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UC Intifadah 2010 Edition-More Hate Than Ever Before

UC Irvine Faculty speak out against hate on their campus in an open letter released today.

In addition – the worst series of anti-Semitic posters has been put up on campus by the MSU. You can see them all here.

Faculty Statement:

We, faculty at the University of California–Irvine, are deeply disturbed about activities on campus that foment hatred against Jews and Israelis. The troubling events over the past few years include the painting of swastikas in university buildings, the Star of David depicted as akin to a swastika, a statement (by a speaker repeatedly invited by the Muslim Student Union) that the Zionist Jew is a party of satan, a statement by another MSU speaker that the Holocaust was God’s will, the tearing down of posters placed by the student group Anteaters for Israel, and the hacking of their web site. Some community members, students, and faculty indeed feel intimidated, and at times even unsafe.

Some of these actions are protected by the First Amendment and in no way do we want to limit freedom of speech. We welcome open dialogue among all members of the UCI community. We respect and value our Muslim colleagues, including those members of the MSU who support and encourage open dialogue and civility on campus. At the same time, we take issue with hate-promoting actions that we find unacceptable. They run counter to the peaceful co-existence and civility that are essential to a university environment. Actions that demonize and derogate others, such as the previous events that have occurred on our campus noted above, have contributed to UCI’s developing a growing reputation as a center of hate and intolerance. Our campus deserves better.

Signed:

Marlon Boarnet, Professor, Department of Planning, Policy, and Design
Matthew Brenner, Professor, Department of Medicine
Dan Cooper, Professor of Pediatrics and Biomedical Engineering
Rina Dechter, Professor, Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences
George Farkas, Professor, Department of Education
Paul Feldstein, Robert Gumbiner Professor, The Paul Merage School of Business
Gary Fouse, Adjunct teacher, University Extension
Stephen Franklin, Lecturer, Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences
Jean Fried, Project Scientist, Department of Planning, Policy, and Design
Julia M. Gelfand, Applied Sciences & Engineering Librarian
Sheldon Greenfield, Donald Bren Professor, School of Medicine
Amihai Glazer, Professor, Department of Economics
Dan Hirschberg, Professor, Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences
Christopher Kahn, Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine
Zeev Kain, Professor, Anesthesiology & Pediatrics & Psychiatry
Tatiana Kain, Chair and Medical Director, Department of Emergency Medicine
Sherrie Kaplan, Executive Co-Director, Center for Health Policy Research
Mark I. Langdorf, Professor, Clinical Emergency Medicine
Marc Lerner, Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Seymour Menton, Research Professor, Department of Spanish & Portugese
Frank Meyskens, Professor of Medicine, Biological Chemistry and Public Health
Dana Mukamel, Professor, Department of Medicine
David Neumark, Professor, Department of Economics
Alex Nicolau, Professor, Department of Computer Science
Raymond W. Novaco, Professor, Department of Psychology and Social Behavior
Richard Pattis, Lecturer, Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences
Shlomit Radom-Aizik, Postdoc, Department of Pediatrics
Carl H. Schultz, Professor, Emergency Medicine
Roberta Seid, Lecturer, School of Social Sciences
Roxane Cohen Silver, Professor Department of Psychology and Social Behavior
Etel Solingen, Chancellor’s Professor, Political Science
Dara Sorkin, Assistant Adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine
Eugene Spiritus, Chief Medical Officer, UCI Medical Center
Hal Stern, Professor, Department of Statistics
Dan Stokols, Chancellor’s Professor, Department of Planning, Policy,
and Design and Department of Psychology and Social Behavior
Jerome Tobis, Professor emeritus (recalled)
Gene Tsudik, Professor, Department of Computer Science
Alex Veidenbaum, Professor, Department of Computer Science
Mark Warschauer, Professor of Education and Informatics
Hadar Ziv, Lecturer/Research Scientist, Department of Informatics

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4 Comments

  • too late

    uci is now the dregs of the uc system

    and no jew in his right mind should apply to that campus

  • btw, most of the images shown are old cartoons done by latuff, who in the cartooning community is known as a total hack

    the only think that gets him noticed is that he is so overboard in his political statements (for example, showing dershowitz masturbating at a scene of a dead arab child)

  • An email sent out today to all UCI students ( including me) regarding a speaker’s comments during MSU’s annual apartheid week:

    As I often do when events occur that breach our university’s
    commitment to values and civility, I feel a necessity to speak out.
    I’m speaking today of the offensive remarks supporting terrorism made
    during the question period following a noontime lecture at the
    flagpole on Thursday.

    The past week included several speeches, lectures and discussions
    providing opposing views on the Middle East conflict, one of the
    world’s most troubling confrontations. Much of what was said was the
    type of discourse on a difficult issue that is the hallmark of an
    educational institution committed to an exchange of ideas. Some of
    these views are very difficult and offensive to listen to. As is the
    case on all campuses, events sponsored by campus organizations and
    visitors may feature ideas and opinions that can be starkly different
    from ours. But as we know, it is nevertheless incumbent upon us to
    protect the freedom of speech of those who visit our campus to express
    their views, even when we disagree.

    Let me be clear: we condemn the speaker’s endorsement of terrorism.
    Nothing could be more contrary to our fundamental values and our
    commitment to dialogue and democratic rule, not violence. We are an
    educational institution that promotes, practices and teaches
    tolerance; these remarks supporting terrorism were deplorable.

    As a public university our free speech venue is open to a broad range
    of views, and we’re a stronger campus for doing that. But we will
    never allow ourselves to be defined by the outside views of others.
    They may speak here, but they don’t speak for us.

    Chancellor Michael Drake

  • He might as well have written:

    “We allow rabid anti-Israel, anti-Zionist and anti-Jewish speakers on our campus and we allow our students to interfere with speakers that are pro-Israel, pro-Zionist and Jewish. We allow some of our professors to defend those who interrupt the pro-Israel speakers by using loaded expressions like “pound of flesh” and we hide behind the idea of freedom of expression and exchange of ideas even though that isn’t the purpose of what these people are doing. Every once in a while, once or twice a year that is, one of the speakers openly expresses what everybody knows the entire campaign is about and when they do, we claim they don’t speak for us or it’s an anomaly or some other lame excuse that nobody buys. In the meantime, our students who support Israel or are merely Jewish have to live on a campus where palpable hostility may make them intensely uncomfortable. We have made them the public face of Israel as we permit the Israel haters on our campus. If they don’t like it, they can change their faith, change their support for Israel or hide. Otherwise, tough cookies, because our campus is open to haters.”

    Dear Chancellor Drake, it’s not that hard to move some of these events off campus.

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