I'm so disappointed right now. I've been working really hard to get a lecture series going for Students for Peace in Palestine (formally Students for Justice in Palestine), and our first lecture was supposed to be tonight. However, it appears that our campus Jewish organization, Hillel, was making plans to "derail" the lecture. I don't know many details yet, but the lecture has been canceled until further notice.
Everyone has a right to free speech, so at blank value I don't mind that Hillel was going to protest our lecture; however, considering we're a brand-new organization that is concerned about violations of Palestinian rights as well as violations of Israeli rights, I think their decision was very much a knee-jerk reaction-- I wish they would have let us have our first lecture so they could see that we're NOT anti-Israel or anti-Jewish. We're pro-human. Maybe I can understand their fear, but I wish they hadn't decided to pre-judge us. Again, I'm sooooo disappointed.
So, if you're a member of the Hillel group or have been watching SPP with a wary eye, please understand that our group just wants to bring awareness that there are people--Jewish, Arab, Christian, and a host of other identities-- in the Israel/Palestinian region who are being denied their basic human rights. When we DO have our first lecture, I hope that you come, listen with an open mind, and bring your perspective to the discussion. Please consider joining the conversation we're trying to have on campus rather than stifling it.
Because the only way to promote peace is to promote understanding.
To learn more about Students for Peace in Palestine, read the Daily News article announcing our group.