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Israeli High School Students Protest at UC Irvine

Flyer used for the protest by the Black Student Union

A group of 18 high school students from Israel took on the Black Student Union and Muslim Student Union protestors from UC Irvine as hundreds gathered on the college campus Tuesday afternoon.

The Israeli students are part of a Student Exchange Program in a partnership between Tarbut V’Torah Jewish Day School and The Hebrew Reali School from Haifa, Israel.

They were on the UC Irvine campus as part of their week-long visit on Orange County which also included visits to local middle and high schools.

The Israeli students joined the counter-protest with UC Irvine Jewish students from Anteaters for Israel and other student groups.

The event was originally organized by The Black Student Union, along with a representative from the National Lawyers Guild as well as Students Fighting Against Tuition Hikes and Worker Layoffs served as the official sponsors (see flyer in this blog).  Yet, when introductions were made at the Podium, the Muslim Student Union (MSU) was also thanked for sponsoring the event.  For some reason, they did not make it onto the flyer.  It appears that the Black Student Union has more closely aligned itself with the Muslim Student Union on the campus.

The peaceful but vocal protest by both sides mainly took issue with the 11 arrested Muslim students (by Black Student Union) who tried to prevent Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren from Speaking last month and the right to free speech (Jewish Groups).

It was strange that the campus did not have any police or security present at the event.  If they were there, there were dressed undercover since no uniform policemen could be seen around the student center.

After the initial protest finished at the student center, all groups moved closer to the UCI Administration building where they both chanted and the Jewish Groups sang songs of peace.

Check back on this blog soon as more videos are currently being uploaded.

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March 2, 2010 - Posted by | Free Speech, Israel, Muslim Student Union, UC Irvine | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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