The Brandeis University Hillel has rejected a second membership bid by the controversial Jewish student group Jewish Voice for Peace. Some 1,000 Brandeis students, nearly a third of the student body at the suburban Boston university, signed a petition circulated by JVP asking the Brandeis Hillel to reconsider its decision earlier this month not to admit JVP as a partner organization.
The Brandeis University Hillel voted to reject Jewish Voice for Peace as a member group. Andrea Wexler, student president of the Hillel chapter at the suburban Boston school, explained in a letter to Jewish Voice for Peace, a Jewish organization that champions Palestinian rights, that Tuesday's vote followed the international guidelines of the student organization.
The head of the Jewish Voice for Peace in the Los Angeles area was threatened for her involvement in the organization. Estee Chandler, the organization's Los Angeles chapter leader, said she found a poster on her front porch last week reading “WANTED for treason and incitement against Jews.” The poster featured her picture and gave information including her workplace, personal information, and the names of her nieces and nephews.
The Jewish Voice for Peace is protesting criminal charges brought against 11 Muslim students from two California universities who disrupted a speech by Israel's ambassador to the United States.
A dispute between right-wing and left-wing Israel activists in Berkeley, Calif., resulted in a physical altercation involving pepper spray, police and paramedics.