David Horowitz was born on January 10, 1939 in Forest, Hills, N.Y. and is an ex-Marxist convert to Neo-Conservatism, a history which is interesting in and of itself but a distraction from the main theme of this page, though for those interested please read, David Horowitz’s Long March by Scott Sherman of the Nation Magazine.
Horowitz is the growing anti-Muslim movement’s “premier promoter.” He not only funds JihadWatch, (paying Robert Spencer $132, 537 for blogging) but has also directed anti-Muslim campaigns such as “Islamofascism Awareness Week“, which brought leading Muslim-bashers to more than a hundred college campuses in October 2007.
He is a prolific builder of far right institutions and organizations. Sourcewatch lists his affiliations as, David Horowtiz Freedom Center (DHFC), Center for the Study of Popular Culture, FrontpageMag, Discover the Networks, Encounter Books, Individual Rights Foundation, Wednesday Morning Club, Matt Drudge Defense Fund, and Students for Academic Freedom.
Horowitz’s website, FrontPage Magazine, features the anti-Muslim movement’s leading writers and thinkers and links to other anti-Muslim sites, essentially casting Horowitz in the dubious role of “chief publicist of the Islamophobic movement.”
As pointed out by FAIR’s “Smearcasting” document, FrontPage Magazine “has been exposed for inaccuracy by, among other outlets, the New Yorker magazine–4/14/08.”
But David Horowitz is more than a promoter and publicist of Islamophobia, he is also a participant in the anti-Muslim movement. He has written and contributed to a whole host of publications and venues, including his own on the topic of Islam and Muslims.
In one Fox appearance (5/9/08), he linked Muslim student associations on college campuses across the U.S. to the “terrorist Jihad against the West”:
“The point here is that there are 150 Muslim students’ associations, which are coddled by university administrations and treated as though they were ethnic or religious groups, when they are political groups that are arms of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is the fountainhead of the terrorist jihad against the West.”
No doubt the students are part of the “between 150 million and 750 million Muslims” Horowitz claims “support a holy war against Christians, Jews and other Muslims” (Columbia Spectator, 10/15/07).
During a speech at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Horowitz accused students wearing green in support of the schools’ Muslim Student Association of supporting Hamas, and students wearing Arab Keffiyehs of honoring Yassir Arafat and terrorism (Santa Barbara Independent, 5/15/08).
Horowitz has been most vocal on the Israel-Paelstine conflict which leads to him stepping on many Islamophobic land mines. Horowitz is on the record stating that “Palestinians are Nazis,” and blames them for any violence or conflagration in the region. He links the secular PLO to “Islamic radicalism.”
David Horowitz is an important pillar in the cottage industry of Islamophobia, making sure that the wheels of hate are well-oiled and moving. By creating and erecting the new enemy, Islam and Muslims, he ensures that his institutions will be continously funded and that neo-Conservatism will remain a powerful force in the American political landscape.