Boston University Students for Israel appreciates all the support from the outside community, and hope that in the future we can work closely with your organization, but request that in the future- we, or Rabbi Polak be consulted, as together we would like to represent the pro-Israel debate on our campus.
Again I would like to thank you for your support,
Boston University Students for Israel, President
Thank you for your letter which explains why Jewish students and supporters of Israel on the Boston University campus are not supporting the Freedom Center’s efforts to tell the truth about the Middle East on your campus.
I fail to see, however, what the presence of Jews and anarchists in a group (Students for Justice in Palestine) whose goal is the destruction of the Jewish state and whose allies include genocidal Muslim parties who want to exterminate the Jews, has to do with anything, let alone the preservation of a state of understanding. Are you saying that the presence of Jews in an organization that hates Israel and makes common cause with people who have sworn to kill Jews makes these goals ok? If not, why should a Jew or anyone concerned about human rights attempt to gag those who are standing up for them? How can not fighting for what is right, let alone for yourself, be a course you would advocate for Jews or anyone else?
Would you tell the African Americans on your campus to shut up in the face of racist attacks? Would you tell them they were worsening the situation by defending themselves? Are you concerned that the student body at BU is so morally deaf that they will interpret your right to defend yourself as a Jew proof of your guilt for whatever crimes the left says Jews have committed? Surely you cannot have so little faith in your fellow students, or regard for your people and yourself.
Students for Justice in Palestine is spreading genocidal lies about Israel and the Jews on campuses across the nation and you apparently are afraid to call them to account. You want to ignore them as though their lies supported by generous funds from student governments, and media coverage from the student press, not to mention the lectures and speeches of faculty anti-Semites, don’t have a life of their own.
Is the Freedom Center’s attempt to identify lies whose purpose is to delegitimize the Jewish state what you mean by stooping to the level of Students for Justice in Palestine? Are you equating telling lies with telling the truth? Your campus is already so far gone in the direction of legitimizing the genocidal campaign against the Jews that your student paper regards the truth as “offensive” and with that excuse has censored our ad, “Palestinian Wall of Lies.”
If Boston University is a place of “understanding and coexistence” please explain to me why a simple statement of the facts in the Middle East — which is what our advertisement contained — has been banned from your paper? And explain to me how you feel understood and welcome on a campus which permits hateful attacks on Jews and the Jewish state which it would never permit against any other ethnic state or group.
I find it amazing that you would argue that by telling truth and thus “provoking” the reaction of hate-groups like Students for Justice Palestine the Freedom Center would be discouraging Jewish students from attending BU. Is this not a classic case of blaming the victim (assuming your fears are justified)? If Jewish students are discouraged from attending Boston University it will not be because Jews stand up for their rights. It will be because of the anti-Semites and Jew-haters on your campus and because of your failure to confront them forcefully, courageously and, above all, truthfully.
I hope you will re-think your position and agree to put up a “Palestinian Wall of Lies” until the anti-Semites on your campus agree to take down the Israel Apartheid Wall and agree to coexist in peace.
President, David Horowitz Freedom Center.
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