Saturday, May 28, 2016

UCI Professor Calls Disruption "Robust Argumentation"

Hat tip New University

This past week, a UC Irvine student wrote an op-ed defending the disruption at UCI wrapped in academic, intellectual language. I added my own critical comment.

I have no desire to publicize my disagreement with the young man who wrote the op-ed on this site. He is, after all, a student, and I will let it go at that.

My comment did, however, elicit a reply from one Tiffany Willoughby-Herard, a professor of African-American studies at UCI. Ms Willouhgby-Herard objected to my criticizing the writer's "brilliant essay" by referring to left-wing "loopy professors", whom she prefers to describe as thinking people. In her comment she refers to the disruption at UCI last week by Students for Justice in Palestine as "robust argumentation". Naturally, I have joined the battle.

Here is the relevant thread:

gary fouse says:
Wow. Where did you get that from-Foucault, Paolo Freire-or perhaps from one of your loopy left-wing professors?
Yes, we expect civility in a civilized nation. It is not something that belongs only to “white supremacist imperialists”.
What happened last week illustrates all too well the cancer that exists not only at UCI, not only in UC, but in campuses across this nation. It also illustrates which side is the right side in the dispute at issue.
(And it is not the Palestinian side.)

Tiffany Willoughby-Herard says:
Funny to describe professors who would agree with such robust argumentation as “loopy”–does that imply crazy, or unstable, or ridiculous? Well, I guess all of us who can identify a well made argument that understands the actual stakes of its points are just “loopy”–but to tell you the truth I would prefer to be deemed “loopy” every day all day, as insulting as that name is meant to be if it means I can be an actual thinker and intellectual. Name calling though it reveals the terms that have been set for this discussion is not an intellectual position. At a university we come to conclusions through thinking. Please before you offer a reply to this brilliant essay by Miguel Olveras make sure you remember that a university we are committed to THINKING.
  • gary fouse says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Looking at your faculty profile, it seems your idea of thinking centers around ethnic studies, gender studies and Queer studies. You obviously live in the world of identity politics and theory. Me-I live in the real world.
    As far as the mantle of loopy left-wing professors, if the shoe fits, wear it.
    Happy thinking.
  • gary fouse says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Robust argumentation? When people try to crash into a room, block exits, scream and disrupt terrorizing young female students in the process, that is not robust argumentation. That smacks of brown shirt tactics.
    And you know what? I have been attended their (MSU/SJP) events for years. I never disrupt or try to shut down an event. I listen, videotape (which is my right), and ask questions during q and a. I respect their right to hold an event and speak their mind. I counter by speaking my mind but while following the protocols.
    What “thinking” was SJP et al exhibiting last Wednesday night?

Robust argumentation!!!

DePaul Followup: Adding Insult to Apology

Hat tip The College Fix

As we eagerly await the arrival of Milo Yiannopoulos at UC Irvine on June 2, DePaul's president, a bratwurst weenie named Dennis Holtschneider, issued a half-hearted statement all the way from France for the disruption that took place at DePaul this week.

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Holtschneiders brats in action at DePaul (Yiannopulos in red shirt)

It gets worse. Writing from Normandie, no less, this boob even had the gall (Gaul?) to compare the protesters to the Americans who landed at Omaha Beach in 1944!

There must have been about 2,000 fallen turning in their graves as this dolt stood there and compared them to his spoiled brats (no pun intended) at DePaul.

Is Hillel Trying to Whitewash the SJP Incident at UCI?

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"Iiiiiiiis it true Department"

Is it true that the Orange County Jewish Federation and Hillel are trying to keep the investigation into the disruption of a Jewish event last week at UC Irvine by Students for Justice in Palestine within the university?  Is it true that UCI, Hillel, and the Jewish Federation are coordinating their public responses to what happened? Is it true that Jewish students who were present at the event are being told by Hillel and the Jewish Federation not to speak to outside parties?

Just asking.

Friday, May 27, 2016

College Republicans and Young Americans for Liberty at UCI Demand Security for Milo Yiannopoulos Event June 2

As previously reported, conservative gay pundit, Milo Yiannopoulos, is coming to UCI Irvine June 2nd. Just days ago, he was disrupted at DePaul University, and the micro and macro-aggressed at UCI are all in a twitter about his coming to UCI. I have already had an interchange  with the vice provost of equity, diversity and inclusion, Douglas Haynes, over this issue and the problem of anti-Semitism at UCI.

The College Republicans, who are co-sponsoring the event with Young Americans for Liberty, have gone on their Facebook page to demand that UCI provide appropriate security for expected disruptions.

All I can say is that it is on my calendar and I will bring my video camera in case of disruptions.

Enough said.

Oh yeah. It is good to see UCI's College Republicans return.

Campus Reform Continues Investigation of UC Incident

Here is the latest from Campus Reform. Yours truly is mentioned prominently since CR has used information from my blog.

Before I comment, there is some housecleaning to do. There is a quote taken from one of my blog postings that contains a misprint, which leads to a small factual error. I highlighted two words (and/at) that led to the error.

"Fouse, who has carefully tracked Hillel’s activity at UCI, has his own theory about the event, arguing that the university is covering up instances of anti-Semitism in order to maintain its appeal to Jewish students.
“Hillel and UCI and the OC Jewish Federation, along with their money arm, the Rose Project, have a long history of being in bed with the university and downplaying any act of anti-Semitism at UCI, which has been documented on this site for years,” he wrote. “In my opinion, they have a conflict of interest in that if Jewish students decide not to attend UCI because of its perceived reputation for anti-Semitism then they have no reason for being involved on campus.”
Here is what I actually wrote in a blog posting which CR used:
"Here is what I think has occurred. Hillel at UCI and the OC Jewish Federation, along with their money arm, the Rose Project, have a long history of being in bed with the university and downplaying any act of anti-Semitism at UCI, which has been documented on this site for years. In my opinion, they have a conflict of interest in that if Jewish students decide not to attend UCI because of its perceived reputation for anti-Semitism (thanks to the Muslim Student Union and Students for Justice in Palestine) then they (Federation/Hillel) have no reason for being involved on campus."

So to clarify, while I stand by my belief that UCI has refused to acknowledge and confront anti-Semitism over the years, it is specifically the Jewish Federation and Hillel of Orange County (not UCI) that I believe want to downplay incidents of anti-Semitism because they fear that Jewish students will be reluctant to attend UCI. That I stand by. I have asked CR to make the appropriate correction.

Now let's get back to business. Taking another quote from the CR post:

“The people who know us best—virtually all members of our tremendous Jewish student body, the leaders of our local Hillel and Chabad chapters, and our community partners such as the Jewish Federation and Family Services of Orange County and the Rose Project would disagree with this characterization,” he continues, even saying his school is “consistently praised for [its] efforts at creating an outstanding environment for [its] Jewish students,” even though watchdog organizations have listed a number of anti-Semitic events on campus for years."
(-Chancellor Howard Gillman)

I have no opinion about Chabad, but this seems to lend weight to criticisms of the relationship between UCI, Hillel and the Jewish Federation. Maybe UCI should take a step back and consider the long-standing allegations of Hillel and The Federation clamping down on Jewish students who speak out. If those allegations are true, the university is tarnishing itself by its continued close relationship with these entities. (Hillel and the Rose Project are essentially subsidiaries of the Jewish Federation.)

In addition, the CR post indicates that there may be an effort by Hillel and the Jewish Federation to keep the investigation of last week's incident in-house-that is those Jewish students involved are possibly being told not to cooperate with outside persons or entities. I am not prepared to make that accusation yet as to last week's incident. 

"Fouse also told Campus Reform that he thinks Orange County Hillel encourages its students to stand down from intimidation. A few students who Campus Reform initially contacted have either ignored or declined requests for comment after initial publication."

Of course, I stand by the first statement in that above paragraph. While I don't know if such is the case now, I would not be surprised.

State Dept. IG Report Damns Hillary Clinton

Now even the mainstream press is having to report developments in the Hillary Clinton email scandal. There is this from the New York Times reporting the release of the State Department's IG report, which is damning.

"The report, delivered to members of Congress, undermined some of Mrs. Clinton’s previous statements defending her use of the server and handed her Republican critics, including the party’s presumptive nominee for president, Donald J. Trump, new fodder to attack her just as she closes in on the Democratic nomination."

No, the report strengthens the FBI case against Mrs Clinton and makes it more likely that the FBI will recommend prosecution. The actual report is linked on the NY Times story or can accessed below.

Meanwhile, the State Dept. spokesman, Mark Toner, was having a bad week. On Wednesday during his regular press briefing, he was clearly not prepared to discuss the report. (Hat tip Mediaite)

But that wasn't the worst of it. Toner also told reporters that classified information was not compromised. After being corrected by a reporter who said that the IG report did not say whether or not classified information had been compromised, Toner had to apologize and admit he had misspoken. (Hat tip Washington Free Beacon) Clearly flustered he then told reporters they would have to consult with her (Clinton's team) to determine if compromise had occurred.

Clinton's team.

That would be campaign manager Brian Fallon who even as the IG report was released, is lying to the media about the findings.

This report basically drops a ton of damning information into the lap of the FBI, much of which-if not all of which- they have already learned and corroborated through testimony and evidence.

The hacks of the State Department has been guilty of covering up for Hillary Clinton's abuses. They have stonewalled FOIA requests as well as federal judges. They have been forced to produce documents every step of the way. The IG, apparently, is an exception to all that.

I suspect the mainstream media, which desperately wants Clinton to become president is figuring it out that they cannot continue to ignore or downplay this story.

What a President Sanders Would Mean for Israel

Think having Bernie Sanders, who would be our first Jewish president would be good for Israel? Think again. Sanders is one who clearly tilts to the Palestinian side. That is evidenced by his platform wishes and some of his newly-discovered political allies. The Zionist organization of America has issued a statement of concern.

That pretty much says it all.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

UCI Hillel Says Jewish Students "Not Disrupted"

UCI/Orange County Hillel has come out with a series of questionable statements regarding the disruption of a Jewish event at UCI last week. On May 20, 1:42 pm, they put this beauty up on their Facebook page. According to this statement, Students for Justice in Palestine did not disrupt the Jewish film event or shut it down.

"Correcting the record regarding inaccuracies reported in Campus Reform. The Students Supporting Israel event was not disrupted or shut down by protestors. Students watched the film until the credits rolled and left when they decided to leave." (emphasis mine)

Not disrupted?

The event may not have been shut down in that the film was allowed to continue until it was concluded, but I think we can say with authority that it was certainly disrupted.

UC Irvine Response to AMCHA Letter

The Orange County Register today is running an article about the letter  sent to UCI by the AMCHA Initiative in the wake of last Wednesday's disruption of a Jewish event by Students for Justice in Palestine.

"UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman responded that the university is taking the May 18 incident “very seriously.” But the characterization of pervasive anti-Semitism on campus is wrong, he said."
“We are consistently praised for our efforts at creating an outstanding environment for our Jewish students,” Gillman said. “Our Jewish students have become so frustrated by the false and malicious characterizations of their experiences on our campus that they have posted their own YouTube video to try to correct the record.”
That video which is linked above was produced by the Rose Project and their parent organization, the Jewish Federation of Orange County, which has always been embedded within the university and has always taken the public position that, in their own words, "Jewish life is thriving at UCI." However, they have historically tried to downplay the problems of anti-Semitism. It is hardly surprising that UCI would respond with a video produced by the Federation/Rose Project. Similarly, UCI has responded to an avalanche of letters since the disruption by linking the (2nd) statement of Hillel/Jewish Federation about the incident (which was roundly criticized for downplaying the disruption) in their (UCI's) standard response letter. It is another example of the unhealthy relationship between the university and the Jewish Federation and Hillel.
In a sense, Gillman is correct when he says anti-Semitism is not pervasive on the UCI campus. As I have always said, 99% of UCI's students have nothing to do with this. There are long stretches of time when all is well and quiet. But because of the Israel-Palestine conflict, which has been orchestrated into such a hot button topic on all the UC campuses, sooner or later, something happens-usually when anti-Israel speakers come during the annual May "hate week" or when an Israeli or pro-Israeli speaker comes as happened last week. Jewish life was not thriving at UCI last Wednesday night, and these incidents have gone on too long on too many UC campuses (as well as other campuses across the nation).

Chabad at UCI Responds to SJP Intimidation

Today, in response to last week's despicable disruption of a Jewish event at UC Irvine by Students for Justice in Palestine and other student groups, Chabad at UCI held a 2-hour rally on campus to affirm their Jewish identity and support for Israel as well as to say that they will not be intimidated.

* Chabad is an orthodox Jewish branch that has a presence on campus. They are currently led by Rabbi Zevi Tenenbaum, who was the master of ceremonies. There was dancing and music was provided by Rabbi Blue (pictured below).

Altogether, there were some 40-50 people who came mostly from the community to show their support for Jewish students. Several students stopped by the watch and listen to the Israeli-Jewish themed music. There was a small campus police presence as well as several top university officials who observed (probably to see if any disruptions occurred. There were none.)

During the event, Rabbi Tenenbaum spoke and affirmed that they would not be intimidated by last week's event from showing their Jewish pride and support for Israel. I took a few pictures and brief videos.

Rabbi Blue

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Hillel and Jewish Federation of OC Issue Third Statement on Last Week's Disruption

The Orange County Jewish Federation and Orange County Hillel have issued yet another statement on the ugly disruption of a Jewish event on the UCI campus last week by Students for Justice in Palestine and other student groups. In contrast to their second statement, which made it sound like it was just a routine protest handled efficiently and quietly by campus police, this one acknowledges that there was intimidation and violation of the free speech rights of the Students Supporting Israel. It acknowledges that there was an "aggressive, screaming mob" attempting to force its way into the room of Jewish students.

"Hillel Foundation of Orange County, which operates Hillel at UCI, along with the Rose Project of Jewish Federation & Family Services, condemn in the strongest terms the verbal and physical harassment and intimidation of Jewish students, and the assault on their First Amendment right to assemble by the UCI chapters of Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace and their supporters. We state clearly and unequivocally that we support the right of all students to exercise their First Amendment rights, but no student or student organization has the right to  infringe on the rights of others or to instill feelings of insecurity, anxiety or fear.  The attempt that night by an aggressive, screaming mob to force its way into a room of Jewish students, and the pursuit of a Jewish student that forced her to hide in the dark in terror, are unconscionable acts that have no place on a university campus or in American society."

That is quite a contrast from their second missive. In that statement, they took issue with the article that Campus Reform posted based on eyewitness statements. The below link has that statement plus the first statement the OC Federation and Hillel  issued.

"There are several critical inaccuracies in the Campus Reform (CR) account of what happened at UC Irvine on the evening of Wednesday, May 18 when a group of protesters demonstrated outside an event sponsored by the student organization Students Supporting Israel (SSI).

The Students Supporting Israel event was not, as the Campus Reform article implies, shut down. According to eyewitnesses, including local Hillel professionals, the Jewish students were not in any way forced to retreat. When the police arrived, they ensured the SSI program could continue. One officer remained in the classroom with the students until the film was over and they concluded their program. 
The protestors were allowed to remain outside of the building.

When the SSI students were ready to leave, the officers moved the protestors to an area sufficiently distant from the exit, so that neither group was visible to one another. The police then escorted the SSI students to their cars and an Assistant Vice Chancellor stayed to assist the students. 

Hillel is working with the university police and administration to ensure this incident is appropriately resolved." 

And just what were those "several critical inaccuracies"? The only one that is mentioned is that CR "implied" that the event was shut down and could not be completed. Here is the CR report.

"A spokesperson for Hillel International, which had a representative on hand at the event, elaborated on the officers' involvement, saying that while the protest was allowed to continue outside the venue, one officer was stationed inside to ensure that the SSI students could complete their program without interference." (emphasis mine)

So where are the critical inaccuracies in the CR article?

Here is what I think has occurred. Hillel at UCI and the OC Jewish Federation, along with their money arm, the Rose Project, have a long history of being in bed with the university and downplaying any act of anti-Semitism at UCI, which has been documented on this site for years. In my opinion, they have a conflict of interest in that if Jewish students decide not to attend UCI because of its perceived reputation for anti-Semitism (thanks to the Muslim Student Union and Students for Justice in Palestine) then they (Federation/Hillel) have no reason for being involved on campus.

So now we have the spectacle of these Jewish organizations tripping over themselves to amend previous statements. As they say in all of their statements, they are working hand in hand with UCI. Of course they are like fleas on the back of a rhino.

Here is another thought: When they came out with their second statement, which was a call to the community that "all is well", they were contradicted and called on it not only by this site, but by others, including the Orange County Independent Task Force on Anti-Semitism.

For years, these two organizations have worked to obstruct our efforts to inform the local Jewish community of the problems at UCI.  I am not prepared to make any accusations at this point, but we are watching closely. If it comes out that they are trying to sweep this latest outrage under the rug, we and others will report it. The reaction to their second statement may have convinced them that it would not be a good idea. 

Milo Yiannapoulos Coming to UC Santa Barbara: Hide the Skate Boards!

Hat tip Breitbart

Milo Yiannapoulos, fresh off his blockbuster appearance at DePaul, where he showed the campus hypocrisy on free speech, is coming to UC Skate Board.

I wonder if the director of the office of diversity, inclusion and safe spaces will come out with a campus wide email like his counterpart at UC Irvine did last week when it was announced that Milo was coming to UCI.

I still don't know what this guy says during his gigs, but he sure must be laughing all the way to the bank.