Berkeley Jewish Students Union Rejects J Street Campus Group in Israel Feud

The Jewish Student Union at the University of California-Berkeley rejected J Street U for membership for the second time since 2011.

According the campus newspaper, the Daily Californian, the rejection at a meeting Wednesday focused on J Street U’s hosting of members of Breaking the Silence, a group of IDF soldiers who chronicle what they say are abuses they witnessed during their military service.

Daphna Torbati, the Jewish Student Union president, said the group disparages Israeli troops, while representatives of J Street U said Breaking the Silence and groups like it facilitate a broader conversation over how best to support Israel.

J Street U is the campus affiliate of J Street, a pro-Israel group that advocates an end to settlement and an assertive U.S. role in brokering Israeli-Palestinian peace.

J Street U lost the vote two to eight, with two abstentions.

According to the Californian, J Street U had endeavored to work together with the Jewish Student Union since last being rejected in 2011, for instance, helping to push back last April against a Student Senate vote to recommend divestment from companies that deal with Israel’s military.

Written by


Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

Berkeley Jewish Students Union Rejects J Street Campus Group in Israel Feud

Thank you!

This article has been sent!