Emails shown to Jury allegedly detailing advance plans to disrupt Israeli Ambassador Orens speech.

Irvine 11 – Jurors See Emails Plotting Disruptions

by IPT News  •  Sep 13, 2011 at 10:13 am

SANTA ANA – Emails detailing plans by Muslim Student Union (MSU)members to interrupt a speech by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren last year were entered into evidence Monday in the misdemeanor trial of 10 University of California, Irvine students.

The emails outline how the group actively developed a plan to silence the Israeli ambassador, while dishonestly maintaining that the organization had no involvement. “We will be staying for the majority of the program and disrupting it throughout the whole time,” one email said.

Witness Rhoda Harris, a Holocaust survivor, described a scene of chaos as the students interrupted the speech multiple times. Oren could not be heard over the cheering that followed each disruption, she claimed, shutting down the event an hour before scheduled. Continue reading

Update: Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren Visit California State University, Long Beach, Postponed

Unfortunately due to diplomatic responsibilities, Ambassador Michael Oren will not be able to visit CSULB on March 21st, 2011. Continue reading

UCI Faculty Members Weigh In With DA On So Called “Irvine 11″

Note: the faculty letter can be read here

Irvine faculty members seek dropping of student charges

February 10, 2011

(JTA) — Dozens of faculty members at the University of California, Irvine, have asked that criminal charges be dropped against 11 Muslim students who disrupted a speech by Israel’s U.S. ambassador.

Five deans are among the 100 faculty members who signed a letter asking the Orange County District Attorney’s Office to drop the charges filed last week against the nine Irvine students and two students from the University of California, Riverside. Arraignment is set for March 11 in Santa Ana, Calif. Continue reading

KPPC Reports: Grand Jury Looking Into Oren Disruption

(Video courtesy OC Register)

OC grand jury investigates protest at UC Irvine of Israeli diplomat’s speech

KPCC has learned that the Orange County grand jury is investigating the Feb. 2010 disruption of an Israeli diplomat’s speech at UC Irvine.

Members of UCI’s Muslim Student Union have been called to testify before the grand jury about the organization’s role in the disruption of a speech by Michael Oren, Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S.

Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of UC Irvine’s law school, says he does not believe the students who disrupted Oren’s speech should face the risk of criminal charges.

The Orange County District Attorney’s office says the law prevents it from confirming or denying any activities related to the grand jury.

Daily Pilot Editioral: On suspension, a fair hearing and free speech.

Student union deserves fair hearing

Daily Pilot Editorial

June 26, 2010

UC Irvine officials have taken the rare step of recommending that a student organization be suspended for a year. A campus investigation into the Muslim Student Union’s alleged role in disrupting a Feb. 8 speech at UCI by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren concluded that the MSU not only planned, instigated and orchestrated the ruckus, but also lied to officials about its hand in that unpleasant and unnecessary turn of events. Continue reading

OCITF: “Keep in mind that until the appeals process has been completed, it is premature to draw any conclusions about the outcome.”

Reut Cohen graduated from UCI, where she ran a blog to document the anti-Israel, anti-Semitic, and anti-American incidents on campus.

Irvine Community and Jewish Groups React to Muslim Student Union Suspension

By Reut Cohen June 24, 2010

Pajamas Media

The University of California, Irvine (UCI) is the second youngest campus in the California state university system. UCI has made its mark [1] among prestigious American universities, steadily rising in the U.S. News & World Report ratings of “America’s Best Colleges.” Following the al-Qaeda terror attacks on September 11, 2001, however, the prestigious and relatively subdued Orange County campus began drawing attention and earning a reputation as a breeding ground for anti-American, anti-Israel, and anti-Semitic sentiment. Continue reading

KCRW-NPR Radio Interview and debate with UC Law Dean Chemerinsky and MSU attorney Reem Salahi

Which Way, L.A.?

At UC Irvine, Campus Rules and the First Amendment

“UC Irvine wants to ban a Muslim student group for orchestrating a plan to shout down the Israeli ambassador during a speech on the campus. Would a ban violate the students’ rights to free speech and association? What if they lied to university officials about their role in advance planning….?”

UCI MSU appeals suspension

UCI MSU Appeals Recommendation to Suspend MSU

June 14th, 2010

In the Name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful



(Irvine, CA – 6/14/10) — The Muslim Student Union (MSU) at the University of California, Irvine, announced today that it has filed an appeal to the recommendation by the Senior Executive Director of Student Housing to revoke the student group’s charter for one year, following allegations that the MSU violated sections of University policy. Continue reading

Decision letter to suspend MSU

The decision letter alleges that interviewees asserted their Fifth Amendment right to remain silent. Click for the  UCI Galloway Investigation.

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Retiring Manuel Gomez on Oren disruption: “I need to restrain myself because I am the last appeal once the deliberations are completed at the Dean of Students level.”

Here is what  the “restrained “outgoing Vice Chancellor Gomez said in an interview in  this weeks New University

“Q: The Michael Oren incident seems to be a recent example of this. Could you comment on how the campus has chosen to deal with it?

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“The silence is deafening”

Will the UC Irvine Muslim Student Union ever defend itself?

LA Middle Eastern Policy Examiner Paul Kujawsky   April 16,

It’s been more than a week since the Investigative Project on Terrorism revealed emails that, if authentic, show that the UC Irvine branch of the Muslim Student Union coordinated the disruption of the February campus speech of Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren. The emails also show that the MSU coordinated the subsequent cover-up, in which both the MSU and the arrested demonstrators denied any MSU involvement in the planning or execution of the demonstration. (See “More evidence that UC Irvine MSU lied about not planning disruption of Israeli Ambassador’s talk.“) Continue reading

ZOA Letter to UCI: “The University’s continuing failure and refusal to enforce its own rules…”

The attached letter, copied to the OCITF and dated April 9, 2010  to UCI’s Chief Campus Counsel Diane Fields Giocaris was received today.  To read the letter click  here

UC Riverside: ASUCR resolution in support of Irvine 11 hecklers fails.

ASUCR Update

Lillian Nguyen

UC Riverside Highlander

Issue date: 4/6/10 Section: News

At Wednesday’s senate meeting, senators voted on two resolutions, including the controversial Freedom of Speech resolution.

The Freedom of Speech resolution concerns the group of students now known as the Irvine 11. The people in this group, three of whom are students from UC Riverside, were arrested on Feb. 8 after they continually shouted over the speech being made by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren. Continue reading

After many years of student complaints, OC Jewish Federation finally “demands action” at UCI. Federation CEO alleges “cover-up”?

(Meanwhile UCI’s “Internal investigation” into alleged  MSU/Viva Palestina /Hamas fundraiser enters 7th month)

Jewish Federation Orange County Demands UCI Action

New evidence allegedly shows that the University of California, Irvine Muslim Student Union orchestrated the repeated disruptions of a speech given by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren earlier this year. Continue reading

According to IPT Report: MSU’s decision to disrupt the Oren event “had been made at an MSU board meeting days before the speech”

The MSU Plot to Silence Israel’s Ambassador

(to read the alleged email click here)
IPT News April 7, 2010

Despite claims to the contrary, internal emails from the University of California, Irvine’s Muslim Student Union (MSU) show that the group orchestrated the repeated disruptions of a speech given on campus by Israeli ambassador Michael Oren February 8. Continue reading

OC Human Relations Commission: Disruption of Orens speech “organized and systematic”.

The O C Human Relations Commission letter of commendation cited  U C Irvine  Police Chief Paul Henisey for among other things: having  prevented “violence which was brewing just under the surface as tempers ignited over the organized and systematic disruption of the speech. “

March 12, 2010
Paul Henisey, Chief
UCI Police Department
Irvine, CA 92657
Dear Chief Henisey:

….At the March 11, 2010 meeting the Commission and Board of Directors voted to officially commend you and the administration of UCI for your handling of the recent disruption of the speech of the Israeli Ambassador by Muslim student protesters. Including your leadership and action to: Read The letter here:

OC Human Relations Commission letter to UCI Chief Henisey

Source: U C Irvine Chancellors Page

(Courtesy of  Gary Fouse)

31 professors and grad sudents from UC Riverside “Ethnic Studies department.” Drop disciplinary and punitive action” against the UC Irvine 11 Hecklers

March 16, 2010

UC Riverside Faculty Voice Support for Protesters Against Oren

by Lisa Armony, Contributing Writer community/article/uc_riverside_faculty_voice_support_for_protesters_against_oren_20100316/

Faculty at the University of California, Riverside (UCR), joined voices at UC campuses statewide in support of 11 students arrested for heckling Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren during his Feb. 8 speech at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Continue reading

ASUCI Resolution: 13 yes, 1 no, 1 abstain; “ASUCI opposes any academic repercussions…” No further action should be taken against 11 students


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OC Register Editiorial “It is up to UCI Chancellor Michael Drake to set the rules and boundaries of behavior and enforce them…”

Editorial: Stifling discussion isn’t free speech

2010-02-25 17:35:05


The campus at UC Irvine has become a hotbed of tension between Muslim and Jewish students, divided along the always-contentious debate surrounding Israel and Palestine.

The latest major incident occurred Feb. 8, when a raucous group of 11 students, mostly from UCI and including the president of the UCI Muslim Student Association, repeatedly interrupted a speech being delivered by Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren. Protesters in the audience stood up and shouted barely understandable tirades, condemning Israeli policies, in general, and the ambassador, in particular, while he was attempting to address 500 attendees at UCI’s Pacific Ballroom, according to news reports and videos (see videos at our blog, Continue reading

MSU: “Such vigilante acts do not suit an assemblyman…”

UC Irvine’s Muslim students’ spokesperson says assemblyman seeks ‘censorship’

8:36 p.m. | KPCC Wire Services | KPCC   Wednesday Feb. 24th
IRVINE — A spokesman for UC Irvine’s Muslim Student Union today accused Assemblyman Chuck DeVore of pursuing “censorship” after he called on the UCI chancellor to ban the Muslim Student Union from campus. Continue reading

UC Irvine Professor Mark LeVine: Ambassador Oren’s appearance at UCI “propaganda” campaign

Along with the Department of History, Middle East Studies Student Initiative (MESSI), LeVine was involved  in bringing a member of the Cairo Based Muslim Brotherhood to UCI on October 8, 2008.
LeVine, a UC Irvine Professor of modern Middle Eastern history, culture, and Islamic studies, defends the “Irvine 11″and blasts Israeli Ambassador Oren’s visit to UC Irvine.
“Without a clear ban in place beforehand on the type and style of protest in which they engaged, it is hard to see how they could fairly be subject to severe punishment by the university for their protest, never mind arrest and potential prosecution….”

“…However, from the Israeli side Ambassador Oren’s appearance at UCI was part of an extremely sophisticated, well funded and self-described “propaganda” campaign-known by the Hebrew term “hasbara”–directed by the Israeli government and major American Jewish organizations with the goal of presenting Israel in the most positive light possible on campus…”

“…Indeed, against such a powerful bloc of forces, we can ask how already marginalized Muslim students should be expected to protest against the Ambassador’s appearance?..” Mark LeVine

Chemerinsky: Students and others who disrupted an address by the Israeli ambassador to the U.S. can’t claim 1st Amendment rights


UC Irvine’s free speech debate

By Erwin Chemerinsky

LA Times Opinion

February 18, 2010

College campuses, especially at public universities, are places where all ideas should be expressed and debated. No speech ever should be stopped or punished because of the viewpoint expressed. Of course, there must be rules to regulate the time, place and manner of such expression to preserve order and even to make sure that speech can occur. Continue reading

CAIR press release

CAIR, NLG Ask Calif. University, DA to Drop Charges Against ‘Irvine 11’

PR Newswire

University’s action against protesters selectively and disproportionately penalizes students, harms free speech Continue reading

Orwellian Logic?

Muslim Public Affairs Council defends students’ “right” to shout down an Israeli speaker

February 12, 12:20 AMLA Middle Eastern Policy Examiner

Paul Kujawsky

One doesn’t want to invoke George Orwell lightly. But there is something positively Orwellian about defending, in the name of freedom of speech, a gang’s attempt to shut down a speech.

The facts are these:

Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren, was invited to speak at the University of California Irvine. The invitation came from the Law School and the Political Science Department. Now, UC Irvine has an active–some would say, aggressive (others would say, obnoxious)–chapter of the Muslim Student Union. The UCI MSU has a, shall we say, controversial history, ranging from allegedly fundraising for Hamas to hosting virulently anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic speakers.

Enter the double standard. The MSU feels perfectly free to bring to campus speakers that Jews, friends of Israel, and others consider absolutely repulsive. And it has the right to do so (aside from providing material support to terrorists, which is forbidden by federal law). But when the MSU considers a speaker not to be kosher (as it were), it seeks to disrupt his appearance. Continue reading

UC Irvines “habitualy craven administrators, led by a feckless Chancellor Michael Drake…”

“…But despite continual complaints from the Orange County Task Force on Anti-Semitism and other concerned UCI stakeholders, the tenor and frequency of speakers at the MSU’s lurid hate-fests continue unabated, seemingly with the tacit approval of the university administration…” Richard Cravatts Ph.D

UCI hecklers: ‘Speech for me, not for thee’

Director of Boston University’s Program in Publishing

2010-02-11 Orange County Register

Of the many intellectual perversions currently taking root on college campuses, perhaps none is more contradictory to what should be one of higher education’s core values than the suppression of free speech. With alarming regularity, speakers are shouted down, booed, jeered, and barrage with vitriol, all at the hands of groups who give lip service to the notion of academic free speech, and who demand it when their speech is at issue, but have no interest in listening to, or letting others listen to, ideas that contradict their own world view. Continue reading

Muslim group is calling on UC Irvine to investigate the arrests of 11 students

Muslim group wants investigation into UCI arrests

The Associated Press

Posted: 02/10/2010 07:17:23 PM PST

Updated: 02/10/2010 07:17:23 PM PST

IRVINE, Calif.—A prominent Muslim group is calling on UC Irvine to investigate the arrests of 11 students during a raucous lecture where Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren spoke about U.S.-Israel relations earlier this week.The Muslim Public Affairs Council sent a letter Wednesday to UC Irvine Chancellor Michael Drake saying it is unclear what laws the students broke.

The group says schools should not discourage students from expressing their First Amendment rights.

Oren’s speech was interrupted by shouting and protests multiple times Monday night.

Eleven students were cited for disturbing a public event and released.

Earlier, the UCI Muslim Student Union issued an email condemning Oren’s appearance. It was not clear if the arrested students were members of the group.

Daily Pilot: Arrested UCI students face possible DA Prosecution

Published Wednesday, February 10, 2010 7:12 PM PST


Students arrested during Israeli ambassador’s visit to UCI could face disciplinary measures and possible D.A. prosecution.

Eight UC Irvine students and three UC Riverside students were arrested and detained Monday by campus police.

By Tom Ragan

Daily Pilot

Student protesters who were arrested by campus police for disrupting a speech at UC Irvine by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren could face a host of academic repercussions — from simple warnings, suspensions or all out expulsions, a spokeswoman for the university said Wednesday.

The university, which released the names of the 11 protesters, said that Monday night’s incident, in which the protesters repeatedly interrupted Oren at the UCI Student Center, will now be forwarded to the Orange County district attorney’s office for possible prosecution.

The protesters were cited for “disturbing a public meeting,” said Cathy Lawhon, UCI’s director of media relations.

Campus police ended up detaining them for about an hour before releasing them. No bond had to be posted, Lawhon added.

“I think everybody is entitled to free speech, but this was not that,” said Lawhon of the incident. “In the end, they were preventing him (Oren) from exercising his right to free speech.” Continue reading

UCI Law School Dean: Hecklers “Were supressing free speech”

Dean: UCI protesters violated free speech

February 10th, 2010, 1:01 pm   ·

posted by Gary Robbins, science writer-editor

OC Register

chemerinsky4_vertUCI School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky. Photo courtesy of UCI.

Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the UC Irvine School of Law and an internationally-renowned expert on the Constitution, says that the students who yelled at Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren during a campus lecture Monday were suppressing free speech. (Coverage of protest.)

Eleven students — eight from UCI, three from UC Riverside — were arrested by campus police and cited for disrupting a public event. The arrests occurred while Oren was trying to discuss U.S.-Israel relations before an audience of 500 people in the UCI Student Center.

“They shouted him down,” Chemerinsky said. “Imagine if they had brought their own speaker and that person had been shouted down. There would be no free speech. There is no right to a ‘heckler’s veto’ “. Continue reading

JPOST Editiorial: “In trying to silence Oren, they made a mockery of the university’s commitment to freedom of speech and treated its dedication to respectful dialogue with downright disdain”

Away with campus timidity
In trying to silence Oren, Muslim campaigners made a mockery of UC-Irvine’s commitment to freedom of speech.

In the Name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful… The members of the Muslim Student Union at the University of California, Irvine, condemn and strongly oppose the presence of Michael Oren on our campus… Oren personally participated in the Israeli Defense Force in wars that took place in Lebanon and Palestine…Oren and his partners should only be granted a speakers platform in the International Criminal Court…

In the name of demonizing the Jewish state, intimidating its supporters and making it ever more difficult to present Israel’s case, Muslim campaigners and their allies at the UC-Irvine campus on Monday repeatedly disrupted a talk by Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren. Eleven of the louts were detained, issued summonses and released.

In trying to silence Oren, they made a mockery of the university’s commitment to freedom of speech and treated its dedication to respectful dialogue with downright disdain. Yes, they probably discomfited our ambassador, but they shamed UC-Irvine and its alumni. Continue reading

“If the university administration refuses to act, it becomes an accomplice to their acts of verbal violence and intimidation.”

From: The Orange County Register
2010-02-09 13:07:00

Free speech’s survival is at stake at UC Irvine. Its fate is in the hands of UCI Chancellor Michael Drake. Continue reading

12 arrested at UCI for disrupting Israeli Ambassadors speech. Event moderator: “this is beyond embarrasing”

Video from: The Orange County Register (click here for full article)