By COLlive reporter
Jewish, Christian Arabs and Muslim Arabs who proudly served in the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) were told that their scheduled talk at the Stanford University in California was not welcomed.
The “Reservists on Duty” were meant to be the guests of the Stanford Israel Association (SIA), but the student group then pulled its support for a program highlighting the stories of Israel’s minority populations, according to JNS.org.
The event, “Stories From Israeli Minorities,” was scheduled to take place less than 24 hours later at Hillel at Stanford University. They too ended up canceling the “due to concerns raised by the University.”
“As a Jew, I don’t know what to say to the delegation,” said Amit Deri, founder of the Reservists on Duty organization.
“They are a group of minorities, one Druze, one Bedouin, one Muslim and one Arab, who suffered a lot of criticism from the Arab community in Israel. They’ve flown all the way from Israel to San Francisco for an event that was confirmed a month ago. And now, a few hours before it was to begin, they cancel it. I don’t know what to say to my people. I felt ashamed.”
Instead, Stanford Chabad led by Shluchim Rabbi Dov and Rachel Greenberg stepped in to host the soldiers on Monday night, and the event went on as planned.
Deri said the delegation was comforted that Chabad agreed to host the program, JNS news agency reported.
Attendees heard the personal stories of the non-Jewish reservists, who spoke about being minorities in Israel, their love for the Jewish state and their desire to defend the country.