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Ben-Gurion U Arab Students Protest ‘Occupation’ on Memorial Day Eve

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

On Tuesday, the eve of Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day), Arab students at Ben-Gurion University protested against the “occupation,” Walla reported. The group, which belongs to the student faction of the Balad political party organized a protest against the “occupation,” where they held PLO flags, as well as signs protesting Israel’s security policies.

In response, Zionist students organized a counter protest where they waved Israeli flags and held a moment of silence in memory of the fallen Israeli soldiers.

Main Memorial Day service at BGU

Main Memorial Day service at BGU

Im Tirtzu CEO Matan Peleg, who was visiting the movement’s BGU branch at the time, said “the timing of this protest was intended to hurt the bereaved families and the citizens of Israel who are mourning for their loved ones. This shameful event is hypocrisy of the highest degree.”

Peleg added: “It is a shame and a disgrace that Arab and radical Left students at Ben-Gurion University chose ‘by chance’ to protest on the eve of Yom Hazikaron. It is only thanks to the self-sacrifice of IDF soldiers that these protesters are free to demonstrate. Such actions are highly detrimental to the majority of the Arab sector that strive to integrate into Israeli society and want to be a part of it.”

BGU has a special department dedicated to the support and promotion of Arab students, who mostly come from the Bedouin communities around Be’er Sheva. The department offers courses to help Arab students comply with academic requirements, as well as financial assistance programs targeting Arab students.

David Israel

Israeli High School Students Continue Rolling ‘Strike’

Sunday, May 8th, 2016

Israeli high school students are continuing their strike in a modified version this week to protest the ongoing walkout by driving license examiners across the country.

Students in five cities are protesting the weeks’ old decision, as well as a slowdown by the Teachers’ Union that has halted field trips and extra-curricular activities.

The job action by teachers comes as part of a wrestling match between the union and the Ministry of Education.

Students plan to rotate the strike around the country, shutting down classrooms in five cities per day, in order not to disrupt preparation for the end-of-year bagrut (matriculation) exams.

Hana Levi Julian

Hillel International Publishes Guide to Perplexed Jewish College Students

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

The new Hillel International College Guide which has just been released, offers articles on every facet of Jewish life on campus, including highlighting innovative programs at Hillels around the US, as well as everybody’s favorite — the latest data on the “top 60 schools Jews choose.”

Out of the top 60 Jewish-friendly state schools, here are the top ten, courtesy of the Hillel Guide:

1. University of Florida, 33,720 undergraduates, out of whom 6,500 or 19% are Jewish.

2. Rutgers university, New Brunswick, 34,544 undergraduates, out of whom 6,400 or 19% are Jewish.

3. University of central Florida, 52,532 undergraduates, out of whom 6,000 or 11% are Jewish.

4. University of Maryland, college Park, 27,056 undergraduates, out of whom 5,800 or 21% are Jewish.

5. University of Michigan, 28,395 undergraduates, out of whom 4,500 or 16% are Jewish.

6. Indiana University, 36,419 undergraduates, out of whom 4,200 or 12% are Jewish.

7. University of Wisconsin, Madison, 31,289 undergraduates, out of whom 4,200 or 13% are Jewish.

8. CUNY, Brooklyn college, 14,115 undergraduates, out of whom 4,000 or 28% are Jewish.

9. Pennsylvania state University, University Park, 40,541 undergraduates, out of whom 4,000 or 10% are Jewish.

10. Queens College, 15,773 undergraduates, out of whom 4,000 or 25% are Jewish.

The guide offers information on every one of the state schools, and on its top Jewish choices for private universities (NYU, BU, YU, GWU and Cornell are the top five), including on their Jewish graduate students, Jewish courses, Jewish studies offerings, Jewish educators, Israel abroad programs, kosher options, and percentages of males and females in the Jewish student populations.

You may want to read Josh Marks’ item “Tel Aviv comes to you,” about the Israel Fellows program, which was started in 2003 by the Jewish Agency for Israel in partnership with Hillel International. Marks interviews Raz Tidhar, a program emissary, one of 75 Israel Fellows sent by the agency to develop Israeli content for student activities at the Hillel-serving campuses throughout Montreal.

“These programs are meant to present Israel on campus as a country that is more than what we read in the newspapers and in the headlines,” explains Mason Hillel executive director Ross Diamond. “Often, Israel is portrayed as a black and white country that has one issue, which is the conflict, and our role on campus is to educate students and present Israel beyond the conflict, because it’s a country that’s rich with culture and is exciting to be a part of.”

Don’t miss Zachary Schaffer’s article on 70 Faces magazine, a project at Pittsburgh Hillel, discussing Hillel’s building diverse and inclusive Jewish communities; Gabrielle Magid’s piece on a program she founded at the University of Florida Hillel, Stronger Than Stigma, where Hillel staff address mental illness on campus; and Tyler Grasee’s report on his experience at Lawrence University in Wisconsin and Hillel’s work to include students from interfaith families and help them explore and develop their Jewish identities.


San Diego State Jewish Students Face Disciplinary Action over Anti-BDS Flyer

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

A series of posters created and disseminated by the David Horowitz Freedom Center in April identified by name a number of prominent student and faculty Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activists on the San Diego State University campus. DHFC, which says it “combats the efforts of the radical left and its Islamist allies to destroy American values and disarm this country as it attempts to defend itself in a time of terror,” described its targeted individuals as having “allied themselves with Palestinian terrorists to perpetrate BDS and Jew Hatred on this campus.”

anti-BDS poster 1

The posters contained the hashtag #StopTheJewHatredonCampus, which is the slogan of the DHFC campaign seeking to confront campus anti-Semitism agents and to refute the lies spread by pro-Palestinian individuals and groups, including claims that Israel is an apartheid state.

According to Jamie Ballard of the Daily Aztec, after a protest last week regarding President Elliot Hirshman’s failure to condemn the anti-BDS fliers on campus, students met with him Monday morning to discuss what will happen next.

Osama Alkhawaja and Rachel Beck, two of the students who met with Hirshman, said they were able to share their concerns with the administration, but were not “entirely satisfied, and feel the issue is far from over.”

“I feel absolutely betrayed by my university,” Beck told the Aztec. “I pay $30,000 to go here, and they haven’t defended me from these accusations that I am a terrorist.”

“The thing that I don’t understand is, why is it so hard for you to come out and make a statement saying that your students aren’t terrorists?” Alkhawaja said. “The university continues to defend free speech, but this is hate speech.”

According to Alkhawaja, the university said it is not willing to condemn the posters by saying that they are a form of hate speech or intimidation.

anti-BDS poster 2

Here is what the fliers say:

“There is an epidemic of Jew hatred on American campuses and at San Diego State University. This Jew hatred is incited by Students for Justice in Palestine, the Muslim Students Association and assorted leftist groups, all of whom support the terrorist organizations Hamas and Fatah.”

The fliers then explain that both SJP and MSA are products of the Muslim Brotherhood, and that they “disseminate genocidal lies about Israel whose purpose is to weaken and destroy the world’s only Jewish state.”

The posters were delivered on five California campuses, including at UCLA and UC-Berkeley, where anti-Israel activists were able to push university administrators into calling them “hate speech.”

In an email sent to San Diego State’s entire student body on Tuesday, Hirshman criticized the posters but defended their creators’ right to free speech: “First, we recognize and fully support the rights of all parties to voice their positions on political issues, whether supportive or critical. We also understand that when parties adopt a specific political position they become responsible for their actions and these actions may produce criticism.”

Alkhawaja told the San Diego Union-Tribune: “I’m shocked, I just don’t get why it’s so difficult for him to condemn the posters, to call them what they were. What we got instead was a promise to continue our conversations.”

Horowitz has been invited by the SDSU College Republicans to speak on campus Thursday. It isn’t clear whether there are any protest planned against that appearance.

“One thing that’s sometimes leveled against us is that we stifle speech,” Alkhawaja said. “We’re just not going to go. Our issue wasn’t with someone holding an opinion. The issue here was that he singled out individuals in a very threatening manner.”

Come to think of it, it’s about time somebody did.

David Israel

New UK Students Leader Malia Bouattia: I’m Not an Anti-Semitic ISIS Sympathizer

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Malia Bouattia, 28, is the first black Muslim woman elected to lead the National Union of Students. Jewish students’ groups reacted with alarm, citing her references to the influence of the “Zionist-led media,” her calling Birmingham University “something of a Zionist outpost,” and a meeting where she spoke which was advertised with a poster of Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah. Students at Cambridge University called her election “a horrifying message to Jewish students,” and students at Oxford, York, Durham, Edinburgh, King’s College London and the London School of Economics have called for their unions to sever ties with the national union following Bouattia’s election.

Bouattia responded to her critics on Sunday, on the pages of the Guardian, in an op-ed titled “I’m the new NUS president – and no, I’m not an anti-Semitic ISIS sympathizer.” In the piece the new NUS leader answers most of the claims against her, including the accusation that she delayed an National Executive Council motion condemning ISIS, which she claimed she did because the motion sounded like a condemnation of all Muslims.

Then she dealt with the Z word.

“I want to be clear, again, that for me to take issue with Zionist politics is in no way me taking issue with being Jewish. In fact, Zionist politics are held by people from a variety of different backgrounds and faiths. For me it has been, and will always be, a political argument, not one of faith or ethnic identity.” Which is to say, I’m not anti-Jewish, I’m only anti-Zionist.”

“Zionism, religion and ethnicity must not be seen as one and the same,” Bouattia explained, clarifying, “If the language I have used in the past has been interpreted any other way then let me make this clear – it was never my intention, although my political ideologies and beliefs remain unchanged.

“There is no place for anti-Semitism in the student movement, or in society. If any of my previous discourse has been interpreted otherwise, such as comments I once made about Zionism within the media, I will revise it to ensure there is no room for confusion,” she promised.

In a video clip of a conference on “Gaza and the Palestinian Revolution” in September 2014, Bouattia, speaking in her official role as NUS black students officer, said: “With mainstream Zionist-led media outlets — because once again we’re dealing with the population of the global south — resistance is presented as an act of terrorism.”

In the same speech, Bouattia said Middle East peace talks were a “strengthening of the colonial project.” She also said that “to consider that Palestine will be free only by means of fundraising, non-violent protest and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement is problematic… My issue is that whilst at times it is tactically used or presented as the non-violent option, it could be misunderstood as the alternative to resistance by the Palestinian people.”

In other words, it’s OK if you use non-violent actions against the Zionists, as long as you remember that there’s always the violent option.

In her Guardian op-ed, Bouattia claims, “I was being critical of media outlets that unquestioningly support Israel’s actions and maltreatment of Palestinians, I was not talking about the media as a whole, or repeating despicable anti-Semitic prejudice. The first thing I did on being elected was to hold a meeting with the Union of Jewish Students, and these meetings are set to continue.”

Hopefully, she means only the non-violent kind of meetings, and not those where UK Black and Arab students lay siege to appearances of Israeli speakers and terrorize their audience.


UN Envoy Warns Syrian Refugees Will Outnumber Lebanese Schoolchildren

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Syrian refugee children in Lebanon are overwhelming that country’s public school system, according to former British prime minister Gordon Brown.

Currently a special education envoy for the United Nations, Brown issued a statement Tuesday appealing for more support for the Lebanese school system.

Brown himself vowed to help Lebanon raise $100 million towards the effort before August, the start of the coming school year.

Some 106,000 Syrian children have been enrolled in in more than 150 Lebanese public schools, Gordon reported Tuesday in a joint news conference in Beirut with Lebanese Education Minister Elias Bou Sa’ab.

More than 400,000 Syrian children require education – nearly twice the total number of Lebanese children enrolled in school.

The situation further complicates an already delicate military picture for Israel.

The Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorist organization has created its guerrilla bases, bunkers, terror tunnels and arsenals in high population areas where both Lebanese civilians and now Syrian refugees also reside.

Hezbollah terrorists have long been aiding the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corpsmen in their fight to help government troops defend the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

In Lebanon, the terrorists now clearly plan to use that country’s civilians as human shields in any future war with Israel, as did their Gaza counterparts south of Israel, the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists, who both are also backed by Iran.

Hana Levi Julian

BGU Students to Protest Incitement

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Students at Be’er Sheva’s Ben Gurion University of the Negev are planning to “light a candle to illuminate the darkness” and fight incitement against local Arab students.

In an announcement posted on Facebook, the students cited threatening letters sent to fellow Arab students and graffiti declaring “Death to Arabs” that prompted them to schedule the demonstration of solidarity, set for 9:00 pm at the entrance to the university’s dormitories.

The move comes in the aftermath of the murder of a 16 year old Arab teen last week, and in response to the ongoing Arab violence that is spreading rapidly around the country — and sparking a growing anger by Jewish youth who are rapidly becoming sick of being victimized by Arab terror attacks.

Three Israeli teens who were kidnapped and murdered by Hamas terrorists on June 12 have yet to be caught by Palestinian Authority forces, although the alleged murderers of 16 year old Muhammad Abu Khdeir were taken into custody by Israel within days.

“All are invited, regardless of affiliation,” the announcement said. “Let’s show the public that students at Ben Gurion University have a clear stand against violence and incitement.

“Such actions undermine the most basic foundations of democracy and we must condemn them wherever they occur – especially when they occur at home, under our very noses.”

This is particularly relevant at BGU, inasmuch as the university has been extremely proactive in programs to integrate Bedouin students with Jews and others. BGU has been at the forefront of the educational system to help advance the education of Bedouin children and promote higher education in the Bedouin world. The university has the highest Bedouin-Jewish student ratio in the country.

Moreover, Jewish communities in the Negev – most of which are small are located quite far apart from each other – likewise live with the approximately 250,000 Israeli Bedouin who currently populate the Negev.

Hana Levi Julian

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