As 2021 has come to an end, we understand that the need for strong, knowledgeable, student activists is needed now more than ever. The anti-Israel agitators have grown bolder and more manipulative with their propaganda, but we must never forget that we have the facts and the truth on our side.
With that, we would like to announce the opening of our applications for CAMERA’s premier CAMERA Fellowship for the 2022-2023 academic year. The fellowship is a prestigious program inclined for students who are activists, have an in-depth knowledge of the history of Israel, current issues, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and are excited to share this information, and correct misinformation, with their peers in a public format. This public format may take on the form of publishing articles in the campus paper, holding open, educational events (online or in-person ) creating and sharing material on social media platforms, and/or all the above. Fellows receive a stipend and attend our annual student leadership training conference where you get a chance to meet with over 100 student activists from across the US, Canada, the UK, and Israel. To learn more about the CAMERA Fellowship and to apply, follow this link.
Ending 2021 with a Bang
CAMERA Fellows spent their last few weeks before exams to continue to educate their peers on some of the most talked-about issues. From discussing how BDS has permeated the progressive circles to learning about the lives of minorities populations in Israel, native Israelis and international students alike studying at Israeli universities expanded their knowledge and enhanced their confidence to speak effectively and articulately against false, anti-Israel rhetoric. From Tel Aviv University to Hebrew University to Ben Burion University in the Negev, experts like Ben-Dror Yemini and Jonathan Elkhoury provided the students with the information and tools to combat some of the most outrageous lies spread about the Jewish State.
Vassar SJP Highlighting Antisemitic Imagery…Again
“The cartoon by Mr. Valley shared by Students for Justice in Palestine is characteristic of Valley’s work. It is a monstrous and grotesque illustration of a Jew that parallels historical examples of European antisemitic imagery. Furthermore, the widely accepted International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism identifies classic antisemitic symbols and imagery such as those featured in Mr.Valley’s work as profoundly heinous and incontrovertibly bigoted.
Left unchecked, Students for Justice in Palestine will continue to vilify Israel and spread bigotry against Jewish students. The failure of the VSA and the administration to identify the problem exemplifies a significant issue that plagues Vassar’s campus: Jew-hatred, so long as it can be passed off as a ‘matter of perception'”.
CAMERA seeks a full-time US campus advisor and a part-time U.K. campus associate to join its growing team of young professionals. The advisors will oversee CAMERA Fellows and help expand CAMERA on Campus’ Coalition. This includes helping students to organize educational events on campus and to write and publish op-eds for various news outlets. The US position will be based in our Boston office and the U.K. position will be remote from within the U.K,
Interested applicants should send resumes, cover letters, and a writing sample to email@example.com. No phone calls, please
Click here for more information about the open positions.
What You Didn’t Know about Mizrahi Jews
For a second year, CAMERA on Campus’ Mizrahi Stories campaign was a huge success. With the goal of spotlighting some of the lesser-known Jewish communities, we are proud to share with our CAMERA supporters that through our on-campus events, articles, and great array of online educational materials, this was accomplished.&nbsnbsp;
CAMERA on Campus’ historical highlight of Kavkazi Jews received over 1000 likes on Instagram alone. The personal videos made by current Fellows and alumni of the program inspired students to be proud of their heritage and to share with their community details about their family past.
To learn more about the campaign, please read the full press release at JNS and make sure to visit the website at MizrahiStories.com.
Exclusive CAMERA Fellowship Event with
Professor Miriam Elman
Throughout the academic school year, CAMERA will be providing exclusive webinars for CAMERA Fellows, allowing them to engage in in-depth conversations with some of the most renowned scholars on Israel and the Arab-Israeli conflict.
The 2021-2022 CAMERA Fellowship cohort had an intimate conversation with the Executive Director of the Academic Engagement Network (AEN) Professor Miriam Elman. Considering the increasing amount of hostility towards Israel coming from faculty across North America, the U.K., and even within Israel, Professor’s Elman discussion on how students should address biased syllabi and how to confront the university department’s support for BDS came at a crucial time.
Social Justice Includes Blind anti-Israel Prejudice
From McGill University in Montreal to Northeastern University in Boston, Students for Justice in Palestine chapters and their allies are capitalizing on spreading their anti-Israeli and at times, antisemitic rhetoric, by pulling on the heartstrings of their “fellow” social justice advocates. Though including language targeting Israel within student government resolutions focused on protecting the environment or supporting indigenous rights is nothing new, CAMERA Fellows are exposing their disingenuous positions and calling out the antisemitism that lays within their “moral” activism.
Read Jonah Fried’s article published in Quebec’s largest English-speaking media outlet, The Suburban, on the anti-Israel prejudice often shared within social justice movements at his university.
Follow JNS to learn more from Jake Eglelberd on his student government’s deliberate reference to the “deadly exchange,” an antisemitic campaign led by Jewish Voice for Peace.
Involved with an independent, student-run Israel group? Apply to become a member of the CAMERA on Campus Coalition!
Israel group and society members of the CAMERA on Campus Coalition learn life-long skills in debate, writing, and public speaking, and benefit from close collaboration with CAMERA scholars.
If you are part of an independent Israel organization on your campus or want to start an Israel club, apply here!
“My Zionism stems from a source of pride. I am proud to be a part of a people with endless and unwavering hope and optimism. I am proud to feel so connected to a land that is truly a home and founded upon the purest, most idealistic values and morals. I am proud that my home, while founded by and for the Jewish people, extends far beyond serving just one population and instead truly elevates and inspires people all across the world. I am a Zionist because I see Israel as the most unique and miraculous success story in modern history and I feel grateful to be connected to something as important as that.”
Thank you @zoe.bernstein!
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