“Holocaust in Palestine” photos from UCI

The first of a few posts on this year’s anti-Israel activities at the University of California – Irvine. Jewish students put up these signs to warn passersby. They were only up one day because of the strong winds. The winds also knocked down some of the MSU displays.

hate speech zone caution sign

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Posted on May 15, 2008, in Anti-Semitism, Campus Life and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I would encourage you to check out the following two blogs that have reported in detail on the past two weks at UC Irvine.

    Red county (a conservative blog in Orange county) go to the top munu and click on campus watch. (warning: there are a couple of extremist supports ofg the MSU who have posted some ugly comments.)

    fousesquawk- my blog. I posted daily reports on the events.

    Thanks for posting news of the UCI situation. It is so important for the public to know what this university is allowing to happen in the name of free speech.

    gary fouse
    adjunct teacher
    uci-ext
    fousesquawk

  2. In regards to the incident we have reported that happened last Thursday night at UC-Irvine, I am listing the contact information for the Orange County Human Relations Commission for anyone who cares to write to their director (Rusty Kennedy) and inquire as to what they plan to do about this incident. (See post entitled: “…and all I got what this lousy….”)

    Rusty Kennedy
    Executive Director
    Orange County Human Relations Commission
    1300 S Grand Blvd, building 8
    Santa Ana, ca 92705
    (714) 5677470
    fax (714) 567-7474
    http://www.ochumanrelations.org

    posted by Gary Fouse @ 4:54 PM
    adjunct teacher
    uci-ext
    fousesquawk 0 Comments

  3. Is UCI becoming America’s “Brown University?”

    In 2005, I published a book entitled: Erlangen-An American’s History of a German Town. It was a history of the German university town of Erlangen, near Nuremberg. I had spent almost three years in Erlangen as a young US Army MP (1966-1968). Since that time, I have returned several times, most recently this month, due to my love for the city where I spent a formative time of my youth.

    During my research, I learned a lot about Erlangen in the years leading up to and during the Third Reich. In the years prior to Hitler taking power, Erlangen University acquired a reputation as a bastion of Nazi support and anti-Semitic feeling. Though there were not that many Jewish students or professors there, those that were found themselves subjected to a lot of abuse from students who were Nazi sympathizers. Indeed, the university was the first in Germany whose student government was dominated by Nazis. Hitler himself paid tribute to the university which gave him the most support in his early years of rising to power in Germany. As a result, Erlangen University boasted the moniker of “The Brown University”.

    I offer that as a backdrop because the university where I teach part-time, the University of California at Irvine (with the improbable mascot name “Anteaters”), has acquired a reputation in recent years as a bastion of radical Islamic activity (on the part of the Muslim Student Union), as well as anti-Israel-and anti-Jewish expression. It has reached the point where several Jewish students have opted to go elsewhere to study because of the perception. While not equating UCI with anything that existed in Nazi Germany, it is undeniable that words and deeds are on-going at UCI that can only be troubling to Jewish students and their families.

    First of all, I have written extensively about this issue for over a year now, and I won’t try to recount everything I have written in detail. I have also made the point that 99% of our students have nothing to do with anything that could be called anti-America or anti-Jew. Most of our students are Asian-American, and they have nothing whatsoever to do with the problems on our campus.

    The problem, as I see it, is two-fold: First, we have an MSU that is virulently anti-Israel. The problem is that this has included much expression of Anti-American sentiment-and anti-Jewish sentiment on the part of MSU’s sponsored speakers who come to UCI every quarter to speak. Many of MSU’s speakers are radical Muslims who advocate the destruction of Israel, glorify suicide bombers, defend Hizbollah and Hamas and damn America in the process for its support of Israel and other offenses, real or imagined. Often, some of these speakers use anti-Semitic statements, usually careful to say, “Zionist Jews” to avoid the charge of anti-Semitism.

    For example, Mohammed Al-Asi, an Imam from Washington DC, has referred to Jews (on the UCI campus) as “low-life ghetto dwellers.” He has also stated on the UCI campus that, “You can take the Jew out of the ghetto, but you cannot take the ghetto out of the Jew”. He is also a defender of the Government of Iran, as well as Hizbollah and Hamas.

    Amir Abdel Malik Ali, (formerly Derek Gilliam) a black convert to Islam, who is an imam in Oakland, comes to UCI every quarter and rails against Israel, America, and Zionist Jews as he defends Hamas and Hizbollah. He has appeared on tape glorifying suicide bombers in Israel.

    Then there is Abdul Alim Musa (formerly Clarence Reams), from Washington DC, who echoes all of Ali’s above sentiments, calls for Islam to take over the world and maintains that 9-11 was an inside job. This former drug dealer turned imam has also appeared at UCI spouting his nonsense.

    This past quarter, the MSU week of “Holocaust in Palestine” featured a mock wall depicting the wall Israel has established to keep out suicide bombers. On the wall were various photos, drawings and slogans. I personally observed (and have posted) a caricature of Ariel Sharon drawn in the classic style of Julius Streicher’s Der Stuermer, a vicious anti-Semitic weekly newspaper of the Third Reich. (Streicher was hanged after the war as one of the major war criminals.) Sharon was depicted with an over sized nose, thick lips and leering gaze.

    In addition, there have been occasional incidents where Jewish students who monitor and film these events have been harassed, threatened and shoved by MSU members. During last quarter’s events, one Jewish female student who was filming Ali’s evening speech, was reportedly followed back to her car by about 6 MSU males, who surrounded her car. This incident was reportedly witnessed by a South African woman who had come to hear the speech. According to her account, when the police arrived, they treated the incident with complete indifference. (This alleged incident was reported in the Red County blog.)

    This leads me to the second problem. The response of the university administration over the past several years has been negligible. Their position is that this is all a matter of free speech and free expression. Jewish students who have complained about the MSU have met with similar indifference. Certain university officials have been quoted as having called complaining Jewish students “hysterical Jews”, “troublemakers” or “outside groups”. Another faculty member just this week stated in an email (which I have read)that complaining Jewish students were misrepresenting the facts. He also took a shot at certain blogs like Pajamas Media and Little Green Footballs for reporting on the issue. The professor opined that whatever was being said by the MSU, no matter how offensive, was protected speech.

    UCI Chancellor Michael Drake recently met in Washington DC with representatives of Hillel (a national Jewish student organization). He assured them that there was no room for hate speech at UCI. No room for hate speech at UCI? No room for imams calling Jews “low-life ghetto dwellers”? No room for Nazi-like caricatures of Ariel Sharon? No room for glorifying those who blow up innocent men, women and children on buses and in pizza parlors?

    This past quarter, David Horowitz appeared at UCI and characterized it as the “worst in the country” when it came to this problem. There were at least two deans in the audience who listened to Horowitz’s remarks. In the question and answer session that followed, none of these individuals took the opportunity to speak up and defend the university.

    It appears that the Jewish students at UCI are on their own as far as the school is concerned. Yes, there are a few professors who are alarmed at the MSU. Yet, few if any have spoken out publicly to criticize the MSU and the administration. Some choose to lend their influence quietly in working with the administration to make changes.

    I have chosen to hold the university’s feet to the fire in a public manner. I have written to the campus newspaper, the UCI EEO Office and the Orange County Human Relations Commission outlining my concerns. This last endeavor was a waste of time. All I got was a nasty email from the OCHRC director, a certain empty suit hack named “Rusty” Kennedy, who called my letter a “diatribe” against the university (which was doing a great job along with his office to combat racism, blah, blah, blah.) He then had the cojones to sign his nasty-gram, “Rusty”.

    “Rusty”.

    Fortunately, the US Department of Education (Office of Civil Rights) has agreed to re-open an investigation into anti-Semitic allegations from 2007, which they had previously determined to be “unfounded”. Where this will go is anybody’s guess.

    What is needed here is public exposure of the activities of the MSU that have brought so much discredit to what should be otherwise a fine university. As I stated above, I am not suggesting that anyone at UCI harbors pro-Nazi sympathies, but I personally believe from my own observations that anti-Jewish feeling exists among at least some of the MSU members and especially many of their sponsored speakers. If the university administration cannot or will not meet its responsibility to provide a safe and hate-free environment for its Jewish students, then they should be held up to public exposure as well. While they fiddle and preach about “free speech”, UCI is gradually becoming a version of America’s own “Brown University”. (And that has nothing to do with the one in Rhode Island.)

    gary fouse
    adj teacher
    uci-ext
    fousesquawk

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