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April 19, 2015 1:24 pm

Stanford Student Senate Candidate Scrubbed Support for Israel From Facebook Page Before Running

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A campaign poster for Molly Horwitz, a Jewish student running for Stanford University's student senate. Horwitz removed all traces of her support for Israel from her Facebook page before starting her campaign. Photo: Facebook.

A student leader at Stanford University removed from her Facebook page all traces alluding to her support for Israel before beginning her campaign for student senate, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.

Miriam Pollock, a friend and campaign manager for Molly Horwitz, said that before starting to gather support for her campaign, they scrubbed all posts from Horwitz’s Facebook page that suggested support for the Jewish state, including a photo of a pair of shoes decorated to look like the Israeli flag.

“We did it not because she isn’t proud — she is — but the campus climate has been pretty hostile, and it would not be politically expedient to take a public stance,” Pollock said. “She didn’t want that to be a main facet of her platform. Of course she was going to be honest if she was asked about her stance on divestment.”

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Horwitz had published Facebook posts against Stanford University divesting from Israel, an issue which was put to vote and approved in the university’s Undergraduate Senate in February.

Horwitz made headlines last week after she accused a student group of antisemitism for their line of questioning in a meeting during her campaign.

While seeking an endorsement from The Students of Color Coalition (SOCC) student group they asked Horwitz how her Jewish faith would impact her actions regarding Israel in the Student Senate.

Horwitz told The Stanford Review that one of the SOCC leaders asked her during her interview, “Given your strong Jewish identity, how would you vote on divestment?” When Horwitz asked for clarification, an SOCC member alluded to her application to the student senate and asked how her Jewish identity would affect her decisions in the student body.

Horwitz told The New York Times she responded by saying she opposed divestment and was disappointed by the final vote. However, she said that she supported the method the student senate used to vote in favor of urging divestment.

“There was an awkward silence, and the interview ended a minute later,” Horwitz said.

The student leader did not receive the group’s endorsement but is still a candidate in the election, which began Thursday.

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  • Lauren Goldman

    She is not ‘throwing Israel under the bus’ (the White House is already doing a bang-up job with that). If she left her Facebook as it was, there would be no way for her to get elected, and the increasing hostility toward Jews and Israel would stay business-as-usual.

    Just out of curiosity; how many of you moralists have doctored resumes, and been less than candid during job interviews? That’s what I thought.

  • The Students of Color Coalition (SOCC) is nothing but a group of racists!!! A true double standard for this racist group!!!

  • Steven Wislon

    The Students of Color Coalition (SOCC). double standard for this racist group of racists!

  • Martyman39

    If I were a student there, she would be the last person I would vote for. She has shown herself to be totally spineless and ready to abandon her principles for political expedience. How would her fellow students be able to trust her on important issues, if she could throw Israel under the bus to suit her needs? She is nothing but a self-serving hypocrite.

  • SARA RIFKA BRANDEIS

    GET OVER IT ON ONE FACTOR AND PLUNGE FORWARD ON ANOTHER

    I DO BELIEVE THIS IS A HUGE LAW SUIT AND GO FOR IT HORWITZ…..RIGHT TO THE FINISH.

    IF THIS RESEMBLES GERMANY OR EUROPE FOR THAT MATTER THEN ITS TIME TO LEAVE AMERICA……WITHOUT REGARD….ITS STILL ALL GENTILE….STILL ALL CHRISTIAN AND NOW ITS MUSLIM TOO……

    FOOLS IS ALL I SAY….I HAVE NEVER HAD A MUSLIM FRIEND…NEVER WILL…..CLEANER…GARDNER ETC…BUT THEN I LIVE IN CANADA….THE IGLOO PLACE….THE PLACE WHERE EVIL WAS INHERITED WITH THE WIND FROM THE U.S.

    STOP PLACATING AND STAND UP OR SHUT UP,….WE CAN ALL SUE THIS UNIVERSITY FOR INCITING HATRED…CREATING FEAR AND HOLD IT IN THE COURTS TILL IT BECOMES A PIT INSTEAD OF A HUGE BALL THAT KEEPS ON ROLLING.

    SUPPORT HOROWITZ ON THE TUBE…..SHE IS STILL IN THE RUNNING LANE…..BUT ONLY G-D KNOWS WHY……FOR HER…WELL…..ERASING WHO YOU ARE IN FACEBOOK ISN’T A GOOD START…….

    AND IT DOES SHOW WHAT KIND OF A ‘JEW’ YOU ARE…DEFINITELY NOT SOMEONE WHO SHOULD BE YELLING ASSAULT.

  • Most of the Horowitz, Hurwitz, Gurwitz families who are Levi’im descend from a famous rabbinical family known originally as Benvenisti who fled Spain and moved to a town near Prague called Hurwitz and then changed their name to Hurwitz, also spelt Gurwitz. May Molly always be a credit to her family.

  • Ira

    It is such a disgrace that she had to do this in order to have any chance of winning. We need to fight the horrible propaganda machine and all its lies on college campuses across the United States that is funded by the Moslem Brotherhood and its fellow travelers.

  • Abu Nudnik

    It is ALWAYS politically expedient to honestly express your point of view. That’s what the political arena is for.

  • Fred

    What is happening to the Institutions of ( so called ) Learning have they become hotbeds for Islamic NAZI propaganda. Read history 1930 Germany similar if not exact stance against Judaism ,Israel including.

  • Philip Weisberg

    As Ron Prosor said recently at Cooper Union, students need to learn how to play offense when talking about Israel.

    If the environment @ Stanford is not conducive to tudents being able to support democracies in the middle east, then the the University should figure out how to create an environment where students aren’t afraid to promote the values they believe in.

  • David Miller

    Sounds like she’s on her way to kiss some national democrat ass. Nice goin chicky….have you met @repstevecohen from Memphis. He’s a self-loathing Jew also.

  • Go Molly These socc “students” are crypto-nazis and must be re-educated about their chauvinism

    Go Molly These socc “students” are crypto-nazis and must be re-educated about their chauvinism

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