On Hillel, Trump, Rabbis and double standards

Breaking the silence is an hate group,no different than others like them, for example BDS, JVP and so many more. Their invitation by Hillel International to speak at Columbia University, probably later in other campuses, is a political statement.

Hillel can put a surprised look about a statement like that, even pretending to be insulted by ”how dare we say it against the largest Jewish student organization in the world”, but, I, for one, simply do not buy this. Nor do I buy the hiding behind the First Amendment, or that Hillel does not support Breaking of the Silence.

Why? Not because I woke up on the wrong side today, simply because I think that if Hillel does not support this hate group, they should not kosherize the treif by giving them the floor. Hillel does not support Rabbi Kahane’s ideology [nor do I], so Hillel does not giver a floor to Kahanists. Did they ever? Hillel does not support homophobia [nor do I], so have they ever given, or will they ever give a floor to this point of view?. Hillel does not support Islamophobia [nor do I], so will they invite Pamela Geller. We all know the answer — Hillel is having a political agenda, never mind how it is disguised behind nice slogans.

Easily enough, this is going to be brushed aside by proponents of the current Hillel as typical Israeli , Right Wing misunderstanding of the principle of freedom of speech. Yes, am Israeli, no , I am not a Right Winger, am a more complicated political person, and Yes, I do understand what freedom of speech is, and I happen to believe
that exactly because of that principle, we do have the right to decide whom to invite to speak, and by so doing , we also make a political statement. No, by not inviting this hate group to talk, we do not shut them off.

Others will do, BDS,JVP, maybe even the KKK , who knows. It is ALL about politics and Hillel made their choice.

At any rate, I know first hand, that Hillel has indulged in political censorship of speakers alleged to be ”Right Wing”. Will be happy for them to deny it when I , of all people, make this allegation. It is the politics of double standards which has become dominant in the American Jewish Community.

We got another example of that by the storm in tea spoon aroused by some bored rabbis about AIPAC inviting Donald Trump. In terms of the need for transparency-Am not a member of Aipac, and for a reason… am not a supporter of Trump, far from it, and also for a reason. But I really do not understand-good to invite a hate group like Breaking the silence by Hillel, and not a legitimate presidential candidate to AIPAC? where is the consistency? Well, unlike Hillel which made an intentional choice to invite a hate group, AIPAC did not. They had no choice , as they could not have discriminate between the various candidates. They EVEN invited Mr.Bernie Sanders, who , in my political mind, is a hateful candidate, but only about Israel, so for Lefties he is OK, but Trump, who is also , in my mind, a hateful candidate, but towards Muslims, is not OK. It is politics, only politics, nothing about morality and values, simply the politics of double standards.

So if it is politics, why not leave it to the political field, why make it a rabbinical issue? Why , on earth, so many rabbis are denigrating and belittling the position they have by becoming politicians, and usually, if not almost always, on ONE side of the political spectrum. When in Israel, so many of the Right Wing Rabbis in settlements and outside, make all too often outrageous statements, ”our” Liberal American Rabbis are among the first to raise their protesting voices. Again, a sheer case of double standards. We can say and write everything political which comes to our attention, They cannot. For what it is worth, I am sick and tired of all this. Be political, this is the right , perhaps obligation of all thinking and caring people, but then say it and shed off the Rabbinical mantle . About time that we rid ourselves of the dominance of double standards, exactly as we expect the critics of Israel to do, at least those of us who care about Israel.

About the Author
Dr Josef Olmert, a Middle East expert, is currently an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina