SJSU Jews face a “Tunnel of Oppression”
Posted by lchaimlover on March 26, 2007
Every year, San Jose State University hosts an event called “Tunnel of Oppression.” This is an event where organizations from across the school host rooms about Oppression, both currently and throughout history. Last year the SJSU Jewish Student Union hosted a wonderful room about anti-Semitism. This year, a group called the Students of Change is hosting a room about the Occupation of Palestine. A description of the room is as follows:
We are putting contact paper on the ground and are going to place statistics facing up for people to see, like how many children were killed in the West Bank last year, how long is the “security” fence, how much aid did the US give to Israel, etc. there will be photos on the walls, one wall will focus on destruction of property, one on violence, one on children and one on the wall. There is going to be a monitor in the corner that is going to play a slideshow that I am currently putting together to show pictures/video of Palestinians in daily life as well as caught up in the struggle against oppression In the other corner we are going to put a cut out of a detained Palestinian.
While I agree that every voice should be heard in any issue, I have to admit that this sounds less than kosher to me; especially when the supporters of the room openly refers to JSU/Hillel as “opposition” and “Zionists”. When the JSU/Hillel asked if they could sponsor a room as to have a voice from each side of the issue, they were denied, they will be allowed to have a flyer with two questions on it: 1) What is Israeli policy? and 2) Why was it made? This is like throwing oil into the fire. Hillel will be making a brochure as well to help students understand what the situation in Israel is.
The creator of the room called the JSU attempts for fairness “censorship”, and said that she would be compromising her room in order to show both sides. The administration agreed with her. Again, not a very fair fight if showing the other side might “compromise” your argument. This is the principle of, “my argument doesn’t have holes in it in the dark, but when you shine a light through it…well…”.
The event will be held the first week of April on campus. Contact Hillel of Silicon Valley for more details on. Stay tuned to Oy Bay as we bring you more information about this event.