IRVINE, Calif. – After months of growing tension between Jewish and Muslim students at the University of California, Irvine, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) is asking potential students to apply elsewhere and donors to stop sending contributions.
The New York-based organization lambasted Chancellor Michael Drake in a statement Tuesday for not condemning anti-Semitic speech on campus and enabling a years-long history of “bigotry, discrimination and the violation of civil rights” by the school’s Muslim Student Union.
And what did the students do? They harassed Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador, as he defended Israel’s actions in Gaza, which have been called criminal by the UN (Goldstone Report).
ZOA is the most right wing member of the Israel Lobby, a Likud supporter of Eretz Israel (Israeli colonialism), whose own Islamophobic history equates Arab and Palestinian resistance to occupation and colonialism with terrorism, begs the question of discrimination. Their pages reek with Israeli propaganda.
Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East just sent out an action alert concerning this threat to free speech in Canada against an exhibit of photos showing the effects of Israel’s devastation in Gaza last year. The video above features some of the photos in the exhibit.
The action alert can be read at the link.