Now, For The Orange County Jewish Federations “Explanation”

NOTE: According to the ASUCI  CALENDER,  Tuesday, November 13, 2012,  was a scheduled business meeting.  As the VIDEO clearly shows, it was a packed room.  The vote was unanimous.  Why wasn’t Jewish Student groups in attendence?  Given the constant state of anti -Israel hostility emanating from various groups on campus, it seems rather foolish or naive to complain that there was “no forewarning” about the intent to introduce this RESOLUTION.  Did the Jewish Federation expect a phone call from the  SJP or the MSU?  Similar resolutions have been defeated on other University of California Campuses due to the vigilance and action by student groups coupled with community support. The question still stands. What happened here?  The unanimous passage of this ugly resolution emboldens the haters of Israel and can only make life more uncomfortable for those few Jewish students who wish to speak out openly on behalf of Israels right to exist. OCITF


Orange County Community Says Student Government Anti-Israel Resolution Won’t Derail Progress at UC Irvine

Contact: Lisa Armony, Director, Rose Project 949-435-3848

Irvine, Calif., Nov. 14, 2012 – In a move that contradicts UC policy, UC Irvine’s student government last night passed a recommendation calling on the campus to divest itself from companies that do business with Israel. The nonbinding resolution was drafted and introduced with no forewarning by a small group of students with a personal, political agenda and deliberated in the absence of students with opposing views. Continue reading

U C Irvine Official Statement On Student Government Anti-Israel Divestment Resolution

UCI to continue collaborations with global entities, including those in Israel

— Irvine, Calif., November 14, 2012 —

UC Irvine’s student government, Associated Students of UCI, has passed a recommendation that the campus divest itself of investments with several companies that do business with Israel.

Such divestment is not the policy of the campus, nor is it the policy of the University of California. The UC Board of Regents’ policy requires this action only when the U.S. government deems it necessary. No such declaration has been made regarding Israel.

In the spirit and practice of active engagement with all peoples of that region, UCI has been extremely pleased with recent global collaboration between leaders and researchers here and those at top universities around the world, including Israel. The campus looks forward to continued constructive exchanges that benefit our students, faculty and community.


Long Beach Temple Painted with Swastikas, ‘Nazi’

Long Beach police are investigating as a hate crime the vandalizing of Temple Israel, said to be the oldest Reform synagogue between Los Angeles and San Diego.

By Nancy Wride  November 14, 2012 Long Beach Patch

Long Beach Police Department was investigating Wednesday the vandalism of the Temple Israel building, which was painted with two-foot high swastikas and red spray-painted “Nazi” words.

Officers were called to a report of vandalism at the building, located in the 3500 block of E. 3rd Street, at about 10:30 p.m. Monday, Long Beach Police Department spokeswoman Nancy Pratt said Wednesday afternoon.

“Officers arrived and discovered that a wall had been defaced with an offensive symbol and word that had been spray painted on the building,” Pratt wrote in an e-mail. “It was discovered when someone walking by saw it and called police.” The vandalism is under probe as a potential hate crime. Continue reading