Anti-Semitism at UC Irvine
Posted: July 27, 2010
UC Irvine (UCI) has become a center for anti-Semitic activity in recent years. Much of this activity has been organized by the Muslim Student Union (MSU), a vocal student group at UCI, which is responsible for staging large events every spring featuring virulently anti-Semitic speakers.
In May 2010, MSU held its annual anti-Israel event, titled "Israeli Apartheid Week: A Call to Boycott, Divest and Sanction." One of the speakers at the weeklong event, Amir Abdul Malik Ali, gave a speech titled "Death to Apartheid" in which he compared Jews to Nazis, expressed support for Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad and called for the destruction of the "apartheid state of Israel."
MSU is currently facing a yearlong suspension after UCI concluded that the group planned disruptions of a speech by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren in February 2010. The university's investigation into the matter uncovered evidence that MSU organized a calculated demonstration at Ambassador Oren's speech in violation of university policy against disorderly conduct, obstructing university activities, furnishing false information and other campus policies. Eleven studentsó9 from UCI and 2 UC Riversideówere arrested at the time. The group is appealing the suspension.
A version of this report was originally published in June 2007.