UC Berkeley’s Jewish Student Union rejects J Street campus branch’s membership

(JNS.org) The Jewish Student Union at the University of California, Berkeley has denied membership to a college branch of the J Street lobby, on the grounds that it violated student union’s laws by hosting speakers who demonize Israel.

In particular, J Street U sponsored the Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence, which works with Israeli veterans who severely criticize Israel’s military operations.

“A lot of people have said that they want the (Jewish Student Union) to stay a place they feel comfortable saying they love Israel,” Jewish Student Union President Daphna Torbati told the Daily Californian.

Shayna Howitt, a spokesperson for J Street U, said the group is “not afraid to stand up and question how we can best support Israel, because we’re committed to the safety of Israel.”


Posted on October 11, 2013 .