US Jewish groups seek to expel anti-IDF group
By MATTHEW WAGNER, JPOST
The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) and Aish Hatorah have called this week to expel the Union of Progressive Zionists (UPZ) from the Israel on Campus Coalition (ICC) for supporting Breaking the Silence, an organization that is hyper-critical of the IDF’s treatment of Palestinians in Judea and Samaria.
The ZOA said that Breaking the Silence contradicts the ICC mission to “foster support for Israel,” “cultivate an Israel-friendly university environment” and “reduce anti-Israel intimidation and harassment on campus.”
On January 19, the ICC’s steering committee, which is made up of Aish Hatorah, the American Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defamation League, AIPAC, the Jewish National Fund, Hillel, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and the Shusterman Foundation voted unanimously to keep UPZ in the ICC. Aish Hatorah later backtracked and voted to remove UPZ.
In a statement circulated to Jewish organizations, Aish Hatorah apologized for “not clearly stating our position during the official vote on the proposal. We should have known all the facts at that time. But since we didn’t, we now are stating that our official viewpoint is that programs and organizations that support such programs that demonize and cause hatred for Israel should not have a place on the Israel on Campus Coalition. For that reason, we vote to remove the UPZ from the Coalition for its support of the ‘Breaking the Silence’ program.” CONTINUE