Last night, David Horowitz appeared at UC Irvine, hosted by the College Republicans. He spoke before an audience of about 40 people including students and community members on the subject of campus anti-Semitism as well as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In addition to students and community members, the Vice Chancellor for student affairs and his deputy were present. There were no protests or disruptions
Horowitz addressed many issues including campus anti-Semitism arising out of the pro-Palestinian movement on campuses. He took aim at Students for Justice in Palestine and the Muslim Student Union, both of whom he termed as supporters of Hamas, a terrorist organization that wants to exterminate every last Jew in Israel. He also sharply criticized the universities (UCI and in general) for allowing the outrages on campus against Jews as well as the indoctrination by professors.
Horowitz also described the history of the term, Palestine, which originated out of a Roman term for Philistines, who were not even Arab. He debunked the Arab claim to the area, which is the historical home of the Jews. To paraphrase, the main motivation behind the entire Palestinian movement was pure Jew hatred and a desire to drive the Jews from the region.
During the q and a, a group of female students identified themselves as Hillel members, but that they were not there representing Hillel. Horowitz was sharply critical of Hillel for their unwillingness to stand up to the anti-Semitism on campus. One young lady replied that as Jews, they were culturally conditioned to be in fear. (I am paraphrasing.)
There were a handful of pro-Palestinian students in the audience (one Jewish). During the q and a, they attempted to engage in debate with Horowitz over the Palestinian question. The Jewish student told Horowitz that Jews did not support him, at which point a community member stood and said that he was Jewish and he supported Horowitz.
Also, during the q and a, I was able to confirm his charges of anti-Semitism on campus and give a few examples. I also criticized the University of California campuses including UCI for denying the problem and organizations like Hillel and the Jewish Federation for being missing in action.
Final comment: I had heard that Horowitz had been in poor health, and it was evident. He seemed tired and lacking the energy that I had seen before. He had spoken the night before at San Diego State University in the wake of campus turmoil over posters his organization had placed on campus. In spite of it all, he continues to plug along, and for that he deserves much credit. I wish him good health. His voice is badly needed. His appearance and support for us at UCI is much appreciated.