Monday, May 29, 2006

The O.C's UC Irvine--O.C. for "out of control"

The University of California-Irvine, located in Orange County south of Los Angeles, is getting publicity it doesn't want to receive. And wouldn't you know, our old pal Norman Finkelstein figures into the OC mix?

From KTLA-TV in Los Angeles:

The campus' Muslim Student Union has drawn harsh criticism for last week's "Holocaust in the Holy Land" programs. Events included a speech titled "Israel: the 4th Reich" and the construction of a mock Israeli security wall with students dressed as Israeli army officers conducting aggressive checkpoint searches.

The events at the public quad prompted a strong reaction from members of Jewish groups, who called it highly offensive to equate Israel with Nazi Germany.


In 2003, a memorial to Holocaust victims was vandalized. The next year, an anti-Zionism mural erected by the Society of Arab Students was burned down. No arrests were made in either case.

Then, a group of Muslim students made headlines with their plan to wear graduation stoles of green — a traditional color of Islamic identity — as a show of Islamic unity. Jewish groups on and off campus decried them as a show of support for Hamas, a militant Palestinian group responsible for dozens of suicide bombings in Israel, which also uses green as its signature color.

And as I reported a couple of weeks ago, the featured guest speaker was DePaul University's Norman Finkelstein.

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