San Francisco State University (SFSU) has taken the stand that it is acceptable to fraternise with, and give a platform to, terrorists.
The introduction on its flyer says: “Teaching Palestine: Pedagogical Praxis and the Indivisibility of Justice”.
Educator and philosopher Paulo Freire, defines Praxis (the custom / practice of; i.e. not theory) in Pedagogy of the Oppressed, as the ““reflection and action directed at the structures to be transformed.” Through praxis, oppressed people can acquire a critical awareness of their own condition, and, with teacher-students and students-teachers, struggle for liberation“.
In other words, SFSU is hosting a webinar in which convicted terrorist Leila Khaled will, along with her notorious colleagues, brainwash free people of the Western world into believing they are oppressed (by Israel and her Western, first-world allies) and exactly what actions to physically take in order to be liberated from said oppressors.
One would hope that if a human being is in fact oppressed, they need not log onto a webinar on their laptops from the comfort of their homes in order to be alerted to the fact that they are oppressed.
There will be no mention of the Foreign Terror Organization Hamas and its abuse and stronghold over the Palestinian people. There will be no mention of any of the times in which the Palestinian leadership were offered a Palestinian state. It would go against the purpose of taking down “the man”, the “powers that be”. Which freedom fighter would enjoy such purposelessness?
How this does not contravene US anti-terrorism laws, is a mystery.
Ronnie Kasrils and pre-1994 Apartheid South Africa
That Ronnie Kasrils is a part of this group of presenters is an affront to anyone who experienced apartheid South Africa. In a horrifying twist, he hijacks apartheid and cheapens it, using it for this dangerous political agenda.
As Mr Kasrils is technically Jewish, his presence in this webinar is a disgraceful affront to all Jews who know what fighting for freedom means. The Jewish people fought alongside Nelson Mandela for freedom and equality in South Africa. The Jewish people do this as they know what happens when lies go unchecked and oppression is allowed to spread.
This is absolutely an affront to anyone who understands fighting and sacrificing for freedom and liberty, regardless of being left-leaning or right-leaning.
Leila Khaled described as a Feminist, Militant and Leader
At the age of 15, Leila Khaled joined the movement which eventually became the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization since 1997. She was part of a group which hijacked a plane in 1969. After the passengers were set free, the hijackers blew up the nose of the aircraft. After this she posed for the infamous photo holding an AK-47 and wearing a kaffiyeh. In 1970, she and Patrick Argüello attempted to hijack a second plane but were intercepted. He was killed and she was found to have 2 hand grenades. She stated she was given strict instructions “not to threaten anyone on board the flight”.
It is our human race’s international disgrace of all time that this has come to be accepted by society as a reasonable way to fight alleged oppression.
If someone hijacked a school-bus of Iranian school-children and traumatised them by holding an AK-47 or grenades while promising to not physically hurt anyone, and stated they were doing so in order for the Iranian regime to grant women equal human rights, I would hazard a guess that this would not be acceptable.
Militance is not a virtue.
Gender Studies and Feminism used for Palestinian Cause
It is unclear what Gender Studies and Feminism have to do with any of this, other than thickening the intersectionality soup.
Women in Israel, including Palestinian women, have equal rights, wear what they want, do what they want and identify how they want (sexually or otherwise). In other words, they have liberty. Women in Palestinian territories and other Arab states do not enjoy such freedom.
Feminism is advocacy of women’s rights on the basis of equality of the sexes and human rights. It is ironic in this context.
Leila Khaled is, however, a leader, just not the good kind.