Monday, April 18, 2011
Interfaith Event at Chapman University April 11, 2011
On April 11, Chapman University in Orange, California held an interfaith dialogue (which they do annually) featuring a representative of Islam, Jihad Turk, and a Jewish rabbi named Zev Hayyim-Feyer. This event was sponsored by the Chapman Muslim Student Association and the Orange County Hillel.
Turk is associated with the Southern California Islamic Center. He is involved with several interfaith activities. The LA Times calls him a moderate- a man of peace if you will. Others say he is a practicioner of takiyya-deception. I do not know enough on Turk to comment.
But it is Rabbi Feyer that I would like to concentrate on here. This is the man who represented the Jewish side at Chapman University.
According to his own website, Feyer is a member of the National Advisory Board of the Jewish Peace Fellowship, the Council of Elders of the Shomer Shalom Institute for Jewish Non-Violence, and the Rabbinic Council of Jewish Voice for Peace.
Jewish Voice For Peace. That is an organization that really should be called Jews for Jihad. They are stridently anti-Israel.
In addition, if you go to the below-linked page of Shomer Shalom Institute for Jewish Non-Violence, you will see that Feyer was a signatory to a letter to Richard Goldstone lauding him for his infamous Goldstone Report condemning Israel for their military actions in Gaza (which Goldstone has now repudiated).
Here is another commentary on Feyer's signing of that letter (CalNeoCon).
Which brings me to my point. The stated purpose of the interfaith dialogue surely was not a debate on Israel. It was to discuss the relationship between Muslims and Jews. Yet, I find it curious that the Orange County Hillel would sponsor this man as the Jewish representative given his apparent hostility toward Israel. To be fair, Hillel is a national organization that exists to help facilitate life on campus for Jewish college students and provide a welcoming Jewish atmosphere. To my knowledge, Israel is at best a secondary issue. Yet, this same Hillel opposed the efforts of the Orange County community to come to UC-Irvine last year to counter the Israel Apartheid Week put on by the UCI Muslim Student Association. This same Hillel is a supporter of the Olive Tree Initiative.
Obviously, Feyer is a peacenik, which is fine. He obviously is not a supporter of Israel, which is fine. It is Hilllel that I am wondering about. As an organization, are they antagonistic toward Israel, or even at a local level in this case, in Orange County? If they are, that is fine. That is their right. If that, in fact, is the case, should they not be open about that?