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Anatomy of a College Brainwashing

How UCI Brainwashes Students to Empathize with Hamas and Hate Israel

I know the University of California at Irvine very well. It is a seven-minute drive from my home and congregation. I taught at their law school for six years and was one of their most popular professors. My subjects there were Remedies and Advanced Torts. Students begged to get into my class. I have documentation: six years of stellar student reviews. I was so popular that students persuaded the administration to allow me to create a brand-new course in American Law and Jewish Legal Issues, as a sort-of expansion beyond other courses on law of interest to Black and Muslim students. I worked 200 hours on preparing that course proposal. We went through all the channels. The course finally was approved by the deans. Students were ready to sign up. And then the course never was offered.
    Nor was I ever allowed an opportunity to be considered for a tenure-track position. Rather, I was an adjunct, invited to teach courses on a temporary year-to-year basis, with no employee benefits. The law school dean knew I am a conservative and an Orthodox rabbi, and he would not consider me for tenure track. I had all the qualifications for a tenure-track position: I had graduated from a nationally ranked Top 15 law school, UCLA Law School. Not only had I done Moot Court and made law review, but I even was Chief Articles Editor of UCLA Law Review. Not only had I spent time under a judge, but I clerked in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit for one of the nation’s top appellate judges and unquestionably the smartest, Danny J. Boggs of Louisville, Kentucky. Judge Boggs rose to be Chief Judge of the appellate circuit and was even on George H.W. Bush’s short list when he ultimately named Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court.
    Moreover, I had actual real-life law experience by litigating nearly a decade at two of the nation’s highest-rated law firms, JonesDay and Akin Gump. My clients included the biggest corporate names: Experian, AT&T, Samsung, and so many more. I was actually overqualified to teach at the new law school. But I was a political conservative, so all that was nullified. Only years later did the dean’s biased hiring practices become public knowledge when a video was posted1 on social media of him bragging that he discriminates in hiring but would deny it at a deposition.
    So I know UCI and still keep tabs on the college and its law school. Several years ago, a bunch of Arab and Muslim students infamously disrupted a speech at UCI by Israel’s ambassador to America, Michael Oren. The District Attorney of Orange County, Tony Rackauckas, brought criminal charges against eleven of the wild animals who disrupted Ambassador Oren. That gutsy move by the off-campus Orange County D.A. put an end to that level of anti-Israel violence at UCI. Still, poison remains there, and it reared its ugly head at this latest anti-Israel Hate Fest titled: “Ask a UCI Professor: Israel-Palestine Conflict 101.”
    That sounds academically fruitful, doesn’t it? Sounds like an opportunity to learn. But at UCI it is a scheme to brainwash.
    The key: ask which professors. These were the four: A Muslim Arab who hates Israel. Another Muslim Arab who hates Israel. . . .
    Hmmm. OK. They believe what many Muslim Arabs believe. And they merit academic freedom and all that. But that calls for balance, does it not? And balance there was:
    A Jewish professor who hates Israel. And another Jewish professor—this one an Israeli who has a long record of attacking Israel.
    Imagine college kids coming to such a program. They hear one professor after another attack Israel, distort history, say things about Israel that are lies, even find justifications for Hamas’s existence. The focus is not that Jews have been slaughtered, butchered, beheaded, raped, with pregnant women cut open live and their fetuses torn out of them, then the fetuses stabbed, and the mothers burned. That is not the day’s concern. Understand who these four are:
    One is sometimes Mark “Levine,” when he wants to attack Israel and intensify the attack by conveying that even a Jew hates Israel. And when he wants to camouflage Jewish roots, he goes by Mark LeVine, as though he is French. He ain’t French. He has been cited2 several times by Campus Watch3 for his Israel hate4. As Prof. Steve Plaut wrote years earlier, yet still so applicable:5
    While hardly the only Israel-hating extremist at UCI, LeVine has built an academic career on it in a way that others have not. There are few anti-Israel or pro-jihad events6 at UCI in which he is not somehow involved. LeVine regularly addresses the anti-Semitic Hate Rallies at UCI organized by the student supporters of Hezb’Allah and al-Qaeda, in which Jews are denounced as “Zio-nazis.” LeVine rationalizes and defends the UCI intifada, and blames violence and tensions at the UCI campus on the malevolent Zionist Lobby. . . .
    LeVine routinely organizes anti-Israel7 “scholarly conferences” 8 at UCI, which are little more than anti-Israel indoctrination camps.9 No dissident pro-Israel opinion may be expressed in them. The standard LeVine format is to include Arab haters of Israel alongside Israeli far-leftist anti-Israel radicals, and then present the invariable bashing of Israel as the consensus position of both Jews and Arabs seeking peace. Among the Israelis who have been included in LeVine “panels” have been Oren Yiftachel, a geographer and fanatic anti-Zionist from Ben Gurion University, best known for his endless rants against Israeli “apartheid,” and Yoav Peled, a hard-core Stalinist Israeli professor of Political Science from Tel Aviv University.
    One former UCI student even devoted an entire blog to exposing the lies against Israel taught by Mark of the Vine.10
     The Israeli, Liron Mor? More poison. She endorsed a hate Israel book.
And this!11
    She signed as “Liron Mor, Cornell Students for Justice in Palestine.”
    On another Hate Israel list, she is #136 on “Elephant in the Room.” The aforementioned Mark LeVine is #1256:12
    That’s the second of the two Jewish presenters. Now for their “cousins”:
    Yousuf al-Bulushi wrote this: “In World War II, the Nazis were the obvious aggressors, occupying a foreign land illegally. In present-day Israel and occupied Palestine, it is Israel that is the aggressor . . . .” 13
    Thus, Israel is to be equated with Nazi Germany. Get it?
    As for Meryem Kamil, she likewise has attacked Israel’s “occupation of Palestinian land.” 14
    Imagine: a college student, perhaps your son, daughter, or grandchild, attending such a Hate Israel Fest without realizing that it is stacked. The students do not know they are being played and brainwashed. Then they come home for The Holidays, transformed. They no longer are the children you brought to synagogue or temple every weekend and holy day. They are lost to you. And you will never have them back. In the left-wing nationwide college invasion of the body snatchers, they have been seized, their minds and souls emptied.
    That is the state of Hate-Israel brainwashing in your backyard. How is it done? You just read it.  

Rabbi Dov Fischer is rav of Young Israel of Orange County, Vice President of Coalition for Jewish Values, and senior contributing editor at The American Spectator. To join any of his online classes, email him at rabbi@yioc.org. 


1. (https://twitter.com/realchrisrufo/status/1674548940522549248?ref_)

2. (https://www.meforum.org/campus-watch/22077/mark-levine-unhinged-on-facebook)

3. (https://www.meforum.org/campus-watch/20280/profs-levine-and-zunes-plot-to-globalize-bds)

4. (https://www.meforum.org/campus-watch/22610/mark-levine-internet-rants-continue)

6. (https://radarsite.blogspot.com/2009/02/my-report-on-israel-bashing-conference.html)

7.  (https://octaskforce.wordpress.com/2009/02/17/wtiher-the-levant-uc-irvines-anti-israel-anti-american-hate-fest/)

8. (https://concerneducistudent.blogspot.com/2007/01/howard-charlop-ideological-bias-at-uci.html)

9. (https://concerneducistudent.blogspot.com/2007/01/howard-charlop-ideological-bias-at-uci.html)

10. (https://concerneducistudent.blogspot.com/2006/11/uci-professor-mark-levine-only-jews.html)

11. (https://www.ism-norcal.org/jews-for-palestinian-right-of-return-updated-list-295-signers-419-allies/)

12. (https://sites.google.com/view/israel-elephant-in-the-room/home?authuser=0)
13. (https://www.dukechronicle.com/article/2001/11/israel-not-palestine-acted-middle-east-aggressor)

14. (https://read.dukeupress.edu/social-text/article/38/3%20(144)/55/166885/Postspatial-PostcolonialAccessing-Palestine-in-the)



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