February 21, 2008
Report says UCI is a hostile place for Jewish students
(Page 2 - Previous Page)Among the regular speakers invited by MSU are two firebrands, Muhammad Al-Asi and Amir Abdel Malik Ali, fond of condemning the United States and the "monkey on the American back" and praising martyrs who blow themselves up on Israeli buses.
"They [Jews] think they are superman, but we, the Muslims, are kryptonite. They [Jews] know that their days are numbered," the task force quotes Malik Ali saying at fall 2006 MSU event.
Other outbursts from these speakers can be found in the StandWithUs documentary, "Tolerating Intolerance," and on Cohen's blog, http://reutrcohen.blogspot.com/.
An English student now waiting to enter U.S. Navy officer training, Cohen said she was regularly singled out by Muslim students who knew she had been born in Israel. The administration, she said, paid no mind to her complaints.
"What the MSU does on campus, they are not merely contesting something with the Israeli government. They are contesting the right of Israelis themselves to exist," Cohen said. "The entire basis of the group is to undermine the right of Israelis to live in peace in the Middle East.
"They bring in speakers that say it is totally OK to kill an Israeli -- they don't care if it is a man, a woman, a child or a solider on a bus," she said. "They say they're not anti-Jewish, but they support the thought of destroying Israelis and Israel altogether. They want to wipe Israel off the map."
MSU leaders did not respond to a reporter's request for comment. But their hope for a single Palestinian state was evident in January 2007, when MSU members interrupted an evening lecture by Daniel Pipes, a Jew who heads the Middle East Forum, a conservative think tank that focuses on "fighting radical Islam." The MSU members were escorted out, and Cohen followed a few dozen protesters as they moved through the dark, chanting: "Anti-Israel!" "Anti-Israel!" "Anti-hate!" "Anti-Israel!" "Anti-racism!" "Anti-Israel!" "Anti-occupation!" "Anti-Israel!"
The crowd moved to a plaza and then quieted. After a few moments and a word from one student, another student thanked the protesters, claiming that it would depress the Zionists who witnessed the act.
"They are going to go out and try to make it look like they are powerful," the young man said. "But they're going to go home and go, 'Crap, we are in the middle of America, in Irvine, at a public campus, and everybody hates our guts.' They have no future, and it is just a matter of time before the State of Israel will be wiped off the face of the earth."
The crowd rejoiced and shouted: "Allahu Akbar!"
For more information:
- The report
- Orange County Independent Task Force
- Jewish Federation of Orange County
- "Hillel lost interest"
- UCI Chancellor Michael V. Drake
For video of the disruption of Daniel Pipes' speech at UCI, visit Brad A. Greenberg's The God Blog.
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