When you think of anti-Israel bias, India probably isn’t the first place that comes to mind. It might surprise you, but with one of the oldest continuous Jewish communities in the world, and an expanding diplomatic relationship with the Israeli government, college campuses in India are wrought with inaccuracies when it comes to Israel.
Thankfully, the first-ever Indian CAMERA Fellow, Hriday Ch. Sarma, is confronting falsehoods about Israel wherever they are found. A PhD candidate at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, Sarma recently attended a meeting entitled “The role of Indian media in defining Israel.” While the attendees were both pro and anti-Israel voices, many of the points discussed were based off of propaganda and blatant lies.
Several articles were discussed at the meeting including, “Israel’s continuing land grab” and “Human Shields in Israel,” which, as the title suggests, implied that Israel “uses captured Palestinians as human shields while launching attacks inside Palestinian territories.” Fortunately, there were voices like Sarma’s to speak out against such vicious inaccuracies and maintain the meeting’s basis in reality. Equipped with the facts, our CAMERA Fellows give Israel a fighting chance across the globe.
Contributed by Campus Coordinator Liel Asulin.