Jewish Groups Urge Condemnation of Muslim Prof's Statements

July 7, 2008 - 8:22 PM

(CNSNews.com) - Jewish human rights groups are urging officials at Pennsylvania's Lincoln University to condemn the statements of a professor who has expressed support for an armed jihad against the West and skepticism about the World War II Jewish Holocaust.

Cybercast News Service reported Tuesday on the controversial statements made by Dr. Kaukab Siddique, a professor of English and journalism at the predominantly black Lincoln University in Chester County, Pa.

Siddique's remarks were published in his online web magazine called New Trend. The magazine argues that the Holocaust never happened but has been used as a billion-dollar "cash cow" for Jews.

Another passage from Siddique's magazine contradicts that view. "If the Jews were the chosen people, Allah would not have sent the holocaust on them under Hitler."

Jews maintain a stranglehold on media, big business, universities and the Pentagon, New Trend warns. One of the cyber magazine's pages is dedicated to three female suicide bombers and urges reader to boycott supporters of "Zionism," including Disneyland, Starbucks, Coca Cola, Home Depot, McDonalds, Sara Lee, Estee Lauder and Timberland.

The professor supports armed jihad, but he complains that westerners often fail to place such jihad in an appropriate context. The situations in which armed jihad is allowed, Siddique explains, include self-defense, fighting for the honor of women, fighting in defense of Muslim lands and fighting against cultural imperialism, which he argues is dedicated to desecrating and destroying places and items considered holy by Muslims.

Muslims participating in jihad simply want their homelands to be free, he insists. "In no case are Muslims permitted to accept slavery and oppression."

Siddique has written articles for other publications and has spoken to student groups on other college and university campuses, where he distributes copies of his newsletter.

Following publication of Tuesday's Cybercast News Service report, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, sent a letter to Lincoln University President Ivory Nelson, asking him to review Siddique's website and to "publicly condemn [Siddique's] hatred and bigotry."

Cooper's letter states in part: "[Siddique's] website attacks other Muslims expressing solidarity with the victims of the London Bombing outrages, embraces prominent bigots and racists who deny the WWII Nazi Holocaust and equates Zionism with Racism, while accusing Israel of Genocide."

Nelson has not responded to Cooper's letter, which was forwarded to Michael Hill, vice president of development and external communications at the university. Hill on Tuesday told Cybercast News Service that "Lincoln University does not comment on the personal activities of its faculty." He refused further comment.

That response, said Cooper, is "absolutely shocking." He added that "there's a complete lack of moral clarity here" on the part of Lincoln University. "What kind of message does this send to the student body?"

The university could acknowledge the professor's freedom of speech, Cooper argued, while at the same time expressing disagreement with and disassociation from the statements made by Siddique. Referring to the recent London bombings, Cooper said: "If you can't speak out at a time like this, then we're in trouble."

Yehudit Barsky, director of the Division on Middle East and International Terrorism at the American Jewish Committee in New York City, said Lincoln University has a responsibility to repudiate Siddique's remarks and to make sure that Siddique's views do not reflect those of the university.

"If a professor had made remarks supporting the Ku Klux Klan, it's clear we would see Lincoln distancing themselves from the remarks," Barsky said.

"Once someone gets into Holocaust revisionism, it's clear the person has become a hatemonger," added Muslim author Stephen Schwartz, director of the Center for Islamic Pluralism.

While free speech is an important component of an academic environment, Schwartz said Lincoln University has an interest in maintaining "good order" on the campus and should therefore "monitor Siddique's statements and activities closely to see he does not transgress his contract."

The American Association of University Professors has defended Siddique, saying "however unpopular or distasteful the views of professors are, their freedom to express them is an essential condition of a truly free institution."

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