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Terrorism and Other "Scholarly Pursuits"

From the June 16, 2002 issue: The continuing adventures of Sami Al-Arian.

Jun 16, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 39 • By DAVID TELL, FOR THE EDITORS
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Sami Al-Arian and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, his indictment reminds us, "utilized the University of South Florida . . . as an institution where some of their members could receive cover as teachers or students." Al-Arian used the USF faculty credit union to launder and transfer thousands of dollars ultimately intended for the benefit of Islamic Jihad suicide bombers. From USF-sponsored property, Al-Arian helped broadcast public boasts about the 1995 killing of an American college student then visiting Israel. Under USF auspices, in short, Sami Al-Arian acted secretly, for years on end, in the interests of a foreign entity claiming possession of a truth so vast and complete as to justify the wholesale murder of innocents. The man has a totalitarian mind and a willingness to act on it.

Which is the type of thing, we would have thought, from which America's professoriate should recoil in fear and horror. And not the type of thing they would stoop to clothe in the finery of academic freedom.

--David Tell, for the Editors