Only four days after International Holocaust Remembrance Day, three departments at the University of California-Irvine screened a film that portrays Jews as "war criminals and monsters," according to a person who attended.
Though one of the sponsors told her the event was intended to provoke "intense dialogue," Debra Glazer told The College Fix there was "no difficult dialogue" because every person on the following panel discussion "expressed a Palestinian anti-Zionist narrative."
Glazer attended the Jan. 31 screening of "1948: Creation and Catastrophe" as the Orange County representative for StandWithUs, a pro-Israel advocacy group. It was hosted by the schools of humanities, social sciences and social ecology. The film's directors and executive producers participated on the panel discussion.
She wrote a narrative of the event posted by Gary Fouse, a longtime UCI lecturer who retired in 2016 and closely follows anti-Israel happenings around the university.
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Though Fouse did not attend the screening, he wrote on his blog that he could tell it had a "Palestinian narrative."
"What a hoot" that Mark LeVine, UCI professor of Middle East history who "has spoken at more anti-Israel events that he or I could count," was the "'moderator,'" Fouse wrote, using scare quotes.
Asked to comment on Fouse's allegations about him, LeVine told The Fix in an email that Fouse's retirement is "the best news I've heard in a long time." He called Fouse "completely unqualified" as a lecturer, and Fouse's comments about LeVine "about as relevant as his comments on australian rules football would be."
LeVine said he has attended "zero" anti-Israel events, as Fouse described them. "When racist idiots who have no business teaching anyone anything want to lob non sequiturs, I have too much to do to spend much time answering.
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