North Carolina Hillel staff and students are dismayed to learn about the Students for Justice in Palestine’s campaign against our second Perspectives trip to Israel and the West Bank. This campaign, which is full of misinformation and inaccuracies about the program, seeks to undermine the trip’s goals to help students develop a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the region and the experiences of Israelis and Palestinians beyond the conversation that happens on campus.
We have been transparent with every applicant, both this year and last year, about the goals and funding for our Perspectives trip. Participants in last year’s trip met with a wide variety of speakers, including a representative of the Palestinian Authority, Palestinian students and business owners, residents of a refugee camp in East Jerusalem, a teacher at a coexistence school, the mayor of a settlement in the West Bank, Jewish students from a town outside Gaza and a wide variety of other Israelis and Palestinians.
UNC Hillel regularly brings thoughtful discussion to campus through speakers including Dr. Marc Dollinger and Roots, as well as an upcoming talk with David Makovsky and Ghaith al-Omari on Wednesday March 4th.
This campaign does not reflect the nature of the trip nor the viewpoint of most of the students who went on it last year or have applied to participate this year. We welcome thoughtful conversation with any UNC student who has questions about the trip or about Hillel's work on campus. Staff and student alumni from the 2019 Perspectives trip will be available in Greenlaw Hall Room 319 on Monday February 10th from 7:30-8:30pm to answer any questions UNC students may have about the trip.
Please click on the link below to view the itinerary for last spring's Perspectives Trip to Israel and Palestine. Annotated in red, you will see where and why changes were made to the itinerary.
UNC Hillel Perspectives Trip itinerary May 2019