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GUEST ROOM | Beyond BDS: Engaging in Dialogue on Israel and Palestine

Cornell is a tough place. Each semester often feels increasingly more trying. Last semester was particularly difficult because of three little letters: BDS, which stand for the movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction Israel, a country to which many Cornellians, including myself, feel deeply connected. For those new to campus, the “divestment” campaign that was brought to the Student Assembly claimed to start conversations about the century-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a worthwhile goal that I share. Instead, after many twists and turns last semester, including President Martha Pollack’s principled rejection of BDS and the paralysis of student government for most of the semester, BDS caused a deep rift in the campus culture and was defeated.

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GUEST ROOM | A Jewish Case for Divestment

Over the last few weeks, the debate surrounding Students for Justice in Palestine’s Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign has only grown more heated. Cornell Hillel and its filial groups, in opposition to most every other minority organization on campus, have positioned themselves as the loudest proponents of the State of Israel and detractors of the divestment campaign on campus. Hillel’s position as the largest Jewish organization on campus has made it yet more difficult to hear the already marginalized voices of anti-Zionist Jews. Despite that — or rather, because of that — we, as Jewish students, feel it is our responsibility to challenge the narrative Hillel has been constructing and explain to the Cornell community why we support the divestment campaign. We understand many of the positions our anti-divestment counterparts hold because we once held those very same positions ourselves.

Max Greenfield will speak at Bailey Hall on February 2 as part of Cornell Hillel's Major Speaker Series.

‘New Girl’ Star Max Greenfield to Speak at Cornell

With an Emmy and a Golden Globe nomination under his belt, actor and New Yorker Max Greenfield will be coming to the University on Feb. 2 to speak about his career and Jewish identity. Greenfield is best known for his role as “Schmidt,” who played opposite actress Zooey Deschanel in the television series New Girl. According to IMDb, Greenfield’s other notable works include supporting roles in Veronica Mars and Greek. He has also held recurring roles on Gilmore Girls, Boston Public and The O.C.
In 2010, Greenfield created, produced and starred in The Gentlemen’s League, a comedy series about a fantasy football league he ran in real life, according to IMDb.