On Wednesday, April 1, CAMERA fellow Ali Jabick at the University of Connecticut hosted a talk with Sergeant Benjamin Anthony (res.) from the organization Our Soldiers Speak at the UConn Trachten-Zachs Hillel House. Sgt. Anthony was invited to bring awareness to students about the nature of the IDF and to discuss his first-hand experiences serving in the IDF to protect Israel.
One of the highlights of the event was when a student asked Sgt. Anthony how he knew that he was meant to join the IDF, since he is British by birth and raised in the U.K. He also put forth several ideas as to how college students in the United States can help stand up for and protect Israel. This, coupled with his retelling of a traumatic experience from his youth concerning anti-Semitism, helped to make the event quite powerful and memorable for those in attendance.
After Sgt. Anthony’s talk, many students approached him to get further information about the humanitarian efforts of the IDF and how they could become more informed about Israel. Ali herself was quite impressed with the event. “I think the presentation left the students with a better idea of how to respond when Israel is brought up in conversation and how they can make an impact here in the United States,” she said. In addition, the event was used to get more students involved with pro-Israel advocacy at UConn. She gave multiple resources to those in attendance and directed them to people to reach out to if they had any questions or wished to get more involved.
CAMERA On Campus congratulates Ali on hosting a great event and ensuring a strong pro-Israel voice at UConn!