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UC Irvine seeks to suspend Muslim student group

UC Irvine Chancellor Michael V. Drake addressed a gathering of more than 600 members of the county's Jewish community, who expressed concern about what they perceived as anti-Semitic activity on campus, much of it involving Muslim students.
The Muslim Student Union at UC Irvine should be suspended for one year for its involvement in repeated disruptions of a February speech by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren, according to a disciplinary report released by the university.

The Muslim Student Union has appealed the recommendation.

The speech about U.S.-Israeli relations was interrupted 10 times by students who got up and yelled out things like, "Michael Oren, propagating murder is not an expression of free speech."

Eleven UC Irvine and UC Riverside students were arrested and cited for disturbing a public event, but none have been charged. The student group maintained that the disruptions were done by individuals and not organized by their group, but the report cited internal Muslim Student Union e-mails and meeting agendas that indicated they planned a disturbance.

The group's attorney Reem Salahi emphasized that a suspension has not yet been implemented but was still disheartened by the report’s recommendations. “It’s collective punishment,” she said. “You have an entire Muslim student body that’s being punished for the actions of a few."

-- Raja Abdulrahim

Photo:UC Irvine Chancellor Michael V. Drake addressed a gathering of more than 600 members of the county's Jewish community, who expressed concern about what they perceived as anti-Semitic activity on campus, much of it involving Muslim students. L.A. Times file photo.


 
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speaking as a former UCI student , I am glad that the administration is finally the administration is doing something about the MSU and the climate of hatred against Jewish students that they formant on the UCI campus instead of protecting them and po-poing the concerns of jewish students

I don't agree with these students' views necessarily, but banning this student group is far too much punishment compared to what some of this student group members did. So these students didn't exercise their 1st Amendment rights "properly" by allowing the speaker to speak, wait for their turn, and give counter protest statements or questions... so the punishment is censorship?! I graduated from UCI undergrad in 2000, and this university action is NOT anywhere equivalent to the "crime." Do all protesters act in civil ways? Compared to some street protests, especially up in UC Berkeley where students broke windows, defaced university buildings, this UCI incident is almost a non incident, except for that it involves Israel and this taking place in Irvine, I guess this type of incident is too spicy and controversial for a university forum.

“It’s collective punishment,” she said. “You have an entire Muslim student body that’s being punished for the actions of a few."

Not correct. You have a Muslim Student Union that's being punished, possibly for the actions of a few of the Union members. Otherwise, are all Muslim students at UCI members of the Muslim Student Union?

The MSU should get a better lawyer:
In attemping to frame Muslims as victims, Ms. Salahi is misstating the facts, and making gross overstatments (not unheard in the Arab-Israeli conflict).

Muslim students are not being collectively punished; the MSU is, for unacceptable behavior by a student group.
If any student group was found to have held meetings and sent emails with the purpose of disrupting legitimate speech (regardless of that group's opinion regarding it), they would have been similarly treated.

The term "collective punishment" is code, and she is using it to link the MSU UCI Muslims as victims, because the same term is used by critics of Israel's policy regarding the occupied territories.

I am really shocked at these allegations. This is a university and the most the specific students should be charged with disorderly conduct. To charge an organization is absurd and hinders on the specifics of free speech.

I am really surprised and saddened by this and I hope that the Muslim Student Union does not give up. Fight for your rights!

What a waste...sad thing is these "students" have no clue as to what the real world is like. Tired of all these groups that want to claim equality but are quick to separate themselves from what being part of a collective whole is all about.

I'm surprised at this. UCI has turned their backs on this stuff for so long that it's hard to imagine they're actually stepping up and at least discussing what should have already occurred to the racists that run the Muslim Student Union.

Kudos to UCI.

Punishing the many for the actions of a few is blatant discrimination.

suspension is an extreme measure. I think the University is showing lot of bias and it is apparent that they are gettng lot of pressure from wealthy jewish group to suppress free speech and continue their propaganda. Just another sad day in America. I am very sure if a jewish group has done similar shoutings against a Muslim or Nazi speaker, there won't be a punishment and the school will produly bring up first amendment in action as a show a support to jewish groups. Just a pathetic and a cowardly school is UC Irvine and the other UC schools.

Pack 'em up and ship 'em out.

Good. I think they should be permanently banned. I don't want to say "I told you so" but you can't trust a muslim. Just look at 9/11. We were betrayed. Would a good christian do that?

Kyle Parker,
Malibu, CA

Punish them to the ends of the earth. They are liars.

The group's attorney:

"The group's attorney Reem Salahi emphasized that a suspension has not yet been implemented but was still disheartened by the report’s recommendations. “It’s collective punishment,” she said. “You have an entire Muslim student body that’s being punished for the actions of a few.""

But the report found:

"The student group maintained that the disruptions were done by individuals and not organized by their group, but the report cited internal Muslim Student Union e-mails and meeting agendas that indicated they planned a disturbance."

Interesting that they use the term "collective punishment", which is what Israel is accused of doing to those in the Gaza strip.

Yes, far be it for any muslim groups to propogate murder right? I don't think a more hypocritical, back-stabbing and hate filled mindset exists today than the muslim culture. By the way, I'm not jewish, just an American who has had enough of our fear of not speaking out because we don't want to insult muslims.

Were all of the students who were disruptive actually Muslims? I ask because I'm aware of other persons who are outraged by Israel's recent actions; and these persons are not Muslim.

Why all the labeled student unions?
Just get back to A student union as existed among the universties in the beginning. A central student union would serve all students who would have to share and mix within one student union. It woould foster an atmosphere of diversity and encourage communication among students of varied backgrounds. Isn't that what upper level education is about?

Review the disciplinary letter to the MSU at http://volokh.com/and judge for yourself.

I attened this event and was ashamed for what went on. This is but a tap on the wrist.

I'm sorry, I thought you wanted a country where there's free speech?

The reality is only free speech if you're saying what the majority want to hear, which is the exact opposite of what it's supposed to be.


finally, some courage on the part of a university.

If they don't want to punish the Muslim student body, terminate the education of the those that disrupted the speech

I applaud UC Irvine for taking a stand against those who try to suppress free speech. When Muslim students come to the US they have to respect our values of which free expression is one of the main cornerstones.

shut them down for good

It's about time the University administration did something to rein in the disruptive, aggressive Muslim Student Union at UCI. I am by no means biased against anyone of any faith or ethnicity, but I have read enough in the news about their in-your-face behavior and also know people at UCI who have described incidents. The MSU bullies go beyond freedom of speech and try to intimidate. Enough is enough.

This is a long time coming and should not surprise ANYONE...the MSU has hosted numerous radical Islamic speakers who had previously been on record for calling for the DESTRUCTION OF ISRAEL.

One of the better-known radical Islamists is Abdul Malik Ali, who has previously endorsed SUICIDE BOMBINGS as a "legitimate resistance tactic". Ali is a "former" member of the Nation of Islam who still retains a vitriolic hatred of Jews (which NOI head Louis Farrakhan has called a "gutter religion") even though he is no longer an official member.

The MSU (also known on most campuses at Muslim Student Association) first came to American college campuses in 1963 in Illinois and has its roots in the Muslim Brotherhood, an Egyptian Islamist group dedicated to the establishment of a GLOBAL ISLAMIC CALIPHATE, governed SOLELY by Islamic Sharia Law.

Some of MSA/MSU's better-know members include fugitive terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki, implicated in both Fort Hood massacre & the aborted Christmas Day terror-bombing & whom the Obama administration has targeted for a drone strike. Al-Awlaki was PRESIDENT of the MSA chapter at Colorado State University in the early 1990s and is only one of MANY radical Islamic extremists to be directly involved with this Jihadist organization.

 
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