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Wednesday, May 17, 2017  
 

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• Northwestern students organize candlelight vigil in response to Ramsea Odeh event

• UW-Madison student government leader ordered to apologize to Jewish community for Passover vote

• Loyola student explores complexities of Israel first-hand

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Northwestern students organize candlelight vigil in response to Ramsea Odeh event


 

Over 100 Northwestern University students and community members attended a candlelight vigil on Monday night in honor of Edward Joffe and Leon Kanner, two Hebrew University students killed in a terrorist attack on a Jerusalem supermarket in 1969. 
 
The vigil, organized by students from Hillel, Wildcats for Israel and J Street U, was held in response to a Students for Justice in Palestine event celebrating Rasmea Odeh. In 1970, Odeh was convicted of perpetrating the supermarket attack that killed Joffe and Kanner, as well as a 1969 bombing of the British Consulate in Israel. In 2014, Odeh was convicted of immigration fraud and is currently awaiting deportation to Jordan
 
“We respect SJP’s right to have an event and we respect their right to host different narratives, but we believe bringing a convicted terrorist to campus crosses a moral line,” said Jake Stein, president of Wildcats for Israel. “We wanted to allow students a space to reflect, to mourn and to show we are here and do not condone a convicted terrorist being brought to campus.” 
 
"We're extremely proud of our student leaders," said Michael Simon, executive director of Northwestern's Hillel, which is part of JUF's Department of Campus Affairs.
 

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UW-Madison student government leader ordered to apologize to Jewish community for Passover vote

On May 10, University of Wisconsin-Madison's Student Judiciary, a branch of the Associated Students of Madison (ASM), ruled that ASM chairwoman Katrina Morrison must apologize to Jewish student government members and the campus Jewish community for holding a vote on an anti-Israel divestment resolution on April 12, the second night of Passover. 

ASM held the vote despite requests from the campus Jewish community to postpone the vote so Jewish students could participate.

The Student Judiciary also ruled that Morrison, who previously served as vice chair, must write a letter to ASM explaining why her actions were wrong and why Passover is important to the Jewish community.  Additionally, the court suggested the recent past chairwoman, Carmen Gosey, attend religious tolerance training. 

"Student Judiciary's decision was one of the strongest statements against religious discrimination we've seen in this fight," said Emily Briskman, Executive Director of JUF's Israel Education Center. "We hope and expect that others will follow their example."

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Loyola student explores complexities of Israel first-hand

 

As a freshman, Kristiana, now a junior at Loyola University Chicago, quickly found community among students active in social justice causes on campus. As a student leader of Students Organize for Syria, Kristiana built coalitions and made friends with students involved in a plethora of organizations, including Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). Her friends painted Israel as solely responsible for the entire Israel/Palestine conflict. 

"I thought Israel was horrible," Kristiana said. "I'd seen the Al Jazeera videos of soldiers mistreating kids and inhumane things going on. Whenever I thought about Israel, I thought about that stuff." 

Kristiana wanted to explore the conflict on a deeper level. In January, she traveled to Israel for the first time on IEC's Student Leadership Trip

"I realized I didn't know the other side to the conflict," Kristiana said. "I went to Israel for a week and left with more questions. I knew I wanted to come back." 

After spending seven days in Israel, Kristiana knew she had to go back as soon as possible. She is one of 48 Illinois college students who will be interning and living in Tel Aviv this summer through Onward Israel

Read more about Kristiana's story here »

News & Views

After 10 hours of debate, a divestment resolution at University of California Santa Barbara failed 16-0 with 7 abstentions.

The U.K.'s Charity Commission will investigate the legality of student unions supporting BDS because, as registered charities, they have a "legal duty to represent the interests of all their members."

Why some Israeli and Jewish students prefer to sit out battle against BDS.

Columbia University students ask: why does student activism prioritize anti-Israel hate over the LGBT struggle?

Researchers from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Ben Gurion University of the Negev have developed new water filtration technology together.

A former IDF Air Force veteran's new battlefield? U.S. college campuses

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