UCI Jewish Student Groups seek “dialogue”

Jewish campus groups oppose UC Irvine boycott

The Associated Press

Posted: 02/22/2010 08:33:44 AM PST

Updated: 02/22/2010 08:33:45 AM PST
IRVINE, Calif.—Five campus Jewish groups and fraternities say they don’t agree with a call to boycott the University of California, Irvine because of tensions involving Muslim students. A joint letter released Monday says dialogue and peace-seeking efforts are the way to address hateful speakers and programs from the Muslim Student Union.

The New York-based Zionist Organization of America has accused UCI’s chancellor of failing to condemn anti-Semitic speech and has asked potential students and donors to boycott the campus.

Tension has simmered between Jewish and Muslim student groups for years at UC Irvine. Earlier this month, 11 students were arrested for interrupting a talk by Israel’s ambassador Michael Oren.

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