We all know what happened to Jilian Redford, president of the University of Richmond Hillel. Once she stated her political views – she was dismissed from her post.
Today I got in my emailbox an invitation forwarded by the NY Israel Campus Roundtable:
This summer is an active season for political demonstrations, everywhere you look, there are young people with flags, banners, and songs. But this time, it’s the pro-Israel community that’s making up the crowd. On Thursday, June 10th the City College Hillel and NAJSA, led by me will lead a pro-Israel counter-demonstration against a pro-Palestinian leftist rally. We will meet at 5PM in Union Square under the George Washington statue. Bring flags, posters, and people. Wear blue colors to show support for Israel. If you can’t find me there, call (718) XXX-XXXX.
-Sergio Kadinsky, President
City College Hillel
Below are three manipulative images which were attached to the invitation… This was the response I sent back:
As a pro-Israel and Israeli activist I will not take part in these demonstrations. Since when is supporting the Gaza settlements pro-Israel (most Israelis support withdrawl from the strip)?
As an active member of the NYU Bronfman Center Hillel, I think it is totally inappropiate that the call for a demonstration came from president of City College Hillel. There was already a case of a Hillel president who [lost] her job for her leftist political views.
I really dont want to start a political discussion over this mailing list, but the point is that what you call “pro-Israel” would be called back in Israel simply “Right-Wing”.
Hillel now has two options: The first one is to give Redford back her presidency. The other one is to kick out the president of City College. I support the former option of course. It would be only fair – Redford only stated her views while the City College Hillel president is calling to join him (as president!) for an explicitly right wing march as is obvious from the following pics: