TO THE EDITOR:
We, student leaders of UNC Hillel, strongly oppose the appearance of Sebastian Gorka on our campus on Nov. 13.
Gorka is slated to talk about US-Israel relations and the state of the Middle East under the Trump administration.
As Jews, it is our responsibility to formally denounce this speaker for his ties to groups that sympathize with Nazis, his explicit Islamophobia and his lack of qualifications to speak on the aforementioned idea of someone being invited to our campus who has been repeatedly condemned for connections to anti-Semitic groups that allied with Nazis during WWII, especially following last week’s campus visit by Tibor Spitz, a Holocaust survivor.
As leaders of a pro-Israel campus organization, it is important for us to distinguish between varying pro-Israel stances and acknowledge that being pro-Israel and anti-Semitic are not mutually exclusive.