A vicious Palestinian terrorist’s university speech gets canceled. Good.
This hate-fest has been canceled.
Leila Khaled, revered by some on the left as “the first female hijacker” — a vicious thug who made her bones traumatizing innocents in her quest to destroy Israel and the West — was scheduled to spread her brand of vicious anti-Semitism Wednesday in a remote speech at San Francisco State University. But after my column on the insane event ran in The Post, Zoom pulled the plug.
The video-conferencing giant heeded a warning from the Lawfare Project that knowingly promoting Khaled’s filth could violate anti-terrorism statutes.
Bye-bye, anarchist babe.
The move effectively puts an end to the program, respectfully titled: “Whose Narratives? Gender, Justice and Resistance: A Conversation with Leila Khaled.” The terror-monger, who lives in Amman, Jordan, can’t get a visa to enter the United States, so Zoom was her only option.
This turn of events brought a sigh of relief to Jerry Richter who, as a 9-year-old in 1970, was aboard an El-Al fight commandeered by Khaled and a comrade, which would have been her second hijacking.
“Wonderful news!” Richter, now 59, tells me. “Institutions of higher learning should not sully their reputations by giving legitimacy to terrorist groups. It’s insulting to their students and to the American people.”
Richter was returning to New York City from a summer in Israel on Sept. 6, 1970, when he watched Khaled pull a pin from a hand-grenade as she was tackled to the floor by a man. But the explosive did not go off, sparing the lives of everyone on board. Her accomplice in tyranny, Patrick Arguello, was shot to death by an air marshal.
Khaled, now 76, was taken into custody in London. Weeks later, however, she was freed in an exchange with civilian hostages.
She remains an outspoken member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which is classified as a foreign terrorist organization by the governments of the United States and the European Union.
Yet, despite outcries from Jewish groups, Lynn Mahoney, SFSU’s president, stubbornly defended the happy talk with Khaled on the grounds of academic freedom.
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