UC Irvine Faculty Object To Prosecution Of Muslim Students | Talking Points Memo

One hundred faculty members at UC Irvine signed a letter last week asking Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas to drop the charges against 11 Muslim students, 8 from UC Irvine and 3 from UC Riverside, who last year disrupted a speech on campus by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren. On February 4, the DA’s office announced that it was charging each student with “one misdemeanor count of conspiracy to disturb a meeting and one misdemeanor count of disturbance of a meeting.”According to the District Attorney, the students planned the disruption several days in advance. At the event, on Feb. 10, 2010, the first student to stand up and interrupt Oren’s speech allegedly said, “Michael Oren, propagating murder is not free speech.” Another defendant allegedly said, “Michael Oren you are a war criminal,” while another said, “You sir are an accomplice to genocide.”

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