Israel Policy

Israel Policy

Hillel is steadfastly committed to the support of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state with secure and recognized borders as a legitimate member of the family of nations.  We seek to provide every Jewish student with the opportunity to explore and build an enduring relationship with Israel, where they are able to articulate why Israel plays an important role in their personal Jewish identities and how Israel continues to influence Jewish conversations, global Jewish peoplehood, and the world.  In addition to servicing the Jewish community on campus, Hillel welcomes and encourages non-Jewish students into conversation, learning and programming around Israel.


Political Pluralism

Hillel is a place to facilitate civil discourse about Israel in a safe and supportive college environment that is fertile for dialogue and learning.  We object to labeling, excluding or harassing any students for their beliefs and expressions thereof.  Hillel is supportive of an open discussion about Israel and the groups that provide such discussion on campus, such as LIME and CusePAC (both frequent partner organizations of Hillel).  Additionally, the Hillel Jewish Student Union seeks to work with the student government to ensure that students can express their views about Israel in a safe academic way. 

Hillel supports existing statements that condemn anti-Semitic forms of anti-Zionism, such as those released by the U.S. State Department, the University of California Board of Regents, and the European Commission on the nature of modern anti-Semitism.[1]

Standards of Partnership

Hillel welcomes, partners with, and aids the efforts of organizations, groups, and speakers from diverse perspectives and multiple political orientations in support of Judaism, and Israel as a Jewish and democratic state. Hillel will not partner with, house, or host organizations, groups, or speakers that as a matter of policy or practice:

  • Deny the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish and democratic state with secure and recognized borders;

  • Delegitimize, demonize, or apply a double standard to Israel;

  • Support boycott of, divestment from, or sanctions against the State of Israel;

  • Exhibit a pattern of disruptive behavior towards campus events or guest speakers or foster an atmosphere of incivility.

  • Infringe on campus free speech and academic freedom.

 [1] Our committee considered a variety of documents which define anti-Semitism, including:

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