With a little Zionist chutzpah, our Emet for Israel group at Laurentian University, LUJSA, just pulled off a unique event with the LGBTQ alliance, PRIDE.
Entitled Half Off: Circumcision and Sex Toys, the Ultimate Games Night, the event was planned during PRIDE week—an entire week dedicated to celebrating and educating the campus about LGBTQ issues and life. The event was advertised by both LUJSA and PRIDE, and was even held during Israel Apartheid Week, right across from a display of anti-Israel propaganda!
Our Emet for Israel: LUJSA Liaison, Sidney, reported that the event brought new people out. Several of the newcomers mentioned the IAW display, and asked questions, which resulted in a productive discussion about the claims and behavior of the anti-Israel faction on campus.
Sidney recalled, “It was good to have a games night with PRIDE; they brought out new people, and I think it went a long way to build teamwork capacity for the future. I was also encouraged [by the fact] that we were having an event in the middle of the student center, even during Israel Apartheid Week.”
We love that our students are not deterred from building partnerships and standing strong with Israel even in sight of anti-Israel propaganda!