UCI Facilitates Secret Meeting with Hamas for their Students

And here the story turns back to UCI and the education of our children at one of our country’s most esteemed public universities.

From a October 2009 letter -- just released via a FOIA -- from Jewish Federation of Orange County leaders to UCI Chancellor Michael V. Drake, M. D.

We were further distressed to learn that, ostensibly, the students were asked to keep this meeting a secret. We have been informed, by OTI student participants, that they were instructed by [name redacted] ‘not to tell anyone about’ the meeting with Duwaik. According to the information we received, the students were given two reasons to keep the meeting under wraps: (1) to avoid being detained upon reentering Israel from the West Bank or being held at the airport before leaving the country: (2) to avoid confrontation with anyone who would have disagreed with this meeting had they known about it advance - namely, Orange County Jewish community and leadership, and UCI administration. Yet we know the decision to meet with Duwaik was not made in a vacuum. One UCI faculty member and two UCI doctoral candidates were in charge of arrangements on the ground. [Name redacted] was well aware of Jewish Federation’s ‘red lines’ - what could and could not be done on an OTI trip. Taking UCI to meet a Hamas leader crossed those red lines, and the University and Jewish Federation in a precarious situation. We are deply troubled that this incident could, potentially, derail the substantial progress we have made together in building multicultural bridges at UCI.

No kidding... And no surprise it took a FOIA to get this letter released to the public. (There’s plenty more at the link -- including reference to a MSA fundraiser for George Galloway on the campus in May 2009 -- and I encourage you to read it.)

But the question arises what was the Jewish Federation and its Rose Project doing writing the chancellor of UCI about this? Well, sad to say. the Jewish Federation of Orange County was one of the sponsors of these trips. Hillel of OC was also involved. The Ha'Emet (“The Truth”) website has plenty more about this, as well as a petition you might want to sign.

Meanwhile, federal anti-Semitism complaints have been filed against two UC campuses -- Berkeley and Santa Cruz. Is UCI next?

Jerry Brown, are you listening?