From Gaza to UCLA, Israel Faces Multi-Front War

Ari Lieberman is an attorney and former prosecutor.


88580_e5433e14240a11715ca431845648c597_a0b0b0431db7b29b5cb5fe921518e83cAs Operation Defensive Edge enters its 14th day and Israeli forces mount an intensive counterinsurgency campaign against a cowardly, genocidal Islamist enemy bent on terror and destruction, a different war of sorts is shaping up across the Atlantic in America’s universities. UCLA, a university that prides itself on tolerance and diversity has instead, turned into a bastion of intolerance and hate where Jewish and non-Jewish supporters of Israel are subjected to a relentless campaign of harassment and intimidation.

Anti-Semitism on college campuses is nothing new. San Francisco State University for example, employs a university professor who advocates violence against Israel and meets with overseas terrorists at university and taxpayer expense. But UCLA takes Jew-hatred to new levels. Groups like the Muslim Student Union, an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood and Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) are allowed to run amok, creating a campus environment of fear and intimidation where an all out assault has been waged against pro-Israel students. Meanwhile, the ostrich-like administration has placed its collective head in the sand pretending that all is normal and allows outrage after outrage to continue with contemptible stoicism.

The latest indignation involves UCLA student Avi Oved, a Jewish undergraduate and economics major. Oved, while serving as vice president of the UCLA student government, opposed a bitterly contested divestment resolution that targeted the Jewish State. The resolution ultimately failed and this proved too much to bear for UCLA’s designated campus brownshirts who then embarked on their Jihad to preclude Oved from serving as UC Board of Regent student representative.

Aside from being Jewish, Oved’s only crime was his opposition to an anti-Semitic resolution sponsored by a plethora of hate groups including Students for Justice in Palestine. Ironically, the divestment resolution was aimed at the only democracy in the Middle East. Since there was no legitimate reason to prevent Oved’s appointment, SJP and their cohorts came up with contrived grounds that smacked of desperation. They alleged that Oved’s campus political campaigns were supported by a donor who backs Israeli causes.

Aside from being an outright fabrication, there is no rule in any UCLA student charter or handbook that prohibits receipt of such support. Nevertheless, Oved was required to defend himself to the UC Board of Regents against these bogus charges not unlike the way innocent Americans were subjected to witch-hunts and forced to defend themselves during the age of McCarthyism.

At the UC regent hearing, Oved faced an avalanche of pro-Palestinian, anti-Semitic shills who attempted to influence the proceeding with their numbers. Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) executive director Sam Levine and other pro-Israel representatives faced off against the hostile crowd and spoke in support of Oved noting that the objections to Oved’s appointment amounted to nothing more that a smear campaign that is “solely focused on destroying the Jewish State, and intimidating and harassing Jewish students on campus.”

Levine also noted that Jewish students at UCLA as well as pro-Israel supporters are subjected to a persistent campaign of violence and intimidation by Muslim and other anti-Israel groups who aim to discourage pro-Israel activity.

Part of this effort includes forcing prospective student government members to sign a pledge that they would not travel to Israel on trips sponsored by pro-Israel groups. The SJP also tried to invalidate the anti-divestment vote of two student government members claiming that they had traveled on such sponsored trips. These students then had to defend themselves before a formal UCLA judicial inquiry. While they ultimately prevailed, the students had to expend enormous effort to defend themselves against contrived charges, which affected their studies.

Ultimately, responsibility for the campaign of hate and atmosphere of fear that prevails on the campus of UCLA rests with the UCLA administration. Under the guise of allowing freedom of expression and unrestricted exchange ideas, the administration has fostered an atmosphere of intolerance where the only ideas that are allowed to be expressed are those which openly espouse hate and bigotry.

Israel now faces a multi-front war where it battles rockets and terror tunnels from Gaza while at the same time it must confront anti-Semitic inspired delegitimization efforts spearheaded by the SJP and their fascist partners in crime. The failure of the SJP to advance the divestment resolution and torpedo Oved’s appointment as UC regent student representative are positive steps in the right direction but the battle against tyranny, oppression and those who would otherwise wish to see Israel destroyed continues.

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  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    Similar tactics can and should be used against the Islamofascist and Fascist Socialist Unions.

    Anyone who supports Hamass, a designated terrorist organization, should be disqualified to hold any office in UCLA or UC.

    Anyone who harasses or engages in hate speech, anti-semitic speech, should be censured.

    Evil (socialism and islamofascism) thrive when good people are silent.

    • Remembering JDL

      I agree if have to believe that most of the UCLA student body will agree with the pro- Isreal students but because of their silence the islamofascists are further enabled.

  • Johnny Paleswine

    Calafornia, not California.

    Interesting that once “liberal” places have turned into Islamic-friendly places.

    Do the leftists and Arab Muslim cucarachas realize that the land of Calafornia was emptied of all indigenous natives so they can preach their support of (supposed) indigenous natives in far land?

    The hate of the Left and Islam will not be stopped by the facts.

    The natives living in Calafornia were massacred during the 1848 Gold Rush.

    Before European settlers arrived, an estimated 300,000 native people lived in small villages throughout the area. The gold rush of 1848 brought devastation. Violence, disease and loss overwhelmed the tribes.

    By 1870, 90% of the natives were dead!! In 22 years!!

    This new wealth in Calafornia ultimately lead to more wealth and cultural projects, including UCLA and other colleges.

    UCLA EXISTS THANKS to the SLAUGHTER of the INDIGENOUS.

    UCLA Administration is now cheering for more slaughter of the indigenous: the Jews who have returned to their native home land.

    • Gee

      It was spelled the way Governor Arnold pronounces it.

      Most of the natives were killed by diseases that the SPANISH brought long before 1848 and the Spanish enslaved tens of thousands of Indians at their missions

    • Drakken

      Sorry, but you wetbacks whine and cry about what we conquered and killed and will keep it, too bad.

  • Doc

    These people are idiots to support demonized murderers over a people that is being constantly attacked just because there in existence they are hated by these islami jihadist because Israel was is and always will be Gods chosen people .there pro Palestinian marches always turn into anti -Israeli marches I wonder if they ever stopped to figure out why they hate Israel and Jews in this country ? I stand with Israel

    • Evermyrtle

      Genesis 12:3 And I will bless them tht bless thee, and curse him that curseht thee: and in thee shall all familiesof the earth be blessed.

      I love your post!!!!!
      We who love GOD will love and bless HIS people.

      Genesis 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: an in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed

      Jeremiah 32:1-3
      1. At the same time, saith the LORD, will I be the GOD of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people.
      2. Thus saith the LORD, The people which were left of the sword found grace in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went to cause Israel to rest.
      3. The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee.

      When the Jews were scattered all over the world GOD promised that he would bring them back into their land. That promise was fulfilled in 1948. From that very day Satan has been prodding his people to take Israel away from the Jewish people

      No Christians there? About 2% of Israel’s people are Christian.
      Revelation 7:1-8 tells of the Jewish people from each tribe being saved.

    • robert

      The reason the Muslims hate the Jews has nothing to do with reality. They hate the Jew because they were told so by their Imams. The fact is that there are two religions in this world who persecute the Jews: Islam and Christianity. The Christians explained it as the blame that the Jews killed a Jew some 2000 years ago. Of course the Christians belive that the people Christ loved were Jewish, and as his followers they try to do what Christ did, apparently with one exeption: Christ loved and helped the Jews, but the church directed them too hate and kill the Jew, so they did. Similar is in Islam: they claim they love all people, with the exception of the Jew who should be killed. The fact is that no other religion in the world exept Christianity and Islam has any problem problem coexisting with Jewish people.

      • Johnny Paleswine

        Very well written.

        Let us pray for all non Muslims in the Middle East.

        The scary thing is how much power a priest, Imam or minister can have to direct hatred.

        Cotton Mathers: the Indians are “.. creatures who were the veriest ruins of Mankind, who were to be everywhere on the face of the earth”.

        John: Jesus turns to some of His Jewish audience and declares point-blank, “You are of your father, the devil” (Jn 8:44)”.

        Both read like Mein Kampf. Only 60 years that Christians have become humane, before that time there were exceptions.

        In 2014 AD, the BIG issue is how to rid the West of islam. Gaza will come to the West financed by Saudi and Iran. It is already here!!!!!

  • jmm64

    ” From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.” The chant at the pro-Palestinian rally in Columbus, Ohio which consisted of, at least, 800-1000 people in front of the Ohio statehouse. The media reported around 400, but a lot of people arrived later after the media left. Unfortunately, the pro-Palestinian rallies around the US have been generally larger than the pro-Israel rallies. For example, the NY rally consisted of a few thousand people last Sunday , even though NY has hundreds of thousands of Jews residing in the NY area.

    • carpe diem36

      so?? it proves nothing. the moslems who demonstrate probably get paid.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Chant this:

      From the River to the Sea,
      Pal-e-SWINE Will Never Be!

    • Edie_VA

      Thank Bill Clinton for the Columbus rally. He gave 50,000 Somalis green cards: half to Minneapolis, half to Columbus.

  • kilfincelt

    The McCarthy reference was interesting. While McCarthy and others like him did get carried away, many that he and others identified as Communists were, in fact, Communists according to information found in the old Soviet archives.

    In any case, alum of UCLA need to do what I did. I told my alma mater that I would not provide any contributions to scholarship funds or building funds until the administration got a backbone and fought back against those groups that want to silence those of us who support Israel and Muslim women. Fortunately, the student government stood up against those who wanted to the university to divest itself of any Israeli holdings.Unfortunately, the university did not permit the showing of the film “Honor Diaries”.

  • http://www.apollospeaks.com/ ApolloSpeaks

    ISRAEL THE GREAT SURVIVOR, THE ANCIENT ROMANS AND CRUSHING THE PALESTINIANS

    The Romans crushing of the Jewish Zealots in the First Jewish War is the model for Israel in defeating the zealous Palestinians.

    Click http://www.apollospeaks.com for the article.

  • cheeseburger

    Muslims are bullies and bullies are cowards. “Violence, violence, it’s the only thing that will make them see sense”. Mott the hoople

    • carpe diem36

      those who support Moslems do not understand the Islamic mentality, they think of them as people of equal morality to America’s. They will find out one day that the Moselms are a subversive group that is opposed to everybody, not only israel, and especially America. They are a foreign body in the US and one day they will rise up and start a civil war against Americans. This is in their DNA, and those who do not know it will learn it the hard way. Israel just wants to live in peace with the world, it wants to make life good for its citizens as well as the people of this world. The Moslems contribute nothing good to anywhere they go, see France, England, Scandinavia, Germany – the whole world is their playground and murder is their toy. as they say, first they come for the Sabath peoople and then they come for the Sunday people. To those who do not understand this i say be warned. You will not escape

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        There are Good Muslims. And there definitely are bad, REALLY BAD Infidels.

        The difficulty is how to distinguish the good from the bad.

      • American Patriot

        England is not a country. England (along with Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) is part of the country known as the United Kingdom. Scandinavia is a geographical region, not a country. Other than that, your post is informative.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Like it or not there’s only one way to deal with brownshirts and it’s violent. Either beat them down or give up.

  • carpe diem36

    who said some Jews are not stupid?? Those who support moselms are the most stupid, those people contribute nothing to the welfare of the world, their communities or even their families, but still UCLA eediots support them.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      There is a group calling itself

      Queers for Palestine.

      Can a gay “come out” in Gaza, Ramallah, Tehran, Mecca?

      http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ULDJ1QdMd5U/TVZ4pD390pI/AAAAAAAAEx4/EE3AK2e2tYo/s400/hbvcfg.bmp

      • viktor

        Yes, it can come out for a few moments to see some sunshine before it will be killed. Just like in Iran and Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries. Tells you how stupid those Muslim supporters are, they will support a regime that will kill them. Same applies to people in Gaza, they support Hamas that brings bombs onto their hads.

      • laura r

        possibly they are into serious S&M. dont forget there IS a gay scene in every shira country in the world. the gays will survive no matter what.

      • Bklyn Farmer

        So much for the basic instinct of self-preservation.

    • laura r

      most PEOPLE are stupid. look around you.

  • laura r

    S.Arabia gives millions to colleges. thats why they turn the other cheek. end of case.

  • laura r

    they are traitors of the worst kind. all they do is bring more antisemitism to the word.

  • Richard O. Mann

    UCLA fears Muslims. That is why they don’t say anything. If the staff of UCLA were to start taking a stand against the various Muslim groups, you can be sure that they would come under attack in one form or another, by the Islamist groups on campus.

    • Metatrona

      You are so right, Richard. Muslims gave us 9/11. Muslims gave us the Boston Massacre. UCLA HAS TO FEAR ITS MUSLIM STUDENTS! They are being realistic. Muslims are basically terrorists or terrorists in the making.

    • Patriot077

      Right you are. Muslims also fund many university departments. So it is also the fear of losing this new money that mutes university heads and allows this atrocity to build momentum instead of protecting free speech and religious freedoms on campus.
      I never thought I would live to see the day where this could happen in America.

  • Kim K

    Time for y’all to move on. The UC Regents approved the UCLA student. How many of you have any stepped foot on UCLA’s campus in the past 20 years – or any college campus? Do you know that less than 1/20th of the students even vote in the undergraduate elections at UCLA? And, that many in senior leadership at UCLA are Jews? Kids will be kids, regardless of their background. While the anti-Israel students are loud, boisterous, and ignorant, they have a right to free speech – regardless of how misguided and it may be. That is what the US is all about. Do you really want that to change?

    • fancydog123

      The problem is that by using violent behavior Muslim and anti-Jewish groups don’t allow other people’s right to free speech.

      • Kim K

        No violence has occurred on the campus related to this. Just lots of op-eds in the Daily Bruin and some signs and public forums. Much less on campus than in these un-informed blog spaces.

  • drthomasedavis

    The brightest and best are not showing the way in California’s halls of academia. The student leadership is composed of leftist, socialistic, wannabe dictators. Or to be kind, little snot-nosed,arrogant, stupid homosexual, illiterate jerks.

  • canuckistan666

    Go and learn a skilled trade instead of going to these leftist universities

  • uleaveuswithnoalternative

    When a nation’s most pressing issues are an imaginary war on women, legalizing marijuana, free birth control for its citizens or gay marriage, the war against terrorism has already been lost.

    Unless ALL of us raise our voices and stand united against the forces of Islam,
    NONE of us will remain free.
    Israel knows the evils of Islam, but most Americans are still asleep or too “PC” to call out the terrorists that live among us.

  • markpepper

    The simple truth about Academia is that it needs students and therefore will push for immigrant rights to the extreme. Where can one find an excess of students wanting to leave their countries? Answer that question and you will see the depth of integrity within this community.

  • vnamvet1969

    What does one expect? You would be hard pressed to find a University in the country that would act otherwise. Liberal philosophy is destroying our children especially in California, where it runs rampant. I expect no other reaction from a state that has destroyed all concept of morality.