Allow JUMP@BU and other Pro-Israel organizations to host Charles Jacobs and "The J Street Challenge" inside BU Hillel
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BU Hillel and Hillel International have prevented JUMP@BU, BU's chapter of JUMP@, and other pro-Israel organizations from hosting Charles Jacobs, screening parts of "The J Street Challenge", and hosting an open and honest discussion about what it means to many different people to be "pro-Israel" inside BU Hillel. The event abides by Hillel's Standards of Partnership, however, they refuse to host the event since they don't believe it supports their vision of a "constructive, supportive and inclusive Jewish community" Rabbi Hillel, whom Hillel International is named after, believed in thoughtful, open, and honest conversations, ones that BU Hillel and Hillel International are seeking to stop by refusing to host this event.
Sign the petition to show BU Hillel and Hillel International that you do not support their efforts to stifle conversation about Israel at BU Hillel. This event will help build bridges, start important conversations, and build on everyone's goal of building a strong support base for Israel and peace on campus.
Below is the official statement released by JUMP:
JUMP and our college organizing arm, JUMP@, are disappointed with Boston University Hillel’s recent decision to prevent JUMP@BU from hosting an event in BU Hillel. After initially approving the event, BU Hillel decided to backtrack their decision eight days before the event was to take place at BU Hillel.
The event was a screening of clips from the film “The J Street Challenge” by Americans for Peace and Tolerance as well as a panel discussion around what it means to be pro-Israel from speakers and students across the political spectrum. Boston University’s chapter of J Street U was also invited to participate in the event but chose to decline their invitation.
JUMP@BU, the largest pro-Peace club at Boston University, decided to host the event at BU Hillel following their decision to admit J Street U as a student group, in order to start open and honest conversations about different views and ways others support Israel. In order to host the event at BU Hillel, JUMP@BU had to refrain from inviting Students for Justice in Palestine from participating in the event in order to abide by Hillel International’s Standards for Partnership guidelines. JUMP and JUMP@ take great pride in working with groups across the political spectrum, whether they share similar policy positions or not. Various Jewish and Pro-Israel organizations agreed to co-sponsor the event with JUMP@BU in support of hosting an open and honest conversation.
While we are disappointed in BU Hillel and Hillel International’s effort to stifle conversation on Israel, we will not allow their efforts to silence student voices continue. We are working with JUMP@BU student leaders, various Jewish and Pro-Israel organizations, and campus faculty to ensure this event can proceed on campus in order to ensure open and honest conversation can happen at Boston University and for their Jewish community.
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