Hate Spaces: The Politics of Intolerance on Campus | Congregation Beth Am

Hate Spaces: The Politics of Intolerance on Campus

Documentary Film & Panel Discussion

Verbal and physical violence against Jewish and pro-Israel students is often treated differently by universities than violence or hate speech directed against other minority groups. When Black, Islamic or LGBTQ groups are verbally or physically attacked it's considered harassment; when Jews or Israel supporters are harassed on college campuses it's defined as free speech. Watch the powerful new documentary Hate Spaces to learn more about intersectional dynamics, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) movement, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and the intimidation that Jewish college students face today.

Following the 45-minute film, Rabbi Janet Marder will moderate a panel of experts, including:

  • Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, Co-founder and Director of AMCHA Initiative and UCSC Faculty Member
  • Johanna Meckel, Northern California Director of StandWithUs
  • Sarita Bronstein, Executive Director, Hillel of Silicon Valley
  • A Bay Area college student

Come early to shmooze and enjoy refreshments.

Thoughts About HATE SPACES—The Politics of Intolerance on Campus

  • "Hate Spaces is an essential and timely film. Responding to this phenomenon requires a deep and honest analysis of its causes. Hate Spaces does this meticulously, thoroughly, and grippingly." --Andrew Pessin, Professor of Philosophy, Connecticut College
  • "Hate Spaces is a wake-up call to the Jewish community and to civil society in America about the institutionalization of bigotry on college campuses." --Alan Dershowitz, Professor Emeritus of Law, Harvard Law School
  • “Hate Spaces is a film every American needs to see. It is alarming to see the tolerance of anti-Semitism in higher education." --Ruth Wisse, Professor Emerita of Yiddish Literature, Harvard University


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