Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

ADC's Hussein Ibish Squares off against Steve Emerson

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

ADC's Hussein Ibish Squares off against Steve Emerson

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ADC'S HUSSEIN IBISH SQUARES OFF AGAINST STEVE EMERSON

Minutes after O.J. Simpson and Denise Brown exchanged bitter insults June 8 on Fox TV, equally acrimonious adversaries, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee communications director Hussein Ibish and Muslim-baiter Steve Emerson debated newly released proposals of the National Commission on Terrorism.

While "The Edge" anchor Paula Zahn futilely told the adversaries not to shout at the same time, Ibish declared that foreign students already have been monitored by FBI agents since the commission released its anti-terrorism proposals June 5.

"Arab students were singled out for scrutiny, they were interrogated, watched and even deported in the early '70s and during the Gulf war," the ADC official stated.

Investigating a student on the basis of his/her national origin is a definite form of discrimination, he continued. Ibish said he had spoken with students since the report was issued and those majoring in physics seemed to be singled out.

Emerson countered that foreign students traditionally have been allied with terrorist organizations. He asserted that one of the plotters of the World Trade Center bombing had been a student who had overstayed his visa.

"Arab students haven't been singled out," Emerson averred, "all foreign students are suspect, even Israeli students."

Asserting that students from Iraq, Korea, Libya and Sudan traditionally have been linked to terrorism, Emerson criticized Ibish for his "civil libertarian arguments" which he compared to the Mafia claiming antiracketeering laws are unfair. …

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