Tensions are high at the University of California-Irvine after the school recommended suspending a Muslim student group for its role in the disruption of an Israeli ambassador's speech earlier this year.
Students at the university say Jews and Muslims have been accusing each other of discrimination and harassment, as both sides have embraced campus speakers seen as hostile to Israel or Islam. Now the proposed suspension of the Muslim Student Union for at least a year has made an already hostile situation worse.
The school revealed this week that it had recommended suspending the Muslim group after 11 students were arrested in February for repeatedly disrupting a speech by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren, who was repeatedly interrupted and called "murderer" and "war criminal" by pro-Palestinian students as he gave a talk on the Middle East peace process.
The Muslim group is appealing the recommendation -- a process that is expected to be completed before the next school year begins.
The appeal comes after more than 60 faculty members at UC Irvine signed an open letter last month condemning what they said was an anti-Semitic atmosphere at the school.
"We…are deeply disturbed about activities on campus that foment hatred against Jews and Israelis," the letter read, citing incidents over the past few years that included "the painting of swastikas in university buildings and the Star of David depicted as akin to a swastika."
"Some community members, students, and faculty indeed feel intimidated, and at times even unsafe," the letter read.
But a lawyer for the Muslim Student Union said any tensions on campus derive from a Jewish organization that is not connected to the college: the Jewish Federation Orange County.
"A lot of the tension and friction is not on the campus," attorney and activist Reem Salahi said. "It's not divided between Jewish and Muslim organizations. There's more tension between Muslim students and these Jewish organizations pressuring the university."
She said Muslim students have been intimidated and harassed and have even received death threats in which they've been called "every type of superlative imagined."
In recent years, UC Irvine has been accused of fostering anti-Semitic activity as the MSU hosted pro-Palestinian speakers critical of Israel.
In 2005, the Education Department's Office of Civil Rights found that Muslim students had engaged in offensive behavior, but that their actions stemmed from opposition to the politics of Israel rather than to Jewish students themselves.
Three years later, Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee wrote to the Education Department expressing concerns that the office decided not to further investigate charges that UC Irvine had failed to respond quickly and effectively to complaints by Jewish students of being repeatedly intimidated and harassed.
But now Muslim students find themselves on the defensive.
The university on Monday released a letter from a student affairs disciplinary committee to a Muslim Student Union leader saying the group was found guilty of disorderly conduct, obstructing university activities and other violations of campus policy.
The committee recommended suspending the group for one year, placing it on disciplinary probation for an additional year and requiring the student organization to collectively complete 50 hours of community service, a move that would prevent the group from conducting organized campus events until at least the fall of 2011.
University spokeswoman Cathy Lawhon said the committee's decision will be a binding recommendation to the campus' office of student affairs if the group's appeal does not succeed.
Lawhon said all the focus and attention paid to tensions between Jewish and Muslim students "has largely been generated by the outside community."
"There's been a lot of attention on us by outsider groups for whatever reason for things that go on at every UC campus around the state," she said, adding that controversial speakers usually go to all the UC schools in the state. "The only time you hear about it is when they're at UC Irvine."
The Jewish Federation Orange County, which compelled the school to release the letter after filing a Freedom of Information Act, praised the school for its decision.
"While we would have liked for the administration to have come to this conclusion more quickly, we are please that after due process, the MSU has finally been sanctioned," Shalom Elcott, president of the group, said in a written statement.
Elcott told FoxNews.com that the MSU has been largely responsible for creating an anti-Semitic atmosphere on the campus by inviting speakers who equate Jews to Nazis and rally support for jihad, or holy war.
"The MSU has been looking for a battle for a long time," he said, adding that his group is only trying to help bridge the differences between the two sides.
Salahi declined to say whether legal action is being planned in the event of an unsuccessful appeal. But she said students were "outraged" and "disappointed" with the university's decision.
"It's unprecedented a university would ever do this," she said, adding that the suspension would "create a really dangerous precedent for shutting down dissent."
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if fire doesn't melt steel then what is the point of the fire proofing?
The Delft University of Technology, Architecture School collapsed in a pancake reaction to a fire. Let me repeat that .... the School Of Architecture. I'm highly doubtful they built a deficient building for themselves. Steel frame high rise building collapses and is utterly destroyed by a fire begun by a shorted out coffee pot.
It wasn't bombs, renegade black-ops, secret demolition, cruise missiles or remotely controlled fake 737s that brought down the architecture school's steel frame building. It was fire that weakened the interior steel beam structure to the point that the weight and mass from above finally collapsed under the weight. Video of the moment is identical to the kind of collapse and dust/debris cloud witnessed on 9/11 at the World Trade Center.
View the fire and collapse here: LiveLeak.com - Delft University of Technology in Holland on fire and collapsing
It's a powerful slap in the chops to 9/11 Truthers.
I doubt this story will convince anyone that we want.
they don't want to believe Islam does anything bad.If it does it in a smaller building... why wouldn't it in the WTC?
if fire doesn't melt steel then what is the point of the fire proofing?
The Israel Project reports on some disturbing relationships between Fenton Communications and the Gaza Flotilla operation. (Fenton's ties to the U.S. and international left are well known to AT readers.)
[quote]U.S. PR Firm on Payroll of Qatari Group that Took Part in Gaza FlotillaQatar-based Initiative Encouraged Action against IsraelForeign Agents Registration Act document filed by Fenton Communications (pdf)
YouTube video of "peace activists" organizing Lebanese flotilla
More Flotillas Bound for Gaza in Coming Days and Weeks
Examples of previous Gaza-bound ships carrying weaponsA U.S. Justice Department document shows that Fenton Communications, a U.S. public relations firm, has been working for "Al Fakhoora," a Qatar-based pro-Palestinian initiative that participated in the illegal flotilla to Gaza last month and urged action against Israel .According the group's director, Al Fakhoora has "launched an advocacy campaign to file legal charges against Israel and change the public perception in the West about its actions."Al Fakhoora is supported by the office of Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned, the second wife of the emir of Qatar . According to a document filed by Fenton under the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, Her Highness' office agreed to pay Fenton approximately $240,000 for communications services rendered from March 1 - Aug. 31, 2010.Fenton distributes materials through Al Fakhoora's Web site, which includes a Facebook page and a "Flotilla Action Alert" urging activists to oppose Israel's blockade on Hamas-controlled Gaza .Israel considers Gaza-bound convoys a security risk and has implemented a maritime blockade on Gaza because of Hamas' ongoing efforts to smuggle Iranian rockets and other weaponry since the Iran-backed group overthrew the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority in a bloody coup there in June 2007. Historically, ships bound for Gazahave carried tons of weapons among their cargo. Click here for examples of previous Gaza-bound ships carrying weapons.Jennifer Verner has more on David Fenton.
we have to start looking at correlating information. screaming about terrorists does nothing. we have to attack the enablers... from PR agencies to Tech companies... from Jewish Orgs themselves. The real danger is within our community.
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Dr. Irit Akirav from the Department of Psychology at Haifa University has concluded cannabinoids may relieve the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a disorder that strikes people who suffer from a traumatic events..... so it helps you relax. http://xrl.us/cannabinoid
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So if Obama wants to prove he isn't the totalitarian he needs to legalize Marijuana. Anyone in Poughkeepsie want to smoke a Jewish Brother?
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin – one of the most influential conservative women of our time – said during a recent appearance on Fox News that she doesn’t have a problem with people smoking marijuana in their own homes. “If somebody’s gonna smoke a joint in their house and not do anybody else any harm,” she explained, they should be left alone.
It’s great to see Palin adopt a more libertarian view on soft drugs. I wish the conservative movement as a whole would follow in her footsteps. If you believe in liberty and individual, rather than collective responsibility for your life, I don’t quite see how you can support the extremely expensive, intrusive and otherwise over-the-top war on drugs.
Palin’s only caveat to legalizing marijuana altogether, by the way, is that she fears it sends the wrong message to children. Although I understand her concern, I have to disagree. Legalizing something doesn’t mean it’s perfectly fine to do it, nor that it’s moral and wise. Moral values and wisdom shouldn’t be legislated.
If legalized, it’s up to parents to teach their children that although smoking weed is legal, it’s best not do it nonetheless. This is the responsibility of America’s fathers and mothers, not the government – who isn’t your daddy, after all.
It’s great to see that there is yet another leader of the conservative movement who realizes that it’s none of the government’s business if you want to smoke weed in the privacy of your own home. Let’s hope others will follow in her footsteps. The way things are going now, it’s likely that marijuana will, if not be legal, at least be tolerated within a few years time – and that’s a decisively good development.
via newsrealblog.comThis should of been said on the campaign in 2008. They might of won. The bullshit compromise of not smoking outside your home is silly. You can't drink outside of your home either.
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but the Third Intifada pages are OK?