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The University of California President Mark Yudof is reacting aggressively to the uproar over video of police using pepper spray on student protesters who refused their orders to move. He has put the campus police’s chief on administrative leave and is reviewing its procedures. If only he were so pro-active in fighting pro-terrorist, anti-Semitic rhetoric and Islamist extremism since becoming president of the University of California in 2008.
President Yudof responded to the use of pepper spray with public condemnation. He is contacting all 10 of his chancellors to discuss how to promote responsible law enforcement and is examining the rules regarding the use of force. The force may have been excessive, but Yudof’s decisive response stands in sharp contrast to his reaction to outbursts of anti-Semitism, pro-terrorist propaganda and promotion of extremists in his school system. Supporters of Israel and opponents of Islamism are left bewildered at the discrepancy.
The University of California-Irvine was the focus of international attention on February 8, 2010 when Muslim students disrupted a speech by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren, accusing him of being party to genocide. Their insults and rudeness stopped him from proceeding. Eleven were arrested and 10 were convicted on charges of conspiracy and public disruption.
After significant pressure, Yudof condemned the rhetoric of the students and their ideological allies. In one statement, he said he condemns “the anti-Israel speech,” “insults to our students,” “unbalanced programs,” and “all the anti-Semitic utterances heard on the campus.” He established an Advisory Council in December 2010 to make sure the University of California campuses promote tolerance. The declaration provided hope that a turning point had been reached, but those fighting the campuses’ anti-Semitism were let down.
On October 31, 2011, the Amcha Initiative wrote a letter to Yudof to express its disappointment. It said that the Advisory Council Working Groups had specific focuses on intolerance towards blacks, homosexuals, Latinos and other minorities, but not the Jews. Amcha claimed that “UC administrators not only ignore intolerant and abusive behavior directed against Jewish students, they also condone, award, and at times even engage in it.” One of the Advisory Council’s members spoke at the UC-San Diego’s Israel Apartheid Week put on by the Muslim Students Association (MSA), a Muslim Brotherhood-founded group.
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