Middle East studies in the News
Minnesota Public School Rented Out for Event Organized by, Featuring Proponents of Terrorism [on Hatem Bazian]
by Rachel Frommer
Al-Aqsa Institute of Minnesota's ad for Palestine Day 2017. Photo: Twitter via Al-Aqsa.
A Minnesota public high school has been rented out for an upcoming event whose organizers and speakers have expressed support for terrorism against Israel, The Algemeiner has learned.
Spring Lake Park High School will be the site of the Al-Aqsa Institute of Minnesota's "Palestine Day," which will feature a speech by activist-lawyer Lamis Deek, who has hailed terrorists who killed Jews as "martyrs" acting in "self-defense."
Deek is a board member of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a group named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 2007 Holy Land Foundation terrorism finance trial, and a co-founder of Al Awda-the Palestine Right to Return Coalition, listed in 2012 as one of the Anti-Defamation League's "Top Ten Anti-Israel Groups in America."
According to the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT), Deek also reportedly called Israelis "serial killers" at last year's annual conference of the American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), one of the organizations behind "Palestine Day."
The AMP's chairman is Hatem Bazian, a University of California, Berkeley professor who co-founded Students for Justice in Palestine, the student group behind many anti-Israel incidents on campuses worldwide.
Sponsors of the event include a local Islamic school, Pioneers Academy, whose principal, Hussein Khatib, is a founding board member of the Minnesota chapter of CAIR-MN and who currently serves on its advisory board, as well as on the national board of directors of AMP.
According to the Spring Lake Park school district, rental permits "will not be granted for any activity/meeting which in the judgment of the School District may be in any way prejudicial to the best interest of the schools or the educational system."
The Al-Aqsa Institute has reserved the entire building of the only public high school in the district for the entire day of Saturday, April 1.
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