Notorious Australian criminal and raconteur Mark “Chopper” Read once commented to a journalist that “Posh people love gangsters”. People who live safe, cosseted lives seem to yearn for what gay slang once dubbed “rough trade”.

Academics are definitely posh people. A US academic with a PhD averages more than twice the income of someone with a high school education. College students are overwhelmingly drawn from middle-to-upper-class families. Suffice to say that there’s a reason that “hillbilly” J D Vance felt like a complete alien in his college classes.

As posh people will, academics just love them some rough trade. Especially of the “killing the Jews” kind.

San Francisco State University planned to host a webinar entitled, “Whose Narratives? What Free Speech for Palestine?” This webinar was going to be the University’s second attempt to hold known terrorist Leila Khaled. SFSU tried to host the radical Islamist back in September but each platform they tried to use cancelled her and would not allow her to speak.

Before the terrorist-hugging academics start whining about “free speech”, bear in mind that we are talking about a convicted terrorist with a penchant for advocating violence against Jews. Incitement to violence has never been, nor should be, protected speech.

Leila Khaled made history in 1969 by being the first woman to hijack a plane heading towards Jerusalem. She is an active leader of the Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine (PLFP), a known terrorist organization; as well as, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Palestinian National Council (PNC)[…]

“well-known for her role in the hijacking of two civilian airliners, TWA Flight 840 in 1969 (bound for Tel Aviv from Rome) and El Al flight 219 in 1970 (traveling from Amsterdam to New York City).

In 1997, PFLP was designated as a terrorist organization by the United States Department of State, which cites the group as having carried out “large-scale international attacks in the 1960s and 1970s, including airline hijackings that killed more than 20 U.S. citizens.” PFLP is also responsible for numerous terror attacks against Israeli civilians in Israel and the West Bank, including a bomb attack that killed 17-year-old Israeli Rina Shnerb in 2019 and a shooting and meat cleaver attack that claimed the lives of four worshippers in a Jerusalem synagogue in 2014.”

What’s not to love for a good leftist academic?

San Francisco State University has tried multiple times, today being the most recent, to allow Leila to speak under the guise of “freedom of speech,” and the First Amendment. This narrative is being used by radical Islamists all over the U.S. in order to share their calls for violence.


Of course, the University wouldn’t dream of hosting somebody really dangerous, like Ben Shapiro, Milo Yiannopoulos or Jordan Peterson. Like the Australian academic who recently complained after being criticised for defending China’s genocide in Xinjiang (it’s just “family planning”, apparently), they’re only concerned about free speech when it’s their speech.

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Why Do Academics Love Terrorists So Much?

Lushington D. Brady

Punk rock philosopher. Liberalist contrarian. Grumpy old bastard. I grew up in a generational-Labor-voting family. I kept the faith long after the political left had abandoned it. In last decade or...