrui proceeded to spend his allotted time talking about the history of both peoples.
Mazrui did not flinch in asking rhetorical such questions such as "What aspects of Marxism are taken from Judaism?" He made the nuanced argument that since Karl Marx was ethnically Jewish, he clearly made "the Chosen People [into] the proletariat." Mazrui’s lecture was also peppered with statements like "Jews have been at their best when they were Europeanized…almost as if you needed a mixture of Jewishness and Europeanness [for Jewish genius]."
He also claimed that Jews as a people are insular and racist. "Arabs are far less race-conscious and ethnic-conscious than Jews are," he said. "Acceptance of race mixture was more developed in Arab culture than in Jewish culture."
In case anyone thought he was referring to ancient history, Mazrui made it clear that his observation applied to the modern period. He told his audience that Kuwait formerly had a black prime minister, which was not widely reported in the media, but if Israel had one, "that definitely would make world news." He neglected to mention that Kuwait’s Prime Minister is not elected, so the fact that a Kuwaiti Prime Minister was black tells us little about Kuwaiti society. Israel, on the other hand, is a multi-ethnic democracy with Arabs and Jews of every color serving in the Knesset, the Israeli parliament.
Yet even Abu El-Haj was taken aback by Mazrui’s research: "I don’t fully understand what you’re doing [in the section of his paper discussing 'Jewish Genius']," she exclaimed.
Mazrui clarified that Jews had "a certain kind of impurity" that led them to be "like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," but now they have "landed with Mr. Hyde’s evil identity."
This statement was too much even for Mamdani, a vociferous critic of the Jewish state, who said, "I’m not comfortable with the direction this conversation is going in." Abu El-Haj then made the astute observation that the conversation had "racial-genetic undertones" and that "it’s dangerous to talk about the biology of any group."
Mazrui was offended, apparently unaware that he had said anything that could be construed as racist. He clarified that he was talking about "cultural," not "racial," "impurity." He then went off on a political tangent.
This digression led him to the above statement about the "control" exercised by "three percent of the population" over the "highest gentile in the land," determining American ties with Israel. Mazrui must have missed the fact that Americans support Israel over its adversaries at a ratio of over four to one, making the 2.2 percent of the U.S. population that is Jewish relatively trivial in the president’s calculations of Middle Eastern policy. Mazrui continued with this theme anyway, saying toward the end of his speech that "[the Nobel Committee] gave [Egyptian President] Anwar Sadat the Nobel Peace Prize for being a good boy toward the Jews."
The conference ended at the completion of Mazrui’s diatribe. It was a surreal experience to bear witness to a professor of Mazrui’s professional stature dispensing with the usual fig leaf of "anti-Zionism" to espouse classic anti-Semitism. Academia ostensibly supports a world without prejudice, but professors like Mazrui now provide a legitimate façade for Jewish racial stereotypes. This is rank hypocrisy, and it’s time we call it what it is.
Brendan Goldman is a senior at New York University majoring in Middle Eastern and Islamic studies and an intern at the Middle East Forum. This essay was sponsored by Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum.
Ali Mazrui, Anti-Semite – National Review Online
By Daniel Pipes
May 24, 2010 11:58 A.M.
Ali al-Amin Mazrui (b. 1933) is the most celebrated intellectual of African origins in the United States. His 1,500-word official resume is a bit daunting, but here follow some highlights:
At Binghamton University, which is part of the State University of New York Mazrui is (1) Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities, professor in (2) Political Science, (3) African Studies and Philosophy, and (4) Interpretation and Culture, plus (5) director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies.
In addition, he has distinguished appointments at Cornell University, the University of Jos in Nigeria, and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya. He has served as visiting scholar at Stanford, Denver, Chicago, Ohio State, Pennsylvania, Bridgewater, Harvard, Colgate, McGill, Sussex, Oxford, Leeds, London, Cairo, Baghdad, Tehran, Nairobi, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, and “etc.”
He has authored over thirty books, from Towards a Pax Africana in 1967 The Politics of War and the Culture of Violence in 2008. Every important newspaper in the world has carried his byline. He narrated a high-profile television series, The Africans: A Triple Heritage, for the BBC and PBS in 1986.
Miscellaneous honors include being elected an “Icon of the Twentieth Century” by Lincoln University and being nominated for a “Living Legend Award” by two African organizations. Honorary degrees have come tumbling in. He “has been involved in a number of UN projects on matters which have ranged from human rights to nuclear proliferation.”
Authorities around the world, in short, inform us that professors don’t come smarter or wiser than Mazrui.
But Brendan Goldman, a senior at New York University, attended a talk on “Euro-Jews and Afro-Arabs: The Semitic Divergence in History” at Columbia University by the esteemed Dr. Mazrui on May 6. In his report, “Reviving Jewish Race Science at Columbia U Conference,” Goldman tells how Mazrui
spent most of his time discussing the development of Jewish “genius” and “cultural impurity” in a European context. Ostensibly, Mazrui was comparing the impact of Jews on Europe to the impact of Arabs on Africa. However, he was more interested in why “Arabs lagged behind Jews in manifest genius.” After admitting he knew little about Arab history and even less about Jews, Mazrui proceeded to spend his allotted time talking about the history of both peoples.
Mazrui did not flinch in asking rhetorical such questions such as “What aspects of Marxism are taken from Judaism?” He made the nuanced argument that since Karl Marx was ethnically Jewish, he clearly made “the Chosen People [into] the proletariat.” Mazrui’s lecture was also peppered with statements like “Jews have been at their best when they were Europeanized…almost as if you needed a mixture of Jewishness and Europeanness [for Jewish genius].”
He also claimed that Jews as a people are insular and racist. “Arabs are far less race-conscious and ethnic-conscious than Jews are,” he said. “Acceptance of race mixture was more developed in Arab culture than in Jewish culture.”
Mazrui concluded the event with this gross statement:
The population of Jews in the US is 3 percent…but [their “genius”] leads to their controlling so much power that even presidents are scared. Whether Obama will be able to escape the notion that 3 percent of the country is so powerful that the top gentile in the land cannot criticize Israel is not clear.
1) Genius Jews, Marxist Jews, ethnic Jews, proletariat Jews, Europeanized Jews, race-conscious Jews, ethnic-conscious Jews, powerful Jews … this is classic, fetid anti-Semitism.
2) Mazrui is a rank anti-Semite.
3) Binghamton and Cornell universities minimally should reprimand Mazrui; better yet, they should expel him.
4) How far has academic life descended that such drivel is considered not just respectable but estimable?