PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Transgender author and advocate Janet Mock this week cancelled her scheduled appearance at Brown University amid controversy that a Jewish student group had organized it.
The Brown Daily Herald reported that Moral Voices invited Mock to speak on March 21. Brown/RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) Hillel and a number of other on-campus groups co-sponsored the event.
The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported 159 Brown students signed a Change.org petition that urged Mock to disassociate herself from Hillel because it is “a corporation” that “has consistently defended and even advocated for the Israeli state’s policies of occupation and racial apartheid.” The petition also accuses the Jewish organization of “engaging in pinkwashing…to deflect attention from Israel’s colonization and occupation of Palestinians.”
Mock’s appearance at Brown University was to have taken place nearly two months after protesters forced the cancellation of a reception at the National LGBTQ Task Force’s annual conference that was to have featured two LGBT advocates from Israel.