Fast forward to the 5:40 mark of the above video and you will see a number of Muslim students at UC Irvine interrupt a lecture by Daniel Pipes. After they are escorted out, the crowd marched 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!”
The scene was captured by Reut Cohen, an Israeli-born student who graduated last fall. It serves as the closing scene of a story I have in this week’s Jewish Journal about anti-Israel rhetoric that has become synonymous with the UC Irvine brand. A report last week by a task force that was created by Hillel (and later cut loose) blames the administration for not doing more to prevent speeches by radicals like Muhammad Al-Asi and Amir Abdel Malik Ali; the report encourages Jewish students to attend other colleges. Religion aside, with my beard, curly hair and square, black glasses, I know I would.