The Zionist Organization of America (
Congressman Sherman criticized Chancellor Drake, noting my extreme disappointment that you have not yet spoken out against some of the statements made at last years MSU event. As Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Nonproliferation, Terrorism, and Trade, the Congressman expressed concern about the statements of some of the MSUs speakers on campus, one of whom said, The truth of the matter is: [Israels] days are numbered. We will fight you until we are either martyred or until we are victorious (emphasis in original). The Congressman was particularly troubled by the call for martyrdom, which he rightly recognized as the euphemism for suicide bombing.
According to Congressman Sherman, [t]he fact that the above-quoted words were uttered in a public forum at UCI is a stain on the fabric of a great university, which can be cleaned only by the personal and public denunciation of its Chancellor.
While emphasizing his strong support of the First Amendment right to free speech, Congressman Sherman underscored Chancellor Drakes right and responsibility to speak out against the hate and bigotry at UCI: I hope you share my belief that we all have a moral responsibility to denounce speech that is clearly and unambiguously hateful and threatening. As an American, you have a right to speak out. As Chancellor, it is your duty to condemn violence, hate, and anti-Semitism, especially when it occurs at the UCI campus.
Morton A. Klein, the
This is not just our plea to the Chancellor, but the plea of many concerned members of the community. In a petition to the Chancellor that has been on line for only a few days, more than 2500 individuals have called on the Chancellor to speak out against Israel-bashing on his campus and the group that continues to promote it. (To sign the petition, go to http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?msu509.)
We are all waiting for Chancellor Drakes response. We hope that he will finally do what is right and just and say no, forcefully and publicly, to anti-Semitism on his campus.
We urge everyone in the community who abhors bigotry to contact Chancellor Drake and insist that he publicly speak out against the MSUs hateful and anti-Semitic speakers and programs, something that he has continually refused to do. Call Chancellor Drake at (949) 824-5111; e-mail him at email@example.com; or write to him at: The Chancellor’s Office, Irvine, CA 92697-1900.