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We've brought stories to our readers about the hateful and highly inaccurate "Israel Apartheid Week" programs held on campuses across the nation, but this iteration being conducted at the University of California-San Diego has to take center stage for its ability to demonstrate how ingrained these programs are within university establishment culture, and how truly far gone some of its supporters have become.
Here is video from the highlight of the evening, where one anti-Israel activist affirmed to David Horowitz that she supports gathering all the world's Jews in Israel in order to initiate a Second Holocaust.
What part does the university play in egging this on? Well, the school's student government issued $20,000 to the Muslim Students' Association for their activities. Their regularly programmed "Apartheid Wall" was given a prime position on campus for an entire week, and its creation was sponsored by the Department of Visual Arts.
They also used their exceptionally generous financial support to host speeches from well known anti-Israel and Marxist movers and shakers: Norman Finkelstein, Angela Davis, and UC Berkeley Ethnic Studies leftist Hatem Bazian.
To counter this well-organized effort, Young Americans for Freedom at UCSD was able to scrounge together only a fraction of the funding of their opposition to bring David Horowitz to speak on the far left's intense hatred for Israel and America.
Horowitz himself started as a Berkeley leftist. He was an editor of the far-left publication Ramparts and was supportive of the Black Panther Party. Today, he is a conservative author and speaker focused on motivating fellow conservatives to counter indoctrination at colleges and universities across the country through the Horowitz Freedom Center.
As he toured the campus with Gabriella Hoffman prior to his remarks Monday, I could tell that he truly regretted any instance where the left stood unopposed on campus. He would occasionally turn to students with advice and suggestions on how to improve their activism.
For Horowitz, the battle with the left in the educational system is an existential struggle for the free society. He considers the alliance of leftism and radical Islam to be a consequence of their totalitarian, revolutionary ideologies.
It is not because professors are biased that liberty is in jeopardy -- after all, everyone has biases -- but because higher education is being occupied by a movement which intends to churn out more followers by educating them only in leftist points of view.
As shown with the Muslim Students' Association member mentioned at the outset of the article, the opposition on most of these campuses hold views that are not even remotely mainstream, and yet any college student can tell you that they hold sway in both the classroom and campus activism. It's important to keep in mind that this is not an insurmountable bias. Their ideas don't have currency with everyone, and not even with most people.
Horowitz's advice will sound a lot like the refrain you hear from us: get involved and expose these people for who they really are!
Do Not Be Intimidated: There are lots of reasons students with conservative conviction don't get involved in conservative activism. They might be genuinely overwhelmed with classes and personal commitments, or they may not have a general interest in politics. But one reason that is absolutely abundant and fatal to the movement is a fear of what your opponents will do to undermine your reputation.
What too few conservative activists understand is that they are destined to be labeled by a certain number of people as bigoted, fascistic, and worse for their involvement in any cause that is not left of center. This is specifically why the far left on campus has constructed front groups based around ethnic, religious and gender identity. Their motivations are much harder to question that way.
They rely on the fear of ostracism for opposing their agenda to silence those who have rational objections to their own utopian, statist, and often racist ideas. Do not allow what your opposition will say to determine where you draw the line on making a stand.
If their reaction is the standard, you will never be able to defend the core of your principles. You will spend so much time making adjustments as not to offend that you will be prohibited from making a true articulation of your views...which is what they want!
Call Things What They Really Are: The other side uses Orwellian doublespeak to advance their agenda. Israel's fence which stops suicide bombers is an "apartheid wall." Having a national defense against rockets from Gaza is "genocide" and "war crimes."
Why give credibility to their arguments by using their language? Horowitz calls Israel Apartheid Week "Hitler Youth Week" because it advocates the idea that all of the land of Israel belongs to the Palestinians, and disregards the self-determination of the Israeli people. There is only one way to create a Palestine "from the river to the sea," and the MSA students we mentioned before make no real secret of their intended solution.
Remember That You Are Fighting for Students' Rights: It's the left's game to dominate campus institutionally. You want conservatives to be represented on campus, and chances are that you aren't right now.
Above all, a conservative should want parity in education and a balanced academic environment where controversial ideas are treated equally and objectively.
Your university probably has numerous stated principles within its own mission that if they were fulfilled, would be an exceptional refuge for the equal treatment of conservative ideas. The key is to organize conservative students, community members, and alumni sufficiently to push your faculty, staff, and student government to follow their own rules.
When they don't follow their own rules, make them pay for it by utilizing media and legal resources that can help defend your rights and the rights of every other student who favors free and open discourse. Learn more about groups that can help you defend liberty on campus through our partner organizations.
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