UMass Hillel's Statement on "Not Backing Down" Event
We are deeply concerned about the “Not Backing Down” event taking place on campus, as are many UMass students, alumni, and community members. The divisive message of the event perpetuates conflict and amplifies polarization through a one-dimensional dogmatic narrative of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We are particularly disconcerted that the event is being co-sponsored by two University departments.
In response to this event, UMass Hillel is actively working with student leaders and University and community partners to ensure all Jewish students are safe, supported and empowered to express their identities and values. This includes supporting a range of constructive student initiatives, directly addressing Jewish community concerns with the UMass administration, and continuing to organize high-level programming about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that models sophisticated civil discourse aimed towards peace and understanding.