In mid-November, CAMERA Fellow at the University of Michigan, Lindsay Hurwitz, hosted Izzy Ezagui, who shared his positive experience as an IDF soldier with a disability, and how he overcame the adversity associated with it.
Hurwitz’s goal was to help inspire students to keep their passion for Israel strong even in the face of adversity. She states, “I hoped to keep the love of Israel alive and strong on this campus despite recent SAFE events and demonstrations. I wanted the students to hear from someone with such an incredible story so that they would recognize that nothing can stop you from fighting for Israel if you put your whole heart into it.”
Throughout Izzy’s presentation, he told the story of his passion for Israel and his desire to return to the army even with such a severe injury– Izzy’s left arm was blown off my a Hamas rocket during Operation Cast Lead in 2008.
Additionally, Izzy, also spoke about his struggle to return to an active combat unit, even with only one arm.
Hurwitz recounted that hosting an inspiring figure like Izzy on campus would give the attending students the confidence to continue to fight for Israel at all costs on a campus that can, at times, be hostile.
Well done, Lindsay! We commend you on your first successful pro-Israel event this fall semester!