Hillel and Rose Project Join Community in Affirming Pro-Israel Life on Campus
Successful Rescreening of Film Follows Last Month’s Anti-Israel Incident
IRVINE, CA (June 9, 2016) - Hillel at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and the Rose Project of Jewish Federation & Family Services last night joined community organizations for a successful screening of the pro-Israel film “Beneath the Helmet.” The program was the film’s second screening on campus after protests disrupted an event last month. More than 400 students, members of the local community and representatives of the university administration were in attendance for the second screening.
“Beneath the Helmet” is a documentary film produced by Jerusalem U that explores the experiences of five young Israeli Defense Force soldiers. The film screening was followed by remarks by one of the soldiers featured in the film, Cmdr. (Res.) Eden Adler, and by Middle East expert, U.S. Army veteran and attorney Elan Carr.
In contrast to the hostile disruptions prior to and during the first screening on May 18, the event last evening was peaceful and celebratory.
“Hillel and the Rose Project are proud to have played a leading role in ensuring Jewish students on campus are protected when they express their support for Israel. Our students remain committed to the vibrant Jewish and pro-Israel life on campus and encourage Jewish high school students to come to UCI to strengthen the Jewish student community,” said Lisa Armony, Executive Director of Hillel Foundation of Orange County and Director of the Rose Project of Jewish Federation & Family Services (JFFS).
The program was hosted by Jerusalem U and cosponsored by national and local partner organizations including Orange County Hillel, the Rose Project of JFFS, Chabad of UCI, StandWithUs, and Hasbara Fellowships. Additional support was provided by SCN, a program of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA).
Hillel and the Rose Project worked closely with the university administration, the office of the Chancellor, the Department of Student Affairs, the Department of Events and Facilities, and UCI PD to ensure student safety by coordinating event security and procedures.
The UCI administration and police successfully secured the event with the presence of approximately 30 uniformed officers inside and outside of the Student Center auditorium, bomb-sniffing dogs, physical barriers and strict security protocols requiring pre-registration and identification in order to enter the venue.
The University leadership is presently continuing their investigation into the events of May 18 where nearly 40 individuals associated with Students for Justice in Palestine aggressively confronted and threatened a group of 10 UCI students attempting to watch the film.
CONTACT: Lisa Armony, 949-435-3484 ext. 376.
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