Hillel’s Coalition with the Enemies of Israel Becomes Increasingly Unseemly

David Horowitz was one of the founders of the New Left in the 1960s and an editor of its largest magazine,Ramparts. He is the author, with Peter Collier, of three best selling dynastic biographies: The Rockefellers: An American Dynasty (1976); The Kennedys: An American Dream (1984); and The Fords: An American Epic (1987). Looking back in anger at their days in the New Left, he and Collier wrote Destructive Generation (1989), a chronicle of their second thoughts about the 60s that has been compared to Whittaker Chambers’ Witness and other classic works documenting a break from totalitarianism. Horowitz examined this subject more closely in Radical Son (1996), a memoir tracing his odyssey from “red-diaper baby” to conservative activist that George Gilder described as “the first great autobiography of his generation.”

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On Monday, March 28, the Daily Pennsylvania printed our ad “Wall of Lies.” We removed the word “Palestinian” from the original “Palestinian Wall of Lies” as a concession to the reigning political orthodoxy on campus which forbids putting the words “Palestinian” or “Muslim” with the words “lies” or “terrorism” in the same factual sentence but has no problem with putting “Israel” and “Apartheid” in dyad thus spreading an actual lie about a militarily threatened democratic state. In response to our ad the sinister coalition of campus Hillels with groups that seek to destroy the Jewish state took another step forward. Below is the “response” to our ad in the Daily Pennsylvanian, followed by the letter I have submitted to the editor. This, in turn, is followed by my letter to one of the signers of the attack on our ad, a former Hillel education chairman.

On Monday, the David Horowitz Freedom Center took out a full-page advertisement in The Daily Pennsylvanian and college newspapers around the country. It was an ad full of dehumanizing hate speech about the Palestinian people particularly and the Muslim, Arab and pro-Palestinian communities generally. We, as leaders of the Jewish and Muslim communities and as leaders of the pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian groups on campus, are joining together to collectively condemn such hateful and inflammatory rhetoric and those who espouse it.

We believe that the publication of this horrifying and divisive document is an opportunity to come together as one community and address the status quo that has gone unchallenged for too long. We are exasperated by the oversimplification of an issue that deeply affects millions of human lives. We reject the idea that there is no alternative to this fruitless, polarizing antagonism. We are deeply disappointed by the fact that both sides have convinced themselves that they have nothing to learn from the other and nothing to say that the other will respect. We reject the extension of this attitude to our campus.

We are no longer satisfied with a world in which Muslims, Jews and Christians, as well as those who identify as pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian, are compelled to suffer silently every time extremists perpetrate hate in the name of the convictions we hold most dear. We recognize that these attacks and libels de-humanize not only those they target but also those in whose name they claim to speak — the individuals whose peaceful voices and opinions are drowned out in a sea of discrimination and hatred. We refuse to be complicit in destructive ignorance.

We propose that we, as Israeli and Palestinian advocates, bring the same level of open-mindedness and intellectual rigor to our advocacy as we do to our studies. When discussing this issue, we resolve not to check our inquisitiveness or our tolerance at the door. We should be able to view each other’s efforts not as incitements that require either response or dismissal but as invitations to expand our understanding of the issues and each other.

Today and going forward, we stand united in our suffering and against our suffering. We are united in the conviction that this moment of hate will serve as the catalyst for us to come together and learn from each other. These conversations will not be easy, but they are essential in the process of reconciliation between our communities and the development of a shared vision for the future.

We all dream of peace, but we also recognize that in our dreaming we must not fall into complacent slumber. We must remain alert to the hatred and intolerance that surround us and guard ourselves — and each other — against them. Our generation has not inherited an easy task, but we resolve that those who see enmity as inevitable, or hatred as natural, will never go unchallenged. By our unity, commitment, action and friendship we vow to build and defend a new framework of respect, humility and constructive creativity.

This guest column was written by: Besan Abu-Joudah, College and Wharton junior, former Penn Arab Student Society vice president
 Logan Bayroff, College sophomore, Forum for New Israel Dialogue president
 Ariel Fisher, College senior, former Hillel Education chairman Elisheva Goldberg, College senior, Kedma editor-in-chief
 Sarah Shihadah, College freshman, Penn for Palestine, Penn Arab Student Society

The following people are signatories:
Maryam Alireza, Penn Arab Student Society president 
Humna Bhojani, Penn for Palestine president 
Sarah Ijaz, Muslim Students Association president
 Tamar Karpuj, Hillel Israel Sector chairwoman

Elisheva Goldberg can be contacted at nelis@sas.upenn.edu.

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To the editor:

On Wednesday, the Daily Pennsylvanian printed a response to our Wall of Lies ad signed by a coalition of Jewish and Muslim campus leaders. In several rhetoric heavy paragraphs they called our ad “dehumanizing hate speech” and “hateful and inflammatory.” It would have been nice to see one citation from the ad that was alleged to be hate speech or one argument that the claims made in our ad were not true. There was no such citation and no such argument, only hate speech against us for writing the ad. It seems reasonable to conclude that this resort to emotion is because there is no argument to be made for the slanders that Israel is an “apartheid state” or that Israel “occupies” Arab land. Or perhaps these students were not up to the task. Shame on those who signed the article, and shame on their teachers for not providing them with the ability and good manners to actually answer arguments they disagree with instead of demonizing those who make them.

Sincerely,

David Horowitz

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Dear Elisheva Goldberg (former Hillel Chairman and signer of the Daily Pennsylvanian article),

I don’t pretend to understand what would motivate you to attack a statement of facts defending Israel with such hate-filled vitriol as you do in the article you have jointly signed with Palestinian groups. I would like to see any statement you personally, or Hillel generally, has made condemning the Israel Apartheid Weeks and Walls organized by the Muslim Students Association, undoubtedly with support from the Palestinian groups you have embraced. If you do not respond to this email I will conclude that you made no such statements, and prefer to attack Jews defending themselves against slanders whose intent is clearly genocidal.

The purpose of this email is to formally offer to debate you or anyone you may propose as to the veracity of the claims our ad makes in defense of Israel or, alternatively, any of the claims made by the Palestinian groups you have aligned yourself with against Israel.

Sincerely,

David Horowitz

  • Ariely

    The so called human rights protectors- don’t protect 21 century vales!
    They support movements that fight against all the values they pretend to defend.

    They are silent when Islamists are denying:
    Women equality–human rights–religious freedom–democracy

    However they are practicing:
    Kill people that condemd Islamist values-hate teaching in schools and children garden–genocide preaching in Mosques and TV—indiscriminately targeting civilians—chasing Christians-slavery in Sudan and Golf states

    And don’t blame:
    1:Muslim brotherhood speech saying:
    ‘Hitler didn’t finish the jog—The Muslims will finish the job”
    2:Hamas charter:
    The day of judgment will not come until Moslems fight killing the Jews.
    The stones and trees will say O MOSLEM, THERE IS A JEW BEHIND ME, KILL HIM
    3: “Hiding among civilians prevents armies with western values the ability to fight. We impose a new non conventional equation in wars”
    Said by Hamas leader Khalid Mash’al on Al-Jazeera
    .
    They should support the following values.
    *will promote the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants;
    *will be based on the precepts of liberty, justice and peace taught by the Hebrew Prophets;
    *will uphold the full social and political equality of all its citizens, without distinction of race, creed or sex;
    * will guarantee full freedom of conscience, worship, education and culture;
    * will safeguard the sanctity and inviolability of the shrines and Holy Places of all religions

    Those are Israel values and practice based on the independence declaration:
    Despite non stop wars, terror attacks, boycodes and dehumanization Israel has to phase for more than 65 years –Israel still hopes that those values will be achieved one day

  • Ariely

    The so called human rights protectors- don't protect 21 century vales!
    They support movements that fight against all the values they pretend to defend.

    They are silent when Islamists are denying:
    Women equality–human rights–religious freedom–democracy

    However they are practicing:
    Kill people that condemd Islamist values-hate teaching in schools and children garden–genocide preaching in Mosques and TV—indiscriminately targeting civilians—chasing Christians-slavery in Sudan and Golf states

    And don’t blame:
    1:Muslim brotherhood speech saying:
    'Hitler didn’t finish the jog—The Muslims will finish the job"
    2:Hamas charter:
    The day of judgment will not come until Moslems fight killing the Jews.
    The stones and trees will say O MOSLEM, THERE IS A JEW BEHIND ME, KILL HIM
    3: "Hiding among civilians prevents armies with western values the ability to fight. We impose a new non conventional equation in wars"
    Said by Hamas leader Khalid Mash'al on Al-Jazeera

  • Ariely

    The so called human rights protectors- don't protect 21 century vales!
    They support movements that fight against all the values they pretend to defend.
    They should support the following values.

    *will promote the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants;
    *will be based on the precepts of liberty, justice and peace taught by the Hebrew Prophets;
    *will uphold the full social and political equality of all its citizens, without distinction of race, creed or sex;
    * will guarantee full freedom of conscience, worship, education and culture;
    * will safeguard the sanctity and inviolability of the shrines and Holy Places of all religions

    Those are Israel values and practice based on the independence declaration:
    Despite non stop wars, terror attacks, boycodes and dehumanization Israel has to phase for more than 65 years –Israel still hopes that those values will be achieved one day

  • Raymond in DC

    The first part of the great sage Hillel's maxim reads, "If I am not for myself, who will be for me?" Why then do those involved in today's Hillels *not* stand up for themselves and their people but rather with those who would do them ill? Echoing comments by Cong. Ackerman regarding J Street, they're so open minded in embracing the other side their brains have fallen out.

    I spent much time in Hillels, both in Canada and the US, during my college years and have supported them in the past. In recent weeks I received *two* solicitations from Hillel's fundraising arm. Both went straight to the trash.

  • jbtrevor

    Ironic isn't it? While condemning the ad as "full of dehumanizing hate speech" the coalition of Hillels is calling for both sides to listen to each other as we have much to learn from each other.

  • jacob

    Instead of beating around the bushes for over 60 years and not calling
    an ace an ace and a spade a spade, why is it next to impossible to make
    people understand once and for all, that the Arab-Israeli conflict consists
    totally and absolutely of the fact that, same as for the Mediterranean Sea
    to ancient ROME, their MARE NOSTRUM in which there was no room for
    any other ships than Roman, ARABS likewise consider the Middle East
    THEIRS, in which there is no room for anything else but MUSLIMS unless
    of course, they accept to live as DHIMMIS and pay the JAZIYAH or whatever
    this "tax" is called in the "Holy" KORAN ???

    The eradication of ISRAEL is the ultimate goal of their "Constitutions", be it
    the PA, HAMAS, HIZBULLAH and the 3 NOOS of the KHARTOUM conference
    and, instead of wasting time and money polemizing with people that do not
    want to understand, accept nor abide by it, is what should be proclaimed to
    the four winds and get ready to defend what is ours, as there is no alternative
    unless moving to UGANDA as Brits once proposed…
    PERIOD

  • Monty Lasovsky

    The Wall of Lies is starting to work!
    The letter of condemnation is so far off the mark as to be laughable. All the "Wall of Lies" is doing is stating facts as they are. No rhetoric is involved in them. If the authors of the letter addressed to David Horowitz pretended to understand the lies as proven and the reason for the "Wall of Lies" they would have either gone to great lengths to disprove the lies, if they could, instead of which they write their normal vitriolic rhetoric in an attempt to negate what is irrefutable and just keep" stirring their pot"- as is to be expected.

  • Questions

    Hillel House is now run by Jews who love “humanity” more than Jews or their allies. I was a supporter of the organization back in my college days, but I am appalled at what it has become.

  • Questions

    Hillel House is now run by Jews who place a higher priority upon "humanity" than Israel and its allies. I once was a supporter of the group back in my youth, but am appalled at what it has become. The self-flagellation continues.

    • lilach

      Even if you place a higher priority upon humanity (rather than "humanity") you should support telling the truth about Israel or any other nation rather than the Arab lies, and defending Israel or any other nation fighting for its life against a genocidal creed.

  • WildJew

    It is disheartening to see our youth identify with Israel's enemies.

  • Yetwave

    It is a rare Jew today who knows that Taqiyya is not the name of a blast from the shofar. American university students, especially those at insulated, elitist ivy league campuses, want to believe that evil is a minor motive for others because it is so for themselves. These are children of privilege for whom the only shanda is buying retail.

  • Rick_in_VA

    Typical of the left, (which includes liberals and Muslims): If they can't argue the merits of their case, they resort to personal attacks. This is nothing new, except now their personal attacks have become physical.

  • wk_in_Big_D

    Congratulations, David on success with the wall of lies. I appreciate your perseverance in the face of self-loathing American Jewish liberal idiocy. I am at a University where Hillel is kinda liberal but not as ravingly stupid and self-destructive as the Dhimmwits in this case….
    Carry on!
    Respect!

  • http://garyfouse.blogspot.com gary fouse

    This sounds like Hillel in Orange County. Last May, when one of our allies organized 2-300 people to come to UC Irvine's Israel Apartheid Week with Israeli and American flags, she was berated by Hillel and told that "the students" didn't want them there. As it was, we defetaed the MSU and their speakers last May-no thanks to Hillel (and the OC Jewish Federation)

    Gary Fouse
    Adj teacher
    UCI-EXT

  • ThePittsburghSteeler

    Way to go, David. This is exactly what needs to be done. As to Elisheva Goldberg,
    and the Hillel organization, I can't understand how any self-respecting Jew could
    align himself/herself with Palestinian causes.

    ThePittsburghSteeler