Jewish Federation Orange County Demands UC Irvine Action
New evidence allegedly shows that the University of California, Irvine Muslim Student Union orchestrated the repeated disruptions of a speech given by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren earlier this year. At the UCI-sponsored event on February 8th, which was open to the community, Ambassador Oren was interrupted numerous times by shouting students; he left the stage and was able to complete his address after 11 students were arrested and order was restored.
Following this event, the MSU issued public statements denying that the disruptions were orchestrated.
“The significant amount of new evidence allegedly shows that these denials were in fact a cover-up,” said Federation President and CEO Shalom C. Elcott.
The evidence, sent anonymously to Jewish Federation, UCI officials, and the Investigative Project on Terrorism, allegedly includes exchanges between MSU members concerning a “game plan” for the premeditated disruption. The game plan includes seat locations for student disrupters, text message communication instructions, and a plan of action should arrests take place. The alleged evidence also shows that a decision to disrupt the event had been made at a board meeting of the MSU just days before Oren’s speech, and that post-event emails to MSU members encouraged them to deny any organized effort.
“If true, this evidence clearly implicates the MSU, and the situation must be dealt with firmly and quickly,” declared Elcott. “This information leaves no doubt that the MSU conspired in the purposeful disruption of a visiting diplomat’s address to the community. Our initial review leaves no doubt that the MSU leadership and their followers intentionally lied to UCI officials. It is time for the university to bring civility back to the campus, and we are addressing our concerns directly with UCI officials.”
To see the published report, please visit The MSU Plot to Silence Israel’s Ambassador
2010 Timeline of Events at UC Irvine
February 5 – Muslim Student Union meets to discuss their plan of action for Ambassador Michael Oren’s visit to UCI, which visit was a campus-approved event
February 6 – Muslim Student Union president Mohamed Abdelgany emails the MSU list with their decided “game plan” for disrupting Ambassador Oren’s speech
February 8 – Muslim Student Union disrupts Ambassador Oren’s speech over a dozen times. Eleven students are arrested (8 from UCI, 3 from UC Riverside); following the arrests, Oren returns to the stage and completes his address
February 16 – UCI Spokesperson Cathy Lawhon confirms that UCI has begun the process of disciplinary action on the 8 UCI students who were arrested
February 17 – Chancellor Michael Drake announces that UCI will be hosting a series of discussions on civility and values
February 19 – UC Irvine hires Hilburg and Associates, a Washington, D.C. communications firm specializing in crisis management
February 24 – Irvine Assemblyman Chuck Devore writes a letter to Chancellor Michael Drake urging him to ban the Muslim Student Union at UCI
February 26 – Congressman John Campbell writes a letter to Chancellor Drake urging full disciplinary action be taken against the students responsible for disrupting Ambassador Oren. He also calls for an investigation into the conduct and membership of the MSU
March 3 – The Black Student Union demonstrates on UC Irvine campus in support of the 11 arrested MSU students
March 8 — In an open letter to UC Irvine’s student newspaper, Ambassador Oren says that he would like to return to campus, and that he welcomes open dialogue with the students who attempted to shout him down
Week of March 29 – Anonymous packages containing proof of alleged conspiracy by MSU are delivered to UCI and copied to Jewish Federation Orange County and the Investigative Project on Terrorism
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