A Correction to My Post on Anti-Semitism at UC Irvine

It has been brought to my attention that my posting recently on anti-Semitism at the University of California contained a factual error. Specifically, I wrote the following:

“Ten years ago, when Jewish students complained about anti-semitic harassment at UCI, it took a small group of concerned Jewish community members to establish the Orange County Independent Task Force on Anti-Semitism. The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) joined them, and a complaint was lodged with the Office of Civil Rights, U.S Department of Education. Unfortunately, it eventually failed for incomprehensible reasons.”

Actually, ZOA filed a civil rights complaint in October 2004 with the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights. At that time, the Orange County Independent Task Force on Anti-Semitism had not yet been formed.

In addition, I should add that the OCR regional team investigating the complaint had concluded that Jewish students did indeed suffer a hostile campus environment. Their decision was overruled by their superiors in Washington. It is a complicated story, but Ken Marcus describes what happened in this article for Commentary Magazine in September 2010.

I naturally regret this factual error and I hope this will correct it.


About the Author
Gary Fouse worked from 1998-2016 as adjunct teacher at University of California at Irvine Ext. teaching English as a second language. Served three years in US Army Military Police at Erlangen, Germany 1966-68. 1970-1973- Criminal Investigator with US Customs 1973-1995 Criminal investigator with Drug Enforcement Administration. Stationed in Los Angeles, Bangkok, Milan, Italy, Pittsburgh and Office of Training, FBI Academy, Quantico, Va. until retirement. Author of Erlangen-An American's History of a German Town-University Press of America 2005. The Story of Papiamentu- A Study in Slavery and Language, University Press of America, 2002. The Languages of the Former Soviet Republics-Their History and Development, University Press of America, 2000.
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