The following interview with International Campus Director Aviva Slomich was originally published in Hebrew in Israeli media outlets Israel Hayom, NRG, and Makor Rishon. CAMERA is featured in the story “Israel’s Defense Network” which showcases nine organizations working hard to counter the BDS campaign.
Aviva Slomich, International Campus Director for CAMERA
The organization, whose name stands for the Committee for Accuracy in Middle-East Reporting in America, is active at over 80 universities, with Jewish and non-Jewish students who wish to support Israel, and are ready to deal with the forces that spread lies against Israel on campuses. In addition, the organization exposes lies and distortions about Israel in the framework of ‘media criticism’.
Seniority in the struggle: 35 years.
Countries and regions of operation: USA, Canada, Britain, Ireland and Israel.
An Israeli personality that every BDS activist has to meet?
“Salim Joubran- the Supreme court judge, who was amongst the three judges in the court that rejected Moshe Katsav’s appeal and sent an Israeli president to jail. He completely rejects the claims of the boycott movement, such as the one that Israel is an apartheid state. If Israel truly was an apartheid state, an Arab judge couldn’t have sent a Jewish president to prison”.
What is the most effective way to fight BDS?
“To assure that Israel’s voice will be heard on campus by educated Zionists, who educate others about Israel and expose the anti-Israel bias of professors and groups that defame Israelis.”