Anna Fox ’19 writes in:
Susya is a Palestinian village in the South Hebron Hills of the West Bank that is currently under threat of demolition in order to expand the Israeli settlement next door. Join J Street U to learn how you can take action in your communities and stop the demolition of Susya!
This event will discuss the relationship between Israel, Palestine, and the settlement enterprise and their connection to Susya. This is a great opportunity to gain a nuanced insight on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. All voices, backgrounds, and perspectives are welcome and encouraged.
Date: Sunday, October 30
Time: 1:00-2:00 PM
Place: Albritton 304
From Anna Fox ’19:
Want to learn more about Israel/Palestine? Want to get involved in activism against the occupation of the West Bank? Looking for a space and community where you can speak openly about these issues? Curious about what the J in J Street stands for?
If you’re answering yes to any of these questions, come learn about J Street U at Wes, what we stand for, and what we do!!!
Snacks will be provided!
Date: Thursday, September 22
Time: 4:30-5:30 PM
Place: Usdan 108
From Yael Fisher ’18:
J Street U, Jewish Voice for Peace, and Middle Eastern Perspectives
are excited to bring you a free, on-campus screening of the newly
released “ORIENTED”, a documentary following the lives of three gay
Palestinian friends in Tel Aviv confronting their national and sexual
identities. The film received critical acclaim on the festival circuit
this past year; the subjects have been described as “at once
exceptional and entirely ordinary”. If you’re at all interested in the
complexities and hardships of life in Israel and the Occupied
Palestinian Territories, LGBTQ issues, religion, or the intersection
of all three, please come through!
Date: Tuesday, February 2
Time: 8:00-9:30 PM
Place: PAC 001
In recent months, colleges around the nation have started challenging Hillel International over their policy surrounding Israel discourse. The movement first started at Harvard, where the local Hillel was barred by the national organization from co-sponsoring a discussion with a Palestinian student group.
Swarthmore became the first “Open Hillel” in early December, declaring that they will no longer abide by the guidelines presented by Hillel national. In their official statement, Swarthmore’s Hillel declared that, “All are welcome to walk through our doors and speak with our name and under our roof, be they Zionist, anti-Zionist, post-Zionist, or non-Zionist.”
Hillel’s official guidelines specify that groups or speakers that deny the right of Israel to exist, support the BDS (boycott, divest and sanction) movement or, “delegitimize, demonize or apply a double standard to Israel” will not be hosted by the organization.
The movement has been met with backlash, especially from the national Hillel organization. As quoted in the New York Times, Eric Fingerhut, the president and chief executive of Hillel, responded to the movement by stating that, “ ‘anti-Zionists’ will not be permitted to speak using the Hillel name or under the Hillel roof, under any circumstances.”
We posted last week about a Students for Justice in Palestine petition that called on the Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA) to divest from companies that profit from or contribute to the occupation of Palestinian territories. Since then, there’s been a petition circulating by J Street U urging the WSA not to divest in order to facilitate the current round of negotiations between Israel and Palestine. You can read this petition below and sign here if interested:
Recently, a petition has circulated among students and alumni calling on the Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA) to divest its endowment from Israel as a response to the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. While the undersigned agree with the urgent need to resolve the conflict and end Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian Territories, we believe that a boycott of Israel is at best ineffective, and likely a counter-productive response to this conflict.
From Jacob Seltzer ’17:
Curious about the meaning of Israel Apartheid Week? Want to be a part of a productive open discussion about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Come to the second coffee talk hosted by J Street U. Coffee and Doughnuts will be served.
Date: Wednesday, February 26
Time: 8:30 – 9:30 PM
Place: PAC 104
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
Post submitted by Emily Greenspan ’16:
Come join J Street U at Wesleyan for a talk with Avner Gvaryahu, a
representative from Breaking the Silence, for a presentation about
what the organization does and the reality of life under Israeli
occupation. Discussion will follow.
Breaking the Silence is an organization of veteran combatants who have
served in the Israeli military since the start of the Second Intifada
and have taken it upon themselves to expose the Israeli public to the
reality of everyday life in the Occupied Territories. They endeavor to
stimulate public debate about the price paid for a reality in which
young soldiers face a civilian population on a daily basis, and are
engaged in the control of that population’s everyday life.
Read more about Breaking the Silence on the interwebz:
Date: Sunday, October 13
Time: 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: PAC 001
Cost: Free, but if you’d like to support Breaking the Silence, small contributions will be welcome
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).
From Sarah Cassel ’13:
In the film, Emmy award director, Tor Ben Mayor follows a group of 27
Palestinians and Israelis who meet under the frame of a unique project
called “History through the Human Eye” led by Parents Circle-Families
Forum – bereaved Palestinian and Israelis for Peace and
The project’s goal is to acknowledge the narrative of the other.
Together they create the conflict mosaic. Among them include Bereaved
families, Orthodox Jews and religious Muslims, settlers, ex soldiers
in the Israeli army, ex security prisoners, citizens of the Gaza
strip, kibbutz members, second generation holocaust survivors, non
violent activists and more. Each and every one holds his own
historical truth, and carries with him his own emotional baggage.
The movie will be followed by a panel discussion with one
representative from each sponsoring group.
Co-sponsored by: Students for Justice in Palestine, J Street U, and
Wesleyan United with Israel
When: Tuesday, April 30th, 7:30 – 9pm
Where: PAC 001