Reader Post: Our Own Undermine Our Cause

J-STREET-U-LOGO-CFor the most part, last year was a good year for the pro-Israel camp. BDS fails galore. And yet it was a terrible year for Israel on college campuses. Besides the academic boycott, there was the University of Michigan mock evictions as well as the continued activity of a Palestinian student organization president threatening the lives of Israelis with impunity. In fact, college campuses seem to be the only place where BDS has actually gained any traction.

So as we enter another Israel Apartheid Week, we need to examine what we in the pro-Israel camp can be doing to promote the just side, since there are clearly forces at work to undermine our efforts. Unfortunately, the greatest threats are coming from within, from students who are being seriously misguided by what they believe is their own free thinking but that is clearly coming from somewhere else.

Possibly one of the biggest threats is coming from J Street U, the university branch of J Street. The way they are presenting themselves is an organic movement of students who want to promote peace and the two state solution. J Street U president Jacob Plitman cites the Vassar “Open Hillel” case to argue for more student involvement, which he believes is representative of greater Jewish sentiment. He calls for Hillel to be “donor-backed and student-led.”

Well, just follow the money and you’ll see exactly where that will get us. J Street U is being financed by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, an extreme leftist non-Jewish philanthropic organization. The accusation Plitman makes that Hillel is being corrupted by donor money can easily be thrown back at him. To say J Street U is a purely organic student movement is laughable.

It’s true Jewish students are not hearing both sides of the story. Most Jewish students are public school raised and go to secular universities. As a recovering Social Studies teacher of seven years I can testify to how skewed the curriculum is against Israel. It requires a whole article by itself. Hillel does not represent the strongest pro-Israel opinion, but on many college campuses it’s all Jewish students have. Every other message they will receive is patently anti-Israel. The only way for Jewish students to hear both sides of the story is for Hillel to stand strong on their policy.

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  • Kim

    when is/are “We hate Isreal” week(s)?
    do these weeks take place in all countries simultaneously or do differernt countries have a different schedule?

    • Eric

      It’s going right now. This week and next. One big love-in hate fest. http://apartheidweek.org/
      T.C.R.

      • Kim

        yeah, this is why I asked. It seems that “my” campus is virtually free of BDS-Nonsense. so this is why I thaught that North-America and Europe had differnet dates… but maybe there are jsut some campuses that aren’t “Blessed” with such events.

        • Kim

          ah no, sorry need to correct myself. There ARE different dates depending for different regions (I’ve only spotted it when I scrolled down a bit.)
          I hope that “my” campus stays at it is

          • Eric

            You should count your blessings that you’re not sure because of lack of activity. There are a number of UC campuses where students aren’t sure because this garbage is going on all the time.

    • walt kovacs

      but for some reason, hate week was either postponed or cancelled on the west coast

  • Kim

    when is/are “We hate Isreal” week(s)?
    do these weeks take place in all countries simultaneously or do differernt countries have a different schedule?

    • Eric

      It’s going right now. This week and next. One big love-in hate fest. http://apartheidweek.org/
      T.C.R.

      • Kim

        yeah, this is why I asked. It seems that “my” campus is virtually free of BDS-Nonsense. so this is why I thaught that North-America and Europe had differnet dates… but maybe there are jsut some campuses that aren’t “Blessed” with such events.

        • Kim

          ah no, sorry need to correct myself. There ARE different dates depending for different regions (I’ve only spotted it when I scrolled down a bit.)
          I hope that “my” campus stays at it is

          • Eric

            You should count your blessings that you’re not sure because of lack of activity. There are a number of UC campuses where students aren’t sure because this garbage is going on all the time.

    • walt kovacs

      but for some reason, hate week was either postponed or cancelled on the west coast

  • walt kovacs

    why did ramaz students feel it was necessary to hear from the other side and invited rashid khalidi to their school? an orthodox, not public school. invite was vetoed by school administration….but still…

    why has charles manekin, aka jerry haber, aka friend to jew haters across the globe and proponent of bds, invited as a scholar in residence to different hillels

    why is lee weissman, aka jihadijew, a supporter of campus jihadists and who recently declared as his personal jihad to see Moazzam Begg, a real jihadist, freed, allowed to teach in a jewish private school?

    when allegedly observant jews feel the need to self flagellate, you know we have serious problems

    • Eric

      it’s not all Orthodox, just the extreme left who find a conflict between their Orthodoxy and their leftist leaning, and usually choose to go left.

      • walt kovacs

        cant be a frum yid and a leftist

        can be frum and liberal…but not leftist

        therefore, all those i noted above, are play acting their religious beliefs

  • walt kovacs

    why did ramaz students feel it was necessary to hear from the other side and invited rashid khalidi to their school? an orthodox, not public school. invite was vetoed by school administration….but still…

    why has charles manekin, aka jerry haber, aka friend to jew haters across the globe and proponent of bds, invited as a scholar in residence to different hillels

    why is lee weissman, aka jihadijew, a supporter of campus jihadists and who recently declared as his personal jihad to see Moazzam Begg, a real jihadist, freed, allowed to teach in a jewish private school?

    when allegedly observant jews feel the need to self flagellate, you know we have serious problems

    • Eric

      it’s not all Orthodox, just the extreme left who find a conflict between their Orthodoxy and their leftist leaning, and usually choose to go left.

      • walt kovacs

        cant be a frum yid and a leftist

        can be frum and liberal…but not leftist

        therefore, all those i noted above, are play acting their religious beliefs

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