A Chapter That Should Be Expelled from Hillel

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Furthermore, it is difficult to believe that investigating the controversy did not at the very least bring to the attention of OC Hillel leadership (Fruchtman among them) the fact that the campus chapter was committing an egregious error by associating with the event as initially publicized. Instead of accepting an iota of responsibility for this disgrace, offering an apology, or ensuring that misled students were corrected for wrongfully endorsing the event, Fruchtman was moved only to personally discredit the messenger.

The Tale of Two Rishmawis remains unresolved in Orange County, California. The OC Hillel president has not issued a public apology for his organization’s proven association with a group infiltrated by high-ranking ISM activists (again, this a group that endorses and abets Palestinian terrorism). This may, in fact, have much to do with the OC Hillel President Jordan Fruchtman’s personal affinity for the OTI himself. According to a 2010 OTI booklet titled “The Olive Tree Initiative: Expressions/Impressions” obtained by the Orange County Independent Taskforce on Anti-Semitism, Fruchtman is listed as an “individual supporter” of the OTI. It is no mystery why UCI Hillel will not publicly condemn this program or disassociate from it, after being given every opportunity.

To further besmirch and cow the opposition, Fruchtman publicized a petition “signed” by Hillel students. The problem was, many of the signatories were exposed to be fraudulent. Pajamas Media discovered that numerous individuals alleged to have signed the petition never, in fact, did nor did they have knowledge of the petition. A UCI PhD candidate Joe Wolf reported, “The student president of Hillel at UCI publicly admitted to a group of students and community members on Monday, November 22, that the majority of students who were listed were never shown the letter before it was sent out the afternoon of Friday, November 19.”

The president, Matan Lurey, claimed that the seemingly fraudulent petition was the result of a mailing list error: “Using both the contact lists in my phone, and my friends, who run two other large Jewish groups at UC Irvine, we compiled a list of students we would contact to get their approval for the response letter. Unfortunately, due to the frenzied environment … the letter was accidentally sent out to the mailing list, where it was copied to a blog and forwarded along several other sources.”

As if this saga weren’t enough of a betrayal of the OC Jewish community, the coup de grace is only now just being uncovered. What is also printed in the 2010 Expressions/Impressions booklet is the 2009 OTI itinerary, which lists Aziz Duwaik, a high-ranking Hamas politician, among the scheduled speakers. The timing of the Duwaik talk was mere months after Duwaik had been released from an Israeli prison after being arrested in 2006. It should be common-knowledge to most FrontPage readers that Hamas is a US-classified terrorist organization which is expressly devoted to exterminating Jews.

A recently publicized letter written in 2009 to the Chancellor of UCI, Michael Drake, from Shalom Elcott of the JFOC and two co-chairs of the federation’s Rose Project (The federation identifies itself as the “largest funder” of the OTI) expressed distress over the Duwaik meeting. They claim that students were told — it is unclear by whom, as the name was redacted — to keep the meeting secret in order to avoid detainment crossing borders, problems traveling to and from the US, and backlash from the OC Jewish community. Nonetheless, all of these parties — the federation, UCI, Fruchtman — all continued to support the OTI. Many of them claim the Duwaik meeting was impromptu, saying that a canceled meeting was replaced extemporaneously with Duwaik by a leading graduate student in the field. However, no one seems concerned how it is possible that OTI leadership could possibly arrange a spontaneous meeting with a leader of a genocidal terrorist organization.

The Hillel-entwined OTI has not only been infiltrated by the likes of terrorist sympathizers and leaders, but the program itself shares the modus operandi of the same skillful anti-Israel propaganda technicians, like Rishmawi and Duwaik, who posture as moderate “peace-seekers” in order to seduce erstwhile pro-Israel students to their deadly cause. It was the OTI’s George N. Rishmawi himself who opined in a 2004 interview: “When Palestinians get shot by Israeli soldiers, no one is interested anymore, but if some of these foreign volunteers get shot or even killed, then the international media will sit up and take notice.” How long before it is a student at UC Irvine?

Unfortunately, the only voices who seem capable of calling this insanity what it is and warning students of the significant danger it poses are the ones that are routinely opposed by Hillel chapters on college campuses. “Why would they [Jewish students] be going over to meet with people who want to kill them except to be deceived into thinking they’re civilized?” remarked David Horowitz, whose recently launched campus campaign, the Palestinian Wall of Lies, has met a  disturbing degree of opposition from Hillel chapters, typically in the form of accusations of hate-mongering.

“The alleged ‘hate’ in our [Wall of Lies] ads is that we call lies, lies. When we ask what is offensive about them, our detractors don’t have a response except to issue insults,” Horowitz said. The Palestinian Wall of Lies campaign is strictly factually-based, refuting point-by-point the predominant falsehoods promulgated by Israeli Apartheid Week. Instead of joining with the Freedom Center in this cause, “Hillel members are willing to join coalitions with groups like MSA which is a Muslim Brotherhood front group and is sponsoring anti-Israel hate weeks.”

And in some cases, as with UCI, Hillel members are willing to hear out a terrorist group leader and give him his say. At the same time, it is those who speak loudest against radical anti-Israel hatred who are quickly castigated from the dialogue. “They’ll dialogue with Hamas, whose charter calls for the destruction of Israel, rather than have an open community dialogue with those of us who support Israel as a Jewish State and oppose Jewish funding of OTI,” explained Dee Sterling, who has been prevented from speaking publicly due to her grassroots activism against the UCI Hillel and other Jewish groups’ continued association with the OTI. Unfortunately, it is a travesty that is becoming more ubiquitous, not less.

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  • bob maram

    of couse that odious chapter should beexpelled from hillel.toquote rabbi hillel ""if not now, when"" bobmaram

  • Larry

    I've often said "We Jews are our own worst enemies". A good example of Jews shooting themselves in the foot is J Street. 70 to 75% of Jews will still vote for Obama even though his Anti-Israel and pro Muslim sympathies are well known.

    • jacob

      I have discovered that American Jews are genetically DEMOCRAPS, that is,
      BORN Democraps, which explains why Jewish Republicans are as scarce
      as hen's teeth…

      I learned it from speaking to a very intelligent New York Jewish lady when I
      asked her then who was she going to vote for President and she answered
      me : OBAMA …! ! !

      I asked her then what did she know about this perfect "parachutist" for all
      intent and purpose and she answered me she didn't have to, as long as
      he was her party's choice…

      Then I asked her whether if her party would have chosen a monkey for
      President, would she vote for him and she answered me YES…! ! !
      Jews are famous for feeding and handing their enemy the knife with which
      he will slit their throats, thanks to their stupid and naive "liberalism"….
      Rest assured, in spite of all, at least 50% of them will vote OBAMA in 2012

      • Fred Dawes

        That will be the downfall of this country, I know some jews who are totally right wing but all are vet like world war two and are long dead, the sons of many love the BS Not all but alot, we must understand within 10 years this country will be in a race and civil war and it will be for our life's, it coming down on all of us and the system understands what is coming.

  • Questions

    The late Irving Kristol put it well: "Never understimate the political stupidity of the Jews."

  • sodizzy

    Would that Bill Kristol have inherited his father's intelligence.

  • Jim

    Not only Hillel but various other religions have influential sub groups which seem to be intensely trying to promote dangerous extremist movements. The movements seem to be intent on causing harm to the people in the religion.. The question is why the subgroups support such destructive movements. The leaders always seem to have a hyper moralistic system of reasoning. However their moralistic reasons probably are not the real reasons. The moralistic reasons seem to be nothing more than talking points which are designed to rationalize rather than to explain.

  • Alfonz Shmedlap

    M., 04/11/11 common era

    The UC Irvine Hillel chapter's attitude illustrates the logical consequence of moral relativism. 2 peoples in 2 states sounds reasonable, the "2-State Solution." However,
    the Palestinian Arab Gentiles really are seeking all of mythical "Palestine" by a "strategy of stages," 1st ununciated in 1964, 3 years before the miraculous 6-Day War. With Jews like them and like Soros, the "2-State Solution" would quickly become, G-d forbid, a "2-State Final Solution 2."

  • warrenrush

    Greetings to UC Irvine

    Wake Up and Smell the Coffee before your Goose is Cooked

    No apologies

  • BS77

    These libs would vote for a rotten log if it ran as a Democrat.

    • Sue

      I've always said that if Christ ran as a Republican and Satan as a Democrat, liberals would vote for Satan!

  • John J.

    Maybe they assume that Obama would help protect the Jews just as Roosevelt did. Unfortunately, Roosevelt did not protect or save the Jews until it was too late for most. In fact, he did the exact opposite during most of the war, where his hand-selected agents delayed and obfuscated all assistance to them, even pretending they were not aware of how many were in concentration camps. He chose to not bomb railways or camps for ridiculous reasons. Basically, he waited until the last minute to stop the slaughter. The New-deal handout king was the Jew's worst nightmare. Obama has already shown he would be no better at defending or protecting Jewish interests.

    • Michael Garfinkel

      Roosevelt did authorize the War Refugee Board in January 1944, albeit under substantial political pressure.

      Still, this anology is poor: Roosevelt was largely indifferent, while Obama is clearly hostile to Jewish interests.

      As for the Hillel players in Irvine, they're simply engaged in the early submssion of resumes. There will, after all, be a demand for Kapos in the coming Islamic Socialist Reich.

    • nomoreobama

      Obama has shown he is no friend of the Jews! His days in office are numbered!

  • Leah

    Jews blaming Jews. This is article is an embarrassment to our community and was clearly written by someone who has no idea what is really going on in the Irvine Jewish Community. I encourage everyone who reads this to go out and find the real facts for themselves. It's time to join together for our common good and stop trying to pass blame.

    • Sashland

      or just BS?

      Deserved criticism is, well, deserved.

      Is there something factually incorrect with the article?

    • alan g

      Leah, I challenge you to give evidence to contradict the claim. It seems that they either supported those groups or not. If they supported them, then where is the argument.

      • Leah

        That is a great point, Alan. What qualifies as support? i read nothing about support other than some UCI Hillel students who joined OTI…specifically their student president. Does that mean the entire OC Hillel supports the initiative? I do not think that Hillel has the power to ban their students from other organizations, but i could be mistaken as i do not know all the rules of Hillel. It seems to me that the actions of a single participant have some how convicted an entire organization of…well, i'm not even sure what. I fail to see the "support" that OC Hillel is being convicted of…as a matter of fact, this article does not demonstrate any support of OTI by OC Hillel as an organization. It seems unfair and radical to punish the other OC Hillel students who were not involved with OTI just because of the actions of another student.

    • http://jewtudes.com deborah lurya

      Yes Leah- we need to come together-
      ahavat Israel. There are a lot of big egos at play here.

      • ziontruth

        For "ahavat Israel" (love of all Jews of one another, as one body) to be effective and not just an empty phrase, Jews everywhere need to be united against those who hate them. Jews need to realize that Hussein Obama is no friend of the Jewish nation, that Leftism is deleterious to the Jewish survival and that the Muslims are vying today for successorship of Hitler's work (God forbid).

  • Laura

    With Jews like those who run Hillel, we don't need enemies.

    • doreen

      Amen brudda!

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  • WilliamJamesWard

    Shakespeare did not write Shakespeare it was another man who lived in
    the same town at the same time and coincidentally in the same house
    with the same name who wrote Shakespeare. Insanity, pure insanity it
    does exist and is alive and well at OC Hillel, why does the word perversion
    keep banging in my head when I read this account, disconcerting at
    a minimum, betrayal for sure……………………………………………………..William

  • http://jewtudes.com deborah lurya

    It is a problem for sure, but it was handled all wrong. Sterling should have used a little candor and discretion instead of attacking the Jewish Federation leaders. And on the other hand, the leadership should have held a meeting with the concerned community memebers, Rabbis, orgs etc. Our community should not be splintering at a time when Israel is surrounded by her enemies, and she needs American Jewish support. Lets quit beating this horse to death, and move into the world at large. Also how about teaching our children about our successes in history- we need Jewish pride. Tearing each other apart is a sin- it brought down the second Temple. Egos needs to be put to rest, s o that we can work in unison. Ahavat Israel.

  • jzsnake

    Y'all need to come on down to Georgia Tech where the Hillel is having an Israel Fest this Thursday. Hell no we ain't forgetting!

  • ThePittsburghSteeler

    This is a necessary (and excellent journalism, by the way) article; perhaps it will
    wake up a few Jews on the far Left. If the national Hillel leadership had any sense,
    they would shut down the UC Irvine chapter–for good. Unfortunately,, there are many
    Jews in ISRAEL that think and act like Jordan Fruchtman and his gang. (Where common
    sense people are often ridiculed for suggesting that Israel find a way to shoot down the rockets coming from Gaza) But don't you UNDERSTAND?! Franklin Roosevelt was a CHARISMATIC man!, exclaim many American Jews. This is all that matters to them.

  • RfaelMoshe

    This an active and on going problem. Well, albeit, mysteriously funded "Pro Palestinian groups openly encourage their members to lie their way into Jewish organizations on campus. The goal is to subvert tomorrow's leaders. Some of the "Palestinian students" seem to be older, take only one class, and spend their time agitating. Are they being sent here for that purpose?

  • http://www.rabbidov.com Rabbi Dov Fischer

    I am an Irvine shul rabbi. For more on the insanity of Olive Tree, Hillel's direct role in founding it, Federation's and Elcott's direct role in helping launch it and finance it, see:
    http://www.cross-currents.com/archives/2011/02/28http://www.rabbidov.com/olive_tree_initiative.htm http://www.rabbidov.com/olive_tree_initiative_200http://www.rabbidov.com/rest_of_olive_tree_initia

    This indeed is the reason that Chabad started a branch at UCI — to offset the poison at Hillel. And it is the reason that more and more synagogues, as well as Yeshiva University, are starting and funding Jewish groups at campuses for students to bypass the poison at Hillel. Can you imagine — recruiting Jewish kids to go to "Palestine" where they will spend part opf Rosh Hashanah meeting with terrorist apol;ogists who seek to destroy Israel? And being supported with Jewish federation funding? Can you even imagine?

    • Guest

      Only one error in what you say.

    • sam

      You only wish you were a Rabbi.

  • Avi S

    To see an upclose and personal example of what this article warns us about please join the group jihadijew on facebook.

  • DefiantJewess

    this is still going on- the Hillel pandering or succumbing to the Student for Justice movement and MSU. This is the fault of the Jewish Federation who have supported the left all along, and gone along with the myths spun by the left, their NGOS, and the so called peace organizations. And of course the vitriol that is manifested and broadcast on campuses nationwide. Here in California the Federation and its umbrella orbs work with and support the UC system in California lock stock and barrel, so when there are the famous apartheid weeks, the Federation does nothing to discourage it. Why this is is not really something anyone can know for sure. Perhaps there are financial gifts? Status? More power? After all, there is big bucks in promoting anti-Semitism. Accusations that the Jewish state is guilty of committing Apartheid is the new way of saying we are dirty Jews. We are Perfidious and evil Jews and we don’t deserve to live. Even the Pope is making a case, hard peddling the Palestinian state.