California Muslim Students Appeal Suspension for Heckling Oren
The University of California at Irvine has suspended the Muslim Student Union for organizing a protest that stopped Michael Oren, Israeli Ambassador to the United States, from speaking in February.
The Muslim group said it would appeal to the chancellor the decision by university officials, arguing that the punishment would adversely affect hundreds of Muslims who meet and pray together. The Muslim Student Union was found guilty by a student affairs disciplinary committee for disorderly conduct, supplying false information and obstructing university activities.
In addition to the MSU charter being revoked for a year, the group will be put on probation for the following year for disrupting Oren, who at one point was prevented for 20 minutes from speaking. Click here to see video of speech and protest.
Brigitte Gabriel, founder and president of ACT! for America and author of “They Must Be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It,” said the suspension is encouraging “because it is about time universities start taking responsibility for the actions of some of these groups that are out of control.”
During Oren’s speech at the student center on the campus, hecklers called him a “war criminal” and ignored appeals by university officials to stop their protest. Campus police eventually evicted them from the lecture hall and later arrested 11 students, including the president of the Muslim Student Union.
The group later claimed that the students acted independently, but an investigation revealed that the group “planned, orchestrated and coordinated” the protest, according to the Los Angeles Jewish Journal.
The newspaper also reported that a leader of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) rejected what he described as the university’s “politically motivated” decision. “The recommendation sends the message that Israel is an off-limits topic,” said Hussam Ayloush, executive director of CAIR’s Los Angeles chapter. “