Politically Conservative, Culturally Jewish (and Catholic too) and No Way in Favor of Divesting From Israel

Gabriella Hoffman is the chair of the UC – San Diego chapter of Young Americans for Freedom. She reported through a live blog for the conservative publication “California Review” during a recent student government meeting on her campus related to a  radical measure to divest from Israel’s military, which has been sweeping through the UC System.

After hearing about the incidences of attacks to Jewish students at UC Berkeley with etchings of swastikas and later, various bills that underminded Israel going before the student government, I never thought that my university, UC-San Diego, would have to toil with a divestment bill.

As a Jewish student and conservative activist, I felt inclined to jump on board to help my friends and cohorts in Tritons for Israel-the pro-Israel group at UCSD-combat this tyrannical, ineffectual, and nuanced bill.  To even consider this bill, which indirectly calls Israel an occupier and an entity that violates human rights, is outrageous!

When time came for the ASUCSD meeting on April 28th, 2010, I wanted to do my service to the pro-Israel community by blogging during the meeting everything from public input and from the special presentations made to those on council and those in attendance. I did not feel the desire to speak because frankly, I would have spewed more information and would spare no mercy to the Students for Justine in Palestine group for offending me and other Jewish students afflicted by this horrendous piece of legislation. It was better that I blogged and left this avenue to my cohorts to deal with. So, then came time to jot down everything that was said or retorted to the best of my ability…

As I divulged this awful measure with fellow TFIers, we came across talking points that epitomized this bill. One, AS has no business in dealing with matters that directly coalesce with international affairs. Two, the bill indirectly implies that Israel is an occupier (in respect to Gaza). Three, the bill was not neutral and was targeted for one group’s agenda (the SJP). And four, this bill will alienate the pro-Israel community found here at UCSD.

When recording during public input, certain things were revealed that were conducive to my beliefs and those of TFIers or pro-Israel peers, while other comments and speeches were downright appalling and best representative of that held by the SJP. In this issue, it is hard to be objective. It is between right and wrong (as most cases should be), and to be wrong entails classifying Israel as a violator of human rights. To denounce Israel is simply un-American!

So onto public input and the comments from there.

BSU President David Richardson – He is saying this is a political move. They aren’t picking sides and mocked Adam Teitelbaum talking about claiming we feel alienated.

Janelle Babbitt, BSU member: “AS has no power to invest, so it’s essentially a political vote. This is greater than what AS is a part of. …Fragmented three groups I’m in on campus. Voting in a political stance. Don’t be swayed by emotional appeal. Students are first but this not a student issue.”

Dafna Barzilay, President of TFI: “My job is to support and protect my community but I’m fearful for community of pro-Israel students. This is extremely unfair. Although it never directly mentions Israel it makes offesnses against Israel by taking sources form UN and anti-Israel orgs. It has anti-Israel bias. Peace incorporates talks and negotiations, not to be done overnight, and will take years to do. Reconsider it, but not as a source to peace, Help me foster a cohesive community.”

Israel Grad School at UCSD: “IDF is army of the people where everybody participates. Fights to minimize pain and casualties. Some things are bigger than us. Israeli/Jewish people have no other country but Israel. Jews can live free there, although minority in US but Jews can’t maintain identity except in Israel. In Gaza they elected Hamas, which is a terrorist organization that deprives its own people of human rights.”

Ben Bathlezar, Jewish Voices for Peace: “Is this good for the Jews? Resolution is good for the Jews. Goldstone is someone who needs to be listened to. I urge you to pass this resolution.”

Noam Cadouri, On-Campus Outreach of TFI: “I’m appalled on two things. Conflict is competition of whose awfulness is worse to judge that occupation of Gaza/West bank is treacherous. I acknowledge problems of everyone. To divest from all war worldwide. This is not neutral, if it were really neutral it would bring both sides, not competition. This bill alienates us.”

Brian Pyle, UCSD Student: “Measure to talk about US corporations to not accept status quo anymore. Never had bomb go off near me, why do we want student fees to build more bombs.”

Matt Zillber, Student Policy Director: “Not one penny goes to UC investment fund. You’re lying if you think your money goes to it. GE capital created to lose money to get tax benefits and put out Twilight. Readers’ Digest not responsible for weaponry. Issue blown way out of proportion.”

(This is a fact that SJP fails to grasp, believing that Israel is a human rights violater and evil Zionist nation).

Adam Teitlebaum, TFI Member: “My reputation proceeds me. I’m confused. AS meeting about peace and neutrality profiting from occupation as recommendation to UC Regents to divest from conflict in Jerusalem and Gaza. Two different resolutions. Not discussion about resolution but a debate about Middle East policy. This resolution talks about an issue that is emotionally driven. Fight broke out with a senator last night, regarding event: Apartheid Week. There they’re calling me a Zionist and Nazi with their wall.”

Gaby Abhoot, TFI: “Elevated levels of hate at Berkeley. Swastikas and physical assault. My parents value education and considered moving me from this campus. UC community at whole will be jeopardized.”

Max Hopper, Senior at Muir: “Lack of talking about resolution. ASUCSD widely recognizes inability of a body to adjudicate matters. Deny resolution on these grounds. Two suggestions this resolution is making: that Israel is causing violation of law, or adjudicating action on international law resolution cannot be passed.”

Daniel Desta, TFI Advisor: “I’m here because I’m proud Israeli. Fled Ethiopia and Israel provided home for me. In Israel, everyone is equal. When I lived in Jerusalem, I had to take two buses to get to school to avoid suicide bombers. Would you let them play roulette with my life. But our voice not heard here, bomber killed 26 people in a night club. What are we divesting from?”

Sixth College Senator Leena: “Israel apartheid of our time. Unpopular because against status quo. Support Justice. Institutionalized bias is a vote for no.”

Gabi Tripolsky, Off-Campus Outreach Officer of TFI: “Why do I oppose this bill? Israel is a country where politically and culturally different views are accepted and appreciated.I can associate with community where voice and opinion can fly and be with people who may be Republican or Democrat, gay or straight, european or persian. In Israel, we’re all together, and Israel believes in equality and social justice, because look at Israel, gay marriage is legal, Women’s rights are protected. Thse do not exist anywhere else in Middle East. I’m proud to represent Israel community. Bill singles out Israel and Jewish community. I don’t want my voice suppressed, If passed, repercussions will be something my peers and I will have to face. I don’t want to face Berkeley here. Make my future cohesive.”

As you can see, it was an interesting forum during the AS meeting. Fortunately, this bill was not passed but moved to a committee with 3 TFI offiers, 3 SJP officers, and two mediating AS members to vie for a bill ensuring REAL neutrality. Then again, the Israel-Palestinian conflict will always be embroiled and one where it will be impossible to reach a compromise. Rest assured, I hope this never comes about again at my university, but I have a feeling I will have to brace this problem again.

You will be hearing a lot from UCSD in the next couple of weeks with the heavy bout of liberalism and anti-Israeli sentiments surface. I will keep you posted with David Horowitz (who we’re bringing), Van Jones, Norman Finkelstein, Angela Davis, and Israel “Apartheid” Week come Week 7 here at UCSD (May 10th through 13th). Oy ve! Nevertheless, I will fight for the Conservative Movement through thick and thin.

Letter to ASUCSD Council Members

Letter to ASUCSD Council Members Filed under: Local — The California Review @ 1:24 pm Tags: president obama, gaza, israel, ucsd, middle east, palestine, UCSD Associated Students, foreign aid ASUCSD Council Members: Please Read! Begin the healing process instead of opening new wounds… Hello Council, After my retirement from ASUCSD, I purposely maintained a hands-off approach to current council affairs. While several items proposed by the current council have caused me concern, the rehashing of the debate on the conflict in the Middle East is one issue I cannot abstain from commenting on in good conscience. To those of you who do not know me, my name is Frank Carroll and I was the Associate Vice-President of Student Advocacy for the 2008-2009 term. I had the unfortunate pleasure of sitting through the first Israel-Palestine debate. One of the reoccurring criticisms of council members is that the body has no institutional memory. As such, I would like to remind the council of how this debate affected the student body the first time around. After spending more than 10% of our council term debating the issue at length, no consensus was reached. Instead, the council and the student body left the debates deeply divided. It was during these debates that, for the first time, I was truly ashamed to be a member of the ASUCSD. Tonight, you are rehashing an issue that is truly beyond the scope of the ASUCSD. The question of how to obtain peace in the region is one that has eluded U.S. presidents, Nobel laureates, international scholars, and policy experts. And here we are once again, the ASUCSD, once again displaying an unparalleled arrogance; once again placing our insight above that of the world’s most intelligent experts. But then again, I’m sure the two weeks you have all spent researching the issue has well-equipped you to make a determination that has eluded foreign policy experts for more than half a century. However, if you do feel that reading a few articles and perusing Wikipedia makes you a Middle East policy expert, you should consider what you are actually saying by voting in the affirmative. Contrary to the rhetoric, you are not merely divesting from war mongers and voting for peace. You vote says so much more. By voting yes, you are saying: (1) that Israel does not have a right to defend itself from the incessant barrage of missiles coming from the Gaza strip; (2) that Israel has committed atrocities that can only be characterized as human rights violations and war crimes in the Gaza region; and (3) that anyone who finances these war crimes are complicit in the commission of the aforementioned war crimes. You see, if this is merely a resolution against finding war in general, it should state that. That type of resolution speaks to a general principle, one that I believe many would support, without alienating or discriminating against a particular group. But unfortunately, the resolution at hand specifically targets only the war efforts of a single county, Israel. The discriminatory nature of the resolution requires the council to first make a determination that Israel does not have a legitimate excuse to employ force in the defense of her population, and that furthermore, the use of force it has employed thus far constitutes a human rights violation and a war crime. You have to first make a determination in the affirmative to this issue before the analysis can continue. If you conclude that Israel has no legitimate right to defend itself and that is has committed human rights violations and war crimes, you must move to the second prong of the analysis. You must decide whether anyone who finances these “war crimes” is complicit in the commission of the aforementioned “war crimes.” In considering this second prong, you should use the volumes of information each of you have perused in preparation to make a determination as a Middle East policy expert. In addition, you should consider this simple fact: President Barack Obama has increased the amount of foreign aid given to Israel, giving nearly 3 billion dollars this year. The stated intention of the Obama administration is that this money will be used to buy military technology that is produced in the U.S. Under the rationale of the ASUCSD resolution, that would make President Obama complicit in the commission of war crimes in the Gaza region. After all, without military funding, the war crimes cannot be committed. And so, if you are to hold G.E. and United Technologies culpable for their support of the commission of Israeli “war crimes”, the resolution should be amended to include the U.S. government and President Barack Obama, who is at least as culpable as these companies. Of course, we all know President Obama is not complicit in war crimes, and so the rationale of the resolution holding G.E. and United Technologies culpable cannot stand. Furthermore, UCSD itself conducts research that is used by the military and may be sold to our allies. Does the resolution then, by its own rationale, require a divestment of UCSD funds form UCSD itself? UCSD has partnerships with Intel, an Israeli company that produced circuitry for combat satellite systems. Should UCSD break these partnerships? Irwin Jacobs, the donor who gave a substantial amount of money to UCSD to build the Jacob’s School of Engineering, gives money to groups who fund military development in Israel. Should we give back the “tainted” funds from Mr. Jacobs, even if it means closing the engineering school? I mean after all, if you give money to the development of Israeli military technology, you are aiding and abetting the commission of war crimes under the rationale of this resolution. You can’t pick and choose who to divest from on principle. Either go all in, or see the fallacy of this resolution. I am sorry to have wasted so much of your time and I appreciate you taking the time to read the rant of a has-been A.V.P. I urge you to consider the impact that an affirmative vote on this resolution would have on the student body as a whole. Just a few short months ago, I saw my alma mater on CNN being portrayed as a bigoted and hateful institution. I saw reports of the hurt and division that pervaded the entire campus; wounds that persist to this day. I implore you, in a time when the school needs the elected representatives to foster relationships and lead the effort to heal the wounds of our student body, do not take action that will only open new wounds and alienate more students. Our campus is broken; and it is incumbent upon all of you to take it upon yourselves to fix it. All I ask is that when the role is called and you make a decision to vote for or against this resolution, you ask yourself one simple question: “Will my vote help heal the wounds of the student body, or will my vote make them worse?” You all hold the power to help or hurt the campus, and I hope you will look back on tonight as the night you began the healing process, and not the night when new wounds were inflicted. Regards, Frank Carroll J.D. Candidate 2012 University of Houston Law Center

Live Blog of ASUCSD of Israel Divestment Meeting on 4/28/10

http://ucsdcalrev.wordpress.com/2010/04/28/live-blog-asucsd-israel-divestment-meeting-42810/

I’m blogging live about the divesting from companies involved in Israel. I find this bill appalling as a Jewish student, and you can read what I have been blogging live about it in the above link. Calling ISRAEL a human rights violator? Are you kidding me? Read what I have posted. Some of the material is beyond comprehension and ridiculous. To question Israel is flat out un-American.

Please have us here at UCSD in your thoughts…deliberation is still going on, and time will only tell when it will end, and hopefully for a “NO” vote on the divestment bill.

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Meeting begins 6:00 PM, 4/28/10.

Follow the meeting here. Refresh this page to view updates.

California Review Correspondent: Gabriella Hoffman

[4/28/10 6:20:37 PM] Gabriella Hoffman:First speaker: Intervarsity Chair. He is for the divestment from Israel, although he claims not to support either of side

[4/28/10 6:22:17 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: 2nd Speaker: BSU member. She doesn’t like the investment of companies to ISRAEL BECAUSE OF PAIN HER FAMILY FELT

[4/28/10 6:26:37 PM] BSU President David Richardson – He is saying this is a political move. They aren’t picking sides and mocked Adam Teitelbaum talking about claiming we feel alienated

[4/28/10 6:28:09 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Janelle from BSU: SHE BELIEVES THAT AS SHOULD NOT INVEST IN THIS and ucsd DOESN’T CHOSE TO INVEST IN THIS. Political power that UCSD/AS has no power. AS doesn’t invest in Palestinian. Believes we should talk this matter to UC Regents. But calling Israel an occupier is wrong. It’s not neutral bill
AS has no power to invest, so it’s essentially a political vote. This is greater than what AS is a part of. Fragmented three groups I’m in on campus. Voting in a political stance. Don’t be swayed by emotional appeal. Students are first but this Not a student issue

[4/28/10 6:30:58 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Next: Jewish student in support for the resolution – Argues we’re divided, to divest from Israel, benefitting one side and wants to restore neutrality our school desires by recognizing a common ground

[4/28/10 6:33:22 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Next: Marshall College – welcomes Bishop of Jerusalem. Proud to see spectrum of Americans. Old immigrants to new immigrants. Country of freedom to speak in diverse situations. Change of our president who brought such great change. I love the Jews and we are friends. Born in Haifa had to abandon it. We need to be forward looking. Peace will never come by negotiations. Peace is made what is written on gate of Congress library “God requires you to do justice.” For Israelis for Palestinians and Americans

[4/28/10 6:36:48 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Natalie Katz speaking – Complicated Issue. Not a clear answer to the issue

[4/28/10 6:37:13 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: AS represents student body, the whole student body. This alienates good part of the body. The pain is important and the Jewish community will feel pain and will be ostracised if passed. We should foster atmosphere for all to be and feel welcomed.

[4/28/10 6:38:11 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Dafna Barzilay – President of TFI speaking now. My job is to support and protect my community but I’m fearful for community of pro-Israel students. This is extremely unfair. Although it never directly mentions Israel it makes offesnses against Israel by taking sources form UN and anti-Israel orgs. It has anti-Israel bias. Peace incorporates talks and negotiations, not to be done overnight, and will take years to do. Reconsider it, but not as a source to peace, Help me foster a cohesive community.

[4/28/10 6:40:54 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Rebecca Ismakov – When written with bias against Israel, it’s not netural at all, despite the attempt to make it not anti-Israel. Hamas sends rockets into Israel, but no mention of Israel’s right to defend itself in the bill. Neutral- has to present both sides. Invest in companies for own financial benefit

[4/28/10 6:43:20 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Maria Estrada from SDSU with SJP. I do believe in peace. UCSD to be opposed to human events “neutral.” As a MX citizen and AZ border conflict given to press people give voice and forum and debate for this conflict

[4/28/10 6:45:45 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Next: Israeli grad student at UCSD. At 18, DRAFTED in Israeli army. Fought in gaza in and after retreat served in West Bank in operations. IDF is army of the people where everybody participates. Fights to minimize pain and casualties. Some things are bigger than us. Israeli/Jewish people have no other country but Israel. Jews can live free there, although minority in US but Jews can’t maintain identity except in ISRAEL. In Gaza they elected Hamas which is a terrorist organization that deprives it’s own people of human rights

[4/28/10 6:49:51 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Next: Ben Bathlezar – Jewish voices for peace. Is this good for the Jews? Resolution is good for the Jews. Goldstone is someone who needs to be listened to. I urge you to pass this resolution

[4/28/10 6:53:19 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Next: Aaron Dimsdale – Jewish Students for Peace/Pro-Divestment at UCSD. NO BULLETS AND BOMBS. Not speaking for all jewish students, just himself. Feels other groups have a mandate on what all jewish students believe and is alienated by them. Resolution not about jewish people, but 2 companies and IDF. My family was forced into pogroms in europe and suffered

[4/28/10 6:57:23 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Next speaker: Mico Palen – Urge you vote for divestment. I served in army too. Feels as proud as people who marched with mlk, fought apartheid. Vote for divesment. World is listening waiting to hear what you have to say.

[4/28/10 6:59:04 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Co-chair of foundation for girl who was killed in attack and another shot in attack by Israeli soldier.

[4/28/10 7:00:07 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Shira Lietner – Shocked by this resolution. Proponents will have you believe this is for peace and for neurality. This resolution anything but neutral or one peace as it targets one side of the conflict. Two sides to every story, not one side. This resolution has offended me and my community to push through resolution. Vote NO. ASUCSD promised to not undermine minorities on campus.

[4/28/10 7:03:17 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Next: Noam Cadouri – I’m appalled on two things. Conflict is competition of whose awfulness is worse to judge that occupation of Gaza/West bank is treacherous. I acknowledge problems of everyone. To divest from all war worldwide. This is not neutral, if it were really neutral it would bring both sides, not competition. This bill alienates us.

[4/28/10 7:06:38 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Next: Annie from SJP – So many communities brought together. I know firsthand dangers in Israel and the attacks there. My family was attacked, bombs in background. How to stop missiles from invading. Conditions in Gaza haven’t changed. Stop funding from education to going to defense contractors. Be responsible how student tuition money to go to

[4/28/10 7:10:43 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Next: White guy – Divest from GE and etc. Not about marginalizing two communities, but about divesting from companies. Beyond us as a big thing, beyond us as a community, action is needed now for those who oppose this occupation. My contribution of funds to be suspended

[4/28/10 7:12:52 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Next: Talia Rybak – Resolution not neutral by signaling out only Jewish state in the world. Purpose to delegitmize Israel from face of this Earth. Israel couldn’t be compared to apartheid in South Africa. That was a clear human rights issue. Doesn’t blame suffering on Hamas. A humans rights crisis doesn’t exist in ISRAEL. Since Israel’s est. in 1948 it has received persecution. My family served in IDF, the most effective force in the world. It’s an insult to my family about negative thoughts on IDF. AS NO MORAL CLARITY VOTE NO ON DIVESTMENT. Don’t isolate me

[4/28/10 7:16:34 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Next: Jessica Baltmanas – reading letter from student at Tel Aviv University

[4/28/10 7:23:03 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Oliver Burchell – SJP. Echo voice of brothers and sister undergoing turmoil. How US fees perpetuating violence in occupation and supporting violence. Fund education, not catastrophes.

[4/28/10 7:25:52 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Next: Brian Pyle – Measure to talk about US corporations to not accept status quo anymore. Never had bomb go off near me, why do we want student fees to build more bombs.

[4/28/10 7:29:10 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Next: Palestinian – Couldn’t sleep during bombs. Don’t fund corporations that threaten me at expense of uncle’s murder. Can’t forget where I can from and their oppression. This resolution brings together more student orgs than any other resolution at UCSD.

[4/28/10 7:31:39 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Erin Rebecca Brodwin – Worked to divest from Russel foundation. Helped get Student Sustainability Collective established. AS Promote atmosphere of social justice environment.

[4/28/10 7:33:36 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Matt Zillber – Student of Policy Director. Not one penny goes to UC investment fund. You’re lying if you think your money goes to it. GE capital created to lose money to get tax benefits and put out Twilight. Readers’ Digest not responsible for weaponry. Issue blown way out of proportion

[4/28/10 7:36:12 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Adam Teitlebaum – My reputation proceeds me. I’m confused. AS meeting about peace and neutrality profiting from occupation as recommendation to uc regents to divest from conflict in Jerusalem and Gaza. Two different resolutions. Not discussion about resolution but a debate about Middle East policy. This resolution talks about an issue that is emotionally driven. Fight broke out with senator last night, regarding event: Apartheid Week. There they’re CALLING ME ZIONISTS, NAZIS

[4/28/10 7:39:15 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Scott Kaufman – Speak out against the resolution. Not about profiteering

[4/28/10 7:44:20 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Andy Nehaus – Alumn for SJP

[4/28/10 7:49:13 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Aron Horning: I support human right

[4/28/10 7:49:55 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: AS student advocate – Support student rights every day, job is to support students of all interests. Don’t proscribe one belief, but encourage many. It is irresponsible for ASUCSD to pass bill as it is written.

[4/28/10 7:53:14 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Rose: Tone of resolution not neutral, biased and hostile nature. AS is in the spotlight of issue not be involved with. If passed, I’d feel outcast. ASUCSD isn’t place for this issue

[4/28/10 7:54:45 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Next: active member of UCSD, in opposition to bill. It’s presented as unbiased but it isn’t.

[4/28/10 7:55:56 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Next: Guys Family hosted young man from gaza who was shot by IDF after he heard story. Then invasion on gaza began. States difference betwenn BSU and pro-Israel community. He believes in human rights. Occupation affecting people. Zionist or not a Zionist, Israeli Government needs to be held accoutable to its actions.

Next:
[4/28/10 7:59:07 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Layla Sharif, Palestinian – Bullet holes all over my uncle’s house. Not removed from UCSD campus, cohesion based on neutrality and passivity. UCSD is apathetic & disengaged. Last winter, powerful moment after Compton Cookout, finally was real cohesion. Want UCSD policy that supports justice.

[4/28/10 8:01:29 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Lior from TFI – IT’S CLEAR THAT BILL IS A GESTURE. Gesture for peace is beautiful but this is not causing justice. Come to TFI to write a resolution to envision peace together. No resolution until we work together. No hostile campus climate.

[4/28/10 8:02:57 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Gaby Abhoot, TFI – Elevated levels of hate at Berkeley. Swastikas and physical assault. My parents value education and considered moving me from this campus. UC community at whole will be jeopardize

[4/28/10 8:04:14 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Mark, Grad Student – This resolution is Implicitly against Irael. Egypt doing same with blockading Gaza. Hospital equipment made by GE is here at UCSD MEDICAL. As students, do you think you have expertise at passing resolution? No

[4/28/10 8:05:43 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Next Student. I came to UCSD to learn. Don’t want swastikas, don’t want to be called Nazi, don’t want to defend myself for being Jewish.

[4/28/10 8:06:23 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Next Student: Can’t take issue on divestment without knowing. Absolute and utter mistake to take hearsay and make an important decision that impacts lives without fully understanding it. To not support Israel to defend itself is to not support Israel to exist

[4/28/10 8:08:59 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Next: Max Hopper, Senior at Muir – Lack of talking about resolution. ASUCSD widely recognizes inability of a body to adjudicate matters. Deny resolution on these grounds. Two suggestions this resolution is making: that ISRAEL is causing violation of law, or adjudicating action on international law
resolution cannot be passed.

[4/28/10 8:12:13 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Next: Daniel Desta – I’m here because I’m proud Israeli. Fled Ethiopia and Israel provided home for me. In Israel, everyone is equal. When I lived in Jerusalem, I had to take two buses to get to school to avoid suicide bombers. Would you let them play roulette with my life. But our voice not heard here, bomber killed 26 people in a night club. What are we divesting from.

[4/28/10 8:14:40 PM] Gabriella Hoffman:Janelle from BSU: INVEST IN POLITICAL VOTE. Media funding fragmenting our communities. Why not recommend open forums with debates

[4/28/10 8:15:29 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Next: Sarah Tehrani, TFI – BILL too controversial for AS

[4/28/10 8:18:33 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Sixth College Senator Leena – Israel apartheid of our time. Unpopular because against status quo. Support Justice. Institutionalized bias is a vote for no.

[4/28/10 8:21:56 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Next: Jamie – I’m member of Greek Community. Coming here, the fact that I might be considered Jewish, Israeli, now makes me feel alienated. We should be respectful for each side. We may be for one side or another, but you need to understand both have strong emotions. This is not place to hear this issue, and AS is wrong to make decision

[4/28/10 8:24:12 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Next: Gabi Tripolsky – Why I oppose this bill. Israel is a country where politically and culturally different views are accepted and appreciated.I can associate with community where voice and opinion can fly and be with people who may be Republican or Democrat, gay or straight, european or persian. In Israel, we’re all together, and Israel believes in equality and social justice, because look at Israel, gay marriage is legal, Women’s rights are protected. Thse do not exist anywhere else in Middle East. I’m proud to represent Israel community. Bill singles out Israel and Jewish community. I don’t want my voice suppressed, If passed, repercussions will be something my peers and I will have to face. I don’t want to face Berkeley here. Make my future cohesive.

[4/28/10 8:28:31 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Public input has ended. Overextended by 45 minutes. But more to follow. Now onto campus affairs…

[4/28/10 8:30:52 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: 15 minutes for presentation

[4/28/10 8:32:56 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Adam Kenworthy making a special presentation…
Make it neutral. Do we know enough to make it likely. Vietnam war of our generation. We should not be sitting here and following this conflict. I respect everyone in this room. AS council, if you pass or fail this tonight, where will you be tomorrow? Advocating for human rights? Putting words into actions or are you going to be chilling out or decompressing after this night? I challenge you to take a stance. Serve up your bolonga to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Student gov’ts, is not what I thought it was. Remember, the real power doesn’t lie in this room. I love this university, but this should not be happening at our university.

[4/28/10 8:41:12 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Rishi and Chris Westling making a special presentation, the co-writers of the resolution, and those with Berkeley.
When you are a representative government it is your duty that voices are heard. We do not have a choice as to where our general endowment money is, but we do have a choice as to where our student fees go. However, my freshman year we voted to divest from companies profiting from war in Darfur.
An American Jewish activist, Ana Baltzer, who appeared on the Daily Show, sent us a message. Watching now.

[4/28/10 8:52:11 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Film: As a Jewish, violates basic principles in Judaism. Nothing Jewish about occupation and human rights violations. To conflate criticism of Judaism and human rights violations is dangerous to make. When are Human Rights controversial? Don’t we all deserve human rights? Corporations should be held accountable, and you’re not holding GE and United Corp to standard. If you came to me for divestment advice, I would support it. The bill isn’t divisive. I commend UCSD noble commitment to promoting peace, Proud as a Californian. I’m inspired by your efforts, and hope you continue legacy by divesting from Israel and weapons. Tragedy to Palestinian people to invest is perpetuating conflict, but on the contrary, it’s tempting to not get involved, but if you pay tuition at UCSD, you’re already involved. This bill isn’t asking you to take a side, but only to end support for one side. I urge you to pass this bill. Do what you know in your heart to be right. Good luck.

[4/28/10 8:56:37 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Chris Westling: Bill is not to divest from Israel, but to divest from companies involved in human rights violations. Don’t be told you have right you can’t divest.

[4/28/10 8:58:27 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Another video for AS from Heidy Epstein in St. Louis. In support of resolution and peace and neutrality by divesting from US corp. from contributing to human rights violations. From Germany, persecution of Jews, boycotted, business closed by the Nazis in 1938 on the Night of Broken Glass. Motion to extend video I left Germany on kinder transport to England, but my family deported to Aushwitz. As teenager, I fought for human rights. I came to US same month Israel became a state. In 1982 I learned about massacres in Lebanon, while in 2003 I was in Israeli-occupied in West Bank where I witnessed Israel’s occupation in West Bank. Israel has been in violation of int’l law!, see the UN-Goldstone commission report. Opponents of divestment complain it alienates moderates in israel and condones terrorism. The question is not when, but if- time to reaffirm commitment to struggle for social justice.

[4/28/10 9:09:01 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Daniel Friedman of TFI speak. This whole Jewish thing… How many know more about Judaism than me? Who went to school from 7am till 5am studying Hebrew more than me? I wouldn’t dare to say I can speak for the entire Jewish community. But I can speak for the Jewish Community at UCSD, because we sit down and talk all the time. I invite you to come and engage in dialogue. All voting members of AS. Will you be responsible after this event, take personal responsibility for what would happen after this? If G-d forbid a student was attacked? Like I’ve been? 2000+ PEOPLE signed the bill asking AS for neutrality. I’m Jewish, come talk to us.

[4/28/10 9:13:42 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Engineering Senator Adi Singer making a special presentation. UCSD Vision Statement. Diverse, but unified voice. I don’t see unified voice here (Adi Singer). No argument about peace and human rights. Thing is, we want a unified voice and AS to represent us. Who has read the Goldstone Report? [4 hands up] AS, sorry to insult you, but you’re not educated enough on this issue. Do you know what Congress had to say about the Goldstone Report? 334 members of HR said Goldstone is biased. House and Senate passed this overwhelmingly. When you say Israel bombed a Gaza school…why engage in military contact? Israel begged Hamas to stop bombs. No one cared. Resolution for neutrality, no it isn’t…
Berkeley recognizes Israel’s right to exist.

[4/28/10 9:17:54 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: (Public being rude to Daniel)I want that same respect that I gave you all. Adi – If we had dialogue, worked on together, this would have been avoided. Nobody here pays a penny to companies. Not neutral, it’s biased, on one side of the spectrum. Bill was propsed, sounds like anti-Israel bill to me. By showing one side, alienating pro-Israel community in my school. I’m not speaking for all Jews. I don’t want to hear complaints from Jewish mothers. Who know the GDP of last year’s growth in the US? Who knows Israel? Occupied Ramalah? 8 %. Sounds like somewhere I’d like to get a job. You don’t have to agree, but respect me. This is a very tense issue, violence is escalating across the state. This has led to attacks at UC Berkeley, and my friend was attacked at UC Davis. My friend had swastikas carved in his room. I don’t want escalation here, de-escalate in Middle East. I was in between two people wanting to punch another, one for this bill and one who hasn’t take a stance yet. Campus climate is important at any school to allow the free exchange of ideas. If not, I’ll find another university. Foster a cohesive community at UCSD but that’s not happening because of resolution. It’s illegal to divest from single country. We can’t tell UC Regents what to do with their money, since it’s through donations.

[4/28/10 9:27:21 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: (Adi Singer) One speaker said that silencing speaker doesn’t lead to cohesive campus. If needed, write a joint resolution. Video being shown about Berkeley divestment attempt.

[4/28/10 9:30:39 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Will Smelko, UCB President – Even with South Africa, they took a year and formed a general community with blueprints with people. Here Senate just considered issue with huge magnitude. Clearly a different issue than SA apartheid, where then they had no physical altercations, no long meetings. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not one that we should not be dealing with. Foster more campus dialogue, not get late minute votes at 2:30am in the morning. A swastika was drawn on the wall at Berkeley a couple weeks ago, after spent year building community. This just signals out community on campus. Raise support rather than solve situation in the Middle East.

[4/28/10 9:36:28 PM] Gabriella Hoffman: Adi: We’re not Berkeley. No swastikas tomorrow. Show that negotiations focus on peace and the path to peace.

YAF&College Republicans at UCSD to host David Horowitz on May 10th, 2010 at UCSD!

YAF, College Republicans are tri-hosting David Horowitz! If you’re interested in hearing a pro-Israel speaker (who’s also Jewish and conservative!) speak during Apartheid Week when SJP/MSA host their slew of anti-Israel speakers AND  when commie green-czar Van Jones makes his UCSD debut, come to David Horowitz! Tickets to be out starting May 3rd, 2010 at the box office. If off campus/not at UCSD, be sure to message me about getting your tickets on reserve. We’ll be holding 150 for y’all, just contact me asap! See you there! =)

Please RSVP on the facebook page and be sure to contact me immediately. This is an event you do not want to miss!!!!!!!!

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=374471301611&ref=mf

Avoid Being ‘Hooked’ and ‘Lured’ into the Hook-Up Culture

As a fishing enthusiast, I know firsthand how to hook and reel in a fish. It requires diligence, patience, and tolerance for the mess that entails such an activity. Fishing goes hand-in-hand with love, as well. Yet, to say it in terms of my values, the guy must be willing to hook you up (the girl) after effort upon effort, no matter the mess, and endure the wait till he obtains his prize (you).

When finding the right match it is best to meet people, find similarities and desirable traits, and have subsequent yet mutual feelings blossom. The au natural way of finding love apparently is diminished in the age of “hooking up” at the collegiate level.  The antiquated analogy of “there’s plenty of fish in the sea,” as the correspondent metaphor goes, provides an opportunity for men and women to seek potential mates (the fish) from a big pool of any given population (the sea) at the university setting. Yet, when you want to have many fish to hook and lure with your fishing rod with little effort, only disappointment will ensue for the parties involved.

Let me spell it out for you: I am no fan of the hookup culture found at colleges and universities. I’ve seen it here at UCSD, and frankly, it is not my cup of tea nor will it ever be. Call me crazy for being traditional, but it is plain silly and hurtful for both sides (especially girls) when they have a casual fling or one-night stand. The process of hooking and luring entails a girl becoming drunk, submissive to the whims of a “hot” guy, lured into a bedroom, and physically diminished of one’s self-worth. And vice versa. The next day, the girl is nonexistent and essentially the guy’s quick sex plaything. Talk about degrading and gross! What happened to girls priding in themselves for regarding their body as a sanctuary reserved for the guy they truly love? I guess the pressure to fit in and feel welcomed in such a setting like college forces a girl to be an object of sexual experimentation for a guy, later becoming just another notch on his belt of sexual conquest, on many occasions. Girls also behave like guys and rake up on their sexual conquests too. Both parties are guilty of contributing to the hook-up culture.

Additionally, guys are equally affected by and hurt by the hook-up culture. USCatholic reports on the following:

…guys don’t like hook-up culture either. They don’t want to rack up their number of sexual partners. They feel it gets in the way of real relationships. But there is a stigma among guys about critiquing hook-up culture. Expressing an interest in romance or dating is a mark against them, while hooking up is how they prove their masculinity to other guys. They felt trapped as well.

Guys equally feel worthless and used after engaging in one-night stands. Additionally, many guys want to have a relationship but don’t know where to look. Feminists have perverted masculinity to the point where men have become subordinate to domineering females that reject marriage, commitment, childbearing, and the like.

After reading an April 20th, 2010 post on the Phi Beta Cons section of the online version of The National Review, I am reassured that there are people, college students like myself, who pride in having a substance-enriched relationship with a special someone. Students are emulating the rejection of this phenomenon for the return of normalcy perceived in ol’ fashioned love, the post reveals. Personally, I cannot tell anyone how to live their lives. People have to make their own decisions, and I am not going to nag them about it.  Yet, it is imperative to promote the value of dating and building relationships rather than meaningless and often hurtful sexcapades. An excerpt from the Phi Beta Con section of NRO by contributor Nathan Harden retorts, “Casual sex doesn’t produce deep relationships. When casual sex is the only kind of relationship available, guys don’t benefit morally or spiritually, I would argue. Yet young women seem to get the worst of the bargain because of the high emotional cost they often bear.” Why does society have to plunge further into an abyss with this? It started with the love culture of the 1960’s, where sexual freedom was advocated and sexual whims had run amok. We do not need this sexual revolution in full bloom again in our day, as the effects of “hooking up” potentially lead to venereal diseases, broken hearts, hopeless desires, and unwanted pregnancies (and thus abortions in the most extreme cases).

If college students attest to the notion of rejecting the hookup culture, then obviously something is inherently wrong in this practice. As arbiters of our future, we should enforce the values set in relationships and restore the essence of love. Do not conform to the hook up culture! Instead be above it and embrace love for its optimal worth when it comes your way.

From Conservative to Conservative:A Plea for Help to Glenn Beck

Dear Glenn Beck and Staff,

I write to you in urgent need of help. As a follower of your program, I have watched closely how dangerous Obama and his affiliates are. I am the daughter of Lithuanian immigrants that left the former U.S.S.R. to come to the United States for its freedom and opportunities. Obama and his “beautiful” change have put our nation in a vulnerable spot, and have transformed our republic into a communistic entity! This is unheard of and wrong. From my youth and beyond, my father did me justice in educating me about the ills and woes of communism, and any of its variants. Seeing teachers strike in elementary school provided such an understanding as to why teacher’s unions and subsequent efforts to get more money (even with tenure and well-entrenched pensions) are unheard of and socialistic. Watching Fox News for over ten years exposed me to fair and balanced reporting, and T.V. personalities like Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, you, Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham, Michelle Malkin, and other noteworthy conservatives that have inspired me to be a conservative activist and columnist.

Yet, my most urgent concern in writing to you is in how we can combat the arrival of Van Jones at UCSD. Infamous green czar and unrepentant communist Van Jones will be speaking at my university, UC-San Diego, this May 11th, 2010 in its Helen Edison Lecture series. Talk about crazy and obscene! Just to invite a guy like this with his track record and virulent antics is wrong on all principles. Our universities administration will allow this to happen, and there won’t be any counter-opinion to expose him except for my club, Young Americans for Freedom, the College Republicans at UCSD, Young Americans for Liberty at UCSD, tea party enthusiasts from Southern California, and other patriots. To counter this, we have invited David Horowitz of FrontPage Magazine and his respective Freedom Center to come speak at our school for this occasion, why it’s important to preserve academic free speech, and to talk about the ills of Islamo-fascism. During the week of May 10th until May 14th, there will be a heavy bout of liberalism at UCSD with Israeli Apartheid Week and Van Jones, but with having David Horowitz, we can impart the alternative position on campus.

We need someone with your expertise to help us successfully expose Van Jones at UCSD. I am working tirelessly to organize a protest, hand-out fliers, write column pieces/articles about the event, attend and ask questions, and attempt to educate my peers during the process. Any wisdom or help you can impart to us would be much appreciated. We here in California enjoy the great service you are doing for the United States of American with your T.V. and radio programs.

Sincerely,

Gabriella Hoffman
Chairwoman, Young Americans for Freedom at UCSD

Capitalist Cupcakes Are Here in Time for 2010 Tax Day TEA Party!!!

If you’re in San Diego and love the TEA Party Movement, come out to Midway Postoffice off of Rosecrans in Downtown San Diego at 5pm until 11:30pm!!!

Look out for Young Americans for Freedom at UCSD and College Republicans at UCSD, and be sure to stop by our tables to sample our delicious capitalist cupcakes, and if possible, help us with finances for David Horowitz with a simple donation, if feasible!!!

Thank you, and know that you can have confidence in the conservative/Republican youth in this grim time. =)