Tuesday, February 16, 2010
You can add the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) to the list of Muslim groups coming out in defense of the group of Muslim UC Irvine students who staged a coordinated interruption of Michael Oren's talk there: MPAC Calls on UC Irvine Chancellor to Investigate Arrest of 11 Students
Today, the Muslim Public Affairs Council sent a letter to UC Irvine Chancellor Michael Drake and UCI School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky calling for an investigation into the arrest of 11 students who protested during a speech given by Israel's Ambassador to U.S., Michael Oren, on Monday. UC Irvine police arrested the students after they stood up during Oren's speech and individually condemned Israel's practice of collective punishment towards Palestinians in the Gaza Strip...[More.]
The statement is more or less identical to the others, defending the students' outrageous actions as somehow a representation of free speech, rather than its diametric opposite.
You'll recall that the MPAC Executive Director is Salam Al-Marayati, an invitee to the big J Street party and a speaker there -- an invitation they stuck with in spite of all the controversy and warnings they received.
MPAC's statement shows not only that they truly are part of a fifth column themselves, but that J Street's critics were right in noting that at the very least, J Street is utterly reckless in who they give the stage (and thus legitimacy) to in what is supposed to be a "pro-Israel" venue.
In other embarrassing J Streeter news, execrable blogger Richard Silverstein is busy reminding everyone how it is he earns such disgust in a posting about the aftermath of the assassination of Hamas operative Mahmoud al-Mabhouh. There is a great deal of controversy over just who it was who did the deed, with most knee-jerk speculation pointing toward the Mossad, but the entire thing is devolving into a massive stolen-identity scam. Silverstein has no doubt, however, and he knows just what conclusion to draw:
...Not to mention that the next time Israel's soldiers are captured/kidnapped by Hamas or Hezbollah, I certainly will have very little sympathy considering the depredations by Mossad against their leaders. What's good for the goose is good for the gander.
...Demonstrating once again that it's not necessarily Jews per se that the left hates, just Jews who fight back. His real emotional ire is reserved for Mossad agents fighting back against terrorist thugs. Beautiful. As JStreetJive reminds us, Silverstein and his panel of ambivalent to outright anti-Zionists were given space, logistical support and security enforcement -- including getting a J Street officer to eject someone Silverstein considered an enemy -- at the same J Street conference that saw Salam Al-Marayati as a speaker.