Conservative writer and activist David Horowitz gave a speech at the University of Houston, but was interrupted by protesters with cries of “racist,” “Islamophobe,” and “off our campus.”
The university’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapter protested Horowitz at a campus the author alleges “is home to an increasing radical and Hamas-promoting chapter.”
The students interrupted the writer after he asserted that Hamas essentially created SJP. American Muslims for Palestine “is arguably the most important sponsor and organizer for Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), which is the most visible arm of the BDS campaign on campuses in the United States,” says a 2016 report from the House of Representatives. The group reported giving SJP chapters $100,000 in 2014 alone.
American Muslims for Palestine is composed of people who gave $12.4 million to Hamas. Members of the donating group, Holy Land Foundation, started American Muslims for Palestine after the Justice Department sentenced several of their former colleagues for funneling cash to terrorists.
“I specifically asked the UHPD officers standing outside the building to please let the first line of non-protestors in before they allow protestors to fill the room,” said Karen Ben-Moyal, president of the University of Houston’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter, which invited Horowitz to campus, while speaking with Campus Unmasked. “When I came back into the room with David to give my introduction speech, I saw a long line of protestors waiting outside and walked into a room full of protestors and some YAF students. UHPD obviously did not comply with what they had initially agreed to.”
Ben-Moyal told Campus Unmasked that her group’s signs promoting the event were defaced and torn down. She said the students kept shouting after leaving the room and received no punishment.
Campus Unmasked reached out to the University of Houston for comment, but received none in time for press.