Taher Herzallah, "Irvine 11" Defendant, is Unrepentant at UC Santa Barbara
--Taher Herzallah, one of the so-called "Irvine 11," speaking at UC Santa Barbara Tuesday.
The UCSB Multicultural Center's Students for Justice in Palestine hosted the appearance by Hezallah and Santa Barbara sociology professor Robert I. Robinson, who accused the Israeli government of practicing ethnic cleansing with its recent treatment of Palestinians.
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|Defendants Mohammed Uns Qureashi (left) and Taher Herzallah flank a supporter at their March 2011 arraignment.|
"Michael Oren is a trained propagandist," Taher said at UCSB (via The Bottom Line). "Michael Oren was directly involved in the Gaza Massacre. . . . For me a protest is standing up, getting in somebody's face and telling it how it is."
For telling it how it was to Oren, Herzallah, the other students and the Muslim Student Union many belonged to were disciplined by university officials. Then, days before the statute of limitations was to run out, the Orange County District Attorney's office filed criminal, misdemeanor charges against what by then became known as the Irvine 11.
One student settled his case before Herzallah and nine other students were convicted and sentenced last September to three years of informal probation and 56 hours of community service. Those who complete the community service hours by Sept. 24 of this year will have the probation period reduced to one year. Their attorneys have also appealed.
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