What a news day for Williams… Over at Commentary, a new post examines the highly unusual nature of the College Council’s decision to deny an application to establish a pro-Zionist student organization called Williams Initiative for Israel (WIFI).
Everyone’s welcome at Williams. Almost. With one recent exception, it’s been more than a decade since the student-run College Council turned away any group seeking recognition as a registered student organization.
It seems there is only one way to be denied recognition. Form a group “to support Israel and the pro-Israel campus community” and “to educate the College on issues concerning Israel and the Middle East.” That, it turns out, does the trick.
Late last month, the College Council at Williams voted, 13-8 against recognizing a pro-Israel club, Williams Initiative for Israel.
This largely unprecedented decision was carried out at the April 23 meeting which was blacked out and not broadcast on livestream. Even worse, the College Council made the minutes anonymous. The full article may be accessed through Facebook.
Jonathan Marks, a contributor to Commentary’s blog, is professor of politics at Ursinus College.