We, faculty at the University of California, Irvine, are deeply disturbed
about activities on campus that foment hatred against Jews and Israelis.
The troubling events over the past few years include the painting of
swastikas in university buildings, the Star of David depicted as akin to a
swastika, a statement (by a speaker repeatedly invited by the Muslim
Student Union) that the Zionist Jew is a party of satan, a statement by
another MSU speaker that the Holocaust was God’s will, the tearing down of
posters placed by the student group Anteaters for Israel, and the hacking
of their web site. Some community members, students, and faculty indeed
feel intimidated, and at times even unsafe.