As a resident of Champaign and somebody who has closely followed such goings-on on this campus for 20 years, this is a serviceable account.
Nevertheless, in the post-Salaita (2014) era, both the SJP on this campus, as well as the never-really-real JVP chapter, have been quiescent regarding these issues. Maybe this signals a change, but I doubt it. In the context of campus identity politics, the Palestinian issue has been folded into various other identity-based proclamations. One can be pro-Palestinian, or at least critical of Israel, without lifting a finger. Resolutions around BDS generate aimless controversy about “speech,” and then lose anyway. Their only saving grace as that we get to be reminded what an idiot Cary Nelson is.
Hillel/Jewish Federation (as well as the local Reform synagogue) have also been quiet regarding Israel/Palestine in recent years, realizing that this no longer floats the boat of most Jewish students. But Erez Cohen, director of Hillel (an Israeli) surfaced in classic Zionist fashion with a letter re-assuring the parents of Jewish students that their precious ones were being well-protected from the possible effects of such truth-telling that occurred at the SJP presentation.
In this era, most of the heavy lifting for Israel is done at Chabad, a strange development that has been little noted nor much criticized, except by me and Francis Boyle.
Steven Salaita has rightly criticized the nature of “multiculturalism” on college campuses.
Nevertheless, as long as SJP and other groups consent to play by these rules, then such diversions and stupidities as we have recently witnessed will continue to occur; and little will be accomplished in terms of what can credibly be called political activism around I/P.
But kudos to Bruce Rosenstock for his honesty in these matters; I know it’s not all that easy for him, and his views, words, and actions have honestly evolved.