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Correction: Paragraph three, line one should read :   The incidents occurred on May 15, 2008 during a campus rally sponsored by UC Irvine’s Muslim Student Union featuring controversial speaker Malik Ali.

ORANGE COUNTY INDEPENDENT TASK FORCE ON ANTI-SEMITISM
PO Box 7859
Huntington Beach, CA 92615     http://octaskforce.wordpress.com/

Contact Information:
ocindependenttaskforce@socal.rr.com

For Immediate Release:

UCI Police Chief: Campus Police do not have the means to control boorish and intimidating behavior on campus

Huntington Beach, CA– February 12, 2009–In a written response to criticism of  UCI’s Police Department investigation of complaints of assaults on a student journalist and a Christian evangelist,  UC Irvine Police Chief Paul Henisey stated the following:

“… I do agree there were certainly instances of boorish and intimidating behavior.  Some of this behavior involved people not associated with the University.  Neither the University nor the Police Department has the means or ability to control such rude or obnoxious behavior…”.

The incidents occurred on September 15, 2008 during a campus rally sponsored by UC Irvine’s Muslim Student Union featuring controversial speaker Malik Ali. The victims and eyewitnesses stated that campus police did not immediately intercede when the minister was shoved by several Malik Ali supporters.  The student journalist said that he was followed and threatened by Ali’s supporters after having his camera pushed in his face.  He said they became angered over his filming of the event.

In the past, concerns have been raised by campus organizations and others over inadequate police protection and the safety of UCI students and campus visitors during controversial events.   The university has also been criticized for allowing  MSU members to act as “security personnel”  during their campus events in place of uniformed UCI Police officers.  At a January 2009  MSU sponsored event on the UCI campus, Malik Ali told the crowd “… We will have to soon engage in civil disobedience , civil disobedience!  Yeah, acts of civil disobedience to bring this issue ”…of what’s taking place in Palestine…”

The president of  the pro-Israel campus group Anteaters for Israel, recently described the UC Irvine campus as “a hotbed for anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activism over the past seven years”.

According to the University of California’s  Policy on Student Conduct and Discipline,   Section 100-102.10: “Chancellors may impose discipline for:  “…Physical abuse …and other physical assault…threats of violence; or other conduct that threatens the health or safety of any person.…Stalking behavior in which a student repeatedly engages in a course of conduct directed at another person and makes a credible threat with the intent to place that person in reasonable fear for his or her safety…”.

Chief  Henisey said that  “The activities of this particular event have been reviewed by the University’s Judicial Affairs Officer and follow-up actions were initiated”.   However,  the university has not announced whether any disciplinary action has been taken against the individuals or groups responsible.

Task Force will continue to monitor anti-Semitism at UCI

Huntington Beach, CA – September 19, 2008 – The Orange County Independent Task Force on anti-Semitism will continue to monitor fresh allegations of ongoing anti-Semitic activity at The University of California, Irvine (UCI).  The Task Force consists of Jewish and non-Jewish members of the community, and includes current and former faculty members, religious and lay community leaders….. task-force-will-continue-to-monitor-anti-semitism-at-uci

OC Task Force Investigation Finds Anti-Semitism at University of California, Irvine and Reviews Findings of DOE’s Office for Civil Rights

Download the Full OC Independent Task Force Report

Huntington Beach, CA –February 12, 2008 –The Orange County Independent Task Force released its Findings and Recommendations (Report), concerning alleged incidents of anti-Semitism at The University of California, Irvine (UCI). The investigation began in February 2007 and lasted approximately one year. Over the course of the investigation Task Force members interviewed, students, faculty and community members and visited the campus on many occasions. Over 80 hours of interviews and numerous documents, articles, and written complaints were used in the compilation of the Report…..

Independent Task force to delay release of final report

Huntington Beach, CA, December 12, 2007- In light of the release of findings from the U.S. Department of Educations Office for Civil Rights (OCR), The Orange County Independent Task Force has decided to delay issuance of its final report pending review the OCR findings, as well as to study recent information and testimony that it has obtained. The Independent Task Force anticipates release its report and recommendations early in 2008.

The Independent Task Force was formed early in 2007 to investigate alleged incidents of anti-Semitism at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). The goal of the Independent Task Force is issue a thorough and objective report with findings and recommendations to the community and to the UCI administration.

Task Force formed to Investigate Alleged Racism and Anti-Semitism at UC Irvine

Hillel Foundation of Orange County to organize Academic, Professional, and Religious leaders to Formulate Recommendations

Irvine, CA, February 13, 2007 – The Hillel Foundation of Orange County today announced the formation of Task Force to study and investigate alleged incidents of racism and anti-Semitism at the University of California – Irvine (UCI). This comes as the result of the growing number of reported anti-Semitic incidents occurring on campus in recent years….

OC Task Force Condemns Recent Grafitti Attack on Cypress Islamic Center

Posted on June 7, 2009  

The Orange County Independent Task Force on anti-Semitism condemns, in the strongest terms, the recent grafitti attack on the Islamic Center of Cypress.  This attack on a center of worship reminds us that hatred and bigotry must be confronted in all of its forms and that the perpetrators of these kinds of outrages should be swiftly prosecuted.  There is no place in civilized society for  purveyors of religious hatred and bigotry.

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