Why did Princeton’s Hillel refuse to fly an Israeli flag? – opinion

 I’m a sophomore at Princeton University and a veteran of the IDF. When I lately requested to hold an Israeli flag in Princeton’s Hillel home – also referred to as the Center for Jewish Life, “CJL” – I used to be greeted with something however an enthusiastic sure. 

In response to my request, CJL management delayed, deliberated and finally resolved to hold a flag within the least public “widespread area” in the whole constructing. The flag will likely be seen to anybody visiting the printer, some college workplaces, or the lavatory on the finish of the (upstairs) hallway. I repeatedly requested, each throughout and after deliberations, to fly the flag on the constructing’s primary degree, however these requests have been denied.

In February, the CJL marketed an occasion for Breaking the Silence – a rabidly anti-Israel group that erroneously characterizes the IDF as evil and lawless. BtS has been broadly discredited for presenting false info, exaggerations and conspiracy theories. Nonetheless, the CJL noticed it match to tacitly endorse BtS’s speak on their electronic mail server, including that this system meets the requirements of the CJL’s Israel Policy.

Spurred by the BtS occasion, I requested the CJL to hold an Israeli flag. Though I attended the occasion within the spirit of selling tough dialogues and free expression, I felt alienated and disrespected by the CJL’s endorsement. I wished a clearer image of the place my Hillel stood on Israel. So, I requested for a flag– the baseline image of assist for Israel’s existence.

The CJL’s refusal to prominently show the flag is much more perplexing when contemplating their Israel Policy Statement: “Hillel at Princeton University (CJL) is dedicated to Israel as a Jewish and democratic state and a homeland of the Jewish folks. We assist Israel’s existence, legitimacy and safety.”

If the CJL really stands by this coverage, why received’t they prominently show the flag of the Jewish folks’s homeland?

I reject the supposition that hiding the flag within the upstairs again hallway is a obligatory compromise made within the title of inclusivity.

Inclusivity is a two-approach road. I, together with many different college students, really feel excluded by a Hillel that refuses to prominently show the Israeli flag.

The Israeli flag is the flag of the “homeland of the Jewish folks.” Jews ought to find a way to fly it prominently in a constructing known as “The Center for Jewish Life,” notably as a result of the CJL is beneath the auspices of Hillel.

The concern at stake – whether or not a college Hillel House ought to refuse to prominently fly an Israeli flag – needs to be vital to Zionists all over the place.

A flag, in its essence, is symbolic. Its placement is a direct reflection of its significance to a neighborhood. The CJL’s actions are emblematic of an ideology endemic to America’s faculty campuses: apologetic Zionism.

Jews at this time have the privilege and the correct to fly our nation’s flag with pleasure. If our Hillel homes are apologetic of their assist for Israel, hundreds of Jewish college students will comply with their lead.

I name on the CJL – an group stuffed with really great, hardworking folks – to appropriate this misstep and to present its unapologetic assist for Israel’s existence. I’ve already ordered the flag and pole. Will you let your actions converse for themselves?

The author is a pupil at Princeton University and served as a paratrooper within the IDF earlier than his enrollment.

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