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Open Letter to UC President, Re: UC Irvine

Dear President Dynes:

I wish to express my outrage at the fact that a UC school is holding a blatantly anti-Semitic event, “Israel: Apartheid Resurrected,” next week. I do not object to the First Amendment rights of the students and speakers involved. I do object, however, to the fact that California taxpayer dollars are being used to fund and facilitate such a hateful event.

The instances of racism and anti-Semitism present in the scheduled program are almost too numerous to count—but here is a start.

(1) Advocates for Israel are referred to as “Zio-Nazis”—the title of the May 15 lecture to be delivered by Lenni Brenner. Describing the defenders of the Jewish state in terms of the most terrifying enemies of Judaism and all humanity—Nazis—is an ad hominem, hateful, racist accusation. It is specifically calculated to twist the knife in Jewish families with painful memories of the Holocaust.

(2) The event program specifically calls for an “intifada.” Throughout history, in a political context, “intifada” has meant only one thing: a violent uprising designed to kill non-Muslims. There is no other definition—though one of the speakers, Hatem Bazian, desperately claimed there was after the enormous public outcry regarding these April 10, 2004, words of his: “Well, we’ve been watching intifada in Palestine, we’ve been watching an uprising in Iraq, and the question is that what we are doing? How come we don’t have an intifada in this country?”

Another speaker—Amir Abdul Malik Ali—is slated to give another talk on May 17 called, “The UC Intifada: How You Can Help Palestine.” Does the University of California really condone an effort to link its name with unrepentant violence?

(3) Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss, is scheduled to speak on May 16. Weiss represents a hateful, miniscule cult of Haredi orthodox Jews called Neteuri Karta. This group bases a fanatical belief in Israel’s evil on an obscure Talmudic passage. Weiss has been universally condemned by Zionists and anti-Zionists alike for attending a Holocaust denial conference in Tehran, Iran, in late 2006. Nearly every major Jewish group in the world—including leaders of the Agudath Israel of America, the Orthodox Union, and the Anti-Defamation League—has rejected his views.

I hope that you will recognize the severity of this event. I hope, too, you understand the fanaticism, violence, and hate you are enabling by failing to take a stand against these speeches.

The University of California should be accountable to its citizens for the tax money its spends. Please stop funding and facilitating these evils.


Email addresses of note, for others wishing to speak up:
UC Board of Regents
President Robert C. Dynes


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