The Crescent Report

February 17, 2010

MAS Freedom Affirms “Freedom of Speech and Conscience” For Irvine Eleven Protesters

Filed under: From the Desk of Imam Mahdi Bray — Imam Mahdi Bray @ 9:09 am

MAS Freedom Affirms “Freedom of Speech and Conscience” For Irvine Eleven Protesters

Imam Shuaib Webb offers his support

MAS Freedom continues to demand that the University of California-Irvine drop all charges and disciplinary actions against the eleven protesting students who interrupted a February 8th speech at the University given by Israeli ambassador Michael Oren.

The students, who nonviolently disrupted the speech in protest over Israeli colonial and occupation policies in Palestine, were escorted from the auditorium and briefly detained by campus security personnel. They now face legal action by the university and the possibility of suspension or even expulsion from the school. The case has drawn major national and international attention.

Imam Mahdi Bray, the MAS Freedom Executive Director, was invited to offer both personal and organizational support for the right of these students to protest Ambassador Oren’s speech. He commented that “Non-violent direct action is part and parcel of the American protest culture. Just think where this nation would be if students didn’t disrupt the segregated lunch counters in the South, or if Dr. King didn’t disrupt the status quo of racial discrimination in our nation.”

Bray concluded by saying that “The Irvine Eleven are not criminals. Rather, they are students of conscience who have taken a principled stand supporting human rights and the sanctity of all life. Nonviolent protest is as American as apple pie.”

Imam Suhaib Webb, a highly respected American Muslim religious leader, further commented that; “I am in Spirit, Supplication and Heart 100% behind the Irvine 11! It is in the shade of Abdullah bin Masod, Hassan bin Thabat, Ashabul Kahf and Hassan and Hussein( peace be upon them) that they stood up! I encourage everyone to support them, and to call and insure that nothing happens to them, all be it in a legal manner. I am with you brothers and sisters!”

Ibrahim Ramey
MAS Freedom Civil & Human Rights Director

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