J Street U Penn attacked the Hillel of Greater Philadelphia (HGP), The J Street Challenge and The David Horowitz Freedom Center. After explaining how they felt attacked by the movie and Hillel of Greater Philadelphia’s sponsorship of the film, J Street U Penn attempted to challenge HGP’s co-sponsors:
Sadly, HGP’s participation puts the organization in unsavory company. One of the other co-sponsors of the film is the David Horowitz Freedom Center. The Anti-Defamation League and the Center for American Progress have both condemned the Freedom Center’s work on campus as extreme. The ADL reported that the Freedom Center’s campus work “promotes anti-Muslim views and features events with anti-Muslim activists.” While we are not equating HGP with the Freedom Center or its work, HGP ought to consider whether it wants to be associated with an organization that has long been a bad actor on Penn’s campus and others around the country.
Ironically, J Street U has come under heavy fire for its association with numerous anti-Israel and anti-Semitic groups:
- J Street U Jerusalem hosted an event with an anti-IDF group and the group’s lead speaker equated the IDF with Palestinian suicide bombers.
- J Street U Tufts sponsored an event with Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). The SJP chapter at Northeastern University was so extreme and anti-Semitic that they were suspended by the university.
- J Street U takes its students to the grave of terrorist Yasser Arafat.
- J Street U students clapped for the “right of return” at their conference.