web analytics
December 21, 2014 / 29 Kislev, 5775
 
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
8000 meals Celebrate Eight Days of Chanukah – With 8,000 Free Meals Daily to Israel’s Poor

Join Meir Panim’s campaign to “light up” Chanukah for families in need.



Hillel Outmaneuvered as Swarthmore Students Reject Its Israel Guidelines

The question is, how will Hillel International prevent more of its healthy cells going cancer.
Swarthmore Hillel students having harmless fun. Their Hillel, however, has just gone rogue, repudiating the pro-Zionist policy of Hillel International.

Swarthmore Hillel students having harmless fun. Their Hillel, however, has just gone rogue, repudiating the pro-Zionist policy of Hillel International.
Photo Credit: swathillel.org

See: Students Angered by Hillel’s Pro-Israel Standards published earlier this week.

Among other things, the Swarthmore Hillel Board, 2013-2014, has stated:

“On November 11, former speaker of the Israeli Knesset Avraham Burg was supposed to give a talk on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the Harvard Hillel house. Instead, Hillel barred him from speaking at the Hillel house, and he ended up giving his talk in an undergraduate dormitory on campus. The reason he was barred? His talk was co-sponsored by the Harvard College Palestinian Solidarity Committee.”

Hillel International’s Guidelines for Campus Israel Activities prohibit campus chapters from partnering with groups or hosting speakers who deny Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state; delegitimize, demonize or apply double standards to Israel; support boycott, divestment and sanctions efforts against Israel; or foster an atmosphere of incivility. The policy encourages individual campus Hillels to adopt their own policies that are “consistent” with these guidelines.

And so, the student board of Swarthmore College’s Hillel repudiated the International Hillel guidelines prohibiting partnerships with groups deemed hostile toward Israel. Big time.

For the life of me I cannot understand why anyone would imagine that boycotting a speaker from reaching young people would do the boycotting entity any good. It’s a recipe for boosting the injured party’s popularity. But even more important – it allows them to reach their next audience without fear of being challenged by an opposing, informative voice.

Instead of barring anybody from speaking, Hillel should have insisted that they may only appear alongside a reliable spokesperson for the Israeli side.

The Swarthmore Hillel board further wrote:

“Sadly, for organizations bearing the name “Hillel,” situations like these are all too common. Across the country, many Hillels have banned Breaking the Silence, an organization of Israeli soldiers that facilitates talks about the Israeli military and West Bank occupation. Jewish Voice for Peace, which seeks ‘peace and justice for all peoples of the Middle East,’ has never been allowed to affiliate with Hillels. On some campuses, J Street has had a difficult time working with Hillels, and events co-sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine or Palestine Solidarity Committees have often been banned.”

That’s infuriating – that Hillel would squander these opportunities to teach students about the falsehoods being disseminated by the enemies of Israel, and simply refuse to deal with them is just unacceptable.

The guidelines, stated the board, “would exclude speakers with views like those of Peter Beinart, Judith Butler, and Noam Chomsky.”

Why would Hillel wish to avoid confrontation with these fanatical enemies of Israel? Any well trained Israeli spokesperson, whether from the IDF Spokesperson’s Office or from the Israeli foreign office would easily poke holes in their trite arguments, with eloquence and deep knowledge. Why not challenge them, rather than block their access? Are Hillel officials uncertain about their own Zionist convictions?

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

11 Responses to “Hillel Outmaneuvered as Swarthmore Students Reject Its Israel Guidelines”

  1. Robin Rosenblatt says:

    Have America Jews abandon Israel?

    “It’s Time to Stand Up for Israel”

    These are the ranches we are helping

    The longer it takes to fund the Israel Longhorn Project, the more ranch land will be stolen, the more farmers and ranchers will go bankrupt and more families and ranchers will be murdered. Once the land is stolen it is almost impossible to get it back, once a life is taken it is impossible to get it back; this is the very land that you bought for Israel through the JNF.

    http://longhornproject.org

    Israeli Ranches are being attacked, their land being stolen and their passive European cattle are being mutilated and killed by local Arabs and by natural predators, wolves and jackals. Israeli European beef cattle are incompatible with Israel’s desert environment. This has resulted in many problems including high calf losses, (as high as 30%). Israel needs desert cattle that fits its environment and can defend it's self and it's calves. That breed of cattle is Texas Longhorn.

    I like guns but for me they are just tools, a tool to protect the cattle and myself. But these cattle have something better, sharp horns. Texas Longhorn cattle can kill and it takes a lot less explaining afterwards then it does if I shoot the SOB.

    Project supports: The Israeli Border Police, the New Shomerim, Israel’s Agriculture Department and the Prime Minister’s office.

    Checks deposited directly into the nonprofit account at Wells Fargo Bank, Belmont, California

    Israel Longhorn Project
    Robin Rosenblatt, M.Sc. Ex Israeli Soldier, past anti terrorist Agent
    Director – The Longhorn Project
    Nonprofit 501(c) 3 #74-3177354
    Tel: 650.631.9270
    Address: 815 Hill Street, # 5
    Belmont, CA 94002
    <robin@longhornproject.org>
    <http://longhornproject.org&gt;

  2. Cody Flecker says:

    Maybe Hillel can invite the American Nazi Party or the KKK to give a talk.

  3. Alan Kardon says:

    What land is "Occupied"? Stolen from who?

  4. Fred Weiser says:

    A major Blunder!

  5. There is really no pressing need to coddle our enemy and provide a platform for them to spew hate against Jews and Israel no matter what fancy and 'quiet' words are used. Ultimately, islam must go, leave Israel to its true owners…and soon!

  6. These Swarthmore Hillel students actually make the national Hillel look strong on Israel. In fact, the national Hillel, to my knowledge, has never ever attempted to educate Jewish students about the true nature of the conflict over Israel, namely, Islamic anti-Semitism.The fact is that the fundamental religious doctrines of Islam, as set for in the Koran and the sayings of Muhammad, call for war against the Jews in order to either subjugate them or kill them.

    Here is what Islam's god says: "Fight against those to whom the Scriptures were given [i.e. Jews and Christians]… until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued." Koran 9:29

    Here is what Islam's prophet said: "You (i.e. Muslims) will fight with the Jews till some of them will hide behind stones. The stones will (betray them) saying, '0 'Abdullah (i.e. slave of Allah)! There is a Jew hiding behind me; so kill him.' ” This is part of the Hamas Charter.

    The conflict over Israel is NOT a territorial conflict which can be resolved by drawing new lines on old maps. It is NOT a "Palestinian-Israeli" conflict which can be resolved by some sort of peace with the "Palestinians". It is not even an "Arab-Israeli" conflict. Iran is Israel's deadliest enemy, and Iran (that is, The Islamic Republic of Iran) is not even Arab, let alone "Palestinian".

    Not a single Moslem-majority country, including the PLO, recognizes Israel's right to exist. We are dealing with an Islamic holy war against the Jews, and Hillel has never even attempted to explain this to Jewish students.

  7. Walter Richards says:

    Any well trained Israeli spokesperson, whether from the IDF Spokesperson’s Office or from the Israeli foreign office would easily poke holes in their trite arguments, with eloquence and deep knowledge. Why not challenge them

    An official spokeman of Israel is limited in what he can say. He has to follow guidelines. The other side usually has private israel bashers who can lie all they want and do. How come no calls a debate about the atrocities committed by the palestinian autthority with their official spokesmen why is it always about Israel.
    Israel is constantly on the defensive. The palestinians know enough not to send
    their spokesmen before audiences that will be hostile. Israel does not.
    And the questions posed by hostile audiences are designed to paint israel
    into a corner.There are things an officiial Israeli spokeman are not allowed to say.

    It's not true that truth can dispel lies. The anti israel fanatics follow the Nazi
    big lie technique. As soon as lie is rebutted another one is launched.
    Tsunamis of lies. They have a cumulative effect. And it's working.
    People tend to believe in any falsehood, if that same or similiar falsehoods are repeated over and over

  8. I agree,Hillel lost an opportunity.
    These pro-Palestinian groups don't allow opposing viewpoint at their college campus events. I have been there.

  9. Yechiel Baum says:

    review the by-laws and make it mandatory to support Jewish causes which includes Israel and Judaism. If hey don't like it, they can sit with nuteri karta and see what they will achieve from them.

  10. Hillel need to fight for whats right not just hope that people will see their perspective.

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Christian Israeli Kay Wilson and Mohammed "Zionist" Zoabi.
Christian Terror Victim Protected ‘Mohammed the Zionist’ from Terrorists
Latest News Stories
Police and the IDF find the vehicle and its driver suspected of having tried to run down Jews Thursday morning.

Bereaved family says hit-and-run death was terrorism.

Christian Israeli Kay Wilson and Mohammed "Zionist" Zoabi.

Anti-Zionist Arabs don’t always distinguish between Jews, Christians and Muslims.

Rami Levi will have to start paying minimum wage workers more money.

Elections, and not Netanyahu, raised the minimum wage.

Armed Palestinian Authority soldier, whom Abbas says he won't order to kill Jews but won't be able to stop him.

Palestinian Authority head says he can’t stop attacks on Jews.

Oscar-winner “Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport” has been selected for permanent preservation in the Library of Congress by the National Film Registry. The film, released in 2000, documents the rescue of some 10,000 predominantly Jewish children from Nazi-dominated Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia in the months leading up to World War II. […]

Dr. Ben Carson is waiting for God to tell him if he should run for president.

Four arrested in crackdown on anti-assimilation group Lehava.

The decision of Uri Aril’s Tekuma faction to remain in the party and re-start a “Yesha faction” is a blessing.

PM Netanyahu lit the 5th Chanukah candle at the Kotel. We understand that he then sung a beautiful rendition of Maoz Tzur, but we unfortunately don’t have that on video.

It doesn’t pay to be a foreign volunteer soldier in the ISIS army.

This is the first flask of ritually pure olive oil made in 2000 years.

First Lebanon’s Hezbollah started the Second Lebanon War, now the UN wants Israel to pay Lebanon for damages.

Stern expressed dismay at Tzipi Livni’s merger with the Labor party.

The Islamic terrorist entered the police station and began stabbing policemen while yelling “Allah hu Akbar”.

Two girls in Kibbutz Nir Yitzchak were taking a selfie video when the rocket siren went off on Friday morning.

More Articles from Yori Yanover
rain ATM

A Jerusalem woman is trying to hold on to her umbrella while withdrawing some cash at a Meah Shearim ATM, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The rain appeared out of the blue (which is how rain should), after a warm week that started to feel like summer. Well, it don’t feel like summer no more. Last […]

Rabbi Meir Mazuz (seen visiting a synagogue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn) declared in a public Internet psak that it is legal for a Jew to go up to temple Mount.

Needless to say, Shas, the Haredi Sefardi party, is not happy.

“The only difference between this world and the time of Meshiach is our bondage to the gentile kingdoms.”

Here’s the Israeli Navy boat INS Hanit arriving in Eilat on Saturday, March 8, 2014, after capturing the Klos C, which was carrying dozens of advanced Iranian-supplied weapons made in Syria and intended for Palestinian guerrillas in the Gaza Strip. Here’s Israeli Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ram Rotberg speaking with the INS Hanit soldiers in […]

Pat Condell has a new video out, so, sit back, have fun. By the way, Message to Offended Muslims should not be confused with Message to Off Handed Muslims. Also, I’d love to hear what he has to say about Haredim.

The description that came with this picture says: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with American actor Bette Midler during an event at the house of Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan in Hollywood on March 6, 2014. But Bette Midler is not really an actor, she’s a singer who made movies for the LGBT community and […]

We will shut them up in the campuses, we will shut them up in the high schools, we will shut them up at the 92nd St. Y.

An Israeli female soldier (because they’re better at removing babies from their homes) evacuates a baby from a settlement in Judea and Samaria some time in the recent past. I’m thinking, if the baby was angry enough, couldn’t he evacuate in return, right there in her arms? Imagine the same picture, except with a settler […]

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/hillel-outmaneuvered-as-swarthmore-students-reject-its-israel-guidelines/2013/12/10/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: