Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Thu, 04/07/2011 - 5:35pm
A coalition of progressive Jewish organizations on both coasts yesterday
slammed the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s honoring of the civil rights-era
Freedom Riders while “engaging in anti-Muslim bigotry that is no less
destructive than that against which the Freedom Riders protested,” as
Alan Levine, a New York activist and civil rights lawyer who worked in
Mississippi in 1964 and 1965, put it in a press statement.
Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Thu, 04/07/2011 - 5:05pm
I was surprised, however, to find that the demonstrators’ claim about
the Ground Zero Mosque and School of Dance was accurate. The Simon
Wiesenthal Center, which funds the Museum of Tolerance, did oppose the
Park51 development back when that issue was still in the headlines. I’d
think the whole “tolerance” thing would include tolerating the exercise
of somebody else’s First Amendment rights.
Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Fri, 04/01/2011 - 10:03am
Although Hillel remains fixed to a narrow political agenda, I am
optimistic about open dialogue within the Brandeis community. During the
past week, JVP has collected the signatures of more than 1,000 Brandeis
students opposing Hillel’s exclusionary decision and demanding a truly
pluralistic Jewish community. Hillel’s constituency trusts itself to
think critically in an open marketplace of ideas, and acknowledges the
necessity of uncensored discussion about Israel in order to achieve
peace. Together, we have challenged the status quo of uncritical support
for Israeli policy.
Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Wed, 03/30/2011 - 4:54pm
This is, I believe, what makes Hillel especially queasy: Hillel does not
take a position on the settlements, and JVP does. The settlements
policy, which has led to endless settler attacks on Palestinians and
continuing bitterness and violence in both directions, is the leading
obstacle to establishing a Palestinian state. This gigantic political
reality is not mentioned one way or the other by Hillel.
Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Wed, 03/30/2011 - 4:49pm
Their opening statement to the Hillel e-board, delivered jointly by all
of the JVP members present, stated that the petition, which requested
that Hillel accept JVP as a member group "to cultivate open dialogue on
this critical political issue [of achieving a just solution in Israel
and Palestine]," was signed by over 50 United States Rabbis, cantors and
rabbinical students, 25 faculty and staff members and over 50 alumni.
Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Wed, 03/30/2011 - 4:43pm
Some 1,000 Brandeis students, nearly a third of the student body at
the suburban Boston university, signed a petition circulated by JVP
asking the Brandeis Hillel to reconsider its decision earlier this month
not to admit JVP as a partner organization.
Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Tue, 03/29/2011 - 10:02am
to take your local We Divest campaign work to the next level? Are you wanting
to build, launch, or reinvigorate your local chapter? Do you want to help
plan the national direction for the youth wing of JVP?