They sought a meeting with Hillel's president, Eric Fingerhut, who had withdrawn from participating in the conference, he said initially, because of the presence of Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat.
claimed the "conference agenda overall was concerning," and said it made the withdrawal decision after speaking with the "full range of Hillel stakeholders."
may yet meet with some students.
However, the underlying problem is broader: Hillel
has constrained itself, through its impossibly overbroad "guidelines"-which prohibit Hillel
from hosting or partnering with speakers who, among other things "delegitimize, demonize, or apply a double standard to Israel"-from engaging with the very community for which it exists.
As Benjy Cannon, the president of J Street's campus arm, J Street U, pointed out, the students Fingerhut didn't address may well be the future of pro-Israel advocacy in the United States.