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Irvine 11 In the News Last Week

As we start a new week, I thought it was appropriate to take a look back at how we ended the last week.  On Friday, the “Irvine 11” had an appointment in Orange County court.  The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles reported that the former UC Irvine and UC Riverside students want the Orange County district Attorney removed form the case.  The Orange County Register story generated more than 50 comments while the Reuters story says the 11 could face up to six months in jail.  A brief recap and links are provided below.

There was no significant judgement made yesterday.  The groups will reconvene on the busiest day of the year for many Americans, tax day.  The judge in this case, Orange County Superior Court Judge Peter J. Wilson,  set a new date of April 15 date for the next hearing.

Here are links to stories filed int he last few days relating to the case.  You can clock on the red-face type to read the entire story.

From the Jewish Journal

Attorneys representing the Irvine 11 – Muslim college students who face misdemeanor criminal charges over the disruption of a 2010 speech by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren at UCI – asked a judge to remove the O.C. District Attorney’s office from the case during an arraignment in Santa Ana Superior Court on Friday.

From the Orange County Register

Attorneys for 11 Muslim students facing misdemeanor charges for disrupting the speech of an Israeli diplomat at UCI last year asked a judge Friday to remove the Orange County District Attorney’s Office from the case claiming that prosecutors illegally issued subpoenas and referred to the case internally as the “UCI Muslim Case.”

From an editorial that appeared in the Jerusalem Post on March 10 and tackles the broad picture of free speech.  A UCI recap plays prominently in the story.

The adage “time flies when you’re having fun” might explain why the two full weeks devoted to bashing Israel on college campuses around the world is known as Israeli Apartheid Week as opposed to say Israeli Apartheid Fortnight. And more people than ever are clamoring to join in the festivities.

From the Daily Pilot, who’s headline said:

Protest follows postponement of ‘Irvine 11’ arraignment with a sub-head that proclaimed:  Defense attorneys claim the D.A. is trying the group in the media and illegally obtained evidence.

According to this Reuters story….

The Irvine 11 face up to six months in jail if convicted of criminal misdemeanor charges of disturbing a meeting and conspiring to do so in connection with their February 2010 demonstration.


March 13, 2011 Posted by | Media, Muslim Student Union, UC Irvine | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Media Continues to Focus on UC Irvine

The media continues to cover what is going on at UCI on many different fronts.  In case you have missed anything in the last few days.  From the Huffington Post, to the Washington Post to the Daily Pilot….Here are brief descriptions of the stories with links directly to them.


UPDATED: 100 UC Irvine faculty protest criminal charges against Muslim Students

One hundred faculty members at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) have called on Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas to drop criminal charges against 11 current and former students arrested in February 2010 for disrupting a public speech by Michael Oren, Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. on the UCI campus.  See the full story here.


How to handle the “Irvine 11”? Litigate or negotiate?

A story by Brad Hirschfield.  Orange County, CA District Attorney, Tony Rackauckas, is pursuing criminal charges against the so-called “Irvine 11,” the 11 students who planned and executed a major disruption of last year’s speech by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren at the UC Irvine Campus. And now some 100 members of the University faculty are publicly calling on Rackauckas to withdraw those charges, something he has no intention of doing. Most people are debating which side is right. Full story is here.


On Free Speech, ‘Anarchy’, and the ‘Irvine 11′

The Israeli ambassador to the U.S. came to UC Irvine last year for a meeting and to give a speech.

A handful of protesters, well, protested. They shouted down the ambassador, Michael Oren, during his speech and were ultimately escorted away by the police.

In response, the school suspended the Muslim Student Union, which denied having planned the protest. It also reprimanded several students.

Read the full story


Simon Wiesenthal Center supports charges against protesters who interrupted Israeli Ambassador

A leading Jewish organization on Tuesday came out in support of the Orange County district attorney’s decision to file criminal charges against 11 students who interrupted a speech last year at UC Irvine by the Israeli ambassador to the United States. Full story here


100 UC Irvine Faculty Call on D.A. to Drop Charges Against Students Who Disrupted Israeli Ambassador’s Talk

Jon Wiener, a professor of history at UCI, penned the story that ran for the first time yesterday. Click here for the full story.


OverKill in Orange County

Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas’ decision to bring criminal conspiracy charges against 11 UC Irvine students smacks of political posturing. Click here for Full Story

February 12, 2011 Posted by | Media, Muslim Student Union, UC Irvine | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


It has been a while since I’ve posted in this space and my return is timed with the following letter that was sent to me by email this today.  It is from Shalom Elcott, President of Jewish Federation & Family Services.

As we informed you last June, the UCI administration suspended the Muslim Student Union (MSU) and took disciplinary action against the students who participated in the organized disruption of Ambassador Oren’s talk at UCI in February 2010. At that time, we wrote that “we commend the University for this judicious decision in support of free speech and civil discourse…”

Last Friday, the Orange County District Attorney announced that the 11 students arrested at the Oren event were charged with conspiring to disrupt the speech.  The students will be arraigned on March 11th on several misdemeanor counts, and if convicted, could be subject to fines, probation through community service or a jail sentence.

“This case is being filed because there was an organized attempt to squelch the speaker, who was invited to speak to a group at UCI,” District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said in a statement. “These defendants meant to stop this speech and stop anyone else from hearing his ideas, and they did so by disrupting a lawful meeting. This is a clear violation of the law and failing to bring charges against this conduct would amount to a failure to uphold the Constitution.”

So, are criminal charges excessive or warranted?

The disposition of this case is a matter outside of the authority of Jewish Federation & Family Services.   The UCI administration took action according to its charter and its regulations.  The Office of the DA has taken action according to its reading of the Constitution and the laws of the State of California.

We believe that the actions of both the UCI administration and the District Attorney send a strong message to this community — indeed to all communities — that civility must be safeguarded.   We recognize that colleges and universities have always been environments in which difficult (and sometimes confrontational) dialogues take place.  Yet we also believe that if planned, rogue disruptions are allowed to continue without consequences, we will have accomplished nothing despite our best efforts.

Consider this:  At no point in this year-long process has the MSU, its students, attorneys or representatives acknowledged any wrongdoing.  In fact, they have continued to deny it.  There have been no statements of apology or contrition.  Not once has there been an effort, on their part, to reach out and say “We’re sorry.  We blew it.  We’ll do it differently next time.  Let’s talk.”

Consider this as well:  What happened at UCI last February is happening around the country as part of an organized “BDS” (Boycott, Divest, Sanction) movement against the legitimacy of Israel and self-determination of the Jewish people.

We say: let this be a teachable moment for all of us!  While the legal process takes its course, let us think about how we can pursue actions for positive change and an improved campus climate.  How we can bring more partners together – both Jews and people of other faiths – to strengthen and improve the student experience at UCI?

The role we play, as community catalyst and convener, is that of bridge-builder.  We seek to build bridges of interfaith understanding, collaboration and respect, on campus and in the community.  Bridges are built when people of differing viewpoints come together in an atmosphere of mutual respect.  When civility is lacking on one side, the bridge crosses only half the river, and we remain apart.

Shabbat Shalom.

Shalom C. Elcott
President and Chief Executive Officer
Jewish Federation & Family Services

February 11, 2011 Posted by | Jewish Federation Orange County, Muslim Student Union, UC Irvine | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

UCI, the First Week

Students are back at UC Irvine and classes are in full swing as we head into Simchat Torah and the first week of October.

The students on the Orange County campus finally made news for something other than the Muslim Student Union suspension on September 21st when nearly 1,800 Anteaters gathered at the Bren Events Center for a reported Guinness World Record for the largest game of dodgeball.  It may sound surprising that so many students were in the Bren Center at one time, but the event was well received and the media picked up on the event.

However, it is back to business as usual now that classes have begun.

The New University, the school’s weekly student run newspaper had the following headline in the year’s first issue:

MSU Suspension Unjust

The story, an opinion piece by Madiha Shahabuddin stated in the second paragraph of a lengthy story, “UC Irvine’s recently disappointing decision to suspend the MSU for fall quarter and impose a two-year probationary period is an unjust punishment that will be detrimental to the diversity of this campus.” You can read the entire MSU related opinion piece here.

Aaron Elisa, countered with his own opinion piece titled:

Suspending MSU the Right Move for UCI

Here is how Aaron led the opinion piece:  “I’m willing to bet that you, like me, are sick to your stomach with the feud that’s been raging on campus for years between Anteaters for Israel and the Muslim Student Union. It’s bad for the atmosphere and for the school’s reputation; too many people and institutions all over the world think UC Irvine is a vile cesspool of Jew-hatred. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could have just one year without all the saber rattling and mudslinging?”  If you’d like to read the entire piece, click here.

So what has changed on the campus since June?  The faces have changed.  A few have graduated, a group has been technically suspended but the jury is still out. Will se really see change on the campus?  Stay tuned.

September 30, 2010 Posted by | Muslim Student Union, UC Irvine | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

UCI Reduces Muslim Student Union Suspension

This announcement was just released by Jewish Federation & Family Services, Orange County.  The final decision is in and the following is what the organization released

UC Irvine has rejected the Muslim Student Union’s appeal, and has followed through with UCI’s initial decision to suspend the MSU.

Ultimately, the precedent-setting suspension was upheld.  The UCI document obtained by Jewish Federation & Family Services, Orange County stated that “the MSU violated the following policies:  Obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary procedures or other university activities.”  The student judicial review process worked.

While we are disappointed that the length of the suspension was shortened, it is not our place to determine the length nor the severity of the punishment.
The only way we will know that this decision has been effective is if there is a systemic change in the actions and conduct by the MSU and a turn to more thoughtful dialogue that befits a university campus.
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September 3, 2010 Posted by | Muslim Student Union, UC Irvine, Uncategorized | , , , , | 3 Comments

UC Irvine Muslim Student Union Suspended

Many in our community have waited a long time for UC Irvine officials to take action against the ongoing actions by the Muslim Student Union.  Some thought it would never happen.  Today’s blog is will certainly get your attention.

Jewish Federation Orange County announced this morning  it has learned the results of UC Irvine’s judicial process.  UCI has suspended the Muslim Student Union (MSU) for one year and placed it on disciplinary probation for an additional year.  That’s not all. The MSU is also required to collectively complete 50 hours of community service.  As a result, it will not be allowed to conduct organized campus events until at least the fall of 2011.

Here is what Shalom Elcott, the President of the Jewish Federation Orange County had to say about the decision.

“We commend the University for its judicious decision in support of free speech and civil discourse.  The University’s disciplinary action regarding the MSU establishes an important and appropriate precedent and sends a powerful message to other universities across the nation.”

According to a UCI campus document, suspension means that the recognition of the MSU organization has been revoked.  Gone.  Done.   Additionally the document states that no current executive officer listed on the Dean of Students registration application form will be allowed to act as an “authorized signer” for any other student organization at UC Irvine during the suspension.  The effective dates pertaining to the suspension are from September 1, 2010 to August 31, 2011.

How did this come to pass.  Let’s go back to events that happened earlier this year.

On February 8, 2010, Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren visited the Orange County, California, campus for a planned visit and speech to UCI students and community members.  During the 90-minute event, Oren was repeatedly interrupted by members of the Muslim Student Union, 11 of whom were arrested. The investigation into this incident revealed the Muslim Student Union’s well-documented and premeditated plan to prevent Oren from delivering his presentation.

The results of the campus judicial reviews regarding the 11 individual students arrested at the Oren event will not be released by the University.  Privacy laws protect the student notifications, so we cannot know the outcome at this time.  Unless the students step up and make or challenge the announcement themselves, we may never know how the university has punished them.

Jewish students at UCI, whose campus experience is largely a positive one, have been the target of the Muslim Student Union’s anti-Israeli campaigns and anti-Semitic slurs for years.    The MSU, while publicly denying its student programming as being anti-Semitic, brought fringe speakers to the campus just last month.  One speaker, Malik Ali, said during a campus speech just steps from the UC Irvine administration building, “Ya’ll (Jews) are the new Nazi’s.”  Ali also confirmed his public support for terrorist organizations Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad.

Elcott added….

“While some in the community called for a public boycott of UC Irvine and have condemned the administration, we have always believed in working constructively through the appropriate channels with campus and community leaders.  While we would have liked for the administration to have come to this conclusion more quickly, we are pleased that after due process, the MSU has finally been sanctioned.  ”

Along with the Jewish Federation, there have been many organizations involved in this battle.  They include the Anti Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee and Hillel.

By involvement, this includes ongoing meetings with campus faculty and staff, meetings with UC Regents, University of California President Mark G. Yudof as well as ongoing discussions with members of Congress.  Additionally, the Federation has held continuous meetings with students and key community leaders.

I was able to personally speak with leaders in community and here what they had to say about this decision.

“When a group spews hate and calls for violence they must be stopped.  A public university ought to be a place for civil discourse and vigorous debate, but not a place for vitriol and incitement.  I applaud the Chancellor and the University for taking action.  Standing up against hate is always right.”

Rabbi Richard Steinberg, Congregation Shir Ha-Ma’alot

“These results serve as a reminder that the 1st Amendment is a non-negotiable American value. The MSU must understand that they do not have the authority to control what students can and cannot hear on campus. My family left the Middle East to come to America and realize their dream of freedom and equality, but the same forces that oppressed us there have followed us here. I am proud to see that American universities will not tolerate these attempts to silence or censor the voices of minorities.

I hope this landmark decision will lead to a new beginning between moderate Jewish and Muslim students; one of mutual respect, cooperation, and appreciation for one another.”

Isaac Yerushalmi, UC Irvine Alumnus, Class 2010

“The UCI administration has taken seriously, the on-campus actions of the MSU and their serial disregard for University policies and civil discourse. UCI is an outstanding academic and research University and the talented Jewish students on campus benefit most when members of the broader Jewish community support enhanced educational, leadership and social programming.”

Jeff Margolis Co-chair, Jewish Federation Orange County’s Rose Council.

“UCI’s administration has done the right thing and is to be commended. We can all have faith in the American system because the results show how well it works. The Orange County Jewish Community will continue to bring positive education, programming and discussion to the UCI campus.”

James Weiss, Co-chair, Jewish Federation Orange County’s Rose Council.

“Having heard first-hand of the intimidation prevalent on the UCI Campus and how Jewish students felt the need to hide their religious affiliation, I am happy and relieved to hear of the strong and just action taken by the UCI Administration. Using the banner of “free speech” to browbeat and delegitimize those who feel differently is a perversion of that noble concept and should certainly not be tolerated at our academies of higher learning.”

Rabbi Yisroel Ciner, Beth Jacob Congregation of Irvine

Jewish Federation Orange County will continue working closely with university leadership to encourage bridge-building programs between Muslim and Jewish students and students of other faiths.   Toward this objective, Jewish Federation established the Rose Project in 2008, which provides funding for positive Jewish programming and support to the Jewish students of Orange County college campuses.  Student leaders of Anteaters for Israel, Hillel: Jewish Student Union, Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, and Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority take advantage of many leadership development and Israel education opportunities funded by the Rose Project throughout the academic year.   Other endeavors of The Rose Project include the development of a high-level special guest lecture series and bridge-building programs with the Muslim and Christian communities of Orange County.

June 14, 2010 Posted by | Jewish Federation Orange County, Muslim Student Union, UC Irvine, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 56 Comments

UCI Student Group Unveils “Obstacles For Peace” Display

I was sent this press release today from a UC Irvine student group called The Movement for Peace in the Middle East.  It is a new student group and they did not waste any time making their voices heard.  In this blog post, you will find six photos.  The photos are copies of the 8′ x 10′ banners that were made by the students and showcased on ring road of the UCI campus today.

This effort comes on the heels of Hate Week by the Muslim Student Union last week.  You can see the text more clearly by clicking on one,some or all of the photos on this page.  Here are the headlines of each of the six banners:

** Anti-Zionism:  In  Their Own Words

** Nazism in the Arab World

** Network of Anti-Israel Organizations

**  Terror Attacks Against Israelis

** Ethnic Cleansing of Jews from the Arab World

** Israel-Palestine:  A Solution

Here is the group’s press release.

The Movement for Peace in the Middle East (MPME), a new student-run organization, today launched a week-long information campaign on the UC Irvine campus to counter continued anti-Israel and anti-semitic remarks made by student groups.

The week-long event, coined the “Obstacles for Peace- What They Won’t Tell You ”  features an on campus exhibit displaying some of the challenges and dilemmas Israel faces. In doing so, the exhibit provides evidence of anti-Semitism, terrorism, and similarities between terrorist organizations (Hamas and Hezbollah) and the MSU at UCI.

“We aim to spread the message of peace.,” said Isaac Yerushalmi, the co-founder of MPME.  “The fringe anti-Israel groups on our campus focus all their energy on the delegitimization and destruction of Israel.  We however, are calling for the creation of a Palestinian state alongside a safe, secure, democratic, and Jewish state of Israel.

The MPME organization felt the need to take a strong stand against the ill and un-educated rhetoric the Muslim Student Union (MSU) uses on the UCI campus. Over the past several years, including this one, the MSU has been fabricating sentiments aimed at depicting Zionism as a universal threat, igniting hate and incitement, and inviting controversial speakers jeopardizing Israel’s legitimacy. The campaign is a response to the continued on campus slanderous campaigns against the state of Israel as well as last week’s events in which a MSU sponsored speaker referred to Jews on campus as Nazis and blatantly supported Hamas, Hezbollah, and Jihad on campus. The visual aides provided by the MPME throughout this week on UCI’s campus illustrates the “obstacles for peace-what they wont tell you”, and will fall nothing short of producing images and information that portray factual evidence.

The MPME has taken upon itself to educate and raise awareness on the Orange County campus about anti-Zionism, anti-Semitism, and the persecution of Jews in the Arab world as well as the repercussions that these sentiments have had on the modern state of Israel.

May 18, 2010 Posted by | Israel, Movement for Peace in the Middle East, Muslim Student Union, UC Irvine | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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 | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hunting Down Jews and UC Schools: Watch This

The problems the Muslim Students are causing for Jewish students on college campuses are not limited to UC Irvine.  I encourage you to watch this video of David Horowitz, who was visiting UC San Diego during the Muslim Student Union’s version of Israel Apartheid Week on Monday.  He has a very interesting exchange with a UC San Diego Muslim student and the YouTube video has drawn more than 40,000 views in less than 24 hours.

Horowitz asks the student to condemn Hamas which she will not do.  The crux of the three-minute video comes near the end.

If you have not been able to get to UCI this week, here is a photo sample from the Muslim Student Union’s handy work.

Muslim Student Union with clear propaganda message for students passing by

MSU propaganda at UC Irvine

Jewish Federation Orange County, Stand With US and other concerned students and  faculty showed up to the MSU’s Hate Week events on Monday to make sure they were seen and heard.

May 12, 2010 Posted by | Israel, Muslim Student Union, Terrorism, UC Irvine | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

UC Irvine, Faculty and Israel

Welcome to Day 2 of Hate week at UC Irvine, better known by the Muslim Student Union organizers as Israel Apartheid Week.  We will have more about today’s events in tomorrow’s blog.  For now, I thought this was an interesting discovery from professors at UC Irvine.  The following letter was discovered and will reportedly be seen in the New University, UC Irvine’s campus newspaper next week.

Revised list May 10, 2010

We, faculty at the University of California–Irvine, are deeply disturbed about activities on campus that foment hatred against Jews and Israelis. The troubling events over the past few years include the
painting of swastikas in university buildings, the Star of David depicted as akin to a swastika, a statement (by a speaker repeatedly invited by the Muslim Student Union) that the Zionist Jew is a party
of satan, a statement by another MSU speaker that the Holocaust was God’s will, the tearing down of posters placed by the student group Anteaters for Israel, and the hacking of their web site. Some
community members, students, and faculty indeed feel intimidated, and at times even unsafe.

Some of these actions are protected by the First Amendment and in no way do we want to limit freedom of speech.  We welcome open dialogue among all members of the UCI community.  We respect and value our
Muslim colleagues, including those members of the MSU who support and encourage open dialogue and civility on campus.  At the same time, we
take issue with hate-promoting actions that we find unacceptable. They run counter to the peaceful co-existence and civility that are
essential to a university environment. Actions that demonize and derogate others, such as the previous events that have occurred on our
campus noted above, have contributed to UCI’s developing a growing reputation as a center of hate and intolerance.  Our campus deserves


Marlon Boarnet, Professor, Department of Planning, Policy, and Design
Matthew Brenner, Professor, Department of Medicine
Dan Cooper, Professor of Pediatrics and Biomedical Engineering
Rina Dechter, Professor, Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences
George Farkas, Professor, Department of Education
Paul Feldstein, Robert Gumbiner Professor, The Paul Merage School of Business
Gary Fouse, Adjunct teacher, University Extension
Stephen Franklin, Lecturer, Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences
Jean Fried, Project Scientist, Department of Planning, Policy, and Design
Sheldon Greenfield, Donald Bren Professor, School of Medicine
Amihai Glazer, Professor, Department of Economics
Dan Hirschberg, Professor, Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences
Zeev Kain, Professor, Anesthesiology & Pediatrics & Psychiatry
Tatiana Kain, Chair and Medical Director, Department of Emergency Medicine
Sherrie Kaplan, Executive Co-Director, Center for Health Policy Research
Mark I. Langdorf, Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine
Seymour Menton, Research Professor, Department of  Spanish & Portugese
Dana Mukamel, Professor, Department of Medicine
Mark I. Langdorf, Professor, Clinical Emergency Medicine
Marc Lerner, Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Frank Meyskens, Professor of Medicine, Biological Chemistry and Public Health
David Neumark, Professor, Department of Economics
Alex Nicolau, Professor, Department of Computer Science
Raymond W. Novaco, Professor, Department of Psychology and Social Behavior
Richard Pattis, Lecturer, Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences
Shlomit Radom-Aizik, Postdoc, Department of Pediatrics
Roberta Seid, Lecturer, School of Social Sciences
Roxane Cohen Silver, Professor Department of Psychology and Social Behavior
Etel Solingen, Chancellor’s Professor, Political Science
Dara Sorkin, Assistant Adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine
Eugene Spiritus, Chief Medical Officer, UCI Medical Center
Hal Stern, Professor, Department of Statistics
Dan Stokols, Chancellor’s Professor, Department of Planning, Policy,
and Design and Department of Psychology and Social Behavior
Jerome Tobis, MD, Professor emeritus (recalled)
Gene Tsudik, Professor, Department of Computer Science
Alex Veidenbaum, Professor, Department of Computer Science
Mark Warschauer, Professor of Education and Informatics
Hadar Ziv, Lecturer/Research Scientist, Department of Informatics

May 11, 2010 Posted by | Muslim Student Union, UC Irvine | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments