"Sometimes there is really a play on words, and it depends on where one stands...Definitely, if we address the issue from the point of view of national law the Palestinians have a right to defend themselves...Under these conditions. I think that one would only expect that Palestinians would do something about it". "Now what is the difference between violence and terrorism?" "I think there is a fine line between both issues and sometimes the cards are mixed". If you target those outside the conflict it is terrorism. But ultimately , if one targets the military force of the occupier, then I do not think it is terrorism although one would wish that the whole thing did not exist in the first place". http://www.americanmuslim.org/17palestine17a.html
Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Philosophy and Islamic Studies
Al-Quds University in Jerusalem and the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University
"Islam and Women: What paradigm?"
A renowned scholar of Islamic Philosophy and Epistemology, Dr. Abu Sway has published several books and articles on topics ranging from the religious rulings of tenth-century scholar Al-Ghazzali to environmental philosophy through the Islamic worldview. His teachings and writings consistently represent a voice of interfaith dialogue, religious conflict resolution and respectful co-existence. Educated at Bethlehem University (BA) and Boston College (MA, PhD), he has since taught at both of those colleges, along with the International Islamic University of Malaysia and Al-Quds University in Jerusalem. A member of the American Academy of Religion, the American Philosophical Society, and the Muslim-Christian Council of Jerusalem, Dr. Abu Sway currently teaches as a Visiting Fulbright Scholar at the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College.
The faculty and students of the Honors College are privileged and honored to have Dr. Abu Sway as a member of their community and would like to publicly extend their gratitude to the Fulbright program for bringing Dr. Abu Sway and his family to the College during this academic year.
On April 9, Hamas peacenik Abu Sway was the guest speaker at a special Honors College Presentation. His talk was entitled: "Islam and Women: What Pardigm? (MIM will provide information on this talk when it becomes available)
. On the FAU Wilkes Honors College website Abu Sway was billed as the; " Fulbright Scholar in residence -Professor of Philosophy and Islamic Studies Al- Quds University in Jerusalem"...
The FAU advert gushed that, "The faculty and honors college are priviledged and honored to have Dr.Abu Sway as a member of their community and would like to publicly extend their gratitude to the Fulbright program for bringing Dr. Abu Sway and his family to the College during this academic year ...whose " teachings and writings consistently represent a voice of interfaith dialouge, religious conflict resolution, and respectful coexistence."
The Hamas peace guru recently wrote a paper entitled:" The Sanctity of Life in Islam ". He wrote that Islam condemns; "assisted suicide ...no degree of pain and suffering permits suicide not even for political reasons" and then issues a caveat ."This position covers what is described as assisted suicide. Abu Sway's own definition of "justified violence against oppressors " means that anyone donning a bomb belt and detonating oneself is reacting to "ensuing violence" and the suicide is no longer defined as going against what he cites as Koranic prohibitions.
Abu Sway quotes a verse in the Koran which says and had this to say about justified conflict and violence ..."I would like to stress that there is no equality between the oppressors and the oppressed, occupiers and occupied. "Those who initiate and inflict harm are ultimately responsible for the ensued violence". Violence is the result of a context not a text. In fact there are no cycles of violence. Violence is linear with a specific historical beginning".
In a 2000 at a Passia conference Mustapha Abu Sway had this to say about the religious duties of Muslims towards Al Aqsa and blames the Israelis for winning in the 1967 war : "Being a Jerusalemite myself and living only a short walking distance from the Al-Aqsa Mosque, I have witnessed the influx of Muslim pilgrims from many parts of the world immediately after the Hajj season prior to 1967. Unfortunately, the Israeli occupation sealed off Palestine from the rest of the Muslim world".
"Thehadith shows that it is the religious duty of Muslims all over the world to maintain Al-Aqsa Mosque both physically and spiritually. The relationship with Al-Aqsa Mosque is primarily fulfilled through acts of worship, but the physical maintenance of the Mosque is also part of the responsibility of all Muslims. The fulfillment of both duties will be impaired as long as Al-Aqsa Mosque remains under occupation! The truth of the matter is that under Israeli occupation, Muslims do not have free access to the Mosque. Those Muslims who are prevented from praying there and from supporting it are denied the ability to fulfill critical religious responsibilities".
http://www.passia.org/jerusalem/meetings/2000/10july/islamic.html Here we have Mustafa Abu Sway espousing the basic premises of the Hamas Covenant in pseudo intellectual terms . http://www.us-israel.org/jsource/Terrorism/Hamas_covenant.html Here some verses from the Koran included in Hamas's 'mission statement' "The Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him salvation, has said: "The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.'"....There is no solution for the Palestine question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors. Palestine is an Islamic land".
Between the lines Abu Sway also defended the concept of a Khalifah, a global Islamic State when he says:"The concept of viceregency (Khalifah) in Islam was erroneously reduced to the political realm. In fact, in it's original Qu'ranic useage, it covers all the positive human economic, social, and political activity."
It is very clear that this means that the Khalifah has to dominate all of life. The Khalifah can only exist when everyone is a Muslim and adheres to Koranic law.
FAU's lauding of Abu Sway's efforts voice for "respectful coexistence" begs the question as to how Abu Sway, could have taught at the International Islamic University of Malaysia. The IIUM and the country of Malaysia is known to be the one of the anti semitic countries in the world . http://www.axt.org.uk/antisem/archive/archive1/malaysia/malaysia.htmPrime Minister Mathathir has issued crude anti semitic statements since the 1970's and made the news in 2003 when he gave a speech in front of 57 Arab leaders about the Jews controlling the world.
"Prime Minister Mahathir's serial antisemitism has now moved the most virulent antisemitic stereotypes into the mainstream of the body politic of the Islamic and Asian communities. It cannot be business as usual as long as the head of your nation continues to validate the ugly racist hate of antisemitism that invites anti-Jewish hate crimes and terrorism."State policy in Malaysia also refuses entry to all Israelis . No wonder that Hamas activist Mustafa Abu Sway felt right home there . Given FAU's administration and facultie's syncophantic deference to Mustafa Abu Sway, one has to conclude that the reason they stopped short of nominating Mustafa" their Fulbright scholar" ... for beatification was that sainthood could have been construed as being ' against his religion' .
The faculty and students of the Honors College are privileged and honored to have Dr. Abu Sway as a member of their community and would like to publicly extend their gratitude to the Fulbright program for bringing Dr. Abu Sway and his family to the College during this academic year.http://www.fau.edu/divdept/honcol/rd/forum.htm
We were gratified to read The Post's editorial Oct. 29 in defense of our colleague Mustafa Abu Sway, who had been accused by New York Post columnist Daniel Pipes of having connections with Hamas, an affiliation that we know to be antithetical to that for which Dr. Abu Sway stands.
The students of the Florida Atlantic University Wilkes Honors College are a talented group who will be among Florida's leaders in the years to come. The faculty invited Dr. Abu Sway to join us because we want to offer our students and the wider community a better understanding of Islamic culture. This invitation was based on our faculty's commitment, as members of a liberal arts institution, to the encouragement of critical analysis and independence among our students.
We found, in Dr. Abu Sway, a man of conscience. With his deep understanding of Islamic scripture, Dr. Abu Sway has reminded us that "the Quran declares that killing one person is tantamount to killing all humanity." Dr. Abu Sway's moderation makes him a valuable but unheard voice in a sadly polarized Middle East.
Dr. Abu Sway indeed is "an activist." But his activism has been on behalf of ecumenical and interfaith groups, groups that strive to build bridges across the chasms that separate us. We of the faculty are of many faiths, including Christianity, Hinduism and Judaism, and we see Dr. Mustafa Abu Sway as a peace-loving man in a war-torn place and time.
We feel privileged and honored to have Dr. Abu Sway as a colleague and would like to publicly extend our gratitude to the Fulbright program for bringing him and his family to the honors college during this academic year.
Editor's note: The 20 signers of this letter all are faculty members of FAU's Wilkes Honors College
Note: Postings in "Campus Watch in the Media" do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch.
More examples of the lauding of Hamas activist Abu Sway by his colleagues at FAU. Note that Marc Tunick was not content with just signing a letter together with several of Abu Sway's colleagues. Tunicks admiration for Abu Sway was so great that he felt compelled to write his own letter in support of "Mustafa.Fulbright Scholar" http://www.campus-watch.org/article/id/827
Mustafa, Fulbright scholar by Mark Tunick Florida Atlantic University October 20, 2003
From: Mark Tunick Sent: Monday, October 20, 2003 6:00 PM Subject: Mustafa, Fulbright scholar
In light of the NY Post editorial and the recent suggestion of a faculty response, I felt the need to share my thoughts too.
One goal of bringing a visiting Fulbright Scholar in Islamic Studies is to offer our students and community a better understanding of Islamic culture, to help shed prejudices and stereotypes and better appreciate the complex roots of recent international conflicts. With this goal in mind, we prepared a proposal to the Fulbright program, which was favorably received. Fulbright presented us with portfolios of prospective scholars they had screened, and after a careful review of the academic background, proficiency in English, and areas of interest of the andidates, we selected Mustafa Abu-Sway. Dr. Abu Sway received his Ph.D. from BostonCollege and has spoken frequently in the United States, and this indicated to us that he could communicate effectively with our students. His ublications on an important Islamic philosopher and conference talks on a wide range of topics such as Women in Islamic society, religion and politics, and Islamic theories of knowledge indicated that he would be able to contribute to courses in areas such as philosophy, anthropology, political science, and womens' studies. Our choice of a scholar in Islamic studies reflects not a disdain for other points of view, but rather a considered judgment of where the gaps in our offerings are. We are committed, as a liberal arts college, to encourage our students to think critically and form their own judgments, and to do this one must confront views from a number of perspectives, even views one doesn't like. As John Stuart Mill wrote in his classic defense of liberty, the only way we can know a subject is "by hearing what can be said about it by persons of every variety of opinion, and studying all modes in which it can be looked at by every character of mind." No doubt Dr. Abu-Sway's views on middle eastern politics are unpopular to some people. An American Jew myself, I may not agree with some of Dr. Abu Sway's political views, yet I feel a deep sense of accomplishment at having helped bring to our students an outstanding and humane scholar with personal and academic experience of a culture and part of the world that many of our students and faculty know little about. How else can we make informed judgments about Islamic society, philosophy, and religion other than by learning about them? An essential step towards peace is understanding.
Daniel Pipes now indicates that the Israeli government informed him that Dr. Abu Sway has ties to Hamas. He doesn't clarify the nature of these alleged ties nor does he provide any evidence of them. Instead he equates a view Dr. Abu Sway expressed, that Palestinians need to return to their homes from which they were uprooted, with Hamas's extreme view that we should do away with Israel. If there is proof that Dr. Abu Sway has committed criminal acts (which is different than expressing beliefs that Dr. Pipes doesn't like), we would of course want to know this and act accordingly. But McCarthyist accusations resting on guilt by association won't do. We have relied on the State Department and the Fulbright program's screening of candidates and recommendation as to Dr. Abu-Sway's suitability as a visiting scholar. And we have not been disappointed. Dr. Abu Sway has been a passionate defender of peace, a great source of knowledge about life in Islamic societies, and an ardent critic of radical fundamentalists who resort to violence. As one of my colleagues, Kevin Lanning, has noted, "Mustafa has taught courses on Islam and is assisting in the supervision of one of our student's undergraduate thesis on civil rights and civil liberties, work that is infact supported by a scholarship from the Department of Homeland Security.. .. Mustafa's greatest contribution may be more abstract, as he has brought West Bank life home, on a personal scale, to the college community (describing, for example, the experience of waiting for hours at a checkpoint while one's kids are fighting in the back seat of the car)."
Daniel Pipes may think he will have an easier time convincing the world of his views by making unsubstantiated, alarmist accusations aimed at silencing those he opposes, but if his views truly are right, what better way to establish that than to let us learn about opposing views and judge for ourselves?
-- Mark Tunick Associate Professor and Chair WilkesHonorsCollege, F.A.U. 5353 Parkside Drive Jupiter, FL33458