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Breaking the Silence Is Wrong — But Columbia Hillel Was Right To Play Host Anyway

Daniella J. Greenbaum and Jonathan Deluty

Forward

Wed Apr 06 2016

After word got out this past week that J Street U would be hosting the Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence at the Columbia/Barnard Hillel, the eyes of the Jewish world were drawn to our campus. Debates erupted. Many pro-Israel activists called on us to cancel the event. Hillel was accused of abandoning its pro-Israel principles. Despite all this, Breaking the Silence’s Avner Gvaryahu spoke. The audience listened respectfully, and asked him tough and pointed questions. And then everyone went on his or her way. ...

Breaking the Silence Is Wrong — But Columbia Hillel Was Right To Play Host Anyway