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UPenn Officials And Students Show Support For The Terrorist Tied Muslim Students Association - Protest NYPD Surveillance

February 29, 2012

MIM: The Muslim Student Associations are an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood. Many terrorists currently in prison or dead due to targetted killings were members or leaders of MSA's. The MSA's are being monitored because they aid and abet Islamic extremists.

"MSA's ties to the Muslim Brotherhood continue, unabated, to this day. In January 2011, for example, keynote speaker Amir Abdel Malik-Ali recited the MSA "pledge of allegiance" at the MSA West Regional Conference:

"Allah is my lord. Islam is my life. The Koran is my guide. The Sunna is my practice. Jihad is my spirit. Righteousness is my character. Paradise is my goal. I enjoin what is right. I forbid what is wrong. I will fight against oppression. And I will die to establish Islam."

That pledge is an adaptation of the Muslim Brotherhood's credo: "Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur'an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope."

Since 9/11, MSA has made extensive use of the politics of victimization." http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=6175

MIM: The list below showing terrorist MSA alumni is from an article by the Investigative Project.

"The NYPD has a duty to protect New York City from terrorist attacks. And MSA leaders and members have been convicted of terrorist activities and plots.

The list is extensive, but among the MSA alumni who went on to terrorist involvement are:

    • Anwar al-Awlaki, an influential American-born al-Qaida cleric who recruited a series of homegrown jihadists before being killed by a U.S. drone strike;

    • Aafia Siddiqui, convicted of attempted murder and assault on U.S. officers and employees in Afghanistan;

    • Zachary Chesser, convicted of attempting to provide material support to the Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab and soliciting attacks on "South Park" producers for an episode in which the prophet Muhammad was shown in a bear suit;

    • Jesse Morton, convicted with Chesser of threatening the South Park producers with murder;

    • Adam Gadahn, an al-Qaida spokesman who is on the FBI's Most Wanted List for treason and material support to al-Qaida;

    • Waheed Zaman, who was convicted of plotting to blow up transatlantic flights;

    • Adis Medunjanin, who is awaiting trial for plotting to bomb New York subways;

    • Ramy Zamzam, who was convicted in Pakistan of conspiring to carry out terrorist attacks;

    • Omar Hammami, who was indicted on charges of providing material support to al-Shabbab and is designated by the U.S. Treasury Department for his terrorist connections;

    • Muhammad Junaid Babar, who pled guilty to his support to al-Qaida; and

    • Syed Hashmi, who pled guilty to providing material support to al-Qaida.

MSA was founded in the United States in 1963 by members of the Egyptian-based Muslim Brotherhood. The Brotherhood seeks a global Islamic state and has spawned leaders of a series of Sunni terrorist groups, including al-Qaida, Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad."

http://www.investigativeproject.org/3460/why-muslim-student-group-concerned-the-nypd

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MIM: Below statements of support for the MSA from among others the UPenn President Amy Gutmann and UPenn Hillel a Jewish student organisation. The MSA is attempting to portray Muslim students as victims of unfair law enforcement practices when in reality they see all their supporters as 'useful idiots' who are helping them further their efforts at stealth jihad by blocking efforts to monitor the group and prevent terrorist attacks.

http://www.upennmsa.org/

Statements of Support

Formal Statements of Support We've Received (in addition to countless informal ones):
Penn President Amy Gutmann:

I'm sure most of you have seen the statement that we issued today regarding the reported surveillance and monitoring of Muslim students by the New York City Police Department.

The NYPD took this action in 2006 without the knowledge of anyone here at Penn. While the University has been assured that no individual Penn students were subject to the surveillance or monitoring, the idea that police would monitor students solely because of their religious beliefs or national origin is contrary to what we believe in at Penn. I know this has been especially painful for the members of our Muslim Students Association.

The University cannot protect students from the harsh realities of the world we all live in. However, we do want every student on this campus whether they are Muslim, Christian, Jewish or any other belief -- to know that they are respected, valued and supported as members of the Penn community -- our community.

The Student Leaders of Penn Hillel:

Given the recent findings of the NYPD's monitoring of Muslim students, we, as leaders of Hillel and Penn's Jewish community, stand firmly in solidarity with our brethren. Religious student groups on campus present a wonderful opportunity for young adults to learn, explore, and express their religious identities in a fun, welcoming, and comfortable environment. We hope that the University will work to further prioritize the security and rights of all religious students. As expressed by Wharton freshman Aly Kassim-Lakha in the DP on Monday, let us use this experience and sad reality as an opportunity to raise awareness. Let all students on Penn's campus and beyond increase education and dialogue with and about each other.

Alexander Jefferson, President

Abigail Jablansky, Executive Vice President

Jeremy Hurewitz, External Vice President

Penn Muslim Alumni Network:

Over the past week, Penn Muslim alumni from around the world have been following reports that the NYPD had engaged in monitoring MSAs across the Northeast, including ours at Penn. We want you to know that we are completely behind you. You not only have our support but also our trust. You make us proud. You should be free from suspicion. We believe in your ability to advocate for yourselves, but we will also be available to advocate for you. We will continue to work with the MSA's Executive Board and our allies within the University to ensure that your concerns are known. Ben Herzig and Amanda El-DakhakhniMSA Advisory Board Co-ChairsPenn Muslim Alumni Network

Student Leaders of Other Religious Organizations (names omitted for space considerations, full list here):

As people deeply invested in religious life at the University of Pennsylvania, we are concerned and saddened by the recent reports regarding the NYPD's targeted surveillance of Penn students involved with Muslim Student Association.

We stand together in solidarity with our friends and peers who were treated unfairly due to their religious affiliation.

This threatens the hard work of student leaders at Penn to create an environment that is tolerant and accepting of students from all backgrounds.

For the past 50 years, Penn's MSA has been a vibrant, meaningful and philanthropic organization that is not only a crucial partner in religious life at Penn but also an integral member of the greater university and Philadelphia communities.

The assurance of religious freedoms on campus is essential to developing a diverse, open community and was undermined. When one student's rights are threatened, we are all victims.

Editorial from the DP can be found here.
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Your Voice | A message of solidarity

We stand together in solidarity with our friends and peers who were treated unfairly due to their religious affiliation

By PRISM February 24, 2012, 12:33 am

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As people deeply invested in religious life at the University of Pennsylvania, we are concerned and saddened by the recent reports regarding the NYPD's targeted surveillance of Penn students involved with Muslim Student Association.

We stand together in solidarity with our friends and peers who were treated unfairly due to their religious affiliation.

This threatens the hard work of student leaders at Penn to create an environment that is tolerant and accepting of students from all backgrounds.

For the past 50 years, Penn's MSA has been a vibrant, meaningful and philanthropic organization that is not only a crucial partner in religious life at Penn but also an integral member of the greater university and Philadelphia communities.

The assurance of religious freedoms on campus is essential to developing a diverse, open community and was undermined. When one student's rights are threatened, we are all victims.*

Alexandra Fuchs
PRISM Co-Chair

Sean Nadel
PRISM Co-Chair

Umar Sheikh
PRISM Advocacy Chair

Gabby Abrishamian-Garcia
Penn Baha'i Association Chair

Robbie Berg
Kesher chair

Mia Garuccio
Penn Student Catholic Association President

Elizabeth Harbuck
Latter-day Saints Student Association President

Alexander Jefferson
University of Pennsylvania Hillel President

Hadi Kaakour
Faith Fund Co-Chair

Amrit Kaur Bhinder
Penn Sikh President

Ricki Notis
Orthodox Community at Penn Co-Chair

Benjamin Notkin
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Student Leader

Debra Okafor
New Spirit of Penn Gospel Choir President

Matthew Pershe
Penn Cru Campus Connection Rep

Lisa Sileo
Newman Center President

Vamsi Vuppala
Hindu Students Council and the Young Jains of America President

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The signatories represent their own opinion and not necessarily the opinion of their organizations.

Last updated February 27, 2012, 12:33 am

Filed under: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
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