A young academic activist organization has found success helping faculty members on campuses across the US promote what founders see as the “inherently connected” causes of supporting freedom of speech and Israel.
The professor daughter of a famed Jewish leader of the Civil Rights Movement told The Algemeiner on Friday that the current anti-Israel climate on college campuses is reminiscent of the fight for racial equality in the US.
Susannah Heschel, who teaches Jewish studies at Dartmouth College and is the daughter of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel — who marched alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, AL — said, “The Civil Rights Movement was in large measure about coming to know people. America had to come to know Martin Luther King, and when it did, the country respected him and was inspired by him. Today, people need to come to know Judaism, Israel and Jewish history in a positive way.”