Letter to the Editor: Safety in sovereignty: The necessity of Israel

While the current situation between Israel and Palestine seems to be a modern singularity, it is, in fact, the culmination of thousands of years of methodic anti-Semitism.

Tyler Orden | Class of 2019

The Palestinian Nakba: ‘48 and now

May 15 this year marks the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Nakba (the Arabic word for catastrophe).

Anjali Vishwanath | Contributing Writer

Op-ed: J Street U WashU to Congressman William Lacy Clay: Speak out about demolitions

As students at Washington University and leaders of the pro-Israel, pro-peace, anti-occupation organization J Street U, we strongly appreciate Congressman William Lacy Clay’s record as a longtime supporter of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and for human rights for all people in the region.

Michael Berkowitz | Class of 2020

Op-ed: American foreign aid to Israel

On May 14, 1948, Israel declared its independence. The day had come for the Jewish people to be liberated from the anti-Semitism rampant in the Jewish Diaspora which existed for more than two millennia.

Julia Greensfelder | Class of 2021

Op-ed: Pro-peace: Coexistence in Israel

It’s remarkable that Israel has achieved peace with neighbors who originally vowed never to recognize it as a country, yet heartbreaking that peace negotiations with the Palestinians have repeatedly failed.

Nate Turk | Class of 2019

Op-ed: Proud to be feminists and pro-Israel

Angela Davis’s comments in her speech connected feminist causes with Palestinian struggles, yet the comparison was unfair to the conditions in Israel.

Kayla Steinberg and Julia Greensfelder | Class of 2020 and 2021

Op-ed Submission: A response to Students for Justice in Palestine

When the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) walked out of Etai Pinkas’s talk, they followed in the footsteps of numerous other pro-Palestinian organizations that refuse to engage in any constructive dialogue or debate for fear of being exposed for the frauds they are.

Zakary Kadish and Max Handler | Class of 2019 & Class of 2018

Op-ed Submission: Normalizing nuance

During the event “Marriage Equality and LGBTQIA* Issues in Israel with Etai Pinkas,” I proudly introduced Pinkas in my capacity as the president of Nice Jewish Queers, the group for Jewish LGBTQIA* students and allies at Washington University.  I use the word “proudly” because as a Jew, a queer woman and someone who is both pro-Israel and pro-Palestine, I was truly excited and honored to welcome him to our campus.  

Monica Sass | Class of 2019

Israeli LGBTQIA* activist’s speech interrupted by student protesters

A speech by an Israeli LGBTQIA* activist was interrupted when members of Students for Justice in Palestine staged a walkout on Monday night.

Swetha Nakshatri | Contributing Reporter

Op-ed submission: Pinkas, pinkwashing and the politics of normalization

This Monday, on Nov. 14, Etai Pinkas made his way to our campus to give a talk titled “Marriage Equality and LGBTQ* Issues in Israel.” As an advocate for same-sex marriage in israel, Pinkas’ job was not to simply speak on same-sex marriage, but also to contribute to a larger narrative that contextualizes israel as a “liberal democracy” and a “safe oasis” amongst the surrounding Arab states.

Students for Justice in Palestine