Why Hillel Should Keep its Standards

Open Hillel is an organization committed to abolishing Hillel International’s Standards of Partnership. These standards preclude Hillel branches from partnering with groups supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. Besides that, Hillels typically welcome groups on both the left and right ends of the spectrum.

When Open Hillel leaders advance the notion that Hillels should be able to partner with pro-BDS speakers and groups, they are asking Hillel International to abandon its support for Israel as a Jewish and democratic state. This demand — that Hillel compromise away its values — would only serve to promote BDS. Most anti-Semitism today is rooted in modern anti-Zionism, rendering the ideology toxic and harmful to Jewish communities around the world.

Why would we empower those who want the destruction of the Jewish state and promote a hate-filled ideology that puts Jewish communities under attack?

There is no logic in what Open Hillel is calling for. Hillel should maintain its Israel policy.


About the Author
Holly Bicerano is a student in the BA/MA Program at Boston University. She is pursuing an MA in Economics and a BA with a double concentration in Economics and Middle East and North Africa Studies. Her foreign language studies include Arabic, Hebrew, and Spanish. She has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East and North Africa, including Egypt, Israel/Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, and Turkey.