Incensed

Coming soon I’ll be blogging more about liturgy. Maybe there will be a couple of posts later this week or early next week on the topic. For now, you’ll have to with this.

Childish though it may be, one of the things I really looked forward to during high school were those frequent occasions when something incensed me. This would necessitate a quickened heart rate, visits to school administrators and more than a few general rants. If you know me, you know I love to hear myself give a good diatribe. Here at Drew University, I’m finally given reason for one of these. From Jeremy Dery, one of the co-Presidents of Hillel I received this evening the following email:

Some important events have just occurred regarding Drew University and Israel. Drew is now planning on removing all Israeli universities from the approved study abroad list. This is due to a US State Department warning against travel to Gaza and the West Bank. The issue that specifically addresses Israel states that the State Department simply “urges U.S. citizens to remain mindful of security factors when considering travel to Israel and Jerusalem at this time”.

I have written to President Weisbuch in regard to this issue, and have asked to meet with him. I feel that there are other methods to pursue instead of completely removing Israel. This action has clear and negative ramifications for the Jewish Studies Department and Jewish life in general here at Drew. Hopefully Drew will consider alternative actions instead of this bold move. I will keep you all updated on what happens.

Needless to say, my head just about popped off while reading this. This, by the way, comes after Jeremy has already been approved for next semester in Tel Aviv. They may even revoke the approved status of his trip.

Excuse me while I go yell a lot.

5 Responses to Incensed

  1. mnswick October 24, 2007 at 7:26 pm #

    Yell away, David, you’re good at it, and increasingly convincing. Fight the fight.

  2. David October 25, 2007 at 7:10 am #

    That State Department warning has been in effect for nearly six years! Where’s Drew been all this time?

    It just now, suddenly, became more dangerous to be in Israel? Come on…

  3. Harold October 25, 2007 at 2:33 pm #

    In any discussion with the president, or any other Drew official, you should emphasize your experience on EIE. Although on EIE you all were “protected” by being under almost constant supervision, you got a very good view of the type of security that the Israeli government and other institutions have in place–especially places where foreign visitors tend to be. A level headed explanation–rather than a rant– emphasizing how safe it actually is, could have a positive affect.

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