Another Anti-Israel Divestment Resolution Scrapped at UC San Diego

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Divestment Resolution Scrapped   

By Laira Martin The Guardian, U C San Diego

Efforts stalled Wednesday to pass an A.S. Council resolution that called for the UC system to divest funds from non-neutral corporations currently providing technology to the Israeli Defense Forces. This is the second year the resolution, proposed by Students for Justice in Palestine, has been brought before council.

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Once again, OC Federation asked to endorse pledge to deny funds to those who support BDS and those who seek to destroy Israel

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On December 28, 2010 The Orange County Independent Task Force on Anti-Semitism,  formally asked  the Orange County Jewish Federation, Hillel and the Rose Project. to adopt the Jewish Community of San Francisco’s guidelines for funding. Among other things, the guidelines prohibit funding for any activities that “advocate for, or endorse, undermining the legitimacy of Israel as a secure independent, democratic Jewish state, including through participation in the [BDS] movement, in whole or in part.” On March 21, 2010, we published the Pledge in memory of the Fogal Family.  To date those entities, The OC Jewish Federation, Hillel and the Rose Project have not bothered to respond. The following  letter is endorsed by the Orange County Independent Task Force on Anti-Semitism: Continue reading

UC Irvine OTI Student: “I think it would be impossible to claim we can understand the area without considering Hamas.”; CAIR weighs in on the OTI

Following this line of thinking, one must wonder if  OTI employs this sort of naive logic with  the Ku Klux Klan or other dangerous white supremacist groups?   Hamas is  virulently anti-Semitic and dedicated to the destruction of the state of Israel. Meanwhile, despite OTI’s “efforts”,  nothing has changed on campus.  Also noteworthy,  according to this article:  ” Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), believes the students are pioneering an important educational project by engaging with the region hands-on.”   

Olive Tree Initiative aims to hear both sides in Middle East conflict

Group of UCI students takes trips to Middle East to talk to officials, activists in both Israeli and Palestinian territories.

April 23, 2011|By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com

 

At multicultural UC Irvine, the Middle East and U.S. policy in that region can create fervent debate.

While tensions sometimes escalate on campus — as they have with the Irvine 11 case against student protesters — in 2007 a group of students decided to respond to Middle East tensions in a way that wasn’t polemical or political.

Instead of debating the different sides of the Arab-Israeli conflict from the confines of the UCI campus, they would travel to the region — meeting with officials, academics, religious leaders and activists — and come back to the community with the results of their conversations.

They called their organization the Olive Tree Initiative (OTI).

Since its inception, the group has organized three university trips and two community trips. Fifteen to 20 UCI students go on the two-week trip, splitting their time equally between Israel and the Palestinian territories.

“I think OTI is a really great example of an innovative campus program that has developed a really constructive way of addressing campus tension,” said Megan Braun, a UCI graduate who went on the 2010 trip.

Other UC campuses, such as UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz and UCLA, have taken a cue from OTI’s accomplishments by starting chapters of their own.

OTI recently came under fire for meeting Aziz Duwaik during a 2009 trip to the region. The student group had intended to meet with a member of the Palestinian Authority, but that official didn’t make it to the meeting. Duwaik, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, filled in for the official. And unbeknownst to the OTI delegation, Duwaik was also a Hamas representative in the West Bank. Continue reading

The American Jewish Committee has it wrong

The Reality of Campus Anti-Semitism

Jonathan S. Tobin04.22.2011 Commentary Magazine

Should the federal government intervene when an American university permits its campus to become unsafe for Jews? When the prevailing atmosphere on campus is hatred against Israel and all things associated with the Jewish people?

After a long and involved debate, the Obama administration finally did the right thing last October and stated definitively that such conduct is impermissible at institutions that receive federal funding. Continue reading

Why Did Hillel Co-Sponsor Speaker Who Supported Goldstone Report?

According to an email we received from Orange County Hillel:  On Monday April 11, 2010  “Chapman’s Hillel and Muslim Student Association have come together to host the first joint event between these two organizations in Orange County’s history. ” (Note:  It is peculiar that the email announcement we received from Hillel did not mention either of the speakers by name)  One of the two guest speakers was Rabbi Zev-Hayyim Feyer.  According to his website, Rabbi Feyer is a member of the Rabbinic Council of the  Jewish Voice For Peace and a member of the Shomer Shalom Network for Jewish Nonviolence .  Shomer Shalom and the Jewish voice for peace  support  Boycott Divestment and Sanction  (BDS). Here are  Shomer Shalom Elders’ letters to UC student government supporting divestment . Rabbi Feyers name appears on the following letter of support  of the Goldstone report:   Rabbis thank Judge Goldstone for upholding principles of justice, compassion and truth Continue reading

International Solidarity Movement “Peace activist” Murdered in Gaza

Parents: Are the Olive Tree Initiative Trips  Safe For Your Student ?

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By REUTERS
04/15/2011 09:34

Vittorio Arigoni found strangled in abandoned house; Erekat calls killing “dark page in Palestinian history”; Hamas says intention was to kill.
 

Security personnel in the Gaza Strip found the body of a pro-Palestinian activist from Italy who was killed and left in an abandoned house in the Gaza Strip following his abduction by militants, a Hamas official said on Friday. Continue reading

And Cartoons at UC Irvine Too?

This poster appeared along with others on ring road at the last Muslim Student Union  (MSU) Israel bashing event in May 2010. The picture shows an American GI with a Jewish Talit (prayer shall) and a Torah scroll in his helmet.  Is this what passes for civil discourse among tongue-tied community leaders and university administrators?

The poster below appeared on the MSU “Apartheid” wall a couple of years ago. (Hat tip to Gary Fouse)

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