Michael Walzer, from Peace Now site
Princeton political theorist Michael Walzer was to take part in an anti-boycott event last night in a Brooklyn church, sharing the stage with two speakers known for their attacks on Islam. One of them, Zuhdi Jasser, has claimed that Islamists want to impose Sharia law in the U.S. and is featured in the Islamophobic film that has stirred a firestorm at the New York Police Department: "The Third Jihad."
The event was titled "Stop BDS at the Park Slope Food Co-Op" -- the co-op is considering boycotting some Israeli products. The second speaker with whom Walzer planned to share the stage (forgive my journalistic training, I don't know if the event came off) was Brooke Goldstein. Here is a description of her book opposing "Islamist lawfare". It describes Hamas as a "hateful terrorist organization" and suggests that the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has "ties" to terrorists. She has also done a movie about child suicide bombers-- I can only imagine the Islamic angle. From Amazon:
The free speech rights of authors, researchers and journalists writing on issues of public security and national concern are increasingly under attack through both violent and non-violent means. An important non-violent challenge to free speech has emerged in the form of “Islamist lawfare,” the use of the law as a weapon of war to silence and punish free speech about militant Islam, terrorism and its sources of financing.
The strategic end of Islamist lawfare is to further the goals of the Islamist movement, one of which is to abolish public discourse critical of Islam and punish anything deemed blasphemous to its prophet, Mohammad. Another goal of Islamist lawfare is to impede the free flow of public information about the threat of Islamist terrorism, thereby limiting our ability to understand it and destroy it. In this way, Islamist lawfare takes the form of a complementary legal campaign to terrorism and asymmetric warfare.
As for Jasser, he was the star of Peter King's Islamophobic hearings of last year, also a star of the anti-Islam movie, The Third Jihad, the Clarion Fund film that was shown to New York city police officers. Jasser has written,
"America is at war with theocratic Muslim despots who seek the imposition of sharia..."
Words cannot express our shock at the loss that our country has suffered today with Andrew's death.
Andrew, we will miss you more than words can describe. You will be in our prayers forever. We know that you fought for us and from now forward we will fight for you!
While you were with us, we should have expressed to you more our thankfulness and gratitude for the ground you broke for us on so many levels. To new media, the blogosphere, and the war of ideas you are a pioneer who will have a special place in history. Thank you for giving so many of us the ability to find a home where our ideas could be heard. I was truly blessed for the time I had to get to know you. Please know that while we will no longer be able to commiserate on this earth, I will continue commiserating with you in prayer from her e forward.
Know that today all of us warriors in the battle for liberty are Andrew Breitbart!
Thanks to Kiera Feldman for this post!