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ADC Stands with the "Irvine 11" Who Peacefully
Protested During a Speech by Israeli Ambassador
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, May 16, 2011
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) expresses support
for the eleven students from the University of California (UC) Irvine and
UC Riverside. According to the official website of the group known as the
www.irvine11.com, the students peacefully protested the February 8,
2010, speech of Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren at UC Irvine. At the
event, the students stood up and made individual statements of dissent;
they were thereafter immediately taken into custody. The students did not
resist arrest, did not commit any property damage, or engage in violence.
Following a year of criminal investigation, including the impaneling of a
secretive grand jury, the Orange County District Attorney charged all
eleven students with two misdemeanors.
ADC, along with other
supporters of the “Irvine 11,” calls for the immediate dismissal of all
charges against the students. Furthermore, ADC calls on the Orange County
prosecutors handling the charges against the students to be immediately
removed from the case based on prosecutorial misconduct due to expressed
ethnic and religious prejudices. There is evidence that the prosecutors
handling the case acted discriminatorily – calling the students
“anti-Semitic,” comparing them to the “Klu Klux Klan,” and even internally
labeling the case the “UCI Muslim Case.” Recently, attorneys for the group
filed a motion seeking to bar the prosecutors from making any more public
statements about the case. The attorneys argue in court filings that
prosecutors have violated their clients' rights to a fair trial by making
"ethically irresponsible" public statements, including wrongly branding
the students anti-Semitic and declaring them guilty.
ADC is a firm
believer in the first amendment rights of all individuals – regardless of
race, ethnicity or religion. The actions by the Orange County Prosecutor’s
office violate the basic fundamental principle of freedom of expression,
afforded to the “Irvine 11” students and to all Americans.
will continue to monitor this case. Accordingly, ADC asks the Orange
County District Attorney to reconsider the actions of his office, and
promptly move to dismiss all the charges against the students who were
merely exercising their First Amendment constitutional rights.
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), which is
non-profit, non-sectarian and non-partisan, is the largest grassroots
Arab-American civil rights and civil liberties organization in the United
States. It was founded in 1980 by former Senator James Abourezk. ADC has a
national network of chapters and members in all 50 states.
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