A controversial Middle East historian is expected to generate protests today when he speaks at Florida Atlantic University about vanquishing “the Islamist enemy.”
Daniel Pipes, director of the Philadelphia-based Middle East Forum, will speak at 7 p.m. at the Live Oak Pavilion, adjacent to the Student Union at FAU’s Boca Raton campus. The Middle East & National Security Organization, a campus student group, invited him to attend. . .
The student group is paying him a $600 honorarium, considerably smaller than his normal speaking fee, Porges said.
Pipes has faced sharp criticism from some Muslims and their supporters. The FAU chapter of A.N.S.W.E.R. (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) Florida is organizing a protest and expects other groups to join. Lopez wouldn’t say how many protesters he expected.
Critics say Pipes, considered an ally to Israel, has demonized Muslims.
“He uses the word ‘terrorist’ for anyone who disagrees with his position on Israel,” said Emmanuel Lopez, a member of the FAU chapter of A.N.S.W.E.R. Florida and one of the protest organizers. “He’s the Joseph McCarthy of Muslims.”
Omer Subhani, a spokesman for the South Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, called Pipes “one of the leading Islamophobes out there.” (MORE)