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A Look Back at University-Terrorism Links

In registering his concern about the recent Congressional appeasement-minded “outreach” to terrorist-associated world leaders and organizations – and in particular the international Muslim Brotherhood – “A Jacksonian” cites material from past House hearings and other reports that show how the organization has long made use of universities.
Among other examples, from the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims on 25 JAN 2000:

The administrators of Brooklyn College would probably have been surprised to learn that their campus was the site of an incendiary rally more similar to those held in Gaza than those held in the United States. On May 24, 1998, a special all-day program was held in the Walt Whitman Auditorium of Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, New York. Organized by the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), an American-headquartered front group for Hamas [one important leader of the military wing of terrorist Hamas, Musa Abu Marzook, had formerly been responsible for the Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S.], the program was entitled “Palestine: 50 Years of Occupation.” Eleven Islamic organizations co-sponsored the event, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America, the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development and the Islamic Circle of North America. To the outside world, this conference probably seemed like one of the many seminars held on campus. Conducted almost entirely in Arabic, the conference featured Islamic speakers from the United States and abroad.

And from Global Security, this report on Sudan:

The Muslim Brotherhood…has been active in Sudan since its formation there in 1949. It emerged from Muslim student groups that first began organizing in the universities during the 1940s, and its main support base has remained the college educated. The Muslim Brotherhood’s objective in Sudan has been to institutionalize Islamic law throughout the country. Hassan Abd Allah at Turabi, former dean of the School of Law at the University of Khartoum, had been the Muslim Brotherhood’s secretary general since 1964. He began working with Nimeiri [a Sudanese president] in the mid-1970s, and, as his attorney general in 1983, played a key role in the controversial introduction of the sharia.

Even after 9/11 the American public remains ill-informed about the use of universities by terrorists or those associated with terrorism. We need more history and information on this crucial matter as well as more assurances that our political and national security leaders continue vigilantly to pursue it – especially with peace-at-any-price Congressional Democrats in power.