In a recent op-ed, Zak Aldridge suggests that there is no such thing as a “free lunch” when one is offered a low-cost trip to Israel. He seemingly equates his biases, experiences, and takeaways to the profound truths that we, as students considering joining such trips, should be sure to remember. But in so doing, Aldridge misses the point of these trips, lets his bias blind him from presenting both perspectives of the complex Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and confuses his feelings about Israel with the objectives of Hillel....
I attended the controversial Tommy Robinson event at Columbia on October 10. That night, I was embarrassed to be a Columbia student.