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?
Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Mon, 03/28/2011 - 6:45am
It is therefore gratifying to observe the emergence of J Street, to see
groups like Americans for Peace Now and Jewish Voice for Peace become
more vocal, and to see writers like Peter Beinart and David Remnick take
public stances that are substantially different from ones they might
have expressed a few years ago.