UJS's "radical, progressive" campaign? Sensible, or a cause for concern?

By Marcus Dysch
September 16, 2011

The Union of Jewish Students announced plans this week to launch a "radical, progressive" campaign, encouraging students to speak up for the rights and "liberation" of both Israelis and Palestinians.

It includes proposals to ask Jewish students arriving at universities in the coming weeks to support "two states for two peoples" and hand out Israeli and Palestinian flags.

The campaign has already led to online debate between students over how they want to be represented by UJS and what effect the proposals could have.

One Birmingham student commented this afternoon that the plan could boil down to students being told: “Welcome to Jsoc - here's your Palestinian flag.”

Another said: “I'm all for a two-state solution but asking me to wave a Palestinian flag is a bit much. I wouldn't expect a Palestinian to wave an Israeli flag either. It's an absurd idea, even if it is just a publicity stunt.”

Others believe the plans are a realistic approach for UJS to take given current events. “If you really support a two-state solution then I suggest you get over whatever weird effect the Palestinian flag has on you, because like it or not, it's going to be their national flag," commented one former UJS worker.

The debate is likely to continue – and no doubt grow in its intensity when students return to their campuses for Freshers’ Week.

So what do you think? Are UJS right to take this “bold approach”? Is quiet concern within the Jewish community well-placed? Leave your comments below.



Fri, 09/16/2011 - 16:05

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I don't have a problem with "two states for two peoples" or even Israeli and Palestinian flags.

But it should be observed that the P.A. has rejected that formula

Nabil Shaath, Head of Foreign Relations in Fatah: We Will Never Accept the "Two-States for Two Peoples" Solution to the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

'[The French initiative] reshaped the issue of the "Jewish state" into a formula that is also unacceptable to us – two states for two peoples. They can describe Israel itself as a state for two peoples, but we will be a state for one people. The story of "two states for two peoples" means that there will be a Jewish people over there and a Palestinian people here. We will never accept this'



Plus, of course that there should be no Jews in the new Palestinian state:

'The future independent Palestinian state will not include a Jewish minority, a top Palestinian official told USA Today on Wednesday, adding that it was in the best interest of both peoples to "be separated."'


Jonathan Hoffman

Fri, 09/16/2011 - 16:45

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Jewish students should support Israel and rebut its enemies.

However painful this is, to think that Israel’s enemies on campus will be placated by waving Palestinian flags is wholly misguided.

What next? Keffiya’s and matches with which to burn the Israeli flag?

The vast majority of Israeli Jews will find this obsequious and sickening

The officers of UJS must reconsider and Jewish students and their parents must speak out.


Fri, 09/16/2011 - 17:13

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I think UJS adopting the formula 'Two states for two peoples' is exactly right.

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Fri, 09/16/2011 - 17:21

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The officers of UJS must reconsider and Jewish students and their parents must speak out.

Must? Are you used to being obeyed?


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