November 5, 2010
Jewish groups sponsor anti-Israel week at Brandeis
Two Jewish student groups are sponsoring Israeli Occupation Awareness Week at Brandeis University.
Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voices for Peace are co-hosting four days of speakers and films focusing on what they say is the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands. The events at the school in Waltham, Mass., a nonsectarian university founded by the American Jewish community, will take place from Nov. 8 to Nov. 11.
Speakers include Noam Chomsky, who will discuss his new book decrying Israel’s policies in Gaza, and Alice Rothchild, who will talk about Jewish support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.
In a news release explaining the event—unusual due to its sponsorship by two Jewish groups—organizers said they wanted to show that “the student body does not fall lock step in line with AIPAC, the ADL and other un-nuanced approaches to the State of Israel and the Palestinian people.”