"However, two legal observers from UCI Law School’s National Lawyers Guild, whom SJP had invited to “ensure that [their] right to free speech is not infringed,” ensured them that they had permission to enter such an event, as it was open to the public. One of the legal observers added that protesters complied with all UCIPD instructions and were not disruptive."
The New University, the campus paper of UC Irvine, is running an article that states that the National Lawyers Guild (which was founded in the 1930s as a legal arm of the Communist Party USA) took part in the UCI disruption Wednesday night of a Jewish event. Reportedly "lawyers" from the NLG were present and telling people that protesters had a right to enter the event. Not only that, New University states that the NLG people were also affiliated with the UCI law school.
I should note that the Los Angeles director of the NLG, James Lafferty, has spoken at least twice at UCI on behalf of the Muslim Student Union against the state of Israel. In addition, Erwin Chemerinsky, the dean of the UCI Law School, was insisting before he ever came to UCI (and since) that there is no anti-Semitism at UCI. Chemerinsky also represented the family of International Solidarity Movement volunteer, Rachel Corrie, who was killed by a bulldozer as she attempted to block it from demolishing a home used to dig terrorist tunnels into Israel. Their suit was against the Caterpillar bulldozer company.
I think a statement from Dean Chemerinsky would be appropriate in response to the New University article.