“Israelism” Film Rescheduled 24 Hours After Being Canceled by Hunter Administration

HUNTER COLLEGE–Hunter faculty voted to reschedule the screening of the film “Israelism” to Nov. 28 during a meeting earlier this week, held 24 hours after the school’s interim president initially canceled the film’s showing.

The award-winning film is a 2023 documentary about two millennial American Jews who travel to Israel and the West Bank, but are confronted with a different depiction of the country than what they were raised to believe after witnessing Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. 

The film, originally scheduled to be shown at Hunter’s Lang Hall on Nov. 14, was organized by the film and media department with the co-sponsorship of the Arab studies department. The co-director Erin Axelman was set to be in attendance to facilitate a Q&A afterwards. A few hours before the event however, Hunter Interim President Ann Kirschner released a statement, announcing the screening was canceled due to antisemitism concerns in the wake of swastikas sightings around campus.