American college students have a soft spot for charitable giving — even when the recipient is the Taliban.
In his shocking new video “Students Fund the Taliban,” New York-based filmmaker Ami Horowitz hits up the campus of legendarily leftist school University of California, Berkeley with a modest pitch: raise money for the Taliban to perpetrate its attacks on Americans.
“We’re raising money for the Taliban!” “Get your Taliban here,” Horowitz, 46, crows in the revealing 3-minute “gotcha” clip, canvassing for terror with the blitheness of someone handing out coupons for a sandwich shop.
The self-described “guerilla journalist” is best known for his 2017 video “Stockholm Syndrome,” about social unrest in Sweden amid mass Islamic migration. He appeared on on Tucker Carlson Tonight and CNN to discuss the clip, which was also referenced by Jimmy Kimmel on that year’s Oscars telecast.
But Horowitz, founder of Disruptive Pictures, told The Post that even he didn’t think he could pull his latest stunt.
“Every time I dream up an idea for a new video, I always have the same conversation with myself: ‘I’ve gone too far, this is too insane.’ There’s no way that people will accept the premise I’m going to present them with,” said Horowitz, referencing a video he filmed on the Yale campus, armed with a petition to repeal the first amendment, which many students were all too happy to sign. “I thought, ‘How can I go to a major American university and ask people to give me money for the Taliban, specifically to kill Americans? What universe do I have to be in to find American kids willing to give me money to kill Americans? But that’s exactly what we found.”
Indeed, the video reveals one student after another inspired to take up the cause of the Taliban, which seized on the disastrous US troop withdrawal of Afghanistan in August. “We’re Taliban 2.0 — we‘re kinder, gentler … not really” and “We want to be able to train our fighters to fight back against American interests,” were some of the filmmaker’s appeals to passersby in his straight-faced pitch.
Students caught on camera enthuse, “That sounds great!” and “Appreciate what you’re doing” while pledging anywhere from five to fifty dollars. One student even professed his sympathies for Howoritz’s mission, declaring, “I would work for you.”
“That was one of the most difficult moments for me,” Horowitz said, noting how willing the students — who spend up to $70,000 to attend the prestigious school — were to throw their money to terror. “This is probably one of the only times where if someone punched me in the face, I’d be happy,” he said, adding that that moment never came. “Not a single person told me to go to hell or go f–k myself.”
In fact, he said that the videos aren’t cherry-picked, and genuinely reflect the attitudes of the people he meets.
“The majority of people who stopped and talked to me decided they’d give me money for this — to fund the Taliban and specific use of proceeds is to kill Americans, and strike back at America, and fund a new 9/11 on the US homeland.”
The students’ overwhelming support even left the video’s crew bewildered. The cameraman, a left-of-center San Franciscan, stopped Horowitz after 30 minutes of shooting and took him aside: “Am I being punked right now? Are these actors?” he asked the filmmaker, unable to process what he was seeing, and saying, “I don’t understand what’s happening.”
The northern California-based school, which is ranked 22nd on the US News compilation of national schools, has its own professors to blame for their self-hating impulses, said Horowitz.
“This is one of the best schools in the country. It’s complete and total brainwashing coming from the professors — they’re preaching the ills of America day in and day out.”
On YouTube, commenters were disgusted with students’ clueless attitudes. “What in the hell they are teaching our children in college?” said one commenter, while another noted, “So much for higher education. Needs to be called indoctrination for now on.”
Horowitz agrees that the final result is disturbing: “This is the most chilling video I’ve ever shot.”