Late yesterday afternoon, the Jewish Community Center in Irvine had to be evacuated due to a bomb threat, one of over 100 that have now been made recently to Jewish institutions. The evacuees included pre-schoolers.
I have friends who are members of this community center. I even spoke there once on the issue of campus anti-semitism. This, coupled with the desecration of two Jewish cemeteries in St Louis and Philadelphia, are inexcusable and to be condemned in the strongest terms.
Chancellor Howard Gillman of UC Irvine notified the campus community with this message.
From the Chancellor TO THE ANTEATER COMMUNITY: The dramatic increase nationwide in threats of violence against Jewish schools, community centers and other organizations - 90 bomb threats since the start of the year and 20 just yesterday - hit close to home Monday afternoon when our neighboring Merage Jewish Community Center received a bomb threat and was forced to evacuate. These despicable demonstrations of violent anti-Semitism assault not only members of our Jewish community but all people of goodwill. Our Jewish students, faculty, staff, partners and neighbors should take strength from knowing that the UCI community stands with them during these troubling times. These events further illustrate the importance of the "Higher Ground" report  by our Office of Inclusive Excellence and its call to combat anti-Semitism and other forms of intolerance and bigotry. Programming under the "Higher Ground" initiative  began earlier this year, and we will continue to work with our campus and community partners to overshadow hatred with education, research and open discussion. We respond to the darkness with the light of knowledge and mutual respect. In the face of violent threats, we add our voices to the chorus that declares we will not be intimidated as we pursue our mission to create and sustain a world in which diverse groups of people work together to advance our mutual well-being and common humanity. CHANCELLOR HOWARD GILLMAN
Here is the Higher Ground report that Chancellor Gillman referenced. I willaddress it in a future posting.I applaud the chancellor for his statement to the UCI community.