Federation's stand against Apartheid Week
Imagine you’re a college student at a Florida university. You wake up one morning to find a phony eviction notice on your dorm room door. Later, you walk to campus and see people dressed as Israeli soldiers pretending to murder people representing Palestinians.
Welcome to Israeli Apartheid Week - an annual series of lectures and rallies organized at universities across the world, where demonstrations like these are staged by a campus group who believe they are realistically representing Israel’s treatment of the people living in its territories.
This year, the situation is much different than past years, due in part to Federation and its partner agencies.
The campus group, Students for Justice in Palestine, is choosing this year to not take part in Israeli Apartheid Week at FAU and other institutions where Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach has a presence (Lynn University, Palm Beach State College, Broward College and Nova Southeastern University).
Federation’s Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) works closely with community organizations like Hillel to support FAU administration’s rejection of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) policies that have been adopted by many institutions as a tactic to motivate opposition to Israel’s policies.
Federation commends FAU’s leadership in taking a clear stance against supporting boycotts against Israel. The administration clearly understands the repercussions of propaganda and activities that are hurtful toward a large and essential part of their student body.
It is refreshing to see an administration that works to strike an important balance: maintaining a university campus as a forum for different ideologies, while not tolerating language and activities that are baseless, inflammatory and offensive.
Hillel and Federation’s Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) are offering a wide variety of programs and opportunities for students to celebrate, learn about and advocate for Israel on college campuses. Scores of students take part in Israeli-themed Shabbat dinners, long-term study and travel programs, and interfaith forums where speakers discuss the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
To learn more about JCRC, including its programs and events, click here.
To learn more about Hillel Broward and Palm Beach and their support of Israel, click here.