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“ZOA asks donors to avoid UC Irvine”

Yoav Kaufman 02/17/2010 Jewish Organiztions
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Group slams college chancellor who did not condemn anti-Semitic speech.

From The Jpost.com 02.17.10

IRVINE, California — The Zionist Organization of America on Tuesday asked potential students and donors to the University of California, Irvine to look elsewhere after months of growing tension between Jewish and Muslim students.

In a statement, the New York-based organization lambasted Chancellor Michael Drake for not condemning anti-Semitic speech on campus and enabling a years-long history of “bigotry, discrimination and the violation of civil rights” by the school’s Muslim Student Union.

“We’re not asking the university to infringe on anyone’s free speech rights, but our contention all along is that the chancellor has his own free speech rights, and for whatever reason, he’s refusing to exercise them,” said Susan Tuchman, director of the ZOA’s Center for Law and Justice. “He can come out and condemn the speech as hurtful and anti-Semitic.”

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