SANTA ANA — A UC Irvine professor overstepped his boundaries when he told students that no disruptions were allowed during the Israeli ambassador's visit last year, according to testimony given during Wednesday's Irvine 11 trial.
According to UCI comparative literature professor Rei Terada's testimony, before introducing Ambassador Michael Oren on Feb. 8, 2010, political science professor Mark Petracca, who emceed the event, told the audience he had the highest expectation for civility for the ambassador — a level that would exceed the respect given even during a joint session of Congress.
In a video of the event shown in court, Petracca said, "This is, after all, not a street corner; it is a university. It is not the British Parliament; it is a university. And it is not even a joint session of Congress hearing the president of the United States. It is a university."