This man is an educator at Florida Atlantic University. He is also the adviser of the Muslim Brotherhood Student Association. What he says, technically, has weight behind it because of his influential positions… and this is the BS that he believes in? Why hasn’t the campus fired him yet?
A Florida Atlantic University professor and mosque official has been exposed as an Islamist radical after activists videotaped him endorsing the severing of hands under Sharia governance. On another occasion, he supported outlawing speech he perceives as “blasphemy,” like criticizing Islam.
The blockbuster footage was taken by an activist group named the United West that attended a panel on Islamophobia at Florida Atlantic University featuring one of its staff members, Associate Professor Bassem Al-Halabi, who teaches computer science and engineering there.
The panel included other unsettling speakers and the organizerposted on Facebook about “wiping out the CIA” and “Zionist/Israelis are not holy people. They are demonic and the most evil on earth.”
The footage shows Al-Halabi saying:
“Where there is no sharia, Islamic sharia, they die in dozens and hundreds every day because of organized crime. People kill people, other people or steal pizza for $10 and so – so when Islamic shariah is saying about capital punishment – so even though it sounds like it is severe but if that is the solution to prevent any crimes, then it still has a lot of rules and regulations.
I will just mention one and stop here, which is let’s say cutting off the hands of a person if they steal. It sounds very severe. It sounds very barbaric, I know. But if takes one or two people to have their hands cut off, and then there’s no more stealing and there’s no more stealing in the whole nation – that’s a much better resolution than having hundreds of people die every day.”
The Islamic speaker next to Al-Halabi heard the audience’s booing and jumped in to clarify Al-Halabi’s statement, saying that Al-Halabi was only talking about the Islamic State’s practice of the severing of hands and not about it happening in America. Al-Halabi nodded in agreement, but that doesn’t change the fact that he was endorsing the practice. The geographic location of where it’s currently happening is beside the point.
Another video of Al-Halabi filmed in 2012 shows this isn’t some kind of misinterpretation of what he clearly said. He engages a demonstrator who presses him on whether he supports Islamist blasphemy laws that would criminalize criticism or mockery of Islam. After a series of dodges, Al-Halabi says, “We should have laws to eliminate that” (05:30 in the video). He confirmed his answer when it was repeated back to him.
Al-Halabi is a co-founder of the Islamic Center of Boca Raton, which has a history of radicalism. The extremism of the mosque and history of Al-Halabi has been meticulously documented by Joe Kaufman of Americans Against Hate, including its links to Hamas and anti-Semitic incitement of violence towards Jews.