A group of anti-Israel students disrupted an event held by a Jewish student group at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) on Wednesday night. The crowd was described as mainly Muslim students chanted anti-Semitic and anti-Police slogans.
The chants included, “Intifada, Intifada, long live the Intifada” and “**** the police”.
The university issued a statement from Chancellor Howard Gillman by email to the entire UCI community saying:
“Last night, an incident occurred on campus that we believe crossed the line of civility, prompting me to re-emphasize our position on free speech, safety, and mutual respect.
“The incident centered on a film-viewing event sponsored by Students Supporting Israel. A group of protesters reportedly disrupted the event, blocking exit paths. Participants feared for their safety, calling on our police for assistance.
“While this university will protect freedom of speech, that right is not absolute. As I mentioned in a campus message at the beginning of the academic year, threats, harassment, incitement, and defamatory speech are not protected. We must shelter everyone’s right to speak freely—without fear or intimidation—and allow events to proceed without disruption and potential danger.
“We are thoroughly analyzing all reports and information regarding this incident and investigating whether disciplinary or legal actions are appropriate.
“The month of May is filled with cultural celebrations and remembrances that highlight the diversity of this brilliant campus. Please respect your colleagues’ right to recognize their heritage and express opinions in a safe environment.”
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