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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.

LA JEWISH JOURNAL

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.

THE WASHINGTON POST

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.

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

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

LA TIMES

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

THE HUFFINGTON POST

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.

DAILY PILOT

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


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

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.

March 2, 2010 Posted by | Free Speech, Israel, Muslim Student Union, UC Irvine | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment