Gustavo Arellano, my favorite Mexican journalist, has a good blog post on everyone’s favorite anti-Semite—Amir Abdel Malik Ali. That’s Malik Ali in the above photo. He’s a regular at UC Irvine, invited by the Muslim Student Union to condemn Israel and add some flavor to events like this one.
Here’s what Gustavo had to say:
I’m not sure why the MSU kids bring in Ali—ostensibly to rail against the treatment of Palestinians by Israel, but he always brings up anti-Jewish canards that have nothing to do with the current problems in the Holy Land. In past lectures before Anteaters, he’s claimed Jews were behind 9-11 and that Zionists control the media, a hell of a funny statement considering Rupert Murdoch (whom Ali has called a “Zionist Jew”) is a Christian blowhard and that the owners of Village Voice Media, the largest chain of alt-weeklies in the country and the corporate overlords of your favorite rag, is run by two perpetually drunk micks.
Anyhoo, Ali was back at UC Irvine this Thursday, and Brian Levin, head of Cal State San Bernardino’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, was there to capture it (we’re working on trying to get the audio up). In addition to repeating his previous idiocies, Levin reports that Ali “also appeared to suggest that there was a wide range in the number of those killed in the Holocaust” and contended “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.”
A bit more, including what Gustavo, who happens to be speaking at UCLA’s commencement next month, thought was the best part of Levin’s report, here.