Sunday, May 28, 2006

LA Times takes a look at UC Irvine after the latest anti-Zionism Week - CAIR chides MSU!

The LA Times posted another article on the problems at UCI (hat tip: LittleGreenFootballs's commenters):

Mideast Debate Takes Root at UC Irvine,0,4161084.story?coll=la-headlines-politics

What boggles the mind is CAIR even comments that THEY wouldn't have chosen the titles the MSU chose:

"If you haven't been through a bit of radicalism in college, you've missed out," said Hussam Ayloush, of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "They're very harmless, nonviolent kids, but they're very vocal."

Still, some local Muslim leaders quietly acknowledged that they were no fans of [Amir Abdel Malik] Ali or his growing influence on local campuses. Ayloush questioned the wisdom of the Muslim Student Union deliberately provoking Jewish students by using "holocaust" or Nazi references.

"I wouldn't have chosen those titles. But would I describe them as anti-Semitic? No," Ayloush said. "That wouldn't work out in real life. It would backfire. You wouldn't even get Muslim attendance."

Here's my discussion of the LA Times article put out before the week got started:

And in case you're interested, the LA Times also ran a column from Dana Parson on May 14, 2006 bringing the controversy well into focus:

Baiting is a Poor Form of Free Speech,1,908381.column

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