The Challenges of Israel Advocacy on Campus
Two University of Michigan students, heads of pro-Israel advocacy groups, write about the challenges facing them in the current atmosphere of “academic freedom.” Specifically, they object to the part their university has taken in distributing the anti-Israel book, Overcoming Zionism, by Joel Kovel.
An excerpt from the Jerusalem Post opinion piece:
The atmosphere created by the anti-Zionist lobby has practically made “Zionism” a taboo word among many American college students. Even pro-Israel students today find themselves questioning whether they should openly identify themselves as Zionists. And some young Jews have even begun to give credence to the stereotypes perpetuated by those who challenge Israel’s right to exist. The anti-Zionist lobby myopically blames Israel for everything that is wrong in the Middle East. If we let them get away with it, we would ourselves be “overcoming” Zionism.