Israel Student Union Protests Obama’s Exclusion of Conservative Students

Obama’s big “More Israeli Sacrifices for Peace” speech is stoking controversy already. The speech, which is not taking place in the Israeli parliament, but in an auditorium, allowing for greater control over the audience, has involved some fairly selective choices.

And the most obvious choice is that Obama Inc is excluding most Israeli colleges, including two noted conservative institutions. This has led to a protest from the National Union of Israeli Students which represents 300,000 Israeli students across the country. These are the people whom Obama is trying to influence… and he has already failed.

Israel Student Union chairman Uri Reshtik sent a letter of protest to the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv on Sunday over Barack Obama’s planned speech to Israeli university students.

Obama has decided not to speak to the Knesset, as many visiting heads of state have done, but to deliver a speech to about 1,000 students at the Jerusalem Convention Center this Thursday.

In Reshtik’s letter, he praised Obama’s decision to speak to Israeli students and young people, but said that the decision to invite students from only 10 of Israel’s 60 universities and colleges is “discrimination based on ulterior motives. Such discrimination is not respectable and not acceptable.”

Bar Ilan University and Ariel University, both notedly conservative, have been excluded. There’s no doubt that the leftist Hebrew U is on the list.

Even a Labor MK blasted the decision urging students to boycott the speech.

MK Nachman Shai (Labor) called the Israeli Student Association on Sunday to announce that its members will boycott President Barack Obama’s speech this Thursday, because of the President’s decision not to invite students from the Ariel University in the Shomron.

“It’s shocking to think you can disqualify students just because they are studying in Judea and Samaria. I do not understand how President Obama wants to conduct a dialogue with the Israeli public when he consciously excludes part of it,” wrote MK Shai on his Facebook page.

Obama isn’t interested in a dialogue. He wants to give a high profile speech to an enthusiastic leftist audience. That’s the game plan here.

He hasn’t gone as far as giving the speech in Tel Aviv, though naturally all communications are still going through the US embassy in Tel Aviv, as a reminder that Obama does not recognize Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, but he is making it clear that this is meant to be a repeat of the Cairo speech.

  • moishe from bklyn

    Obama should speak to an empty hall. But, no, Israel will cave in on this matter instead.

    • AdinaK

      Israel's leaders are completely spineless, as they grovel for every pat on the back –….

      As to the younger generation, they are, for the most part, made of sterner stuff, especially the heads of Im Tirztu. I know these "chevra" well. They understand what a smack in the face it is, to have anyone, even a POTUS, ignore the will of a gov't decision, one which accredited Ariel U as a full fledged educational partner! How dare he….

      But Obama, the Islamist that he is, is having none of that. However, that doesn't mean that the students shouldn't give him the finger –

      Adina Kutnicki, Israel

  • IsraelFirster

    Wonder if Obama is delivering the speech in Arabic.

    • JacksonPearson

      No joke, I'd bet he could deliver it in Arabic…and without a teleprompter.

  • Chris B.

    Obama has incorporated division in his domestic policy, and its obvious in his middle east policy he's doing the same, Israel, you're next….

  • kafir4life

    President Stinky (bo) Benghazi is garbage.

  • Bert

    Something is rotten in Israel when Obama can dictate who can attend and who is blocked from a speech in their own country. A few years back Obama also invited American Jewish leaders to attend a talk by him. He made it a point to invite the infamous J Street while pointedly excluding the Zionist Organizations of America. To their eternal shame all the other Jewish organizations went along with this insult without protest. Jewish leadership in both Israel and America is, with few exceptions, morally rotten. People of faith can understand the connection between Jewish corruption and the 'coincidence' of Jewish suffering. In other words those leaders who are ignorant, arrogant and faithless continue to bring suffering upon the Jewish people and are incapable of understanding the connection to their own actions.

    • maso

      grow up all you Israeli sympathisers…. you're in the wrong that's why you're all terrified that the Palestinians will got to the criminal court. get over it adhere to the laws everyone else has to.

  • Patscholar

    Obama gets away with speaking to only left-wing audiences in the US for press releases – too bad Israel is letting him get away with it in their country. They will live to regret their decision as his speech will pander to the left in Israel who support the Arabs (Palestinians) over their own country. As an American I am highly offended at O's tactics and weep for Israel and the US.

  • AnOrdinaryMan

    Hmmm…the main campus of Bar Ilan University is in Tel Aviv; and how is it that Obama isn't speaking to the Knesset? What an insult; and this from someone who sings the praises of the shadow of Democracy in the Muslim world. He doesn't care about Democracy, either. I wonder what Ze'ev Jabotinsky would say about Obama.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "He doesn't care about Democracy, either."

      He doesn't care about anyone else's rights. He cares about manipulating any political tools that work for him.

  • Lan Astaslem

    deep down inside that shallow, soulless empty suit is a COWARD – a small, arrogant, self important coward who cannot tolerate or defend himself against dissent – he must always be surrounded by drooling useful idoits

  • JacksonPearson

    Israel would be foolish to give an inch to the so-called Palestinians.

  • Chanameel

    Obama is just a face for NWO.
    NWO has to take Jerusalem in order to rule the world.
    All Obama has to do is push Israel back to 1967 borders.
    Move our embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.
    Since he in September 2009 already "surrendered" America when he lead 50,000 muslim men in a"
    Day of Prayer" where they prayed for the "Soul of America."
    This occult rite is an act of "surrender" and also determines the "future destiny" of America.
    Remember you can't keep troops in muslim countries unless you surrender yours.

  • Arlie

    Israel should not allow 0 into the country without valid proof of identity. Since he has none..turn the jets around

    After what 0 has caused since his speech in Cairo in 2009, Why on G-d's green earth, is he allow to speak to only the radicals within Israel? To foment more division! Everything 0 does is divisive.

    I cannot conceive of any reason to allow 0 into the sovereign state of Israel. It is appalling.