Leave it to a university in San Francisco, a haven for far-Left extremists, to invite a known and convicted Palestinian terrorist to be a guest speaker on campus. Only in liberal la-la-land is someone who maliciously hijacked planes full of Jews considered a shining example of a human being from whom impressionable college students should learn. I’m not sure if the educational institutions in this country get any more anti-American than that.
The Arab and Muslim Ethnicities Diaspora (AMED) group at San Francisco State University revealed they are hosting Leila Khaled to speak at a virtual forum called “Whose Narratives? Gender, Justice, and Resistance” on September 23rd.
For background, Leila Khaled is a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and became known as the first woman to hijack an airplane in the late 1960s. The first flight she and a partner hijacked was TWA Flight 840 en route to Tel Aviv, which was thought to have the Israeli ambassador to the United States on board, but they were wrong. When the plane landed, they blew up the nose of the airplane.
Khaled and fellow hijacker Patrick Arguello tried to hijack El Al Flight 219 which was one of the Dawson’s Field hijackings where Palestinians attempted to take control of four planes headed to New York City. However, this attempt was foiled by Israeli security officers that killed Arguello and arrested Khaled, who was armed with hand grenades at the time.
And this is the person an American university is inviting to speak to students about “justice” just two weeks after 9/11. It is beyond disturbing that this what we have come to in this country.
Even worse, despite backlash from Jewish groups, San Francisco State University President Lynn Mahoney is standing behind AMED’s decision to invite Leila Khaled to speak to students.
Mahoney wrote in an email that “an invitation to a public figure to speak to a class should not be construed as an endorsement of point of view,” the Forward reported.
The university president continued that college is supposed to give students “an opportunity to hear divergent ideas, viewpoints and accounts of life experiences” because “An important outcome of the college experience is to learn to think critically and come to independent, personal conclusions about events of local and global importance,” continued Mahoney.
“A university is a marketplace of ideas, and San Francisco State University supports the rights of all individuals to express their viewpoints and other speech protected by law, even when those viewpoints may be controversial,” she said.
Apparently, this is not the first time SFSU has justified inviting a terrorist or terrorist sympathizer to speak on campus. Several years ago, the university asked attorney Lynne F. Stewart to host an event for students. Stewart was convicted and sentenced for acting as a liaison between the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and her client Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, who attempted to bomb the World Trade Center in 1993.
SFSU hailed Stewart as a “civil rights attorney.”
After all the horrific attacks both America and Israel have endured, resulting in millions of innocent dead, you would expect for it to be unthinkable to give terrorists and their enablers a platform. But not only is it plausible, it is now celebrated and downplayed as “resistance” and “justice” by the Left. There is nothing “just” about attempting to murder hundreds to thousands of people, no matter how you spin it. It’s abhorrent that this is being tolerated in America’s top universities.
The question is, what are we going to do about it?