'Open Hillel' Only Advocates for Anti-Semitism
Zach SternZach is the founder of J Street Watch and is the Northeast Campus Coordinator...
The movement claims it seeks to allow all voices regarding Israel to be heard at Hillel. However, the only voices currently banned are those that demonize and delegitimize the Jewish state and those that support the BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions against Israel) movement.
Hillel's guidelines state that only those who deny the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish and democratic state; those who delegitimize, demonize, or apply a double standard to Israel; and those who support BDS are banned from speaking at Hillel.
Hillel already allows all other voices regarding Israel under its roof. The only voices it does not allow are those that spread the anti-Semitic messages listed above.
Because Hillel is already 'open' and because debate about Israel is already welcome and encouraged at Hillel, all 'Open Hillel' is advocating for is the spreading of anti-Semitic messages at what is supposed to be a safe place for Jewish students.
The demonization and delegitimization of the only Jewish state is anti-Semitic. The BDS movement, which seeks the destruction of Israel and holds the Jewish state to an impossible double standard, is anti-Semitic. Even the US Department of State agrees.
If 'Open Hillel' succeeds, it will bring groups like 'Students for Justice in Palestine' (SJP) and Israel-haters like Judith Butler into the Hillel community. SJP continuously calls for Israel's destruction and justifies terrorism against Jews. Its chapters chant "Zionist state, tear it down!" and "Resistance is justified when people are occupied."
Meanwhile, Judith Butler justifies Hamas and Hezbollah as "social movements that are progressive," despite both groups’ calls to kill all Jews and destroy Israel. Butler will be speaking at the first 'Open Hillel' conference in the Fall.
Should the Jewish student center welcome chants that call for the destruction of the Jewish state and individuals who justify terrorism? 'Open Hillel’ thinks it should.
'Open Hillel' has a right to support whatever it wants, but it should not lie about its motives. 'Open Hillel' is nothing more than a group of students advocating for anti-Semitic messages at what is supposed to be a place where Jewish students can go to avoid an already (in many cases) anti-Semitic atmosphere on campus.