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UCLA Honors Sharia Apologist Khaled Abou El Fadl
Campus Watch ^ | 4/5/12 | Cinnamon Stillwell and Judith Greblya

Posted on 04/05/2012 1:39:09 PM PDT by SmithL

Academic self-congratulation reached new heights at the University of California, Los Angeles on March 21, 2012, with "An Event Honoring Professor Khaled Abou El Fadl." Abou El Fadl—Omar and Azmeralda Alfi Distinguished Professor in Islamic Law and chair of the Islamic Studies Interdepartmental Program at UCLA—was feted by the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies, the UCLA School of Law Journal of Near Eastern and Islamic Law, the UCLA School of Law Muslim Law Students Association, and the UCLA School of Law Critical Race Studies Program. Eighty students, professors, and community members gathered to commemorate "the world's leading authority on Islamic law and Islam, and the prominent scholar in the field of human rights," according to the event description. In reality, Abou El Fadl is an apologist for radical Islam who routinely denies valid concerns over the human rights abuses inherent to Sharia (Islamic) law while charging its critics with "Islamophobia."

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TOPICS: Conspiracy; Education; Politics
KEYWORDS: antisemitism; campuswatch; ropma; seenthelight; terrorist; trop; ucla
Cheryl Harris, Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Professor of Civil Liberties and Civil Rights at UCLA, opened the event by hailing Abou El Fadl as a hero in "the struggle against Islamophobia in America." Persecuted for the "sins he has committed . . . from the sin of being a scholar to standing up against the egregious vilification of Muslims in the West," Abou El Fadl—in Harris's fevered imagination—is a victim of slander from both liberals and conservatives. Ratcheting up the melodrama even further, she then declared that "the Korematsu trope has been recycled in the post-9/11 world against Muslims," referring to the 1944 United States Supreme Court case deciding the constitutionality of the order to intern Japanese-Americans during WWII. This ludicrous comparison has been made on more than one such occasion; it never seems to lose its appeal to academic peddlers of victimhood.

Continuing this theme, George Bisharat, a law professor at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, reveled in sinister—albeit imaginary—campaigns to stifle academic freedom. He focused on a March 2011 Hastings conference that he organized titled, "Litigating Palestine: Can Courts Secure Palestinian Rights?" The conference featured a roster of anti-Israel speakers advocating the delegitimization of Israel through U.S. courts—otherwise known as lawfare. Because of the radical, one-sided nature of the conference, local Jewish leaders expressed their reservations to Hastings dean Frank Wu, who subsequently canceled his welcoming address and the law school's official co-sponsorship. Bisharat objected to Wu's actions, telling the San Francisco Chronicle that "opponents had wrongly accused the conference of 'Israeli-bashing." Yet journalist Stephen Schwartz, who attended the conference and reported on it for Campus Watch, wrote:

In fact, that's exactly what took place at the conference. The anti-Israeli rhetoric of the participants was notably extreme, and even bizarre. . . . Hastings officials were correct in withdrawing their sponsorship and canceling the participation of their dean in this effort.

Bisharat's bitterness lingers, for he again chastised Hastings officials for withdrawing their sponsorship and, in the process, revealed his anti-Semitic conspiracy mongering. Claiming he initially believed that opposition came from "a few alumni who were troubled by the one-sided group of speakers," he added:

[B]ut when I dug deeper and spoke with the dean, it was clear to me that it was the Jews. The Jews were behind a united attempt to silence academic freedom.

So anti-Semitism had no place at the conference—if only those conniving Jews who attempted to silence it had known that!

Sherman Jackson, who now occupies the Saudi-funded (and grandiosely titled) King Faisal Chair of Islamic Thought and Culture and Professor of Religion and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, followed, explaining that it was a "matter of duty to come and speak here today." Adding to the chorus of voices lauding Abou El Fadl's heroism against the supposed onslaught of American Islamophobia, Jackson—also known as Abdal Hakim Jackson—then noted:

I am an African-American convert to Islam. I live in a so-called democratic country. America has been a 'democratic' country for two-hundred years, and yet has a past of deep racial issues. . . . Fadl's struggle is our struggle as a nation. What happens to Khaled happens to us.

Having stated at a December 2009 convention that "his primary commitment was to Allah, not to America," Jackson's contempt for American democracy is no surprise.

Jackson congratulated the students in attendance for having the "courage to stand up against Islamophobia" by celebrating Abou El Fadl's storied career and concluded his talk with an Arabic adage: "Those who are silent in the face of injustice are dumb mutes." As an advocate for implementing the barbarism of Sharia law in the U.S., Jackson clearly does not apply the same standard to himself. Moreover, it takes no "courage" to participate in an event characterized by intellectual and political uniformity.

Echoing the previous speakers, Susan Slymovics, UCLA anthropology professor and director of its Center for Near Eastern Studies, concluded the evening with another fawning tribute to Abou El Fadl, whose "brave research," she claimed, "has raised awareness about racism and Islamophobia both domestically and abroad." If "raising awareness" about a phenomenon that does not exist—Muslims in America and throughout the West continue to thrive and enjoy the same rights and privileges as everyone else—and that is designed to silence legitimate criticism while avoiding much-needed reform is a mark of courage, then Abou El Fadl is the bravest of men.

Using the occasion as an opportunity to claim widespread Islamophobia and to bash Israel, the U.S., and the West—all the while demonstrating a comical capacity for self-regard—these four speakers provided a fitting tribute to Abou El Fadl, who has made a career out of doing exactly the same thing. He should feel honored, indeed.

Judith Greblya co-wrote this article with Cinnamon Stillwell, the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum, which commissioned this work. Send email to and

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1 posted on 04/05/2012 1:39:13 PM PDT by SmithL
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2 posted on 04/05/2012 1:41:33 PM PDT by SmithL (If you reward certain behavior, don't be surprised when you see more of that behavior)
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Ten years ago the muslim presence in our country was negligible. Today it is an exponentially growing virus. There is no right for foreign countries to build here the infrastructure of our destruction. It can be stopped; there should not be a presumption of First Amendment protection for islam.
3 posted on 04/05/2012 1:46:31 PM PDT by Jacquerie (No court will save us from ourselves.)
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> America has been a ‘democratic’ country for two-hundred
> years, and yet has a past of deep racial issues.

Imagine that.

The Moslem nations have been iron-fisted bastions of totalitarian tyranny and unspeakable cruelty for 1400 years, and their past of deep racial issues goes all the way back.

In fact, any African descendent who voluntarily converts to Islam is an IDIOT, because it was the Moslems who INVENTED and PROMOTED the African Slave Trade, not just 600 years ago, but to this very day.

Most everybody knows that Barack 0bama is not a descendent of African slaves.

But with his father being half Arab and a Moslem, Barack is very likely a descendent of African slave traders.

4 posted on 04/05/2012 1:48:28 PM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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> there should not be a presumption of First Amendment
> protection for islam.

There is no First Amendment protection for Sedition, Espionage, and Sabotage.

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