We are Fairness To Israel (FTI), an independent association of Vassar alumni, parents of current Vassar students and friends of Vassar who are united in the belief that Israel has a right to exist, as a nation and as the recognized homeland of the Jewish People, with secure borders. We promote and support open and balanced debate about the long-standing Arab-Israeli conflict in an atmosphere of tolerance that is the cornerstone of a liberal arts institution.
Prof. Yehezkel Landau, Associate Professor of Interfaith Relations and Director
of the Building Abrahamic Partnerships program at Hartford Seminary (CT), and
Imam Abdullah Antepli, adjunct professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University,
gave a joint presentation on November 12 described as a "Conversation about
Israel/Palestine." This event was sponsored by the Office of the
President, the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life (RSL), the RSL Forum
for Inter-Religious Dialogue, Africana Studies, Jewish Studies and the
Department of Religion. It was developed
as part of the “Dialogue and Engagement Across Differences,” initiative created
by President Hill to encourage civil and open discussion of contentious issues on campus.
Ziva Dahl, FTI Core Council member, attended the
presentation and wrote a detailed report, which can be found here.
Last week, FTI's Ziva Dahl published an op-ed on the challenges that Jewish and pro-Israel students face at Vassar. Her article has been picked up by a number of news outlets, including this one. (You may notice that Alan Dershowitz, in his NY Post op-ed today, clearly used Ziva's piece as a source for his reference to Vassar.)
Alan Dershowitz has an op-ed in today's New York Daily News, discussing the glaring double standards employed by activists on college campuses today when it comes to "safe spaces" and free speech for Jewish students. He cites Vassar as a prime example.