February 22, 2008

Report says UCI is a hostile place for Jewish students

A 34-page report by an independent task force on anti-Semitism at University of California, Irvine (UCI), details anti-Semitic allegations. During the past few years, the Orange County campus has been the subject of news reports and protests because of the pro-Palestinian campaign of its Muslim Student Union (MSU). Anti-Israel, and at times anti-Jewish, rantings are often spewed by radical speakers these students have invited for campus events dubbed \”Zio-Nazis,\” \”The UC Intifada: How You Can Help Palestine\” and \”From Auschwitz to Gaza: The Politics of Genocide,\” the last of which was held this month.\n

Hebrew Union College funds Muslim scholar’s rescue

Students at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) were surprised to learn last month that for the first time their professor for a course in contemporary Islam was, in fact, a Muslim. Ismail Bardhi had arrived as a refugee a few weeks before through the college\’s Scholar Rescue Fund. The former dean of the faculty of Islamic Studies in Skopje, Macedonia, Bardhi was beaten and stripped of his title because he refused to cede to the vision of Kosovar nationalists, who in rising to power were marginalizing secular Muslims and \”Islamic humanists\” like Bardhi.

Crooks aid Nazi cash plot in Austria’s Oscar hopeful

Austria\’s \”Counterfeiters,\” one of five foreign-language films vying for Oscar honors, probes the moral dilemmas facing a special group of Jewish concentration camp inmates in one of the more remarkable episodes of World War II.

Celebrity-studded event to raise funds for Sderot

Two days after Hollywood\’s biggest night — the 80th annual Academy Awards — the Los Angeles Jewish community will be treated to a celebrity-studded red carpet event of its own: Ninette Tayeb, Israel\’s reigning pop idol, as well as Israeli-born hip-hop violinist Miri Ben-Ari; Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; the Oscar-nominated \”Beaufort\” delegation; and the creme-de-la-creme of the Jewish and Israeli communities will gather at the Wilshire Theatre in Beverly Hills for an important benefit concert, \”Live for Sderot.\”

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