According to the MSU web site Israel Apartheid week: A Call to Boycott, Divest, and Sanction Israel is co-sponsored By:
According to a statement by Jewish Federation President and CEO Shalom C. Elcott:
“In contrast to the behavior of the Muslim Student Union, it is important to note that members of MESSI (Middle East Studies Student Initiative, which includes Muslim and Arab students) participated in co-sponsoring the Ambassador’s appearance. Several Muslim and Arab members of MESSI have also participated, along with Christian and Jewish students, in the Olive Tree Initiative, a Rose Project-supported program that sends a diverse group of UCI students to the Middle East for encounters with Israelis and Palestinians.” See Outrage at UCI: Federation Response
According to MESSI’s web site, Hillels current Executive Director served on the “community advisory committee” from at least 2008-2009. On January 31, 2009, MESSI co-sponsored an all day anti-Israel event entitled “Wither the Levant “. See Also: Improper and Unauthorized Use of Official University of California Seal
If MESSI is supporting this boycott and divestment movement, then a strong public message of condemnation from these “leaders” is appropriate.