SANTA ANA (AP) — Eleven Muslim students charged with disrupting a speech by the Israeli ambassador to the U.S. at a California university are due in court.

The students are scheduled to be arraigned Friday on charges of misdemeanor conspiracy to disturb a meeting and misdemeanor disturbance of a meeting in a case that has stoked an intense debate about freedom of speech.

Defense attorneys are also expected to discuss their motion to have Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas removed from the case.

The students were arrested on Feb. 8, 2010, after shouting in protest at a speech at the University of California, Irvine, on U.S.-Israeli security.

The interruptions forced Ambassador Michael Oren to halt his remarks for 20 minutes.

KNX 1070’s Mike Landa reports.

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Comments (20)
  1. Cheese_Wonton says:

    It’a a political prosecution, pure and simple, and a chance for the Orange County DA to preen in front of his political financial base.

    If this had been a bunch of Tea Party members heckling the governor, nothing would ever have been said. This DA is a dishonest and dishonorable man.

    1. Saber 1 says:

      Give them a bacon sandwich or a pork chop dinner.

  2. Mateo says:

    Protesting….Israel….is their point…..protesting Israels right to exist. How are you going to deal with a group that wants to push Israel’s people in to the sea???
    Check your facts & see what Israelis have give to the world…..Nobel Prizes/ etc….ah Muslims….nada. Let people come to the Colleges & speak…..a few boos here & there fine but a shout out is helping no one.

    1. Jeff Zimmer says:

      Good comment. Unfortunately, the stupid people of the world seem to have the biggest mouths.

    2. Bobby Hill says:

      Muslims have made contributions, many but check this out, those were made Way Back in the Day when the religion wasnt as EXTREMIST. They were great scientists and mathematicians, but Muslims have changed since then, they used to really respect the world back in the day, now all they have is hatred and disgust for it.

      1. says:

        Just make it clear if you’re talking to all Muslims or not. Be careful.

  3. Teufel Wolf says:

    I’m all for this as long as the same standards are applied to Tea Party activists and Westboro Baptist Church.

  4. Bobby Hill says:

    I dont think you know about the history between the UCI muslim student group and the UCI jewish student group. This is common, the muslim student group always protests anything jewish related at that campus. It is a statement of Fact. I havent heard too much about the jewish student group doing vice versa, but i dont doubt that it may have happened. If they are arraigning people it is because something illegal may have occurred and they have to investigate it. But trust me the MSU tends to get a little petty with their protests.

  5. Patricia Ades says:

    As long as we keep buying their oil, we eventually will become an Islamic country. We’re outnumbered!

  6. kevin says:

    come on man…jews, christians, moslems, buddist,etc…we are all brothers and sisters….stop the madness.
    we are all fighting over what happens after we die (that’s why we have religion). I say lets be friends and keep the fighting for after we die in the other world.

  7. stix man says:

    Bunch of dirty muslims! All they do is complain!
    You wanna do society a favor?
    Study, get an education, and contribute to society!
    Not blow up buildings and people or protest!
    Sheesh go back HOME!

    1. Bobby Hill says:

      its the religion, it uneducates the most loyal and makes them ignorant of the rest of the world

  8. Jake Lam says:

    joe – muslims brought down the world trade centers. have them protest about radical islam.the concentration camp is ridiculous and disgusting — what are you talking about? Get a swastika tatoo already

  9. drozone69 says:

    Just goes to show you that a foriegn Israely has more right than American sudents.When it comes Israel our constitutional rights are absconded.Any other country or politician and this is not “News”.Washinghton D.C. is soon to be relaced with Tel Aviv as the capitol of capatalism.Americans must learn to bow down to The master race.Yes They ignorantly claim that God prefers and “chose” them above all his other brethen.Sad but true in there eyes.

  10. ESTER says:

    To Joe the American and other ignoramuses like him. YOU get YOUR facts right. “they should all go back to where they came from……” they came from Israel thousands of years ago, in case you don’t know it. And, they are the greatest innovators of all time. Your jealousy and bigotry will get you nowhere. Get back under your dirty stone with the creepy crawlies where you belong.

  11. Bobby Hill says:

    Drozone its called Diplomatic Immunity, any diplomat has more power in our country than any citizen! people need to start focusing more on educating themselves, then religious extremism and general stupidity wouldnt be such a huge world problem.

    Propane and Propane Accessories

  12. ILLEGALS says:

    Don’t mess with ISRAEL.

  13. Jim says:

    Christians, Judaism, and Muslims are all the same. They preach to the choir about love, peace, and harmony but end up hating and killing each other. To think they all call Abraham their ancestry, what a joke. All of them are a bunch of hypocrates. God or Alah will be very disappointed to see the way things have turned out between these 3 religions. Always blaming each other for the short comings of society.

    1. says:

      Then if it’s 100% blame for the 3 of them, I might as well join in your religion. Be careful.

  14. Bobby Hill says:

    every religion has it wrong now, Think about how long humans have been around with religion, don’t tell me that there haven’t been corrupt people that been caught. don’t even tell me that there weren’t corrupt religious people who didn’t get caught. It may have started out right, but it definitely got skewed thanks to a few bad apples and their religious “ambivalence”

    be careful you dont lose sight of the rationale you were born with before you learned about religion

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