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May 4, 2007 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
On a campus beset by strained relations between Jewish and Islamic groups, former President Jimmy Carter urged the UC Irvine students to understand each other's positions and to work together. "I'd like to see the leaders form a combined group and take my invitation to go to Palestine and see what's going on for yourselves," said Carter, in Orange County to discuss his controversial book, "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid." "If you take me up on it, I'll raise the money to pay for your trip."
September 16, 2011 | By Mona Shadia, Los Angeles Times
The defense rested Thursday in the case against 10 university students accused of illegally disrupting a speech by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren at UC Irvine last year. Among the final witnesses was Kareem Elsayed, a UC Irvine graduate who recalled the first political speech he attended - a 2001 event that featured Islamic activist Amir Abdel Malik Ali. Elsayed, a freshman at the time, told the jury that the Muslim Student Union had invited Malik Ali, accused by many Jewish groups of being anti-Semitic, to the campus.
February 2, 2011 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
More than 50 protesters ? some with masking tape plastered over their mouths ? rallied in front of the Orange County district attorney's office Tuesday, objecting to subpoenas and a grand jury investigation that could lead to criminal charges against 11 students who disrupted a speech by the Israeli ambassador last year. The Muslim Student Union, which denied planning to obstruct the speech, was suspended by the university for one year. It was one of the first instances in recent memory where the school recommended the ban of a student group for an action other than hazing or alcohol abuse.
March 1, 2006 | Roy Rivenburg, Times Staff Writer
Praying, shouting and waving signs, about 200 Muslims and their supporters converged on the UC Irvine campus Tuesday evening to protest a forum on Islamic extremism that included the unveiling of cartoons lampooning Muhammad. The caricatures, first printed in European newspapers, incited riots worldwide that led to dozens of deaths last month.
September 24, 2011 | By Lauren Williams, Nicole Santa Cruz and Mike Anton, Los Angeles Times
In an emotional conclusion to a case that generated national debate over free speech rights, an Orange County jury has found 10 Muslim students guilty of criminal charges for disrupting a speech by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren on the UC Irvine campus last year. The students, who faced up to a year in jail on the misdemeanor counts, were sentenced to three years of probation, 56 hours of community service and fines. Each was convicted of one misdemeanor count of conspiring to disrupt Oren's Feb. 8, 2010, speech and a second count for disrupting it. Dist.
January 30, 2014 | By Carla Rivera
Michael V. Drake, who as chancellor of UC Irvine enhanced the school's reputation as a first-rate research institution and boosted enrollment, was named Thursday as the new president of Ohio State University. Drake's appointment was announced at a meeting of the Board of Trustees in Columbus. He was the consensus candidate, officials said. "He is exactly the right leader at the right moment in the university's history as we address the challenges of affordability and access, while building on the already strong momentum we have generated at Ohio State in increasing the university's academic excellence," board Chairman Robert H. Schottenstein said.
Jewish campus and community activists are expressing outrage over a recent confrontation between pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian demonstrators at San Francisco State University, saying the incident reflects growing hostility toward Jewish causes there and on other U.S. campuses. Concerns among Jewish activists also have been fueled by tensions at UC Berkeley, including a controversy over a planned pro-Palestinian English course.
May 19, 2007 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
UC Irvine's chief of police said Friday that his officers were investigating a complaint that an FBI agent doing surveillance assaulted a Muslim student with his unmarked car near the site of an anti-Israel demonstration. The alleged incident Monday has ratcheted up tension between the university's Muslim students and the FBI. In May 2006, an FBI agent was quoted as telling a business group in Newport Beach that the agency was monitoring Muslims at UC Irvine and USC.
February 12, 2011 | Tim Rutten
From the hysterical reaction of two local prosecutors, you'd think Southern California suddenly had become Paris in 1848 ? or, maybe, contemporary Cairo. In Los Angeles, City Atty. Carmen Trutanich, who seems to have formed his notion of prosecutorial discretion during an earlier career as a schoolyard bully, has reversed his office's policy of treating arrests during the course of nonviolent political protests as infractions that could be resolved in informal hearings resulting in fines.
July 7, 2010 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
The president of the University of California and leaders of a dozen prominent American Jewish organizations are in an unusual public dispute about the extent of anti-Semitism on UC campuses and the university's response to it. In a letter to UC President Mark G. Yudof, such groups as the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the national governing bodies of Conservative and Orthodox Judaism have criticized the university's reaction to anti-Semitic acts...
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