The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) criticizes U.S. Congressman John Campbell (R-CA) for his public silence and inaction in response to the troubling and possibly illegal conduct of the Muslim Student Union, a registered student group in his district at the
For years, the Muslim Student Union has been sponsoring anti-Semitic and Israel-bashing speakers and programs, which have caused Jewish students to feel harassed and intimidated. On May 21, 2009, the Muslim Student Union featured extremist British politician and Israel-basher George Galloway who spoke about his group called Viva Palestina. Viva Palestina has been sending convoys of vehicles to
There is evidence that Galloway and members of the Muslim Student Union solicited funds for Viva Palestina at UC Irvine, which the ZOA brought to the attention of UC Irvine, as well as various government and public officials, including Congressman Campbell. Two Members of Congress have taken action.
Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA) called on federal government officials to investigate, and also called on UC Irvines Chancellor Michael Drake to conduct his own internal probe. Congressman Sherman also called on Chancellor Drake to condemn the Muslim Student Unions Israel-bashing events in May 2008 and 2009, as apparently intend[ing] to encourage violence against the State of Israel and propagate the spread of anti-Semitism. Likewise, Congressman Sue Myrick (R-NC), founder of the bipartisan congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus, called on the U.S. Treasury Department to swiftly take action to designate Viva Palestina as a supporter of a Foreign Terrorist Organization and thus prevent this group from continuing to provide material and/or financial aid to Hamas.
In contrast, Congressman Campbell has never issued any public statement and has never taken any public action in response to the Muslim Student Unions troubling actions in his own district at UC Irvine. He has never publicly condemned the groups Israel-bashing or its promotion of anti-Semitic bigotry. He has never publicly called on Chancellor Michael Drake to himself speak out and condemn the groups conduct. In addition, Congressman Campbell has taken no action in response to the disturbing possibility that the Muslim Student Union may have been involved in providing material support and resources to the terrorist group Hamas in violation of federal law.
The ZOAs National President, Morton A. Klein, expressed disappointment in Congressman John Campbells public silence and inaction: We have kept Congressman Campbell apprised of the Muslim Student Unions conduct at UC Irvine, and his constituents have reportedly contacted him, too. Why hasnt Congressman Campbell publicly condemned the anti-Semitic bigotry and Israel-bashing that this group routinely promotes at the university in his district? Why hasnt Congressman Campbell shown any public concern over the prospect that the university in his district may have been used to promote terrorism and terrorist groups? It is especially troubling that a United States Congressman has not responded to the possibility that there may have been a serious violation of federal law occurring right in his own district.