Columbia Jewish Students, Unified, Protest Iranian
September 21, 2007Comments (4)
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The Robert K. Kraft Family Center for Jewish Student Life
606 West 115th Street, New York, New York 10025
Tel: 212-854-5111 Fax: 212-854-3012
Simon Klarfeld, Executive Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 21, 2007 (New York, NY) – In response to the announcement that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been invited to speak at Columbia University on Monday September 24, Jewish students across the political and religious spectrum unite to protest his virulent anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, anti-America and anti-democracy position.
Organizing several key initiatives on the Columbia campus, including an advocacy training day on Sunday September 23, and helping form the campus-wide student coalition that will mass-demonstrate on the college campus where Ahmadinejad will be speaking on Monday, Columbia/Barnard Hillel is responding by providing students with the necessary training and outlets to voice their protest in a constructive, cohesive way.
“The entire Jewish community here is angered and outraged by the repugnant views and actions of Ahmadinejad” said Josh Rosner, student president of Columbia/Barnard Hillel.
He continued: “Ahmadinejad’s views stand contrary not only to fundamental Jewish values and beliefs, but to American ideals of freedom, tolerance and democracy.”
Columbia/Barnard Hillel urges all protesters to “demonstrate in a strong but peaceful manner – a right that Ahmadinejad refuses to grant to his own people.”
Columbia/Barnard Hillel is the umbrella organization for over forty Jewish student groups at Columbia University and Barnard College. Its mission to create and sustain a vibrant Jewish community on campus. Hillel helps students find a balance in being distinctively Jewish and universally human by encouraging them to pursue tzedek (social justice), tikun olam (repairing the world) and Jewish learning, and to actively engage with Israel and the Jewish people worldwide.