Opinion

Your Right To Strike Ends Where My Right to an Education Begins

The University of California System has a long and proud history of union strikes which are often utilized to stand up for every worker’s right to fair pay, appropriate benefits and equal treatment. Unpopular Opinion: unions have begun to abuse…

D’var Theory: Evolution of the Mask, Physical to Social

Few things bring more delight to me than festivities in the Jewish tradition. Among them, Purim nestles itself comfortably as the chief party animal, and I think it achieves this with the wonderful inclusion of costumes. Dressing up as your…

A Nation Within A Nation: Divided Loyalties

When U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar tweeted that Americans’ support for the state of Israel was “all about the Benjamins,” many Jews took offense, and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) published a rebuttal criticizing Omar’s perpetuation of the stereotype that Jewish money…

Students for Justice in Palestine Fails to Appreciate Nuance, Value Truth

This week, Students for Justice in Palestine is holding its annual “Palestine Awareness Week,” a rebranding of their Israel Apartheid Week. Typically, this week serves as little more than an opportunity to spread false or misleading information about the state…

That’s a Wrap: Reflections on Fall 2018

Week 0 of Fall 2018 the Ha’Am team was no more than five people total. By week 3, we had nearly 25 people committed to spreading and developing the Jewish voice on campus. In the past quarter, our small team…

Hear Me Out: Thoughts about Thoughts about Israel and Palestine this Week

photo by Scott Clarkson A cursory glance at your Facebook over the past week might have yielded a stream of posts about the unprovoked Israeli murder of five dozen unarmed peaceful protestors in the Occupied Gaza Strip. Or perhaps you…

Faculty Corner: Zionophobia – our only fighting word

In this inaugural opening of the Student-Faculty Corner of Ha’Am, I would like to elaborate on an idea that I advocated in my interview two weeks ago. The idea is simple: From my observations of campus life in the past…

Submission: Vote “Yes” to move Westwood Forward on Tuesday, May 22

Stakeholders in Westwood are being asked to vote on whether or not a broad coalition of UCLA students, UCLA faculty and staff, Westwood businesses, homeowners and renters should get their own Neighborhood Council to better represent their interests. While this might not…

Activists Must Avoid Flippant Responses to Protesters

After a major Jewish community leader sticks his middle finger up at protesters, we need to rethink how we engage with those with whom we disagree. An old adage suggests that if you don’t have something nice to say, you…

Submission: The Jewish community’s vote must be earned

I want to take you back to the UCLA I was admitted to three years ago, in the spring of 2015. A close friend of mine, Ariel Rafalian, was running for Transfer Student Representative in a hard fought student government…