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I am shocked that conditions on campus are this bad. Is Vassar really like this? If so, what hasn’t the college done something about it? It's "apartheid week" now. Would someone please describe current goings-on on campus? Is anyone speaking up for Israel?
This just isn’t right. No way, no how.
In other words Hillel does not want its student members to engage in discussions with those who do not believe Israel has a right to exist. (Makes sense to me. Wouldn't expect the gay rights group to engage in debate with the Westboro Baptist Church, would you?) The author's point is that the students have all jumped on the BDS bandwagon without thinking critically about their actions. Pro-Israel students feel intimidated about speaking up. Not a single faculty member on campus has said in public that he/she supports Israel. Disgusting.
However, the VJU's official statement has made it acceptable to give podium time to a speaker who believes Israel is a scourge that should be eliminated from the planet. You may call that "pro-Palestine discussion". I call it incitement to genocide.
The Standards of Partnership at Hillel International currently prohibit partnering with, housing, or hosting organizations, groups, or speakers who: '1) Deny the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish and democratic state with secure and recognized borders; 2) Delegitimize, demonize, or apply a double standard to Israel; 3) Support boycott of, divestment from, or sanctions against the State of Israel; and 4) Exhibit a pattern of disruptive behavior towards campus events or guest speakers or foster an atmosphere of incivility.'”
Since Israel is the Jewish state, BDS also equals anti-Semitism, albeit "acceptable" anti-Semitism among the academic snobs at Vassar.
Hillel is meant to be a sanctuary for those Jews who are pro-Israel.
Moreover, the author talks in the article about students on campus who are fearful of having other students know that their parents are pro-Israel.
BDS = Hate
You think the aims of BDS are simply ending the occupation, but listen to what the leaders really say.
The wall has saved many lives, because it has prevented terrorists from bombing and murdering Jews. But I guess you think it would be preferable not to have the wall and to allow terrorists to murder Jews. Jewish blood is cheap.
The Israelis have tried to make peace many times. They pulled out of Gaza, leaving beautiful homes behind, and they were "rewarded" with a constant stream of rockets.
But they do a better better job offering opportunities to Arab Israelis than do European countries with Muslim populations. Arabs go to Israeli universities. There's Arab representation in the Knesset. It's one of the most diverse countries in the world.
If both sides of the issue were actually tolerated, they would leave Hillel alone.