The UC Intifada Returns
Each Spring, University of California, Irvine is host to the largest campus-based anti-Jewish racist campaign in the United States. This well organized, coordinated, and funded series of anti-Jewish and anti-Israel events is vigorously defended and enabled by the University—without condemnation. The frenzy of hate and pro-Jihad sentiment runs so high, it overflows into full scale intimidation, harassment and even assault. The U.S. Civil Rights Commission has an ongoing investigation of the school to ascertain if Jewish students civil rights are being violated. UC Irvine has the ignoble distinction of being number one in the following dubious categories:
Yes I could go on and on.
On May 3, Chancellor Michael Drake and 3,400 students, faculty, staff and alumni attended a lecture by former President Jimmy Carter, who discussed his new book, Palestine Peace Not Apartheid. It was an impassioned anti-Israel propaganda speech which was applauded by the entire governing administration of the school. [Click here for podcast] And why did Jimmy pick UCI? He spoke at two campuses in California, Berkeley and Irvine. As the pictures on the UCI website show, they were only too happy to give a platform for his political speech telling students to not vote for politicians that are in the pockets of the Jews. Since he also said that no one in congress will discuss the Palestinians plight because of pressure from AIPAC, we can deduce that Carter believes the entire Congress in controlled by the Jews.
The latest manifestation of the UC Intifada was this week’s Holocaust Memorial Week. They actually had one speaker that is known for anti-Israel speeches, Heddi Epstein, deliver a perfectly fine account of her experiences as a German Holocauts Survivor saved by the Kindertransports. She never mentioned Israel.
But the next two days of speakers saw Israel and Jews falsely accused and maligned. A so-called Islamic leader, Imam Musa, who subscribes to anti-Jewish and anti-American conspiracy theories and professes Islamic superiority, and Ward Churchill, the notorious Coloradan fake, posing as an academic.
Reut Cohen, an aspiring journalist with a great future, has captured footage and interviews with these folks on her blog reutrcohen.blogspot.com.
Reut yesterday was harassed by a woman from the MSU who kept pushing her camera and lens cap into the field of view of Reut’s own video recording. I have witnessed the repeated use of cameras to intimidate and harass Jewish students at UCI, Long Beach State, and Fullerton State. Members of the group, usually women, come up close to the faces of the students and photograph and record them. For many students this is very intimidating.
We recently started another investigation of the campus through the lay-persons in the Jewish community. The Hillel Task Force on Antisemitism and Racism at UCI formed at the start of this year to conduct a through local investigation of the campus climate. There has been some resistance to the investigation by National Jewish institutions that feel that that kind of work is their purview—we have countered that we know the people affected firsthand, have ready access to the witnesses, and their work has not shown any demonstrable affect.
Next week we are preparing for an onslaught of hate during their program “Israel: Apartheid Resurrected” – a program geared to inflame the passions Muslims against Jews and Americans, insult the Jewish community with Neturei Karta, and propose that Zionism and Israel’s security measures are equivalent to Nazism and Apartheid.