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UC Irvine Student Government Approves Anti-Israel Boycott

One of the most hostile campuses in the nation for Jewish students.

By Arnold Ahlert · Nov. 17, 2012

Even as missiles launched from Gaza are killing innocent Israelis, there is no rest for the anti-Semitic, Israel-bashers at the University of California, Irvine. On Tuesday night, the student senate passed a non-binding resolution requesting that the school divest from eight companies currently doing business with the Jewish State. In a unanimous 16-0 vote, the Associated Students-UC Irvine (ASUCI) targeted Caterpillar, Cement Roadstones Holding, Cemex, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, Raytheon, Sodastream, and L-3 Communications, as companies that “profit from Israel’s occupation of Palestine.” The resolution awaits the approval of UC Irvine student government’s executive board, a body that would forward it to the school’s administration. If both entities approve, UC-Irvine would be the first California campus to do so.

Given UC-Irvine’s track record of anti-Semitism, such a “ground-breaking” move would doubtlessly thrill campus leftists, most notably UC-Irvine’s Muslim Student Union (MSU). In an article for Commentary Magazine in 2010, Kenneth Marcus outlines that track record. “During the first years of the 21st century…on the campus of the University of California at Irvine, Jewish students were physically and verbally harassed, threatened, shoved, stalked, and targeted by rock-throwing groups and individuals,” he writes. “Jewish property was defaced with swastikas, and a Holocaust memorial was vandalized. Signs were posted on campus showing a Star of David dripping with blood. Jews were chastised for arrogance by public speakers whose appearance at the institution was subsidized by the university. They were called ‘dirty Jew’ and ‘f**king Jew,’ told to ‘go back to Russia’ and ‘burn in hell,’ and heard other students and visitors to the campus urge one another to ‘slaughter the Jews.’”

The MSU on campus has staged many anti-Israel events, including a large gathering every spring where some of the more virulent anti-Semites, including leaders of the Sabiqun movement, which advocates for the creation of a global Islamic state, bash Israel with impunity.

In May 2010, Imam Abdul Malik Ali, leader of a mosque in Oakland, compared Jews to Nazis, expressed support for Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad, and called for the destruction of the “apartheid state of Israel.” Ali’s speech was part of the MSU-hosted program called “Israeli Apartheid Week: A Call to Boycott, Divest and Sanction,” which included other anti-Israel speakers such as author Norman Finkelstein, who has made a career out of distorting the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; Alison Weir, who frames Israel as a violent aggressor, with the United States acting as its accomplice; and Hatem Bazian, president of the anti-Israel American Muslims for Palestine. This event was part of an effort to jumpstart the divestment process mentioned above.

In 2009, the MSU hosted a lectures series titled “Israel: The Politics of Genocide.” Former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, who supports anti-Semitic groups such as the Nation of Islam and the New Black Panther Party, and former British MP George Galloway, who told GQ magazine in 2006 that it would be “morally justified” for a suicide bomber to kill former British Prime Minister Tony Blair because of Britain’s support for the Iraq war, were in attendance. Ali was also there, giving presentations during which he stated that “Zionists” are “the new Nazis” and “the party of Satan,” and that “Zionism must be destroyed.”

In 2008, the MSU hosted three separate bash-fests titled “Never Again? Palestinian Holocaust," "Gears of War: Blood, Oil and University,” and “From Auschwitz to Gaza: The Politics of Genocide.” Various speakers accused Israel of being a “hateful and expansionist militant nation state," bringing their "misery” and “hostility” from Europe to the Middle East, and engaging in “ethnic cleansing to get more of Palestine.”

A video compilation of events occurring in 2008, gives one a good sense of the overt hostility generated by both speakers and students a UC-Irvine. It opens with Imam Muhammad Al-Asi, former prayer leader at the Islamic Center of Washington, accusing Israel of “crimes against humanity,” and students chanting the slogan of Israel’s destruction: “from the river to the sea Palestine will be free.” It shows several testimonials by students, speaking about the regular harassment they receive for either being Jewish or daring to speak out against the prevailing “climate of fear perpetuated on campus,” as one student put it.

In 2007, the MSU hosted “Israel: Apartheid Resurrected” and “Holocaust Memorial Week.” During the former event, it was alleged that the U.S. knew about 9/11 in advance, and those who supported Israel were referred to as “Zio-Nazis.” At the utterly misnamed latter event, Jews were accused of running and financing the slave trade.

Similar events go back as far as 2001. All of them present the common themes of Israel as the oppressor, and the United States as its eager collaborator, along with a “Zionist-controlled Western media” that distorts the truth.

One of the low points of anti-Jewish activity at UC-Irvine occurred in February 2010, when 11 students were arrested for repeatedly disrupting a speech by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren. In a classic use of the “heckler’s veto,” Oren was repeatedly assailed with modern-day blood libels, accusing him of being an accessory to genocide and ethnic cleansing, as he attempted to give a talk on the Middle East peace process. A video of the event reveals the coordinated effort of students to prevent Oren from speaking.

Leaked emails subsequently revealed that the MSU orchestrated the disruption. The 11 students were convicted of two misdemeanors, conspiracy and speech disruption. In June, the MSU was banned the for one year and placed on disciplinary probation for an additional year, beginning on September 1.

Yet on September 3, 2010, UC-Irvine officials relented, upholding the suspension for only four months, through Dec. 31. The MSU was also expected to complete 100 hours of community service and remain on probation through December 2012.

Vice Chancellor Manuel Gomez sent an email to students filled with typical leftist bromides. “This has been a difficult decision,” it read. “But in the end, this process demonstrates the University of California Irvine’s commitment to values, principles and tolerance. Although this has been a challenging experience for all involved, I am confident that we will continue to move forward as a stronger, more respectful university community.”

Such a statement rings utterly hollow in light of a report by Front Page Magazine, revealing that UC-Irvine students, participating in a program known as the Olive Tree Initiative (OTI), met with Aziz Duwaik, a prominent leader of the terrorist organization Hamas, during a trip to the Middle East in 2009. Tellingly, the students were reportedly told to keep the trip a secret. In 2011, a Freedom of Information Act filing unearthed a letter addressed to UC-Irvine Chancellor Michael V. Drake demanding an investigation, yet the letter itself was dated October 8, 2009. If an investigation occurred, it wasn’t publicized.

As this latest episode at UC Irvine has demonstrated, on leftist-dominated college campuses across the nation, virulent anti-Semitism has been legitimized and is accepted to an astounding degree. Just imagine if a college student group invited a series of speakers to discussing topics even remotely offensive to ethnic minorities or gay students. There is no doubt that the campus left and administration officials would vocally oppose such programming. Yet Jewish students are routinely exposed to an atmosphere where their religious symbols, the Jewish homeland and much more are heinously mocked and degraded by their fellow students.

UC-Irvine student Sabreen Shalabi, a co-author of the boycott legislation, was proud of her handiwork. “Our work today stands tall in the noble tradition of students advocating for justice, joining the ranks of those brave and visionary students who demanded that our Universities divest from the terrible crimes of South African apartheid,” she said. No, it doesn’t. It is nothing more than an expression of anti-Semitism being purported as something noble. Despicable is more like it.

Arnold Ahlert is a columnist for FrontPage Magazine.


enemaofthestatistquo in Monroe, GA said:

Disgusting. Maybe Caterpillar should bulldoze the entire campus.

Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 2:15 AM

Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

I'll buy more Catepillar stock, if they do! California once was a State of refuge and opportunity, during the Great Plains Dust Bowl. Plains farmers were wiped out, after the incredible famine and dust storms, lasting 9 years(1931-1940) Many farmers were too proud to take public assistance from Aunt Samantha or Uncle Sam! Those who stayed, formed a last mans' club, in the panhandle of Oklahoma, Texas, New Mex, and Kansas. Thankyou Ken Burns,of liberal PBS, for your research and documentary. And Arnold Ahlert---God Bless you and America-Sholom!

Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 5:51 AM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA said:

What a chance any parent is taking these days to send their young men and women to almost any University. No matter what values you have taught them those samr values will be denigrated by the professors and the student organizations. The universties have become nothing more than a hotbed of Liberal, Socialist, and in some cases downright Communist doctrine.

Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Brian Beddowes in Birmingham, UK replied:

Those pesky kids eh? going out there and finding out the truth, whatever next...

Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 2:12 PM

ArmyofOne in MN replied:

Truth is something you know nothing about, or the definition of!

Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Tamara in Lonon replied:

Americans wouldn't know the truth if it hit them between the eyes.

Monday, November 19, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Dick Belmont in Fergus Falls, MN said:

Perhaps, Mr. Ahlert, you could write a column listing all of the medical and scientific breakthroughs the Jewish people are responsible for, like the polio vaccine discovered by Dr. Jonas Salk. Then these anti Semites from UC-Irvine and elsewhere around the country will know what to avoid.

Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Mindblown in Flyover USA replied:

How about a list of Jews and all their contributions in sciences, medicines, the arts, society, etc., alongside a list of all the muslims and their similar contributions?

BTW -- how long would these "tolerant" liberals timidly take having their homes, families and property attacked/destroyed/terrorized without responding in kind? Methinks they'd not wait as long as Israel has to defend itself.

God bless Israel.

Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 8:51 PM

SAS in Atlanta said:

Thank you, Irvine University for taking a stand against the Zionist apartheid regime's crimes and supporting free speech and the right of people to expose Israel's persecution of the Palestinian people.

Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 10:14 AM

charles in minter city Ms replied:

SAS? presumably that means stupid a sh-oot. you are a bigot and apparently have no common sense either. Israel has tried and tried to be peaceful. it is now time to quit being Mr. Nice Guy. wipe the bogus state of 'palestine' of the face of the earth.

Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 12:04 PM

pete in CA said:

Perhaps the Jewish students could look into charging UC Irvine with institutionalized discrimination. It worked for blacks throughout the South and at Duke.

I'd suggest going further and charging the whole UC system. To make the rain come first you must call the cloud.

Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 12:15 PM

billy396 in ohio replied:

I'd donate to that cause. How is it OK to discriminate against Jews? How in hell does the "University" defend that position of defend allowing a group of students to start a racist group? The "University" should support a campus KKK group. What's the difference? Racism is racism, no matter what.

Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Brian Beddowes in Birmingham, UK said:

Well done UC Irvine.

The genocide of Palestine needs to stop and one step towards these would be to boycott everything Israel. Just as with South Africa all those years ago.

This would be a boycott against Israel not Jews. I know this does not fit into you simple stereotype but most of us detest what Israel are doing to Palestine but do not hate Jews.

You lazily throw your anti-semite card out when anyone is anti-Israel. What people are against is the way Israel occupies Palestine and takes more and more land whilst displacing more and more Palestinians. We're against how you imprison them in Gaza and control their movement. It's wrong and Israel is a disgrace to mankind.

This piece and all of the comments clearly suggest that you think you're better than Palestinians which is partly why you have no problem murdering them.

Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 1:48 PM

richard ryan in Lamar,Missouri replied:

Brian Beddows, I know you are far too stupid to understand this, but there is no such thing as a Palestinian. Palestine has been part of the Jewish homeland since time began. The portion now called Palestine was named that by one of the Roman dictators who had invaded and ruled Israel. The people dumb-asses like you, who know nothing of history, call Palestinians are actually radical Arabs sent there by various Arab countries to cause trouble. They`re not even welcome back into their own countries because they are nothing but rabble. Get and education and a clue, stupid.

Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Brian Beddowes in Birmingham, UK replied:

"there is no such thing as a Palestinian" "they are nothing but rabble" + 2 stupids and 1 dumbass for me.

mmm..ok...beginning to see the problem we have here.

What you need to understand Richard is that we don't all see the world like you do, many of us don't even believe in God or religion at all. The sane amongst us believe that you do not have the right to take over land that you believe you owned 2000 years ago.

I have a good education thanks Richard it's just one that is thankfully very different to yours. It's all one that has given me the capability to put across a point without insulting. You should have a go at that...

Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 2:24 PM

billy396 in ohio replied:

Your "education" has ben filled with lies, exactly like the madrassas all over the Muslim world lie to program their children to hate the "Infidels". You're a fool and you don't even realize that you've been lied to. Don't bother seeking the truth, as leftists never do. All you seem to be able to do is listen to lies and repeat them, ignoring the objective facts that are very easily found if you do just a bit of real research.

Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 3:15 PM

enemaofthestatistquo in Monroe, GA replied:

Your 1st 2 post were nondescript, we couldn't tell where you were coming from, must have been putting your toes in the water to test the temp, but on your 3rd you started with insult, & you have yet to make a point, or state a truthful fact. Being "educated" doesn't insulate you from being a Fool.

Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Laura in Far North Scottsdale replied:

From Time Imemorial...a book written by an author who set out to provide the Palestinians right...and in doing her research, discovered the excellent read for someone who wants to know the TRUTH, not what the MSM keeps feeding us, including BBC...

Monday, November 19, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Tim in Skegness replied:

From Time Immemorial is a book that has been thoroughly debunked and ridiculed by Zionist and non Zionist scholars alike.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 11:25 AM

India in GA replied:

"You lazily throw your anti-semite card out when anyone is anti-Israel"

" It's all one that has given me the capability to put across a point without insulting"

Says the man who lazily pulled out the racist card by calling someone (who hadn't even mentioned race) "racist scum".

Monday, November 19, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Tim in Skegness replied:

"Says the man who lazily pulled out the racist card by calling someone (who hadn't even mentioned race) "racist scum"."

Rag head is a racist/derogatory term for an Arab

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 11:27 AM

SAS in Atlanta replied:

Just like there was no such thing as an American people until 1776.....just a collection of European immigrants on land stolen from Native Americans.

Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 4:39 PM

billy396 in ohio replied:

And the "Palestinians" have no problem murdering Jewish men, women, children, babies, etc. Israel should defend itself with all of their might, immediately. These "Palestinians" have murdered Jews with impunity for far too long. They are terrorists of the worst kind, the originators of the "suicide bomb", killing women, children and and babies just for riding the bus or going to the market. They've been doing this for decades and still some idiots think that Israel shouldn't be allowed to defend themselves. College students are constantly being programmed to become the Communist party of tomorrow.

Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 3:10 PM

SAS in Atlanta replied:

And Americans have no problems committing genocide against the Native Americans, slavery against Africans, blowing up entire Japanese cities with nuclear bombs, spraying napalm and Agent Orange on Vietnamese, using their taxpayer dollars to murder and oppress Palestinians, fabricate lies about Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq, impose sanctions on entire countries and use drones on civilians in Pakistan in the name of national security and overthrow foreign governments in the name of controlling communism.

Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 4:38 PM

India in GA replied:

And, yet, you chose to make your home in Atlanta.

Might I suggest a country less offensive to your moral sensibilities, say, the innocent, peace-loving "Palestine"?

Or will you just be a hypocrite and stay here?

Monday, November 19, 2012 at 8:03 PM

enemaofthestatistquo in Monroe, GA replied:

Israel will have a Cartheginian Peace one day, They will do nothing to attain it, but witness it from their last place of refuge as GOD metes out absolute punishment against the enemies of the Jews.

Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 9:12 PM

SAS in Atlanta replied:

Well said, the Israelis deserve to be treated like lepers for the way they treat Palestinians. I would like nothing better to see the hideous likes of Netanyahu, Olmert, Peres and Livni sent to the International Criminal Court.

Or better still, hung from the nearest lampost.

Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA replied:

You are one stupid ass to use the term genocide concerning the Palestinians. How many gas chambers have the Israelies set up and how many Palestinians have they ran through them? Where are the concentration camps in Israel? What a bunch of total BS! Take your sorry ass to Germany or Poland, visit one of the death camps, and tell us how bad the Palestinians have it. The Israelies offered them full citizenship if they would remain in Israel. Instead they preferred to live in squalor and stupidity and teach their children to hate the Israelies.

Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 6:51 PM

enemaofthestatistquo in Monroe, GA replied:

Sarge, save your typing, Bedwetter and SmellsAsS#!+ , are both Holocaust deniers, which to them never happened, despite all the Films, Photos, & eyewitness accounts by US, British, & Soviet & other Allied soldiers, as well as Poles, Czechs, & even Germans, but be assured they know We here on PatriotPost are all New Ice Age/Global Warming/ Climate Change DENIERS- GASP!!!.

Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 9:23 PM

billy396 in ohio said:

I'll never understand what these idiots have against Jews. It's as if they think that Hitler was right and the world would be better off without Jews. I've never, in my life, seen any reason to have anything against a person for being Jewish. It just doesn't make sense. I don't really have a huge number of personal friends who are Jewish, but why do so many people hate them? These educated idiots sound like the worst type of racists imaginable. How can you hate an entire group of people just because they were born into a faith that has existed for millenia? Is it because they defend themselves? America needs to wake up and realize that all of this increased anti-semitism is working hand-in-glove with the Communism in Washington.

Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 2:53 PM

SAS in Atlanta replied:

Why do you hate Palestinians ? They are the ones being oppressed, most Jews on the other hand live comfortable lives in America, or else being bankrolled by the US taxpayers like parasites.

Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 4:32 PM

reice in london said:

The article starts with a ignorant statement. "Even as missiles launched from Gaza are killing innocent Israelis" oh and what about the 40 Palestinians...stupid? 3 Zionists have died on the other side. Anti-zionism and anti-Semitism are not the same thing. Anti-zionists are against the apartheid and occupation in the middle east. This might help educate you a little.

an ignorant article by an obviously stupid man

Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA replied:

No more stupid than you Moslem loving Brits. We should have left your sorry asses to the Germans in WWI and WWII. All that blood and treasure we expended could have been spent on our own people and you could be speaking German today. I am so damn sick of people blaming the U.S. fior every evil in the world. We should just

Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA replied:

Hit the wrong button Should have finished with "let them all go to hell"

Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Jayve in ABQ, NM replied:

Amen Sarge. These brits don't seem to realize that this is the AMERICAN Patriot Post. All these fools do is come on here to promote dhimmitude and tell us how evil we are. Get a clue fools, muslims WILL overtake the UK at the rate you are going with your Neville Chamberlain type appeasement to these savages. "Ok, we'll let you have the Sudetenland but no more please Adolf."

Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Robinius in Broomfield, Colorado replied:

There's a difference between the Brits of 50 years ago and the ones we see today. It's hard not to see when comparing Winston Churchill to say, Gordon Brown or David Cameron. I still respect the British people. I just think of reice as Great Britain's Gregory in Yakima.

Monday, November 19, 2012 at 2:39 AM

Robinius in Broomfield, Colorado replied:

What's going on with the Brits on this site? No problems in England for them to worry about? No Jews to harass at home? Apartheid in Israel? You do know that there are many Arab/Muslims within the borders of Israel and that they have the right to vote, don't you? Occupation? The Jews were given a homeland by the UN in case you don't remember. If your talking about the 1967 war, maybe we should also talk about the British Empire of the last couple of centuries. Pot, meet kettle.

Monday, November 19, 2012 at 2:31 AM


I was thinking the same thing Robinius! Seriously, worry about your own crap back home.

Monday, November 19, 2012 at 11:46 AM

India in GA replied:

"Even as missiles launched from Gaza are killing innocent Israelis" oh and what about the 40 Palestinians...stupid? 3 Zionists have died on the other side."

So what? That doesn't mean the Israelis are wrong for firing back. All you proved is that Hamas is getting its ass kicked by more than 13 to 1.

Monday, November 19, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Tim in Skegness replied:

"So what? That doesn't mean the Israelis are wrong for firing back. All you proved is that Hamas is getting its ass kicked by more than 13 to 1."
So Palestinian children deserve to die?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 11:40 AM