The Oberlin Review

Alumni Misrepresent Student Experiences

J Street U Oberlin Board

September 30, 2016

To the Editors: In light of the recent [Oberlin Alums for Campus Fairness] symposium, “Building a Hate-Free Campus through Civil Discourse,” it is important for students to come together and engage with the complicated dynamics of anti-Semitism, Israel-Palestine politics on campus and alumni involvement in the narratives portrayed about Oberlin. Student Senate wrote a letter with the intent to engage with these topics (“Student Senate Condemns OCACF Actions,” Sept. 23, 2016, The Oberlin Review). J Street U’s lack of involvement in the letter was due to numerous circumstances, including differences of opinion with some of its content and limited time to contribute effectively. While individuals associated ...

Student Senate Condemns OCACF Actions

September 20, 2016

The original version of this letter listed Oberlin J Street U as a consultant. Since the letter's publication, members of Oberlin J Street U have requested that the organization's name be removed. For more information, read our full coverage of Student Senate's letter, ACF's symposium and students' responses. In consultation with current and former members of ABUSUA and Students for a Free Palestine, Student Senate drafted a letter condemning the actions of certain alumni over the last year; including the surveillance, intimidation, marginalization and harassment of students. The text of the letter is below. Oberlin students, Since late 2015, a group of Oberlin alumni have driven a narrative of rampant ant...

Rabbi Speaks on Sex Trafficking, Moral Obligation of Israelis

Rosemary Boeglin, Staff Writer

February 17, 2012

J Street U, the student arm of J Street, the largest pro-Israel political action committee in the U.S., hosted Rabbi Levi Lauer on Feb. 13 to discuss his work to depose the sex trafficking trade in Israel, which he characterized as “disproportionately severe” because the population of purchasers of sexual services is more concentrated, though it is not “more vicious or ugly” than anywhere else. Lauer, the founder and executive director of ATZUM Justice Works, an Israeli social justice organization, spoke to students in Wilder on the sale and enslavement of women in Israel and the landmark decision passed unanimously by the Ministerial Committee on Legislation to criminalize the purchase, but not the sale...

Efron Speaks on Israeli Protestors, Social Justice

Kasey Cheydleur

February 10, 2012

Noah Efron, visiting speaker from Bar Ilan University, spoke to students about Israel’s Occupy movement on Feb. 9, and expressed his enthusiasm for the young people in his country. Efron, who came as part of the J Street U sponsored lectures, went to Israel as a young person in 1982 after graduating from Swarthmore College. He arrived idealistic about the change he could accomplish. After several years, however, he lost that sense and instead felt Israel was in decline, and he said these sentiments are widespread. Discontent with the political system is rampant; the most popular political bumper sticker was not promoting a particular candidate, but rather, in Efron’s words, “an amalgam of ‘you crooks disg...

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