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Joshua Suddock in the OC Register writes

UCI student Mohamed Abdekany asks law school dean Irwin Chemerinsky why acts of civil disobedience by 11 pro-Palestinian demonstrators during a speech by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren were not protected under the First Amendment. Chemerinsky asserted that their outbursts were actually an affront to the speaker’s free speech, arguing that their act of civil disobedience amounted to a “heckler’s veto” on the speaker’s right to be heard during a pre-arranged presentation on campus.


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According to this Orange County Register website, 8 UC Irvine students and 3 UC Riverside students were cited for disrupting a public event because of their disruption of the Michael Oren talk at UC Irvine.

Police have identified the students as:

UC Irvine

  • Joseph Tamim Haider
  • Osama Ahmed Sabry Shabaik
  • Mohemed Mohy Eldeen Abdelgany
  • Ali Mohammad Sayeed
  • Asaad Traina
  • Mohammad Qureashi
  • Aslam Akhtar
  • Hakim Nasreddine Kebir
  • UC Riverside
  • Taher Herzallam
  • Shaheen Waleed Nassar
  • Khalid Bahgat Akari

Apparently, the UCI MSU has denied a connection between the disruptions of Oren, which were clearly well organized, and their organization. That may be true, but I thought I might check up on some of the arrested parties above.

Joseph Haider? In this article, he is promoting a UCI-MSU event.

Osama Shabaik (second name on the list)? Here he is interviewed and is described as a member of the UCI-MSU. On the UCI-MSU contacts page he is listed as their VICE PRESIDENT.

Mohemed Abdelgany? Why he’s right on the UCI-MSU website where he is listed as their PRESIDENT or “amir.”

Ali Sayeed? The link is no longer cached, but a Google search still shows that he was team manager for the MSU 1 flag football team at UCI.

Can’t find anything on Asaad Traina or Mohammad Qureashi but on a now-erased page on the MSU website, Aslam Akhtar writes:

“MSU (Muslim Student Union): The MSU has directed and channeled me into the person I am today. It has kept me motivated to pursue my goals, and at the same time has defined my goals into the personification in which they are in today.”

Indeed it has!

Hakim Kebir is an MSU host for a barbecue as listed on this cached Facebook page.

The UC Riverside students have less information online. Shaheen Nassar appears to have belonged to a Muslim Students Association in Pomona before coming to UC Riverside but there’s no information about Akari or Herzallam.

In short, a number of active MSU members, including the President and Vice President of the organization were involved in this orchestrated disruption of a speaker at the UC Irvine campus. Sure, maybe they were acting on their own, but since they happen to be running the organization, the only apt description for the MSU distancing itself from these activities is…HILARIOUS. Thanks for the laughs, guys.

Here is UCI Chancellor, Michael Drake, in a public statement after his poor performance during the talk and especially in the last few years where his campus has enabled anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activities to a degree seen on few campuses in North America.

Campus Disruption
Feb. 9, 2010
Dear Colleagues:

Last night, Michael Oren, Israeli ambassador to the U.S., shared his perspectives on American-Israeli relations in a free public lecture in the UC Irvine Student Center. During his talk, several members of the audience stood and shouted – one at a time, repeatedly – in an effort to disrupt his message.

This behavior is intolerable. Freedom of speech is among the most fundamental, and among the most cherished of the bedrock values our nation is built upon. A great university depends on the free exchange of ideas. This is non-negotiable. Those who attempt to suppress the rights of others violate core principles that are the foundation of any learning community. We cannot and do not allow such behavior.

Eleven individuals were arrested as a result of their actions last night and are being processed accordingly. Additionally, the Office of Student Conduct has initiated the Student Judiciary Review process to address issues under their jurisdiction.

I am very pleased that the ambassador stayed on and was able to complete his speech. This university is, and always will be, committed to the expression of all ideas and viewpoints.”

Chancellor Michael Drake

Here, Chancellor Drake, is what you have permitted to take place on your campus year after year:

Exposing the UC Intifada
By Aaron Hanscom and Reut Cohen | June 19, 2007

Amir Abdel Malik Ali, an African-American convert to Islam who is known for his inflammatory rhetoric, is a favorite speaker of the Muslim Student Union (MSU) at UC Irvine. Ali graduated from San Francisco State University and currently acts as the Imam of the Masjid Al Islam in Oakland, California.

On May 17, Ali informed Muslim students at UC Irvine that a martyr�s death is the most honorable death.  Because supporting terrorists is a favorite activity of the MSU and Ali�s main gig on college campuses is justifying terrorism, it was no surprise that the radical Imam delivered a keynote address to wrap up the MSU�s anti-Israel week which featured twice-daily speeches and rallies called �Israel: Apartheid Resurrected.�


An audience made up of primarily Muslim students wearing green armbands (similar to what suicide bombers typically wear) and T-shirts reading �UC Intifada� and �Freedom Fighter� attended Imam Ali�s lecture which was titled �UC Intifada: How you can help Palestine.�


Members of the MSU did not have to wait long for their honored guest to throw them the red meat they were waiting for: �Victory or martyrdom,� Ali asserted are the only two viable options available to the Palestinians in their battle against Israel. Of course, Ali didn�t use the word Israel since he only refers to the democratic country as the �Zionist Apartheid State.� Indeed, he exhorted his followers to �speak truth to power� by articulating their positions with their own definitions, not those of their enemies.


Ali is a proud supporter of terrorist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah, perceiving these groups in holy terms. In October 2006 Ali said, “We are celebrating the victory of Hamas over the occupier Zionists and this is only the beginning. What you saw, ladies and gentleman, what you saw this summer is only the beginning…. We got this, we can whoop them.” 


In Ali�s dictionary, Hezbollah would not be a terrorist group since its literal translation is �party of God.� In previous lectures he has characterized Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah�s leader, as a fighter of justice. Hamas, moreover, is a just organization that is fighting the oppressors, according to Ali.


Ali blamed the Western media for calling suicide bombers terrorists rather than people with a high moral character and said that Palestinian bodies are effective weapons against Israeli oppression. When asked if he perceives suicide bombing as a last resort, Ali explained that Palestinians can only transport their bombs on their bodies and that they are fighting for justice.

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UCI chief meets with Jewish groups

Chancellor encourages community involvement against incidents of perceived hate speech on campus.



IRVINE – UC Irvine Chancellor Michael V. Drake told several hundred concerned Jewish community members Wednesday night to join in on discussions and work together against what he calls isolated incidents of anti-Jewish speech by outsiders on campus.

Drake answered questions during a 90-minute town hall meeting at Shir Ha-Ma’alot in Irvine addressing concerns about what the Jewish community calls ongoing anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activity on UCI’s campus.

“We promote dialogue, understanding, growth and tolerance at UCI,” Drake said. “I’d like to enlist all of you in working with me to make Jewish life on campus as strong as possible.”

The meeting comes after a February decision by the Hillel Foundation of Orange County, a Jewish group, to form a task force to investigate what it called “a growing number of anti-Semitic incidents” at UC Irvine.

Drake, who maintained throughout the night that presentations on campus sponsored by Muslim student groups constituted free speech, was invited by several Orange County Jewish groups.

Here are a few questions, with responses by Drake:

Why is it that you personally don’t exercise your right to free speech and speak directly to statements made on campus?

“We have 1,000 guest speakers on campus every year. Could I evaluate them and say this one is anti-Semitic? I could not. What I could say is that as a person and a campus, we abhor hate speech, period.”

Right now, my kids don’t want to go to your school. With the activity on campus, why should my kids go to your school?

“It’s an outstanding educational institutional. If you talk to our students, they will tell you how much they love their experience here. (These incidents) are not every other day. It’s a couple of times a year. And they’re from people coming from off campus. It just got more media attention.”

Is there a place on campus that does not tolerate anti-group speech on campus?

“There are 26,000 students on campus. I want every student on campus to know that this is their home. I want them to feel secure, and feel that is their home.”

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carter_drake.jpgIn case you missed the propoganda spewed by the ex-President known as the worst President of the 20th Century…. Here is a link to the podcast.

Carter was a disgrace. He inflated his career first to make it sound like he was the next best thing to FDR and the Pope rolled into one. He took to blame for a terrible economy, the OPEC Boycott and Iran Hostage Crisis. Then using these inflated credentials —he took credit for the entire Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty— he went on to tell the students don’t vote for politicians that will not recite a pledge to be objective. And don’t vote for people that are in the pockets of AIPAC and the Jews. Yeh, that was subtle.

Chancellor Drake took another opportunity to miss an opportunityto condemn directly antisemitism at UCI during his opening remarks. Yes, he mentions it -but equates it with anti-Islamic voices. One is not connected to the other. The MSU has started its own Jihad, and that needs to be condemded now, Mr. Chancellor (And BTW when and where was the entire Islamic faith condemned???).

Michael Drake, M.D.
Chancellor, University of California, Irvine
“Remarks on President Jimmy Carter’s Lecture”
May 3, 2007
Bren Events Center

Good morning. I am Michael Drake, chancellor of the University of California, Irvine, and it is my privilege to welcome you to a very special event. Our students will provide a formal and proper introduction of our honored guest shortly, but allow me to say that this morning we will all have the pleasure of hearing from one of the leading citizens of the world, the 39th president of the United States, Jimmy Carter.

Our campus has achieved great prominence in 40 short years. We are moving ahead rapidly. Our unprecedented success derives from inspiring and empowering our people to make a difference, and from living our values, and allowing those values to guide our every decision.

The values I cite most often, in a representative if not exhaustive list, are: respect, intellectual curiosity, commitment, integrity, empathy, appreciation or tolerance, and fun. There is no one in my experience who illustrates the power of a life lived by values more than President Carter.

In too many places around the world we, unfortunately, see the damage done by those who do not adhere to these values. We have all witnessed disrespectful, dishonest, intolerant behavior; examples include hate speech in the form of anti-Semitism, intolerance in the form of condemnation of the Islamic faith, or the demonization of entire ethnic groups.

As I stated last year: Officially and personally I abhor racism and I reject hate speech. I know that you all join me in this. We respect, appreciate and value all members of our campus community. We may not always agree, but we are privileged to live in a society where we can explore, learn and grow from our differences; from our difficult dialogues.

Among the many areas in which the United States leads the world, two stand out: the enduring brilliance of our constitution, and the quality of our elite institutions of higher education.

Here, today, in the free and open discussion of difficult issues, we will experience the best of both.

There was no discussion. the questions were all selected in advance of the speech. It was canned. It was phony. It shows that UCI is full of bull.

We all know that academics are know for getting accolades for piling up bull-shit, the higher the better. Clearly, the university spokesperson Susan Menning is contributing some fertilizer to campus with this obvious bull as read in the Daily Pilot.

“The concept of anti-Semitism or any type of racism is abhorrent to the chancellor, and we welcome any information that would help UCI be a hospitable place for anyone and everyone,” Menning said about the proposed task force.

If in fact the issue of anti-Semitism was abhorrent — than why has Drake repeatedly refused all calls to condemn it publicly and unequivocally?

If in fact he welcomes any information that would help UCI be better, why has UCI not acted fore years, when these issues were well documented and presented to the campus?

If in fact he is sensitive to Jewish students, why did he spend an entire meeting with their leadership engaged in telling the students how bad he had it as an African American, and not empathizing with the students concerns?

If in fact Drake cares, and again, all signs point to the fact that Drake doesn’t give a damn, why is he letting the University become the training ground for Jihad in Orange County.

Clearly he has some issues.