From Tedra James ’18:
As part of Israeli Apartheid Week 2015, we will be holding a discussion and teach-in about all things Palestine and Israel. Possible topics will include Palestinians living in Israel, Israeli Apartheid, Zionism vs. Judaism, Separation Walls, The US Connection to Israel, One State vs. Two State, the Nakba, Right of Return, and anything else that interests you!! Please join us!
Date: Tuesday, March 3
Time: 8:00 – 9:30 PM
Place: 200 Church library
WTF is J Street U at Wesleyan, you may ask? Why do they keep inviting me to fabulous lectures and movies and events? Great question!
Come find out this Tuesday, Sep 23!
We will be talking about things like
-Who is J Street U?
-How? What can we do?
-AND SO SO SO MUCH MORE
See you there!
Date: Tuesday, September 23rd
Time: 8:00 pm
Place: Outhouse (132 High Street)
Come drink coffee, eat donuts, and talk about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict! This week we will be talking about the separation barrier and checkpoints. Caffeine, sugar, and intellectually stimulating conversation–what could be better?
Where: PAC 104
When: 8-9 pm Today, Wednesday, February 12th
Over the past few weeks, it has been difficult to see a newspaper, blog or journal without reading an opinion about the recent vote by the American Studies Association (ASA) to boycott Israeli universities. The ASA boycott incorporates “formal collaborations with Israeli academic institutions” and “scholars who are expressly serving as representatives or ambassadors of those institutions.”I think the boycott is misguided and wrong. Boycotting all Israeli universities is a grave assault on academic freedom and does little to achieve peace.
I am glad to see that President Roth condemned the boycott. Roth argued that the boycott lacked consistency. That is, why boycott Israel while ignoring North Korea, Russia or China? This argument has merit and proves a double standard on the part of the ASA. However, many opinions have used this argument to show that the boycott has its foundations in anti-Semitism. The President of the ASA did not help his case when stating that, “One has to start somewhere” when explaining the decision to boycott Israel. However, there is no reason to believe that the ASA had its motives rooted in anti-Jewish sentiment.
To understand the morality of the boycott, I think it is important to explore the purpose of a university. Universities, like many institutions, are concerned with professional, not political, performance. While the ASA will not be boycotting specific Israeli professors based on their citizenship, they will not allow them to participate in academic forums if they are sponsored by an Israeli institution. However, if an Israeli institution condemns the occupation, they are exempt from the boycott. I personally do think that Israeli universities should take a stance in opposition to the occupation, but I think it is wrong to boycott universities based on their views. To explain this reasoning I would like to propose a thought experiment. University X is a progressive, liberal institution. However, Professor Y, who is eligible for tenure, is an outspoken critic of many of the university’s policies. It would be wrong of the board of trustees to deny this professor tenure because he does not conform to the university’s beliefs. Non-conforming ideas lead to progress. A university has the right to define its own beliefs, however misguided they may be.
From Emily Greenspan ’16
J Street U is tingling with excitement to announce its first event of the year, a screening of the award-winning, critically-acclaimed documentary, The Gatekeepers. The film showcases six former heads of the Shin Bet, Israel’s secret service agency, who agree to share their insights and reflect publicly on their actions and decisions. Intimately interviewed, they shed light on the controversy surrounding the Occupation in the aftermath of the Six Day War.
Discussion session to follow screening.
1) You’re interested in discussing/learning about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
2) You like the idea of eating free pizza(!!!) watching an excellent film, and discussing the conflict with some of the coolest kids on campus.
Date: Thusday, September 19th
Place: PAC 002
Cost: Everything’s free (movie, pizza, air).
Tired of hearing your grandmother talk about how anti-Israel Obama is at the dinner table? Want to learn more about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from a perspective that Mitt Romney wouldn’t endorse?
Come to the J Street U General interest meeting! Officially J Street “is the political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans fighting for the future of Israel as the democratic homeland of the Jewish people. We believe that Israel’s Jewish and democratic character depend on a two-state solution, resulting in a Palestinian state living alongside Israel in peace and security.”
J Street U is the student organizing arm of J Street and provides a good deal of freedom for chapters to run whatever events they like, so no matter your politics (or lack thereof) come check it out!
Date: Thursday, September 13
Time: 8:30 PM
Place: Usdan 108
Contact hwerman(at)wesleyan(dot)edu, jpollan(at)wesleyan(dot)edu, rcasparjohns(at)wesleyan(dot)edu, or nsandweissbas(at)wesleyan(dot)edu for more info.
Interested in education policy? Want to understand Israeli-Palestinian politics in a new way?
Come hear Lee Gordon speak this Friday!
Lee Gordon is the cofounder of Hand in Hand bilingual schools in Israel, a network of integrative schools in which Jewish and Arab children study and socialize together, learning both Arabic and Hebrew. He will speak about the intersections between Israeli-Palestinian politics, integration and education.
Date: Friday, March 30th
Time: 5:00 – 6:30 PM
Place: PAC 002
For more info check out the Facebook Event
Gershon Baskin, initiator of the secret talks between Israel and Hamas for the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, is speaking at Wesleyan next week!
A long line of diplomats and intelligence officers from Egypt, Germany, France, Turkey, and other countries tried for more than five years to reach a deal between Israel and Hamas that would free the abducted Israeli solider Gilad Shalit. The breakthrough came only in May 2011 as a result of the work of Dr. Gershon Baskin, a veteran Israeli peace activist who opened a channel of communication between Hamas and the Israeli Mossad that led to Shalit’s release in October in exchange for more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners.
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear the story from Dr. Baskin himself!
YallaWes thanks the Wesleyan Jewish Community, The Wesleyan Government Department, and J Street U for making this exciting event possible.
DATE: Friday, Feburary 10th
TIME: 4:15 PM – 6 PM
PLACE: PAC 001
More info and RSVP on Facebook
Miriam Buh-guh ’12, along with Hadas Werman ’14, sends this in:
YallaWes screening of Encounter Point, a thought-provoking and informative movie on the Israeli/Palestine Conflict.
Date: Oct. 27
Time: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Place: Shanklin 107