Shalom Life | September 02, 2014

Emails Shed New Light on Disrupted Oren Speech

U of C Irvine Muslim Student Union Allegedly Planned Disruption in Advance.

By: News Staff

Published: April 8th, 2010 in News » World

Emails Shed New Light on Disrupted Oren Speech

Leaked emails point to the role of the Muslim Student Union at the University of California, Irvine, in the advance planning of a disruption to a February 8 speech by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren.

Until now, the Muslim Student Union has on more than one occasion stated that the disruption, which was reported across North America and led to an academic tribunal that has not yet made a ruling, was caused by students acting of their own volition.

Eleven students were arrested for heckling and interrupting Oren’s speech. They interrupted Oren at least 10 times, shouting “killers” and “How many Palestinians did you kill?”

After the fourth outburst, Oren left for a 20 minute break but was again yelled at repeatedly by the men after he attempted to resume speaking, media reported at the time.

Oren also received numerous applause from the audience.

The new insight into the role of the student group and the emails that allegedly reveal their complicity was made public this week by the Washington-based Investigative Project on Terrorism. The group stated that the emails conclusively show that the student union not only aided students in planning the disruption, but also advised students to say that they had acted independently. The emails were leaked anonymously to university officials and local police.

In one of the emails dated February 6 and sent to the Muslim Student Union board, the group’s president Mohamed Abdelgany explains that the “game plan” for Oren’s speech, and asks for “disruptors.” Abdelgany, who was arrested during the speech, wrote in a later part of the email about the specific plan for the speech: This would involve attempting to “(disrupt) it throughout the whole time”. He also seems to have advised disruptors to be as loud as possible but not to go overboard.

He wrote: “Remember, that this is a planned/calculated response.”

An Amulet a Son Gave to His Mother During the Holocaust Has Been Uncovered An Amulet a Son Gave to His Mother During the Holocaust Has Been Uncovered TrendingWhat You Missed in the News: August 25 - September 1 What You Missed in the News: August 25 - September 1 TrendingSpanish Imam Asks Allah to Destroy All the Jews [VIDEO] Spanish Imam Asks Allah to Destroy All the Jews [VIDEO] Trending
 

Lea Michele to Join Season 4 of ‘American Horror Story’?

September 01, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Lea Michele to Join Season 4 of ‘American Horror Story’?

The 'Glee' actress is rumored to join 'American Horror Story: Freak Show'.

Read More

Melissa Rivers is “Keeping Fingers Crossed” For Joan’s Recovery

September 01, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Melissa Rivers is “Keeping Fingers Crossed” For Joan’s Recovery

The 81-year-old comedian has been in a medically induced coma since Friday.

Read More

Lena Dunham: Leaking Nude Photos is a Sex Offense

September 01, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Lena Dunham: Leaking Nude Photos is a Sex Offense

The 'Girls' creator urges her fans not to look at the recently leaked nude photos of fellow celebrities.

Read More

Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ A Secret Weapon For NBA Stars

September 01, 2014 | By Robert Gluck
Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ A Secret Weapon For NBA Stars

Idan Ravin's new book, "The Hoops Whisperer: On the Court and Inside the Head of Basketball's Best Players," details his rise from a Jewish upbringing to becoming a well-respected figure in NBA circles

Read More

Israeli Company Hopes to Find Real Treatment for ALS

September 01, 2014 | By Maya Yarowsky and Anouk Lorie, NoCamels
Israeli Company Hopes to Find Real Treatment for ALS

BrainStorm looks beyond the Ice Bucket Challenge to treat Lou Gehrig's Disease with their NurOwn treatment

Read More

An Amulet a Son Gave to His Mother During the Holocaust Has Been Uncovered

September 01, 2014 | By Itamar Aichner, Yedioth Aharonot
An Amulet a Son Gave to His Mother During the Holocaust Has Been Uncovered

Unearthed in the ruins of the Lodz ghetto, the amulet reads 'With love, Avram'

Read More

What You Missed in the News: August 25 - September 1

September 01, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
What You Missed in the News: August 25 - September 1

Our Top Stories this week SodaStream, Howard Stern, Curb Your Enthusiasm, ReWalk, Shoes by Jews, and more

Read More

The Ten Best Curb Your Enthusiasm Episodes

August 29, 2014 | By Caitlin Marceau & Daniel Koren
The Ten Best Curb Your Enthusiasm Episodes

While Season 9 may be a mere fallacy, we do have 8 seasons of Larry David's hilariously awkward comedy to keep us company

Read More

More Headlines