Reference is made to the event I attended recently at the Bat Yahm Synagogue in Newport Beach.
I have received the below invitation to attend another such event.
Thank you for attending the Combatting Hate: An Interfaith Town Hall.
Organizers and participants are exploring next steps and hope to communicate
with you soon.
In the meantime, you are invited to hear from a cyber-hate expert: ADL's
Director of Technology & Society who is tackling the new platform of hate
online. See below for information on this special program and a link to register
Peter S. Levi |Regional Director
Anti-Defamation League: Orange County/Long Beach Region
Here is my response to Rabbi Levy.
Dear Rabbi Levy,
Thank you for your invitation to the above event. However, before deciding
whether to attend, I would like to know if audience members can ask questions of
the speakers directly without having to write down questions that will never be
chosen. Last week when I handed my question to (name deleted), she took a look at
it and told me she didn't want to get into that issue. (My question was to
identify who the perpetrators of anti-Semitism were at UCI and other campuses.)
Having just concluded 18 years teaching part-time at UCI Ext. I know perfectly
well who the perpetrators are. They are not KKK, neo-Nazis, skinheads, Trump
supporters or white supremacists. They are members of the Muslim Student Union
and Students for Justice in Palestine as on other campuses. Yet, this was never
mentioned. Everything was about the aforementioned groups.
As a Christian who is deeply involved in the fight against Jew hatred, I find it
frustrating that the whole evening was devoted to shifting blame for
anti-Semitism onto groups who are far from being the major contributors to
anti-Semitism while ignoring anti-Semitism from Muslim quarters. This event was
nothing more than a political event highlighted by UCI Vice Chancellor Thomas
Parham's rant about the President having the moral decency of a cockroach and
calling Jeff Sessions a "racist from Alabama". He has the right to say it, but
it was inappropriate to the occasion. Is that the official opinion of UC Irvine?
I thank you again for your invitation, but I have to wonder if this is just
going to be another politically-correct event where differing viewpoints will;
be screened out.
As yet I have not received a response from Rabbi Levy.