Israel is being bombarded with haters online on a daily basis. But do we REALLY need to sponsor hate on the campuses we attend or send our children too? Act For Israel says: NO.
One of Act For Israel’s founders, Adam Hanin, fired off an email to UC Irvine’s Chancellor Drake to say exactly that (and we encourage you to do the same via our action alert):
I trust the following are familiar to you:
UC Irvine Values
- Respect – We understand that respect is the cornerstone of human interaction.
- Intellectual curiosity – We are committed to learning, teaching, creativity and research.
- Integrity – We tell the truth and strive to earn the trust of those around us.
- Commitment – We always give our best effort.
- Empathy – We act with compassion and sensitivity.
- Appreciation – We appreciate different opinions and points of view.
- Fun – We enjoy our lives to the fullest.
I also know you are a man who values decency and human dignity. This is why I am asking you to bring an end to the Hate Week currently underway on your campus: http://msuuci.com/events/ .
You will note two things about this webpage: first, it is hosted by the Muslim Student Union, an organization that has been banned from UCI for this year. Second, the preponderance of hate-filled positions against a country that stands improperly accused of human rights violations, apartheid and more.
This event violates many of the values UCI supports. It does not respect the rights or views of the Jewish people or the 1.5 million Muslims living happily in Israel. It supports lies and innuendo built on generations of hate-filled teaching about Israel and Jews, and perpetuates antisemitic myths that are extremely hurtful to millions. It is certainly not empathetic, but is bent on the destruction of a vibrant nation. It does not show appreciation for other opinions… I can tell you that I certainly respect others’ right to speak, but know for certain this is not the case with the MSU. Finally, I can also assure you that “Fun” is the last thing on the minds of these students and the activists and terror supporters they will be bringing into our community.
As an Irvine resident, I am appalled that you have allowed a hate-filled event on your campus, and will be filing a complaint with the state to revoke funding to UCI if the event continues as planned. There’s no place for hate in our schools – particularly when it is unwarranted and racially motivated.