CAMERA Fellows and CCAP group leaders wrap up Fall semester 2013 with a number of successful events. Read on to learn about Brooke Goldstein’s Lecture at CUNY Baruch College.Alisa Rudy, CAMERA Fellow at CUNY Baruch, reports back on Brooke Goldstein’s lecture at Baruch college which took place on December 10th, 2013. The title of the lecture was Nature vs. Nurture, and came as part of the Less Hamas More Hummus CAMERA program series. 

Brooke Goldstein is a human rights lawyer committed to raising awareness about and combating the indoctrination and recruitment of children for suicide terror operations, as well as other violent activities. Goldstein also produced an award-winning movie entitled Martyr, which investigates juvenile suicide terror.

The focus of Goldstein’s talk was children’s rights and education in the Middle East. As part of the event, Goldstein showed audience members clips from her film “The Making of a Martyr,” interspersing the screening with her commentary and insights. As Alisa says, “The focus was on Palestinian suicide bombings and the illegality and immorality of it from a human rights perspective.”

Alisa says that the goal of the program was to educate and move students on the heavy topic of juvenile suicide terror. Alisa wanted people to “be aware of the gross violations of children’s rights committed by Palestinian leadership when they hoodwink children to become suicide bombers.” She also hoped to show people that “caring about ending child suicide bombing should be everyone’s concern, not just those who are pro-Israel.”

It was clear that students were dramatically impacted, moved, and shocked by the presentation, and had learned a lot on a most serious subject. A number of students even approached Goldstein after the event to as her if she could speak on campus again and to screen the entirety of her film.

Alisa says that she received more positive feedback from this event than from any other she had done as YOFI president. “Many were extremely surprised and also thought the topic was approached from a refreshing perspective—one that had less to do with being pro-Israel and more to do with concern for children whose rights are being taken away by radical Palestinians,” says Alisa.

Members of the audience also asked insightful questions, many of which revolved around the matter of obtaining interviews from failed suicide terrorists. Goldstein answered in a conversational, approachable, and engaging manner that made the audience feel comfortable asking questions.

Indeed, Brooke had a deep impact on the students that attended the lecture. The critical, loaded issue of Palestinian terrorism, and the appalling impact it has on innocent Palestinian children, must be discussed on the college campus.

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