The Jewish Telegraph Agency recently published an article by Tom Tugend comparing and contrasting the week-long anti-Zionism events at UCLA and UC Irvine.
The summary is this: UCLA's quiet compared to UCI. Some who were at UCLA for their anti-Zionism week (held at the same time as UCI's) say this isn't true, but this quote from Jeff Rips, Executive Director of Orange County Hillel, is just unbelievable:
To balance the dour campus picture, Rips said that except during Palestine Week, there was little tension between Muslim and Jewish students.
Excuse me? Did I somehow dream up the monthly (sometimes more often) MSU events?
Ignoring Holocaust in the Holy Land week, there's been at least twelve events over the 2005-2006 school year where the MSU invited at least one speaker to come visit. (see the end of this post for the full list, including cut-and-paste descriptions from the MSU newsletter) I bet you dollars to donuts that all of these events included attacks on Zionists and Zionism using all of the old and new anti-Semitic canards.
This also doesn't count the off-campus retreats run by the MSU and the off-campus events advertised in the MSU's email newsletter where Malik Ali and other anti-Semites have been the featured guests. G-d only knows what goes on during those MSU road trips.
In all of the campuses I've been to on both the East and West coasts, I've never seen anything like this. My grades continue to suffer because I have to listen to - and respond to - the canards these anti-Semites pull out while the UC Irvine administration throws up its hands and says "can't we all get along?"
Jeff, bubbeleh, I love you to pieces. Do me a favor: for once, get your head out of the sand.
Suprise us all for once by accurately acknowledging the level of hatred and intimidation I and every other student of Jewish heritage at UC Irvine have had to deal with for the past few years.
Students of Jewish heritage like myself shouldn't have to pay $10,000 a year for the privilege of going to one of the top 10 public universities in the nation with a BULLSEYE on our backs.
Jeff, you and your organizations (Hillel, the B'nai B'rith Federation, and the ADL) should be supporting the Title VI complaint to the US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights. The ZOA's filing of the complaint did more to change the way the UCI administration acted than anything Hillel, the Federation, and the ADL ever did these past few years.
Instead of trying to prevent the showing of the StandWithUs documentary "Tolerating Intolerance" - or, as I'm hearing you're doing, trying to hijack the event - you and your organizations should be standing behind StandWithUs, the AJCongress, and the ZOA and the Orange County Community-Campus Coalition and letting them run the show.
They've got the track record - you and your organizations don't.
For once, Jeff, instead of holding hands and singing koom-by-ya (or worse - fighting the people who are really attacking the problem), do something concrete and significant that'll make me feel safe enough so I can feel safe enough to just focus on my studies.
Read the whole JTA article here: http://www.jta.org/page_view_story.asp?intarticleid=16664&intcategoryid=4
The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles also ran the story:
The 2005-2006 List of MSU Events with Malik Ali, Musa, Wahaj, and al-Asi, not including the Holocaust in the Holy Land events, or off-campus retreats:
Fall 2005 Quarter
Week 1 Malik Ali
Posted Tue Sep 27, 2005 4:19 pm
How Katrina Exposed the True Essence of US domestic policy.
12- 2 pm
Cross Cultural Center
Amir Abdul Malik Ali & Dennis Lopez
Sponsored by the MSU and SPJ at UCI.
Week 5 Malik Ali
Posted Mon Oct 24, 2005 11:55 pm
What: Racism- the American Creed
When: Thursday October 27th
Who: Amir Abdul Malik Ali
Where: Anteater Plaza(in front of Library)
Basically... the reason why YOU should show up to this program is
because this is our first outdoor program of the year and we need to
make our presence known on campus from the beginning of the year.
This is also our chance to show that the Muslims on campus are down
for social-justice programs that do not only involve Muslims.
Winter 2006 Quarter
Week 2 Malik Ali
Posted Tue Jan 17, 2006 12:14 am
**Discussion with Amir Abdel Malik: The Bombings in Pakistan: Standing together as One Ummah Against Injustice and Oppression**
1:45pm at the Cross Cultural Center and then head over to Aldrich Park inshAllah.
Week 3 Malik Ali
Posted Mon Jan 23, 2006 1:01 am
***Constitution Under Fire with Amir Abdel Malik and
12 to 1pm at Anteater Plaza
***Latinos, Muslims, and the Movement with Amir Abdel
Malik and Denis Lopez***
1:30 to 3pm at the Cross Cultural Center
Week 5 Siraj Wahaj
Posted Wed Feb 8, 2006 12:03 am
Topic: "Africans in the Americas"
Speaker: Imam Siraj Wahaj
When: Wed Feb 8th at 330
Please join us for a program about African Muslim influence in the Americas with one of our beloved scholars Siraj Wahaj from New York. It isn't everyday that we are able to have a world renound scholar on our campus. Don't miss out!! See you there insha'Allah...
[There is an image announcing a fundraiser for "Building the Future". Special guest speaker is Siraj Wahaj.]
Week 6 Musa
Posted Mon Feb 13, 2006 1:05 am
***The War on Black America with Iman Musa***
12 to 1pm at Anteater Plaza
Week 7 Malik Ali
Posted Mon Feb 20, 2006 11:25 pm
***One Message. One God: Abraham, Moses, and Mohammed (pbuh)***
12 to 1 pm at Anteater Plaza with Amir Abdel Malik.
***Dr. King Wants the Same Thing I Do; Freedom: The Legacy of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. ***
3:30 to 5 pm at SST 220A
Week 9 al-Asi
Posted Mon Mar 6, 2006 1:42 am
***Who is Behind the Cartoons?***
12 to 1 pm outside of Cornerstone on Ring Road
***Domestic Organizations in Support of Racism***
6:30 to 8pm in HIB 110
A panel of speakers with Imam Muhammed al Asi, Toshio
Whelchel and more.
Spring 2006 Quarter
Posted May 3, 2006 10:26 pm
3:30: A talk with...Amir Abd Al-Malek @ the CCC