The Oberlin Review

Professor’s Alleged Anti-Semitism Gains Local, National Traction

Sydney Allen and Jake Berstein

March 11, 2016

After an Oberlin professor was accused of posting anti-Semitic messages to Facebook, the College has once again become the subject of national controversy. Outside opinions seeped into the campus community Sunday, when an anonymous individual sent an inflammatory, anti-Semitic email to around 500 students with the subject line reading, “ISRAEL DID 9/11.” The email included a variety of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories with seditious implications. Eric Estes, Oberlin’s vice president and dean of students, sent a follow-up email the same day alerting students to the spam. In his response, Estes referred to the email as “deeply offensive” and directed students toward the appropriate channels for reporting future...

Students Divided over Hillel’s Event Sponsorship Decision

Sarah Conner, Staff Writer

April 17, 2015

Earlier this week, Rabbi Shimon Brand, director of Oberlin Hillel, allegedly pulled out from co-sponsoring an event about the Freedom Summer veterans, a group of Jewish veterans of the Civil Rights Movement. The exact reason for Brand’s decision to decline sponsorship of this event is unclear. Some involved in Hillel claim the organization never agreed to sponsor the event due to a lack of funds. However, others believe that Hillel initially agreed to sponsor the event and pulled out after learning about the veterans’ criticism of Israel and support for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions. “I had spoken with [Rabbi Brand] a few months ago about bringing the event, and I was very clear about what it was about,”...

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