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UC Berkeley’s Jewish Student Union Rejects J Street

The Jewish Student Union at the University of California, Berkley has denied membership to a college branch of the self-labeled “pro-Israel, pro-peace” lobby group J Street, citing its violation of the student union’s bylaws through the hosting of speakers who demonize Israel.

J Street U’s membership was voted down 8-2, marking the second time the Jewish Student Union has rejected the group since 2011.

“A lot of people have said that they want the (Jewish Student Union) to stay a place they feel comfortable saying they love Israel,” Jewish Student Union President Daphna Torbati told the Daily Californian.

J Street’s hosting of the Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence, which works with Israeli veterans that heavily criticize Israel’s military operations, has raised concern among Jewish students that such programming “unfairly disparages Israeli soldiers” and alienates students, UC Berkeley student leaders said.

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3 Responses to “UC Berkeley’s Jewish Student Union Rejects J Street”

  1. Vingore says:

    Thank G-d for common sense.

  2. jleegoldstein says:

    JCCWatch kol hakovod UC Berkley jewish community!

  3. Angrybell says:

    JCCWatch I’m honestly surprised. I’d think that they’d reject J Street for not being pro-Arab enough.

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