Monday, October 25, 2010

Interfaith leaders ask district attorney to terminate 'Irvine 11' investigation

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Remember last February when 11 students were arrested at UC Irvine for shouting at Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren during a speech, criticizing his country's military attack on Gaza? As they now face criminal charges and university disciplinary action, MPAC reports that...
A group of Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders from the Abrahamic Faiths Peacemaking Initiative sent a letter this week to the Orange County District Attorney's office calling for the DA office to drop a criminal investigation of the student protest at UC Irvine in February which resulted in the arrest of 11 students. Signed by more than 20 interfaith leaders, including Salam Al-Marayati, President of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, the letter expressed outrage that DA office investigators are impersonating law enforcement agents in order to build a case against the students. The letter goes on to ask the DA office to leave the matter to university officials.