I am honestly torn as to what to do

"I was welcomed with open arms by Hillel at my college as a freshman, and I quickly felt like a part of a large community despite not going to camps/youth groups or even having a bar mitzvah. I went to Shabbat every Friday night as well as other events, through which I met many people who I call my friends. My stance on Israel has always been pro-Israel/anti-Occupation, and that anti-Zionism does not equate to anti-Semitism, but I quickly found out that I was in the minority with that viewpoint. A lot of my otherwise socially liberal peers openly discussed anti-Palestinian talking points (e.g. what is the proper way for IDF soldiers to shoot Palestinian children as they flee, labeling criticism of the Occupation on campus as anti-Semitism) and even shared racist memes from anti-Palestine meme pages on Facebook. The word 'occupation' was never used by any of our leaders, and it was clear to me that the dignity of the Palestinian people was not something that was of concern to anyone there. When Donald Trump made his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel last month, I felt even more alienated by some of the same people who I called my friends, and I felt so alienated that I skipped Shabbat dinner that week, which I NEVER do. I knew the mood would be celebratory, and my conscience told me not be a part of that.

I go back to school next week for my second semester of my sophomore year, and I am honestly torn as to what to do about my involvement in Hillel going forward. I don’t want to totally abandon it, but if the racist anti-Palestine sentiment and denial of the Occupation continues, I’ll be spending my Friday nights elsewhere. -Hillel student

HillelSophie Trauberman