Tonight at 7 p.m., the College Republicans have scheduled a visit at the Bren Events Center with three former terrorists — Walid Shoebat, Zak Anani and Kamal Saleem — who have dedicated their lives to speaking against militant Islam and anti-Semitism.
Drake's speech is scheduled for the same time at Congregation Shir Ha-Ma'alot, 3652 Michelson Drive in Irvine.
UCI is undergoing investigations by the federal government and the Hillel Foundation of Orange County, both of which are checking allegations of anti-Semitism on the campus.
The Muslim Student Union's annual week of political seminars, this year called "Israel: Apartheid Resurrected," and a recent campus appearance by former President Jimmy Carter both drew the wrath of a number of students who called them biased against Israel and American foreign policy.
Even still, UCI spokeswoman Cathy Lawhon said it was a coincidence that the three tolerance-themed events were scheduled for the same day.
"If it sends a strong message that this campus is a place where free discourse of ideas is allowed, and that we respect diverse belief systems, then that's a good thing," she said.
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