After more than two days of deliberation, an Orange County jury on Friday found 10 Muslim students guilty of two misdemeanors to conspire and then disrupt a February 2010 speech at UC Irvine last year by the Israeli ambassador to the United States.
There was crying as the verdict was read in Superior Court Judge Peter J. Wilson’s courtroom. The students showed no visible emotion, although they hugged each afterward. Some also stormed out.
In a case that garnered national attention over free-speech rights, the trial centered on conflicting views of who was being censored. Prosecutors argued that Ambassador Michael Oren was “shut down” when his speech was interrupted by students who took turns shouting preplanned phrases in a crowded UC Irvine ballroom.
U.C. Irvine is a hotbed of Muslim extremism.
The United States Department of Education has investigated more than a dozen incidents of harassment at UC-Irvine in the last decade:
• Rocks thrown at Jewish students;
• The destruction of Holocaust memorial displays;
• Threats and harassment of Jewish students;
• Recurring swastikas painted on campus;
• Official events including "Zionist Awareness Week", which promoted antisemitism;
• Exclusion of Jews during "anti-hate" rallies;
• Graduation apparel that offered support for Hamas and other terrorist groups;
• And five other "isolated acts" that could not be addressed because they were reported more than 180 days after they occurred.
But at long last, school officials appear to be fighting back against the extremists: the administration officially proposed suspending the MSU for its litany of intolerant behavior.
UC-Irvine is infamous as one of the most antisemitic campuses in the country. A series of incidents involving harassment and abuse of Jews -- over many years -- has cemented its notoriety. The unrest culminated in the arrest of 11 MSU members last February, who had verbally abused and continually interrupted a speech by Israel's Ambassador to the U.S.
Tensions are high at the University of California-Irvine after the school recommended suspending a Muslim student group for its role in the disruption of an Israeli ambassador's speech earlier this year.
Doesn't it go without saying? Tensions are always high when Jihadists don't get to express their "feelings" towards Jews, Christians, Buddhists and other infidels.
...the proposed suspension of the Muslim Student Union for at least a year has made an already hostile situation worse... The school revealed this week that it had recommended suspending the Muslim group after 11 students were arrested in February for repeatedly disrupting a speech by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren, who was repeatedly interrupted and called "murderer" and "war criminal" by pro-Palestinian students as he gave a talk on the Middle East peace process...
Oh, plus they roughed up a few cops for good measure, but we can leave that out of the story.
But these idiots must be outliers, because we all know that Islam is a "Religion of Peace."
Hat tip: Memeorandum.
Oh I get it, this blog only supports free-speech and non-oppressive government when it involves people that are wholly supportive of Israel?
I get that conservatives generally support Israel, but this post clearly flies in the face of libertarian/conservative principles. How many other non-violent, verbal protests lead to 11 arrests? Gay rights protesters, nah.... civil rights protesters, nah.... how many people get arrested for harassing people like Ann Coulter with extreme vigor?
It seems strange that the disparity in prosecution, treatment of academic dissent, and attention doesnt make you scratch your head more...
It's Unanimous: "The Irvine 11" All Found Guilty... of shouting.
Cmon man. A muslim getting a $70 fine for kicking a dog would be less ridiculous to report on.
--- Roger F
@Anonymous: Read the article, moron. Also included were police officers being "roughed up." Yeah, sounds non-violent to me.
Ga back to Gaza, loser.
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