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'Irvine 11': Jewish federation supports guilty verdict

September 23, 2011 | 12:44 pm

Irvine 11 students join hands
The group that hosted the event that sparked the "Irvine 11" case said Friday after 10 Muslim students were found guilty of disrupting an Israeli diplomat's speech that it would never support "hate speech."

"While we accept the right and requirement of a public institution to provide an unfettered forum for diverse points of view, we do not, nor will we ever, support ‘hate speech,' " Shalom C. Elcott, president and chief executive of the Jewish Federation & Family Services of Orange County, said Friday in a statement.

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“The verdict reaffirms that the Muslim Student Union’s planned and systematic use of disruptions to trample on the free speech of others crossed the moral, social and intellectual line of civility and tolerance," he continued.

The Federation sponsored the visit of Michael Oren, Israeli ambassador to the United States, during his visit to the UC Irvine campus in February 2010.


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Photo: Some of the "Irvine 11" students join hands in court Monday. Credit: Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press