Israel engagement group at Stanford pulls support for event on Israeli minorities

The Stanford Israel Association (SIA)—a student group at the California-based university that claims it “aims to engage Stanford students with all that the Jewish State has to offer, through culture, politics, and identity”—pulled its support for a program highlighting the stories of Israel’s minority populations.

In a statement released on Facebook late Sunday to announce its decision, SIA cited “a combination of procedural issues and concerns raised by the University regarding past behavior by the organization due to speak,” Reservists on Duty (RoD).

The event, “Stories From Israeli Minorities,” was scheduled to take place less than 24 hours later at the campus’s Hillel facility. Instead, Stanford Chabad stepped in to host RoD Monday night, and the event went on as planned.

“Our ultimate goal as the premier pro-Israel group at Stanford is to advocate for a more positive campus conversation regarding the Jewish state,” SIA told the Haym Salomon Center regarding its decision. “Given the concerns raised to us from the Stanford administration regarding RoD’s past behavior on other campuses, we do not believe this event would have furthered that goal. We regret not being able to promote the voices of Israel’s minorities, as was the purpose of the event, though we are certainly looking into opportunities to do so in the near future.”

While the reference to RoD’s “past behavior on other campuses” remains unclear, the most recent noteworthy event took place in May 2017 at University of California, Irvine.

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