UC Irvine Student Government Approves Anti-Israel Boycott


Even as missiles launched from Gaza are killing innocent Israelis, there is no rest for the anti-Semitic, Israel-bashers at the University of California, Irvine. On Tuesday night, the student senate passed a non-binding resolution requesting that the school divest from eight companies currently doing business with the Jewish State. In a unanimous 16-0 vote, the Associated Students-UC Irvine (ASUCI) targeted Caterpillar, Cement Roadstones Holding, Cemex, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, Raytheon, Sodastream, and L-3 Communications, as companies that “profit from Israel’s occupation of Palestine.” The resolution awaits the approval of UC Irvine student government’s executive board, a body that would forward it to the school’s administration. If both entities approve, UC-Irvine would be the first California campus to do so.

Given UC-Irvine’s track record of anti-Semitism, such a “ground-breaking” move would doubtlessly thrill campus leftists, most notably UC-Irvine’s Muslim Student Union (MSU). In an article for Commentary Magazine in 2010, Kenneth Marcus outlines that track record. ”During the first years of the 21st century…on the campus of the University of California at Irvine, Jewish students were physically and verbally harassed, threatened, shoved, stalked, and targeted by rock-throwing groups and individuals,” he writes. “Jewish property was defaced with swastikas, and a Holocaust memorial was vandalized. Signs were posted on campus showing a Star of David dripping with blood. Jews were chastised for arrogance by public speakers whose appearance at the institution was subsidized by the university. They were called ‘dirty Jew’ and ‘f**king Jew,’ told to ‘go back to Russia’ and ‘burn in hell,’ and heard other students and visitors to the campus urge one another to ‘slaughter the Jews.’”

The MSU on campus has staged many anti-Israel events, including a large gathering every spring where some of the more virulent anti-Semites, including leaders of the Sabiqun movement, which advocates for the creation of a global Islamic state, bash Israel with impunity.

In May 2010, Imam Abdul Malik Ali, leader of a mosque in Oakland, compared Jews to Nazis, expressed support for Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad, and called for the destruction of the “apartheid state of Israel.” Ali’s speech was part of the MSU-hosted program called “Israeli Apartheid Week: A Call to Boycott, Divest and Sanction,” which included other anti-Israel speakers such as author Norman Finkelstein, who has made a career out of distorting the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; Alison Weir (not to be confused with the British historian and author Alison Weir), who frames Israel as a violent aggressor, with the United States acting as its accomplice; and Hatem Bazian, president of the anti-Israel American Muslims for Palestine. This event was part of an effort to jumpstart the divestment process mentioned above.

In 2009, the MSU hosted a lectures series titled “Israel: The Politics of Genocide.” Former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, who supports anti-Semitic groups such as the Nation of Islam and the New Black Panther Party, and former British MP George Galloway, who told GQ magazine in 2006 that it would be “morally justified” for a suicide bomber to kill former British Prime Minister Tony Blair because of Britain’s support for the Iraq war, were in attendance. Ali was also there, giving presentations during which he stated that “Zionists” are “the new Nazis” and “the party of Satan,” and that “Zionism must be destroyed.”

In 2008, the MSU hosted three separate bash-fests titled “Never Again? Palestinian Holocaust,” ”Gears of War: Blood, Oil and University,” and ”From Auschwitz to Gaza: The Politics of Genocide.” Various speakers accused Israel of being a “hateful and expansionist militant nation state,” bringing their “misery” and “hostility” from Europe to the Middle East, and engaging in ”ethnic cleansing to get more of Palestine.”

video compilation of events occurring in 2008, gives one a good sense of the overt hostility generated by both speakers and students a UC-Irvine. It opens with Imam Muhammad Al-Asi, former prayer leader at the Islamic Center of Washington, accusing Israel of “crimes against humanity,” and students chanting the slogan of Israel’s destruction: ”from the river to the sea Palestine will be free.” It shows several testimonials by students, speaking about the regular harassment they receive for either being Jewish or daring to speak out against the prevailing “climate of fear perpetuated on campus,” as one student put it.

In 2007, the MSU hosted ”Israel: Apartheid Resurrected” and ”Holocaust Memorial Week.” During the former event, it was alleged that the U.S. knew about 9/11 in advance, and those who supported Israel were referred to as “Zio-Nazis.” At the utterly misnamed latter event, Jews were accused of running and financing the slave trade.

Similar events go back as far as 2001. All of them present the common themes of Israel as the oppressor, and the United States as its eager collaborator, along with a “Zionist-controlled Western media” that distorts the truth.

One of the low points of anti-Jewish activity at UC-Irvine occurred in February 2010, when 11 students were arrested for repeatedly disrupting a speech by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren. In a classic use of the “heckler’s veto,” Oren was repeatedly assailed with modern-day blood libels, accusing him of being an accessory to genocide and ethnic cleansing, as he attempted to give a talk on the Middle East peace process. A video of the event reveals the coordinated effort of students to prevent Oren from speaking.

Leaked emails subsequently revealed that the MSU orchestrated the disruption. The 11 students were convicted of two misdemeanors, conspiracy and speech disruption. In June, the MSU was banned the for one year and placed on disciplinary probation for an additional year, beginning on September 1.

Yet on September 3, 2010, UC-Irvine officials relented, upholding the suspension for only four months, through Dec. 31. The MSU was also expected to complete 100 hours of community service and remain on probation through December 2012.

Vice Chancellor Manuel Gomez sent an email to students filled with typical leftist bromides. “This has been a difficult decision,” it read. “But in the end, this process demonstrates the University of California Irvine’s commitment to values, principles and tolerance. Although this has been a challenging experience for all involved, I am confident that we will continue to move forward as a stronger, more respectful university community.”

Such a statement rings utterly hollow in light of a report by Front Page Magazinerevealing that UC-Irvine students, participating in a program known as the Olive Tree Initiative (OTI), met with Aziz Duwaik, a prominent leader of the terrorist organization Hamas, during a trip to the Middle East in 2009. Tellingly, the students were reportedly told to keep the trip a secret. In 2011, a Freedom of Information Act filing unearthed a letter addressed to UC-Irvine Chancellor Michael V. Drake demanding an investigation, yet the letter itself was dated October 8, 2009. If an investigation occurred, it wasn’t publicized.

As this latest episode at UC Irvine has demonstrated, on leftist-dominated college campuses across the nation, virulent anti-Semitism has been legitimized and is accepted to an astounding degree. Just imagine if a college student group invited a series of speakers to discussing topics even remotely offensive to ethnic minorities or gay students. There is no doubt that the campus left and administration officials would vocally oppose such programming. Yet Jewish students are routinely exposed to an atmosphere where their religious symbols, the Jewish homeland and much more are heinously mocked and degraded by their fellow students.

UC-Irvine student Sabreen Shalabi, a co-author of the boycott legislation, was proud of her handiwork. “Our work today stands tall in the noble tradition of students advocating for justice, joining the ranks of those brave and visionary students who demanded that our Universities divest from the terrible crimes of South African apartheid,” she said. No, it doesn’t. It is nothing more than an expression of anti-Semitism being purported as something noble. Despicable is more like it.

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  • Chezwick

    Folks, I hate to bring bad tidings, but the boycott/divestment campaign is only going to continue to gather steam. And Israel winning a new round in its struggle with barbarism will push the movement into high gear.

    Israelis best read the writing on the wall and do everything in their power to generate a level of economic and technological self-sufficiency. The alternative is the eventual caving into territorial "compromises" that will be fatal to its security.

    • MaryS, CA

      The only thing that UCI has is it's liberal professors, & it's Muslim Student Union, they are all a
      bunch of "useful idiots" and when the left and the Muslims get through using each other they will be the first one's discarded. Why is it that ordinary citizens can see through the Muslim Brotherhood, the Muslim Student Union which is a branch of C.A.I.R and ISNA which were unindicted co-conspirators in the Homeland Foundation trials in Texas, wake up America the left and the Muslims are screwing you.
      Your so busy with your reality shows, your sports teams be it baseball, football, soccer, whatever, your entertaining yourselves, acquiring stuff that you can't see what's happening right under your noses.
      MaryS

      • JOE

        I Agree with you there should be no room for this kind of Anti Semitism they will Go after the Christians after they are done with the Jewish people.I can't understand how any of this kind of hatred is allowed in an American College.These Students need to be thrown out of school for inciting violence and hatred.This should not stand if a bunch of students were doing this to Black kids there would be hell to pay;.If Muslims can't get along with the jewish kids they have no place in our college campuses period. Where is all their hatred for the Taliban muslims who shot a child in the head becares she wanted and education?

    • Parenthetical Phrase

      Let's hope the Israelis care enough about their own survival to do that. Right now, that is still unclear at best and absolutely negative at worst.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    Chant this in Irvine.

    FROM THE RIVER TO THE SEA,

    PAL-E-SWINE WILL NEVER BE!

    • Mary Sue

      Or chant "Happy Eternal Nakbah!" (sp?)

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    The false prophet muhammed was the prophet of satan.

    May the false prophet muhammed continue to burn in Hell for all eternity!

  • Anamah

    These are hatchlings of Islamists, Nazis, and perverted in general. UC Irvine students? Bunch of fascist and terrorist friendly a pest in America; they should be investigated, fired and prosecuted. They do not belong to a democratic institution.

  • Mary Sue

    I knew there were idiots in Universities but geez.

    • Wanna-Walnetto?

      Replying to Mary Sue

      Your intellectual Squatters' Rights are deeded only by your many hostile takeovers.

      • Mary Sue

        What on earth are you talking about? Make sense plz.

  • victor

    To Chezwick: Nothing, I mean nothing will satisfy those savages other than the eleimnation of the Israelis( JEWS) from the entire Middle East. It is not even a question of territory, independence or anything else that we may think of. Nothing short of establishing an Islamist State will suffice. Any other religion will have to be eliminated completely. I know, I am a Jew who was born and raised in an Arab country, Egypt, along with the rest of my family for generations. Their objectives were accomplished when they eliminated the wealthy, well educated, socially adjusted and assimilated and thriving Jewish population from Egypt competely. And now they are picking on the Christian Copts. Even if Israel were to give the whole country to those savages, they will not be satisfied until every Jew is gone or dead. If you don't understand that, they you are either naive or refusing to accept realities as they exist on the ground. And you don't understand ISLAM. Period.

    • jmw

      Victor, I don't think the elimination of Jews is restricted to the Middle East. These savages want ALL Jews eliminated from the earth (think Spain, U.K., Argentina, etc.) The god of Islam is NOT THE SAME as the God of Christians and Jews. Too bad more people don't wake up to this fact.

      • JOE

        What I find most troubleing is the fact that so many secular Jews Agree with the muslims.The secular jews voted for obama 70% knowing full well that he does not support Isreal in any way.What are they going to do when Iran wipes out Isreal with Nukes God forbid.Enough is enough it is only a matter of time before the muslims start killing Jews and Christians in America.We should insist they leave our nation.They are too full of hatred for Jewish and Christian people who have always gotten along.

    • Mr. Polly

      Why is it that in the ISLAMIC Republic of Iran there is a happy, thriving, untroubled Jewish community?

      • Tiberius

        If and big IF there is a surviving OPENLY PRACTICING Jews in iran right now, show us the proof.

    • Michal

      They won't be satisfied until there are none and nothing left but Islam; but even that won't satisfy them! Once left to their own devices, they will turn and devour one another. It's the way they are. The way it's always been.

  • Barry

    "Jews are the Nazis of today"?
    Wish you could take my class, Deshawn.
    There's so much my students and I could teach you.
    I'm Jewish; they're not.
    As for censoring, we know that doesn't work.
    Exposure does. So please keep writing.
    Each line you write tells us more about how we need to educate the uninformed.

    • Stern

      I completely agree with Barry and call on the moderators of this site to let Deshawn's hatred stand for all to see. Blinding ourselves to this kind of bigotry is not the answer. With every post Deshawn gives us yet another glimpse into the twisted minds and souls of our enemies.

      • Mary Sue

        Agreed. The only way to deal with such hatred is to let it see the light of day so that it may be refuted. I never was much for hiding these things.

        Note how he NEVER gives us his sources. I guess he knows that if he tells us he got it from the Protocols, as if it were some great Revelation From On High™, we'd rip it to shreds for the lies that they are.

        Also I think poor Deshawn fails to realize what exactly the Talmud is.

  • David

    Thank you Irvine for helping us with our mission. Because we care about Jews in the Diaspora so much we wish to encourage them to return to the Jewish Homeland in Israel. Visit Aliyah Magazine at http://www.aliyahmagazine.com
    Your natural eloquence would make a mute grateful for his lack of speech.

  • Omar

    These leftists/Islamists have gone too far. So-called "Palestine" (invented people, Hamas and Islamic Jihad) are the true aggressors in the Middle East and Russia, China and Iran are their eager collaborators. Israel wants peace, while Hamas (the true fascists) and its allies want totalitarianism. That's the reality.

  • http://frontpage richard sherman

    Winston Churchill said it best in 1948 in THE GATHERING STORM: “MEIN KAMPF was the new KORAN”.

  • Fred

    So they support the "invented People". Why don't the Arabs take them in with all of their oil money? Because they are using them as a tool to try and destroy Israel. The Arabs have so much money to build them a country somewhere else. Simple solution but they won't.

    Our colleges are doomed. No longer a great place to learn, now only to brainwash.

    • JOE

      Fred you correct. Sadly the colleges are indoctrination centers that are teaching our young people to Hate their own country as well as Christian and Jews.They are teaching envy and strife and they should be closed down.The drinking drugging and sexual behavior is out of control.Alot of people I know tell me they are not sending their children to college.They are afraid and want their kids to get jobs instead.They tell me they don't want some college professor undoing everything they have taught their kids at home, they say Very scary.And sad.

  • Omar

    Why do those leftist/Islamist lunatics keep equating Israel with what South Africa used to be? There is no apartheid in Israel. Arabs living in Israel have more rights as Israeli citizens than people living in other countries in the Middle East. Israel build the security fence to keep out terrorists and to prevent terrorism. If there is any country that fits the term "apartheid' it is Sudan, which has a racist, sexist, Islamist military dictatorship that behaves worse than South Africa's former apartheid regime. Where are the divestment campaigns against the Sudanese dictatorship? Where are the divestment campaigns against the Castro family dictatorship in Cuba (which currently has the only dictatorship in the Western Hemisphere)? Where are the divestment campaigns against the Communist government in China, (which is still occupying Tibet with an iron fist) and which has one of the worst human rights records in modern history?The left and its Islamist allies do not divest from any of those despotic regimes because the left and the Islamists view those regimes as "progressive" and defenders of so-called "social justice". The left and its Islamist allies are annoying lunatics.

    • Mary Sue

      It's projection. The islamic lunatics are the ones that want to practice apartheid.

  • mgoldberg

    Why isn't there a movement to disinvest from the UC Irvine? I mean a serious attempt to get all the donors to that sewer pit to abandon their support? Not too mention multiple viewings of the tyranny of spokesman
    fomenting vile hatred, historical revisionism, and the prevention of other sane speakers from presenting their own views. Why isn't there a vast movement to bankrupt the corruptocrats at the UC Irvine and divest that beastly place from it's support lines?

    • 13Sisters76

      John Dewey was the first to recognize, and begin the process, of taking over the universities and the public education system as a means of destroying a governmental system that he hated. The damage is done. It may have taken more than a hundred years, but he, and his fellow travelers, understood that a hostile takeover or invasion would not work here.
      I don't see how it is possible to undo all the destruction done, or how to undo the destruction being wrought by those who have graduated from these systems and are now part of our, present, education system, government, even private business. How do you UN-indoctrinate people? I don't know.

      • Mary Sue

        Oh yeah I read about that. He was the one that said that dumbed down education produced dumbed down children that would be open to socialism.

  • Selmainboca

    i could use a slimy little goose stepper like you to scrub my floors

  • JacksonPearson

    “In Any War Between the Civilized Man and the Savage, Support the Civilized Man.
    Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.”

    ~~Pamela Geller

    m

    • Mr. Polly

      The characterization of Israelis as "civilized" is offensive.

      • JacksonPearson

        Dead wrong Polly. Do you consider be-headings, stoning woman, suicide bombers, and praying five times a day to kill your neighbor civilized?

        Israel is way more advanced and civilized than most countries in the world, and have contributed more to the betterment of mankind than their advisories.

        e.g., Israeli scientists have garnered over 158 Noble Laureates for Medicine alone, while the people that want them dead, have zero. Israeli researchers are currently working on cures for cancer, while Arabs are working at ways to kill.

      • Mary Sue

        and the Islamists who are so against gay rights that they execute homosexuals, are, by comparison? Don't make me laugh, bird.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        Ms. Polly, You still upset that your side lost WW2?

        Good.

  • Aterg

    When will we ever learn? My tears are for all the people that will die, because of hatred and in the name that their God is better than our God. All misusing religion in the name in His name . Israel must live and prosper, the only reasonable and intelligent word uttered in that region of the world . Israel is surrounded by hate and enemies. It is the democratic worlds duty to prevent any harm to those people, otherwise we will go back to the dark ages. Never , never, forget over six million of Jews were murdered not so long ago. Is it so hard to build peace where everyone will benefit?Just give it a try.

    • Drakken

      The days of peace are over, war is now enevitable and it will be brutal and bloody, there will be no quarter and only the strong will survive, the weak leftist will perish. So prepare yourself.

    • Mary Sue

      In the case of the Islamists, it's less "My god is better than yours" and more "My god told me to kill all y'all."

  • doubleblack

    Mgoldberg is 100% correct. You can never win if you only play defense. Without an offense you are doomed to lose.

  • Drakken

    Happy eternal nakba abed! May you and yours rot!

  • Ghostwriter

    Why don't you go back to Stormfront,DeShawn? You'd like it there better.

  • Ghostwriter

    It's been building for a long time but the Israelis are fighting back. It's long past time that the Palestinians started paying a price for their hatred of Jews and Americans. For too long,these people have murdered Americans and have rarely been punished for it. Hopefully,this will put an end to this nonsense.

    • Michal

      Yes, but they can't stand alone and be found credible. So long as they are the fewer in number, their voices will be drowned out and their truths gone with the wind! We can't allow this to continue to happen! WE must stand and we must speak alongside them, not just for the sake of the Jew, but for the sakes of us all, for surely Islam will not stop until it has conquered us all, which is no less than it's absolute intent.

      • JOE

        As an American Christian I hope the Isrelie people know we stand with them always.They are in My prayers always.It saddens me that Barack obama does not stand with our allie.Just letting them know we are there if they need us is enough for the jewish people.Sadly Obama has made things worse for Isreal by destableizing Egypt.His meddeling with Egypt will and has hurt Isreal.The Palistines are notheing more than arabs that the egyptians threw out of Egypt because they were trouble makers.They crossed into Isreal and have been a thorn in Isreal's side ever since.God Bless Isreal and her people always.

  • PaulRevereNow

    Just WHAT have you done to deserve our tolerance? Why should we tolerate you, when all you do is post your insane non-sensical hatred of Jews? Do you ever say ANYTHING constructive? Or take responsibility for the lies that you spout? Look in the mirror and think about it.

  • wheels

    YOU ARE A JOKE —- RIGHT?

  • wheels

    Tis past the time to cut off both Federal and State Funding of that communistic/pro muslim think tank. UC Irvine has gone over the edge and if they want to keep dishing out their dribble, let them do it on their own dime!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • gary fouse

    Thanks for posting this. As one who has taught part-time at UCI for 14 years, I can testify to the above details. For too long UCI has tolerated intolerance in the very name of tolerance. They have coddled the MSU. Meanwhile, those in the Jewish community-students or otherwise who speak out are never supported by the main Jewish organizations that are supposed to represent Jewish students who get harassed.

    ADL
    Jewish Federation of OC
    Hillel

    Meanwhile, Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky has been saying for years-even before he came to UCI- that he saw no evidence of anti-Semitism on our campus.President Yudof? Missing in action.

    This is not just a UCI problem. This is going on on campuses all over N America. Let's face it. Nobody cares about anti-Semitism. It is becoming the fashion again.

    Gary Fouse
    adj teacher
    UCI-Ext

    • JacksonPearson

      Wherever Islam spreads, freedom dies.
      Muslims have contributed to tensions, and indifferences at UCI as well.

    • Parenthetical Phrase

      Chemerinsky is an opportunist who has no integrity or honesty whatsoever. And for the most part, the Los Angeles Jewish community LOVES HIM!

    • 13Sisters76

      Sir, antisemitism has always been there- there have only been short periods during which the horrors the left has visited on the Jewish people were too offensive to be ignored.What I find alarming, NOW, is that the present, toney antisemitism found on most college campuses is gaining its fashionability along side the rise of the new brownshirts of the occupy movement. I see this as disturbing in the extreme.

  • UCSPanther

    You are just crying foul because the Jews of today aren't the unarmed ones that Hitler could push around during WWII.

    The sooner you white trash accept that fact, the better.

    BTW I reported your comment.

  • fanlad

    our so called institutes of higher learning are sinking to new lows.

  • http://twitter.com/BostonPoverty @BostonPoverty

    My Boston Poverty Law account just got banned from the Occupy Boston Facebook page because I put a comment that said Occupy Boston is not anti Israel and nothing regarding any of this Israel stuff has ever made it through our General Assembly. I was going to go complain on the Occupy Boston email list but didn't bother. There is nobody on the email list talking about Israel like there is on the Facebook page. There really is a lot of diversity on what I call the social Left.

    A couple weeks ago I decided I need to go into the Unitarian Church and stand there in the Occupy Boston meeting because I haven't been for a few months. I stood outside first talking to an Iraq war veteran. He didn't want to go back in there and we talked about how bad they are mixed with the good. I told him he is just like Henry Winkler in the movie Heroes about a Vietnam veteran.

    I really do hope that some day the type of folks here on FrontPage can interact, debate, educate and come together with the type of folks I saw early on at Occupy Boston.

    • 13Sisters76

      I can't speak to whatever constituted the "occupy" movement in the very beginning. Unfortunately, they didn't garner much news coverage until they had been subverted by the left and its disparate organizations, at which point, it became, and continues to be, an anarchistic, destructive, anti-American, anti-Israel, anti-freedom conglomeration of brownshirts, touting leftism and collectivism.
      It is as unlikely as fitting a round peg into a square hole that the decent citizens of this country, enamored as they are with the Constitution, civil liberty, personal responsibility and self-determination, will ever- EVER- choose to deal with any arm of the "occupy" "movement".

  • Parenthetical Phrase

    Hatred is a poison that the hater ends up drinking himself. DeShawn, the students at UC Irvine, and all the rest. They already are being affected by their hatred. They are obsessed with it and it will kill them.

    I fear the American people have entered a dark age from which they will not be able to emerge for a long time. This isn't just Israel's problem. Everything that happens to Israel will happen to the U.S.

  • 13Sisters76

    The left has always been characterized by its hatred of the Jews, and it long predates Hitler. Husband and I have discussed the possibility of moving to Israel should war break out over there. We know that this country, under Obama, will do nothing to have her back, even as the majority of Christian Americans WILL. As Christians, nothing could be more fulfilling for us than to be standing there with the Israelis and against the evil attacking her.

  • mah29001

    Divest from your colleges if they go anti-Israel like this, don't give out donations.

  • LMBass

    When I read stories like this, I can't help but wonder why Jewish people continue to support the Democratic party. Do you think it is a coincidence that California is perhaps the most left-wing Democratic state in the nation and this is happening on one of their large state university campuses? If you plant an apple tree, don't expect oranges to grow from it. And if you elect Democrats, don't expect a love for Israel or Jewish history/culture/ethics.

  • AK 47

    palestine is going to be free and ur zionist asses going to be in the cemetery

    • pagegl

      Freedom does not, and cannot, exist under Sharia. I wanted to call you a Hitler loving dolt, but that might be considered impolite.

  • Mary Sue

    *facepalm*

    Even a "free" Palestine won't be "free". It'll be under the totalitarian thumb of Sharia law.

  • Aliyah

    Jews were compared to nazis? That’s really stupid.
    Remember when the Palestinians were celebrating a ceasefire and accidentally shot each other? That was also really stupid.

  • hypnofish

    help me understand this please – I have nothing against Jewish people. I have Jewish friends too. But I do not agree with Israel occupying Palestinian territory. Nor do I endorse Hamas's violence as a solution. What does that make me?