UC Berkeley Hillel Silences Conservatives
Lee Kaplan at DAFKA reports that leftists at the Hillel Jewish Student Union at UC Berkeley have changed their by-laws to prevent conservative pro-Israel groups (such as DAFKA and ZOA) from operating as a part of Hillel: Pro-Israel groups silenced at UC Berkeley.
The move was designed to remove the only truly active conservative pro-Israel groups that existed or could exist in UC Berkeley Hillel, both DAFKA and the ZOA. Tzedek, one of the groups that is supposedly “progressive” and allowed to remain, has arranged for events in cooperation with the Students For Justice In Palestine (SJP) at UC Berkeley who seek Israel’s being dismantled and promote divestment from Israel on US campuses. Hillel has even co-mingled funds in the past with the SJP. SJP insists on its website on “decolonization of all Palestinian lands” which is doublespeak for all of Israel. Their demonstrations on the Cal campus have been frequently violent and anti-Semitic. In the past, DAFKA has complained about Tzedek and voiced concern that the group is a fifth column within Hillel for Leftists to affect Hillel’s overall pro-Israel activities for the worse and to provide access to Hillel funds by anti-Israel forces under the guise of being “peace advocates”. Tzedek is a national organization within Hillel also but was not removed.