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Demand to eliminate the “Allahu Akbar!” chant from all U.C. campuses (outside of prayer)

Demand to eliminate the “Allahu Akbar!” chant from all U.C. campuses (outside of prayer)

The following was letter was emailed on 2/17/2015

February 16, 2015

Mr. Bruce Varner
Chairman, UC Board of Regents

Governor Jerry Brown
Ex officio, UC Board of Regents

Speaker Toni Atkins
Ex officio, UC Board of Regents

President Janet Napolitano
President of the University and ex officio, UC Board of Regents

Ms. Sherry Lansing
Member, UC Board of Regents

Abraham Oved
Student Regent-designate

Ms. Anne Shaw
Secretary and Chief of Staff to the Regents

Mr. Charles F. Robinson, Esq.
President, Legal Affairs
Office of General Counsel, Office of the President
University of California

Ms. Sheryl Vacca
Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance and Audit Officer
Office of the President
University of California

Kamala Harris
California Attorney General

Honorable Joel Anderson
California State Assembly

It has come to our attention that U.C. Davis students chanted “Allahu Akbar!” at U.C. Davis which intimidated Jewish and pro-Israel students.

[This can be seen via The Washington Free Beacon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eTDT9FEPRQ​]

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According to the University of California Policy Code 102.24 [attached], this behavior is prohibited conduct:

Conduct, where the actor means to communicate a serious expression of intent to terrorize, or acts in reckless disregard of the risk of terrorizing, one or more University students, faculty, or staff. ‘Terrorize’ means to cause a reasonable person to fear bodily harm or death, perpetrated by the actor or those acting under his/her control. ‘Reckless disregard’ means consciously disregarding a substantial risk. This section applies without regard to whether the conduct is motivated by race, ethnicity, personal animosity, or other reasons. This section does not apply to conduct that constitutes the lawful defense of oneself, of another, or of property.” (emphasis added; see attached)

In today’s world, with thousands of examples of people chanting “Allahu Akbar!” just before and after terrorists attacks, suicide bombings, mass murders, shootings, assassinations, beheadings, and many other violent and horrific acts, it is very reasonable for students to feel threatened by the “Allahu Akbar!” chants that take place outside of prayer.

This chanting also took place with the backdrop of a U.C. Davis student government leader invoking “Sharia law” and “Hamas” and that “Israel will fall.”

It is time to prohibit the chanting of “Allahu Akbar!” (outside of prayer) throughout the entire U.C. system, especially when it is used to threaten, intimidate, or terrorize other students.

As a California nonprofit corporation, we demand an in-depth investigation into this matter and a detailed response to our demand.

Sincerely,
The Israel Group

Following:
  • U.C. Davis Code of Conduct

University of California Policy PACAOS-100 Policies Applying to Campus Activities, Organizations and Students (PACAOS)

102.24 Conduct, where the actor means to communicate a serious expression of intent to terrorize, or acts in reckless disregard of the risk of terrorizing, one or more University students, faculty, or staff. ‘Terrorize’ means to cause a reasonable person to fear bodily harm or death, perpetrated by the actor or those acting under his/her control. ‘Reckless disregard’ means consciously disregarding a substantial risk. This section applies without regard to whether the conduct is motivated by race, ethnicity, personal animosity, or other reasons. This section does not apply to conduct that constitutes the lawful defense of oneself, of another, or of property.