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CUNY to Host Antisemitic Conspiracy Theorist Who Blames Jews for 9/11

The Muslim Student Association at Queens College, a public institution under the City University of New York (CUNY) system, plans to host an event on February 29 titled “Analyzing the Israel-Palestine Conflict: A Multifaceted Examination.”

Their featured speaker at the discussion is an author named Daniel Haqiqatjou, a writer at a website called Muslim Skeptic and the author of the book “The Modernist Menace to Islam.” According to his bio, he attended Harvard University for his undergraduate studies and then earned a master’s degree in philosophy at Tufts University. 

Haqiqatjou, as is often the case with guests invited to address Israel and the ongoing war against Hamas, has a history of publishing antisemitic conspiracy theories.

His most recent article at Muslim Skeptic is titled “Is ISIS Jewish?” and argues that “ISIS acts in keeping with the Jewish law of war,” which “is why ISIS encourages random individuals to constantly burst into churches and even mosques, then kill the innocent men, women, and children there by [sic] shooting or bombing (like the recent church attack in Turkey).”

He says that “the most likely explanation for ISIS’s behavior is that it is run by Israel,” but even if it is not, it has adopted “the type of disgusting tactics approved of in Judaism.”

Haqiqatjou has also written about his belief that “Judaism is perhaps the world’s most racist religion” and that “owing to the influence of Judaism, Israel is one of the most racist states in the world.”

To prove this claim, Haqiqatjou pointed to a passage in the Talmud — which even the most advanced Jewish scholars spend their lifetimes studying — that he contends “says that blacks, due to their inferiority, are not allowed to fully participate in sacred worship.” Haqiqatjou is not a Talmudic scholar, and there is no evidence available to suggest that he has ever engaged in the study of the texts.

In another piece, Haqiqatjou bemoaned a supposed state of affairs in which “researchers who make claims about” World War II and the Holocaust “which might provoke criticism of Jews” find themselves suffering “career setbacks.” He stated his opinion that “it is not permitted to conduct research on the possibility of Jewish human sacrifice rituals” and accused Jews of controlling academia to the extent that no criticism of Jews or Israel can be published. 

Haqiqatjou has claimed that Israel and India are working together to commit genocide against Muslims and that “the powerful Israel lobby has . . . successfully pushed the U.S. government into adopting” a plan to eradicate Islam. He wrote that the Jewish holiday of Purim — a celebration of an instance in which a plot to eliminate Jews in the Achaemenid Empire was thwarted — is, in fact, a remembrance of Jews’ “continuing duty to genocide their enemies in all times and all places.”

On his X account, Haqiqatjou has argued that “Judaism has developed a special hatred for Christianity and Islam.” In the immediate aftermath of October 7, he supported Hamas’s barbarism, writing that “Palestine has the right to defend itself from terrorists” and criticized Mehdi Hasan as being a “complete zionist shill” because he condemned Hamas’s taking children hostage. He has baselessly accused Israel of stealing Palestinian organs. He has also reposted those who claim Israel was behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks and said himself that he believes Al Qaeda was “gradually infiltrated over time” by Israel.

He has also attributed antisemitism to “the morally unjust and racist ideas which have a central place in Jewish religious texts” and has claimed that the Talmud encourages Jews to rape children.

The Muslim Student Association at Queens College made news in the months after October 7, posting on its Instagram page that “there is zero evidence that Palestinians deliberately killed women and children” when Hamas attacked Israel and deliberately killed women and children. They argued that “there is nothing wrong with Palestinians taking prisoners of war in their struggle against the Zionist terror occupation.”

The organization, in that series of posts, sought to cast doubt on reports of Hamas’s atrocities, writing that Israel’s “strategy has always been: say it enough times until it becomes accepted fact.”

After those posts received attention, Queens College president Frank Wu wrote a letter to the college community asserting that the institution he runs “strongly denounces such obviously false and misleading posts that in no way represent the views of Queens College.”

National Review contacted Queens College to determine whether the school had approved the Muslim Student Association’s event with Haqiqatjou. Spokeswoman Maria Matteo confirmed that, though Haqiqatjou does not align with the college’s values, the Muslim Student Association’s discussion was planned in accordance with school policies.

“Queens College is unalterably opposed to antisemitism, Islamophobia, or any form of bigotry,” Matteo wrote in an email. “Registered student organizations at Queens College have a right to invite speakers and are required to follow appropriate college procedures, as this student club has done. To be clear, this speaker does not in any way represent Queens College or our values.”