Tagged Palestine

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On Peace, Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Two weeks ago, at an event hosted by Washington University Students for Israel (WSI) and the American Israeli-advocacy group StandwithUs, two Israeli reserve soldiers shared their personal histories and gave testimony of their service in the Israel Defense Force. I went to the event entitled, “Israeli Soldiers’ Stories,” and have spent the past weeks repeatedly…

Humanizing the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

BY HANNAH WALDMAN AND WUPR STAFF As students who are particularly engaged in Israeli politics, we experienced a flurry of articles depicting violence as the Israel-Hamas war raged and one-sided claims about the conflict inundated our newsfeeds. Amidst the anarchic free-for-all that is 21st century media, we both saw an article in Haaretz, an Israeli…

Wash U Stands with Israel: A Message from the College Democrats and the College Republicans

BY MIKE HOLTZ, JIMMY LOOMIS, & KAITY CULLEN As the presidents of College Democrats and College Republicans, we are deeply concerned by the summer’s escalation of violence between Israel and Hamas. We recognize that a peaceful and stable Middle East is crucial to America’s national security and foreign policy interests, and we share a humanitarian…

For the Sake of Jingoism

BY ARI SPITZER Amidst photos friends had posted, and articles about the FIFA World Cup that populated my newsfeed, a headline appeared: “Search for Israeli Teenagers Ends in Tragedy.” Slowly but surely with each refresh, the headline and others like it pervaded my social networks. Three yeshiva students in Israel, Gilad Sha’ar, 16, Eyal Yifrah,…

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Parsing “Apartheid”

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a Washington behemoth famous and notorious for its clout on Capitol Hill, prefers to work behind the scenes. Sure, once a year they throw a giant party in the Washington Convention Center that over half of Congress regularly attends along with a press contingent worthy of the Olympics. But…

An Unpleasant Debate

BY JOE LENOFF This article is in response to Hen Mazzig’s article in JNS. Last week, J Street U and St. Louis Hillel invited Oded Na’aman, a philosophy student and member of the group Breaking the Silence, to speak at the St. Louis Hillel at Wash U. Mazzig attended the lecture and offered a criticism…

An Open Letter to Chancellor Wrighton

BY HENRY CLEMENTS Dear Chancellor Wrighton, I feel disappointed rather than assured by your recent email regarding the boycott of Israeli academic institutions. Not everyone in the Washington University community opposes the boycott. Some of us endorse it. The statement you included in your email asserts that “a boycott of academic institutions directly violates academic…

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