A CONVICTED terrorist, who took part in the hijacking and subsequent blowing up of of a TWA flight that was on its way from Rome to Athens, has been invited to take part in a UBC Alma Mater (Student) Society Conference Saturday.
Leila Khaled, according to Wikipedia, didn’t even serve out her criminal sentence, but was freed in an exchange after her group, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, kidnapped more CIVILIAN HOSTAGES! She later was reportedly involved in additional hijackings carried out by the terrorist group Black September.
Khaled is now described as the “poster girl for Palestinian militancy”.
Of course, with her criminal record, Khaled can’t personally get into the country. No problem! The pro-Palestinian student group that has invited her, and UBC’s Student Union are getting around that… and will feature her, using Skype.
But she is exactly the kind of militant Islamist, with a record of violence, who apparently has never apologized for her actions (or what she put innocent airline passengers through) should have NO PLACE at any conference table in Canada.
Canadians have recently been forced to come to terms with the reality that VIOLENCE-PRONE Islamic militancy IN Canada, BY Canadians is growing. A lot of attention is being focussed on possible recruiting or agitation that may be taking place at some mosques and community organizations.
We should look at Canadian universities as well.
This is not a matter of freedom of speech: judging by who is organizing it, I don’t expect the “conference” to be a fair discussion of Mid-East issues, but another one of those anti-Israel agitation campaigns that now permeate Canadian university campuses.
No one seriously expects anything good … like encouraging peace or dialogue or compromise by both sides ….to ever come out of these things. They are meant solely to propagandize, create anti-Israel (and anti-Jewish) sentiment that can do little more than further divide and separate Canadian society.
I support freedom of speech, but couldn’t these agitators at least find peaceful anti-Israel critics to further their agenda? There’s a whole slew of them at the highest levels of the United Church, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, British MPs, other Arab spokespersons, organizers etc.
But a convicted terrorist? No! Not in my country!
When agitating activists invite unrequited convicted terrorists to take part … that’s is going too far.
What possible beneficial reason would there be for Khaled … who, even evaded justice through her terrorist allies seizing hostages to free her … be welcome to participate in a conference at the University of British Columbia?
Canada already has a growing problem of growing Islamic militancy. Who’s to say, or guarantee, that NONE of those attending or taking part, won’t be motivated by this militancy “hero” to “action” or join Jihad themselves?
UBC is ignoring its responsibility to protect Canadians from criminal agitators.