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UC Irvine MSU Tops Spin Game

The word Hijack, as defined by Dictionary.com is to steal, to rob and to seize.  If you read the following press release issued last night by UC Irvine’s Muslim Student Union, you will see how the group hijacked Chancellor Drake’s message regarding terrorism.

Last week, during Hate Week, er, I mean “Israel Apartheid Week” put on by the MSU, the Thursday speaker, Amir Abdel Malik Ali, had this to say as part of his usual anti-semitic speech:

** He opened his speech by greeting his Muslim brothers and his “enemies”

** He referred to the UCI students who support Israel –as “the  new Nazis”.

** Asked if he supported Hamas, his answer was “Yes”.  Asked if he supported Hezbollah, he answered “Yes”.

If you’d like to see first hand some of what Ali had to say, here is the video

Now, on to their latest stunt. Read their “Press Release” below.

In the Name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful


*MSU Responds to Chancellor Drake’s Email*
(Irvine, CA – 05/17/10) The Muslim Student Union at UC Irvine joins
Chancellor Michael Drake in condemning terrorism and in reaffirming our
university’s “commitment to dialogue and democratic rule, not violence.” The
MSU condemns the killing of innocent civilians, regardless of race,
ethnicity, religion or any other label. As stated numerous times throughout
the week, we will not tolerate the promotion of hatred against any
particular group on the basis of their race, color, ethnicity or religion.
As human beings, people of faith, and students of conscience, we will be the
first to speak out against any form of injustice.

Our week’s events brought professors, academics and human rights activists
to shed light on the apartheid state of Israel and its occupation of
Palestine. This does not necessarily mean that we endorse everything that
our speakers say. Our speakers have differing views when it comes to
discussing the apartheid state of Israel, but nonetheless, we remain
committed to educating our broader campus community. Our week’s goals, which
were constantly reiterated before every event, were meant to educate
students and start dialoguing in a way that is conducive towards taking
peaceful, non-violent means towards a solution to the conflict.

While we don’t agree with blanket support of the actions and stances of
groups like Hamas, Hezbollah and others, we do believe that it is important
to distinguish that the expressed support for such groups, made by one
of our speakers, comes in the context of leading resistance against a state
that continues to function based on genocidal and apartheid-like politics.
It comes in the context of trying to end the inhumane siege on Gaze, and in
the struggle of striving to secure freedom, peace and justice in the midst
of an illegal occupation. Let us be clear, terrorism and the killing of
innocent civilians is never justified whether it is practiced by Palestinian
militant groups or the Israeli government. However, one cannot blame the
victim for being victimized by the aggressor while turning a blind eye to
the aggressor’s actions that are the root cause of the conflict, which,
unfortunately, has too often been the case in discourse about the
Israeli-Palestinian issue. This type of discourse only serves to undermine
the atrocities that occur in Palestine and Israel and to deflect the
attention away from Israel’s violation of international, moral, and
humanitarian laws.

It is for this reason, the death of innocent people on all sides, that the
MSU seeks to translate its words into action. The violence on both sides is
a result of the occupation and with an end to the Israeli occupation will
come an end to the killing of people on both sides. As mentioned throughout
our week, we would like to announce the launch of a peaceful and nonviolent
initiative known as the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction Campaign on
campus. The BDS movement aims to ensure that our money at UC Irvine does not
fund war crimes and terrorism practiced against innocent civilians. The
campaign, which is supported by many in Israel and around the world, aims to
divest university funds from companies that profit from the occupation and
oppression imposed on the Palestinian people.

In the past few days, we have been overwhelmed by the support of the UCI
community for our campaign; hundreds of students have already signed a
petition in support of BDS. The University of California was an essential
part of the movement to divest from, and successfully end, the apartheid in
South Africa and it is now the time for the University of California to take
the lead again and stand up for justice and equality by demanding an end to
the illegal apartheid taking place in Palestine, not only by words, but also
by action. We ask the Chancellor and all people of social conscious to stand
with us now and peacefully demand an end to the occupation.



If you have not seen it, this is Chancellor Drake original email, which was sent out on Saturday, May 15th……..

As I often do when events occur that breach our university’s

commitment to values and civility, I feel a necessity to speak out.

I’m speaking today of the offensive remarks supporting terrorism made

during the question period following a noontime lecture at the

flagpole on Thursday.

The past week included several speeches, lectures and discussions

providing opposing views on the Middle East conflict, one of the

world’s most troubling confrontations. Much of what was said was the

type of discourse on a difficult issue that is the hallmark of an

educational institution committed to an exchange of ideas. Some of

these views are very difficult and offensive to listen to. As is the

case on all campuses, events sponsored by campus organizations and

visitors may feature ideas and opinions that can be starkly different

from ours. But as we know, it is nevertheless incumbent upon us to

protect the freedom of speech of those who visit our campus to express

their views, even when we disagree.

Let me be clear: we condemn the speaker’s endorsement of terrorism.

Nothing could be more contrary to our fundamental values and our

commitment to dialogue and democratic rule, not violence. We are an

educational institution that promotes, practices and teaches

tolerance; these remarks supporting terrorism were deplorable.

As a public university our free speech venue is open to a broad range

of views, and we’re a stronger campus for doing that. But we will

never allow ourselves to be defined by the outside views of others.

They may speak here, but they don’t speak for us.


May 18, 2010 - Posted by | Muslim Student Union, UC Irvine | , , , , ,

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