Racist Speaker Welcomed by Hillel
Daniel Pipes, a so-called ‘expert’ on Islam, Muslims and the Arab-Israeli conflict, was Orange County Hillel’s invited speaker at UC Irvine last Wednesday, Jan. 31. Pipes spoke to a relatively small, polarized audience about ‘The Threat to Israel’s Existence.’ Although some mainstream media outlets portray Pipes as an objective academic, a quick look at Pipes’ statements and works, including his recent talk at UCI, will make clear that he is merely a propagandist and a blatant xenophobe. It is very disappointing, but not entirely surprising, that O.C. Hillel would invite such a speaker to our campus.
Daniel Pipes’ words speak for themselves: ‘Western European societies are unprepared for the massive immigration of brown-skinned peoples cooking strange foods and maintaining different standards of hygiene. … All immigrants bring exotic customs and attitudes, but Muslim customs are more troublesome than most’ (National Review, Nov. 19, 1990).
Pipes has exhibited this troubling bigotry toward Muslims throughout his career. As early as 1983, the Washington Post Book Review noted that Pipes displays ‘a disturbing hostility to contemporary Muslims