Unrepentant Palestinian terrorist Leila Khaled's September 23 virtual appearance at San Francisco State University couldn't have occurred without the steadfast support of Lynn Mahoney, SFSU's far-left virtue-signaling president. After being canceled by Zoom and Facebook, "Whose Narratives? Gender, Justice, & Resistance: A Conversation with Leila Khaled" appeared on YouTube for 23 minutes before that platform, too, pulled the plug.
A leader more concerned about radicalizing students than supporting radical chic would have prevented Khaled's appearance altogether. Faced with the greatest campus controversy since her July 2019 appointment as president, Mahoney might have leveraged her progressive bona fides to condemn terrorism and those who champion it. She might have taught her community why academic freedom demands respect for a diversity of opinion, something sorely lacking in academe, but not apologias for violence and murder issued by an active member of a U.S.-designated terrorist organization, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).
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