May 28, 2009
Jewish student: UC Irvine needs to stop the Israel hatefest
Earlier this month, a frustrated Jewish student at UC Irvine sent an e-mail to the editorial staff of The Jewish Journal, expressing concerns about the annual Israel hatefest known as Palestinian Awareness Week. This year it was celebrated under the banner of “Israel: The Politics of Genocide.”
“There is an Israeli flag blowing in the wind…blood stained and ripped,” Neelie Milstein wrote. “We live in America, where democracy and freedom of speech is not only LEGAL but also encouraged. On this campus, freedom of speech has turned into freedom of HATE.”
Last year I made two visits to UCI during Palestinian Awareness Week, and returned the following week for iFest, a celebration of Israeli culture and contributions. I can vouch for the blood-stained and torn Israeli flag; I shot photos of it last year. And in a post about the weeklong event this year, I linked back to a trove of past articles and blog posts about the situation at UCI and on college campuses across the country.
The climate at UCI inspired Neelie to turn her call to action into an op-ed, “Protecting Hate at UC Irvine.” An excerpt:
You can read the rest here.