Daily Pilot: Religious debates draw ire at UCI

Religious debates draw ire at UCI

UCI students will debate Middle East issues as the Muslim Student Union and pro-Israel groups host a series of speakers in an annual event that has generated considerable controversy in the past.

“Never Again? The Palestinian Holocaust” is the name of the activities presented by the Muslim Student Union through May 14, which kicked off Wednesday with “What’s the Fuss? Is Criticism of Israel Anti-Semitic?” featuring speaker Norman Finkelstein. Jewish community leaders are already protesting.

“There are a lot of very concerned people,” said former UCI student and Israeli-American Reut Cohen, who runs a blog about what she considers anti-Semitic activities on the campus. “It is a hate week designed to harass people.”

There is also an online petition, which has 232 signatures thus far, posted online condemning this year’s Muslim Student Union program.

Efforts to reach Muslim Student Union representatives were unsuccessful.

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