Irvine 11 Trial: UCI Professor Says Protests Like These Are Normal

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​UC Irvine professor Rei Terada has taught on the subject of protests and civil disobedience, and said how the so-called Irvine 11 acted at the Israeli Ambassador event is "a normal way for students to protest an event they object to." 

The professor of comparative literature took the witness stand today as the defense team continues to argue that the defendants were following the norms and customs of protests throughout history, at the university and beyond. 

Terada watched the nearly 45-minute video of the February 2010 speech, which included warnings and scoldings from UCI Chancellor Michael Drake and professor Mark Petracca before, during and after the students shouted out in protest. ("This is not a street corner--this is a university," Petracca stated.) 

As someone who has organized and attended 20 years of controversial events, Terada said it is "very rare" for an official to restrain the tone of the event before it occurs. She said she believes neither Petracca nor Drake had the authority to make those rules. 

"If the top official at a university does not have the authority . . . who does?" asked lead prosecutor Dan Wagner

Terada responded, "I don't think there is an authority in that situation, where many people object to the event."

The 10 UCI and UC Riverside students face misdemeanor charges of disrupting and/or conspiring to disrupt a public speech. If convicted, they face up to six months in jail. 

The trial continues on Thursday. 
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Hammer
Hammer

If it was any other group that was interrupted on that podium, the security would have escorted the protestors out and that would have been the end of it. Since it was the zionists up there being interrupted, that will not stand. How dare you interrupt a zionist? The zionists went to the extent of charging those protestors with criminal charges to send a message that no one can criticize Israel or the zionists and silence any form of expression that opposes their views. It is about time we wake up in this country and realize that we are hijacked by the zionists. The day we free our country from zionist control will be the day we truly have freedom.

Chuckthebull
Chuckthebull

Don't you just love how today these "prosecutors"/ (system drones) can make up any charge they wish...just jumble a few words together any willy nilly way they want and every one act as if its an actual law? It really is astounding that these same people that constantly vomit phrases about democracy see no problem in suppressing it when they feel threatened themselves....I also see the need for being restrained in a speech and dialog EVERYONE HAS A RIGHT TO BE HEARD...But what do we do when people lie so much..when do we get to shout down a liar...or in these modern times does lying take a center stage becasue its so accepted as the norm?.. and does no one check the lies and the liars....or are facts  a thing of the past for most people today...they prefer to listen to lies as it soothes their narcissism apparently... I have mixed feelings about this but i know the kids are right in this instance...disrupting the speech may be somewhat wrong but it may have been necessary as the system seems to purposefully censor these people from having a voice...we all know how this works.. the people in control dictate who will speak skewing the dialog in the direction THEY wish...and civil disobedience is the only way to be heard... but of course the politically correct (tactics) is to smear people for not behaving civil in these situations..More garden variety demonizing..The abusive tactics are always turned around on the victims of abuse in classic fashion.

AmedeoH
AmedeoH

Who cares what some hyperleftist professor can pull out of his arse? 

Miggie
Miggie

This case will serve a precedent as to whether free speech or chaos will prevail.  I wish all the luck to the prosecutors.  If the Muslims are able to impose their interpretation of freedom of speech then we will have the heckler's veto rule.  Whatever they don't want heard they will drown out.  As they said in their emails, "He can't come in here and say whatever he wants." Universities will not be able to hold classes without interruption from certain students.  Even the attorneys in this case would not be able to make their presentations in court as the MSU students would not want the attorneys to say whatever they want.

Raymundo Garcia
Raymundo Garcia

the OCDA will call him by his given name of Shit For Brains needs to be fired in the next election but he won't be, because every fucking Jew from Huntington Beach to Dana Point all the way up to Brae will vote for him to stay in office another term. I don't like Muslims I don't like Jews fuck I dislike religion whole heartily but what this Shit For Brains is doing is purchasing the Jewish Vote because Shit For Brains knows he has a snow balls chance in hell of winning reelection without them. What Shit For Brains is committing a felony he is prosecuting 11 innocent people that don't have the money to put up a good fight another words they have already been convicted on charges that Shit For Brains pulled out of his ass. One thing that could happen is the Jewish people in this county might wake up and start using that brain there parents gave them and vote for someone else other than Shit For Brains because sending a innocent person to jail in hopes of getting me to vote for them is Bull Shit and it would piss normal people, people with a conscience off.  

Jason Tecumseh Sherman Weingar
Jason Tecumseh Sherman Weingar

  I was a student at UCI from 2005-2010 and I was at the event. The reason Drake and Petracca got up, was before the the event there was a private cocktail party with Ambassador Oren (which I was also at), where Oren and Drake both addressed the crowd to say they expected the MSU to try to disrupt the upcoming speech. It wasn't a surprise, everyone knew the MSU was going to do that. All this has done is create a division between rational citizens (who generally believe in free speech) and religious extremists (who generally look for reasons to get pissed off).  

Al
Al

If students do not learn now how to engage others in a respectful and constructive way, what will happen later in the world of commerce, politics, religion, etc. ? Professor Terada you have done a great disservice to them and to us.

BobD
BobD

these students acted in a disgraceful manner imo.

I'm of the opinion that this professor should not have a job at UCI

Here at UCI
Here at UCI

LOL...that so called professor...ha,ha, ha...YOU clown do NOT represent UCI or Irvine. Viewing other LOUD court protests resulted in the individuals serving JAIL time.

These malcontents use their religion as a base. SHUT UP! Serve your time...and your GLORY-HOUND SEEKING served nothing for you.

AGAIN, Everyone...LOOK at the VIDEO. They owe an APOLOGY to UCI, the TAX PAYER, and the Ambassador of Israel.

Jeff Klives
Jeff Klives

   I don't think I live in the same world as this professor. If I take time out of my day to go to a university to hear someone speak (even a controversial speaker who I may disagree with), I don't want or expect students deciding for me who can be heard and who should be repeatedly disrupted throughout the whole event.   See the students emails for more on this. I have been to many lectures at UC Irvine and other universities and have never seen a "protest" inside a lecture hall at a unvieristy like this one.  I did not attend the Oren lecture but did see footage of it on video.   That is not a normal way I have seen students protest events at UC Irvine or other universities.   The way these kids acted shows they are insecure.   They showed they were afraid that others will hear another perspective from the one they present on the campus.   They were afraid people will see through the loons they invite on the campus like Malik Ali who openly supports Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad - three groups the US State Department recognizes at terrorists organizations.

They had they felt they had to disrupt it repeatedly.

If they were more secure, they would let people to hear all sides and allow people to get informed and decide for himself/herself what is the proper way to bring peace and a resolution to this conflict.

Hint:  Supporting Hamas or positions Malik Ali has presented during his lectures isn't the way.   The two state solution is the best chance for peace and Oren has said as much on the UC Irvine campus in the past.

Rushmd
Rushmd

Hammer, do us all a favor and say what you really like to say: Jews. Don't hide behind the "euphemism" Zionist.

saras
saras

@AmedeoH So, you're asking this: "who cares what a widely-respected professor at a research university thinks"? Well, a lot of people care, actually. 

Rei Terada is a woman, by the way. You've exposed a long list of prejudices in your extremely short post.

AmedeoH
AmedeoH

Ironically, liberals are the ones that fare the worst in Islamic societies but are duped in the West to supporting Islamization out of some misplaced sense of 'white' guilt. 

XM
XM

more evidence that the Administration openly discriminated against the muslim students.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Unfortunately Bob the UC system is full of professors like this.

XM
XM

And of course the Jewish malcontents do not use the religion as a base....why don't you shut your drivel....

XM
XM

Of course u don't live in the same world. A university environment is supposed to give equal access to the opposing point of view. Else that is discrimination.

The Administration blatantly discriminated against these students by threatening them rather than provide them an equal view point in an University sponsored event.

Hint Jeff , whats the difference between what Michael Oren represents (a.k.a ethnic cleansing under the barrel of a gun and Hamas.). Oren talks a good "peace" talk, but the actions of the people he represents with his spiel purport otherwise.

Newportblue65
Newportblue65

They should GO to jail!....This isn't freedom of speech.

AmedeoH
AmedeoH

Yes, the Muslims are almost always the screaming religious extremists.  I'm not saying that there aren't others, but they usually consist of small groups within a religion.  With Islam the inverse is true, the majority are aggressive extremists and the minority of liberal moderates. 

XM just out of curiosity, what do you think of Islam's promotion of the idea that women should be entirely or partly invisibility in public.  Only seen by the men that 'own' them?  i.e. hijab?  As a liberal, does Islam's misogyny cause any cognitive dissonance for you?

AmedeoH
AmedeoH

Actually, they were completely free to host another speaker with a different point of view.  Oh wait, except they lied to the University, got caught doing it and had their group suspended for the prevarications.  Yeah,  ... those little things called facts get in the way.

Also, look at how aggressive Muslims are when getting their points made.  Its all about the rest of us submitting.  Just the same pattern that has occurred in the Islamic world now beginning to repeat itself here.  First they use our free system against us, then they take those freedoms away. 

Chipper
Chipper

What absolute drivel. Was Columbia racist when it invited Ahmadinejad to speak at Columbia?

The MSU have had plenty of high profile controversial speakers give talks at UC Irvine - Cynthia Mckinney, George Galloway, Norman Finkelstein, Abdel Malik Ali (multiple times in the past few years), al-Asi, Ilan Pappe, and Allison Wier to name a few. It is not like the MSU doesn't have a voice or is prohibited from giving their own perspective. Until the incident with Oren, the university did nothing to prohibit anything they did as far as I know. It is really a hard case to say the university practices discrimination.   The students were wrong to prevent a speaker invited to the campus from speaking and being heard. And the Muslim Student Union acted inappropriately in coordinating this and in misrepresenting its involvement to University officials.With that said,I don't know if the OCDA should have moved forward with this case.   I have my doubts it will result in anything constructive.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

As a woman, I'm tired of people evoking that "what about the way they treat women" argument when attempting to point out how Islam is supposedly so much more oppressive than other religions. It's really hypocritical of people here in the US to harp on how "backwards" the Muslim world is on women's rights issues when our own government didn't grant women the right to VOTE until the 20th century. And I think we all know darn well that all Muslims do not think exactly alike and that not all of them support practices that oppress women.

XM
XM

Did the University meet with the muslim students before the event, instead of branding them as potential criminals.

How do you know if there was going to be a fair q & a section.

Does the university invite openly anti-semitic speakers while it invites people like Michael Oren who spew propaganda.

Chipper
Chipper

Those students in the 2001 video were wrong.   I believe the statues of limitations may have run out on charging them. 

I didn't say I am 100% onboard with criminally charging these students.  

Do you think the students did anything wrong?  

Why couldn't these students protested outside?  Why couldn't they listen to the lecture and ask tough questions during the q & a section?

 

XM
XM

Oh Please. There is a video floating around of the "College Republicans" disrupting a muslim speaker. Where there charges ? Take a guess. Oh wait the rules are different for Muslims.

The speakers you have pointed out were not invited by the Administration. Big difference. The OCDA is just sucking up to the powerful Jewish community who of course are hyping their supposed victimization.

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