Controversial convert and Imam Abdel Malik Ali (left), surrounded by student security, made an often fiery speech today at the University of California, Irvine as part of a weeks long Palestinian awareness series. In a wide ranging lecture of approximately 40 minutes, Mr. Ali warned of the dangers of entrenched Zionist Jewish control of the media and the Obama administration. Part of his speech was not significantly different from that of many mainstream critics of Israeli policy or of the recent Gaza War which left a vastly disproportionate number of Palestinian civilian casualties. More frequently, however, he angrily promoted conspiracy theories or passively injected traditional anti-Semitic inferences about why Zionists and Jews are resented. He vigorously extolled Hamas, repeatedly called Israelis Nazis destined to defeat, and strongly attacked dialogue and peace talks. He also appeared to suggest that there was a wide range in the number of those killed in the Holocaust and that the term was unfairly used in such a way to deny the suffering of others. He made the same basic charge with regard to the use of the term anti-Semitism to refer to European Jews, when other Semites are excluded. Mr. Ali emphatically painted a scenario where Zionist Jewish control was cracking as a backlash against them emerged through abusive censorship, institutional control and their support for Israeli violence. In addition to the government, he singled out such corporations as Motorola and organizations like AIPAC and the Anti-Defamation League and its leader Abe Foxman. He said the last card his critics have are charges of anti-Semitism, which he maintains are false. Perhaps most bizarre was Ali’s lengthy and baseless contention that the newly proposed federal hate crime legislation, known as the Matthew Shepard Act (which is supported by the American Arab Anti Discrimination Committee), was an AIPAC drafted conspiracy to imprison Muslims and others who criticized Jews and Israel or dared to critically discuss the Holocaust. He proudly stated that he would break that law by continuing to speak out. Its text which can be found below does not punish such speech, but rather violent acts. He demurred from answering the Center director’s question directly about his longstanding position on Jews orchestrating the 9/11 attacks or what he would do to gays in the United States under his long sought after post democratic theocracy. He is expected to speak next week at Univ. of California, Riverside.
Matthew Shepard Act: http://hatefighter.blogspot.com/2009/05/hate-crime-bill-edited-text-criminal.html