Why Is a Pro-Israel Group at Rutgers College Partnering with an Extreme Anti-Semitic Christian Organization?

Christians United For Israel's John Hagee has in the past engaged in extreme anti-semitic rhetoric.

The Rutgers chapter of Hillel International, the Jewish college student religious group, is known for courting anti-Muslim beliefs. For example, its executive director was caught saying that Islam is a problem, and denying Palestine's right to exist.

Next week, Rutgers Hillel is co-sponsoring an event on combating anti-semitism with Christians United For Israel, a Christian Zionist group headed by pastor John Hagee. Hagee has in the past engaged in extreme anti-semitic rhetoric, such as saying that the Holocaust was God's will. More recently, he reiterated his position that Jews need to accept Jesus to avoid going to hell.

The event features Kasim Hafeez, a Pakistani-British man and self-proclaimed former adherent of “radical Islam” who now supports Zionism. Hafeez uses his Muslim background to set himself apart from other supporters of Israel, but there's little difference between him and garden-variety neoconservatives. He wrote a Facebook post comparing Obama to Neville Chamberlain, who famously appeased Hitler.

The alliance between Rutgers Hillel, CUFI and a self-proclaimed former Muslim extremist seems to show that when it comes to those who are supporting Israel's government at any cost, there are few limits; even allying with former or current anti-semites is acceptable.

Zaid Jilani is an AlterNet staff writer. Follow @zaidjilani on Twitter.

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