Georgetown University and Radical Islamists: A Family Affair

Georgetown University’s Qatar campus recently hosted Sami Al-Arian for a lecture in Doha. According to a news release from the school’s Middle Eastern Studies Student Association, Al-Arian is a “civil rights activist” who challenges students to make the world “a better, and more equitable and peaceful [place].”

Those are charitable descriptions of Al-Arian, a documented member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s Majlis Shura, or board of directors. According to Islamic Jihad’s bylaws, which law enforcement agents found during searches of Al-Arian’s home and offices, there can be “no peace without Islam.” The group’s objective is to create “a state of terror, instability and panic in the souls of Zionists and especially the groups of settlers, and force them to leave their houses.”

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