Fasten Your Seat Belts. Here We Go.
Last week, I was on the UCI campus and visited with a group of students from Anteaters for Israel. As I left the campus building, I noticed the picture you see to the right of this post: It says — Get Ready For — Week 7 — Israel Apartheid Week, Which is better known to many on campus and the community at large as Hate Week. That’s right. Steup up and hear, see and read all of the Anti Israel protests from the Muslim Student Union as it garners publicity and attention while going on yet another crusade against Israel.
In the May issue of the Orange County Jewish Life, writer Aaron Elias characterized this week-long program where “the MSU brings speakers to campus for a week-long diatribe of hate directed at the state of Israel.”
Let’s see now. Where are those positive, bridge-building programs the MSU has created to help better relations with the Jewish students on campus? Not there. You have never seen it on a MSU syllabus because to date they have not created programs to help better build relations. Not part of the agenda.
That said, thanks to the ADL, here is the known current programming by the MSU for Hate Week 2010.
Monday, May 10
ROOTS OF THE CONFLICT
With professor Hatem Bozain
8 – 9 pm Crystal Cove Ballroom
Tuesday, May 11
“THIS TIME WE WENT TOO FAR: The Gaza Invasion” With Norm Finklestein
Wednesday, May 12
“UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA ISRAEL”
With Dr. William Robinson
8 – 10 pm UCI Crystal Cove Ballroom
Thursday, May 13
With Omar Shakir
5 – 7 pm UCI Crystal Cove Ballroom
As for UCI’s Jewish students. They hold an annual event but with a different twist. It is called ifest. A positve, week-long celebration of Israel culture, aid, technological innovations and contributions held after Hate Week. I was on campus visiting with UCI student leaders. Their feedback was clear. They prefer to focus on the positive events going on in and around UCI for the Jewish students. As we get closer to the good stuff happening on campus, I will cover it so you can join the celebrations.
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