New York Professor Makes Anti-Semitic Comments At Columbia University Colloquium


A student at New York University has reported on anti-Semtic comments made by Ali al-Amin Mazrui, a professor at the State University of New York with ties to the US Muslim Brotherhood. According to the report:

The population of Jews in the US is three percent … but [their ‘genius’]leads to their controlling so much power that even presidents are scared [of them]. Whether [President Barack] Obama will be able to escape the notion that three percent of the country is so powerful that the top gentile in the land cannot criticize Israel is not clear. The above statement was made not by a Hamas or KKK leader, but by Ali al-Amin Mazrui, director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at SUNY Binghamton. He was addressing the Ifriqiyya Colloquium Conference, held on the top floor of Columbia University’s International Affairs Building, on Thursday, May 6…..’Mazrui’s lecture was entitled “Euro-Jews and Afro-Arabs: The Semitic Divergence in History,” but he spent most of his time discussing the development of Jewish “genius” and “cultural impurity” in a European context. Ostensibly, Mazrui was comparing the impact of Jews on Europe to the impact of Arabs on Africa. However, he was more interested in why “Arabs lagged behind Jews in manifest genius.” After admitting he knew little about Arab history and even less about Jews, Mazrui proceeded to spend his allotted time talking about the history of both peoples. Mazrui did not flinch in asking rhetorical such questions such as “What aspects of Marxism are taken from Judaism?” He made the nuanced argument that since Karl Marx was ethnically Jewish, he clearly made “the Chosen People [into]the proletariat.” Mazrui’s lecture was also peppered with statements like “Jews have been at their best when they were Europeanized…almost as if you needed a mixture of Jewishness and Europeanness [for Jewish genius].” He also claimed that Jews as a people are insular and racist. “Arabs are far less race-conscious and ethnic-conscious than Jews are,” he said. “Acceptance of race mixture was more developed in Arab culture than in Jewish culture.” In case anyone thought he was referring to ancient history, Mazrui made it clear that his observation applied to the modern period. He told his audience that Kuwait formerly had a black prime minister, which was not widely reported in the media, but if Israel had one, “that definitely would make world news.” … Mazrui clarified that Jews had “a certain kind of impurity” that led them to be “like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” but now they have “landed with Mr. Hyde’s evil identity.” …He clarified that he was talking about “cultural,” not “racial,” “impurity.” He then went off on a political tangent. This digression led him to the above statement about the “control” exercised by “three percent of the population” over the “highest gentile in the land,” determining American ties with Israel. …Mazrui continued with this theme anyway, saying toward the end of his speech that “[the Nobel Committee]gave [Egyptian President] Anwar Sadat the Nobel Peace Prize for being a good boy toward the Jews.”

A previous post discussed Dr. Masrui’s election as President of the Association of the Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS), founded in 1972 as an outgrowth of the Muslim Student Association by important members of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. AMSS has sponsored annual conferences and publishes a journal entitled American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (AJISS) in conjunction with the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), an important part of the US Muslim Brotherhood which plays host to the AMSS.

According to an online biography, Dr. Mazrui has held positions in several other organizations with connections to the Muslim Brotherhood including the American Muslim Council, the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (founder/Chair), and the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University. In 2001, he was listed as a member of the advisory board of the Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR). In addition, he is a faculty member of Binghamton University, State University of New York, a former “special advisor” to the World Bank, and the creator of the television series The Africans: A Triple Heritage, which was jointly produced by the BBC and the Public Broadcasting Service in 1986.

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