Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Tue, 03/22/2011 - 1:33pm
Adam Lerner, a sophomore at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., where
JVP is organizing, says Hillel, which has the stated goal of providing a
safe space for students to explore their Jewish identity, should not
set a political litmus test for who is in and who is out.
“If Hillel promotes itself as ‘the’ center for Jewish life on campus,
they need to have as pluralistic a voice as possible,” Lerner said. “If
Israel is open to all Jews, then Hillel should be open to all Jewish
Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Fri, 03/18/2011 - 9:34am
“Hillel needs to give groups like Jewish Voice for Peace a place at
the Jewish communal table,” he said. “If not, Hillel will alienate a
generation of young Jews committed to our values of peace, justice and
Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Thu, 03/17/2011 - 11:39am
As supporters of Jewish Voice for Peace, an organization inspired by the Jewish tradition of working for social justice, equality and human rights, we are committed to a just peace between Palestinians and Israelis that is based on the tenets of democracy and international law. We also believe that only by understanding both Jewish and Palestinian narratives can we ever hope to reach a lasting peace and mutual understanding.
Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Wed, 03/16/2011 - 9:55am
“If Hillel wants to be the Israel advocacy organization on campus that also provides a wealth of other programming for Jewish students, that’s fine,” Sales said, “but then it’s inaccurate to call itself the center for Jewish life while excluding a group of Jewish students who do not support Israel as a Jewish and democratic state but who are not violent or discriminatory, and who ground their positions in Jewish values.”
Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Wed, 03/16/2011 - 9:49am
According to the JVP press release, the group was denied Hillel
membership as a group because of its support of boycotts of Israeli
goods produced in settlements in the West Bank. The settlements,
according to co-founder of JVP Liza Behrendt '11, are a violation of
international law which the JVP refuses to support by consuming goods
Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Wed, 03/16/2011 - 8:27am
Cecilie Surasky insisted that the “single greatest threat to Israel today is the
occupation and Israel’s continued settlement expansion. It’s the reason
Israel is becoming an international pariah, and it’s what is fueling
the deterioration of democracy within Israel,” she said.
Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Sun, 03/13/2011 - 7:03am
Jewish Voice for Peace adds its voice to the universal condemnation of Friday's horrific murder of a settler family while they slept, including 3 children. Palestinian news agency Ma'an reports that the Imad Mughniyya Group of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed credit. They also note, however, that Israelis have dismissed other claims by the group that proved to be untrue. Regardless of the perpetrators, the loss of just one life is one too many. Killing of civilians is wrong and it violates international law.
Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Fri, 03/11/2011 - 10:59am
On December 27, 28-year-old Israeli activist Jonathan Pollak was sentenced to three months in jail. He was the only one arrested at a Critical Mass bike ride in Tel Aviv, thus clearly indicating the arrest was politically motivated. Jonathan went to jail on January 11. We spoke on January 2 in Tel Aviv.
Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Fri, 03/11/2011 - 9:10am
This week, in the latest clash on the Waltham campus over the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Hillel at Brandeis refused to accept
Jewish Voice for Peace, which urges divestment from companies that
profit from Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories and urges
boycotts of goods made there.