CALIFORNIA POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY SAN LUIS OBISPO STUDENTS PASS ANTI-DISCRIMINATION BYLAW
In an article published by CAMERA Fellow Nina Krishel in campus outlet Mustang News, she wrote that, “With this bill, Cal Poly ASI stands with the Jewish community against anti-Semitism and discrimination.” Krishel also noted that ASI Board of Directors members Noah Krigel and Aliza Herzberg, both of whom assisted in drafting the bill, said the legislation addresses “Jewish students who are concerned about the rise of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism nationally and especially on college campuses, in addition to other forms of xenophobia and discrimination of marginalized communities at Cal Poly SLO.”
Krishel said that Krigel and Herzberg, who are members of CAMERA-supported group Mustangs United for Israel, said the bill would help prevent ASI from passing a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions resolution.
“I applaud Cal Poly ASI for taking the necessary measures to stand against discriminatory movements and demands from our college campus,” Krishel wrote. “As a Jewish, pro-Israel student, I am proud and lucky to feel safe and supported by my student government.” To read further coverage from the LA Jewish Journal, click here.
CAMERA SLAMS ONE-SIDED ANTI-ISRAEL EVENT
AT UMASS AMHERST
Speakers at the UMass event included supporters of the BDS campaign, including musician Roger Waters, Women’s March leader Linda Sarsour, and professor and former CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill.
The event was sponsored by three UMass departments: the Department of Communication; the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and the Resistance Studies Initiative UMass.
“UMass says it is ‘committed to fostering diversity and inclusion in the classroom,’” Hali Haber, director of campus programs and strategic relationships at CAMERA, told JNS. “Yet the university gave its backing to anti-Israel activists like Linda Sarsour, Marc Lamont Hill and Roger Waters, without any opposing voices.”
International Campus Director Aviva (Slomich) Rosenschein, who is an alumna of the university, published a letter opposing the event in The Massachusetts Daily Collegian.
CAMPUS COORDINATOR YONI MICHANIE SPEAKS AT HARVARD LAW SCHOOL AND UC BERKELEY
Campus Coordinator Yoni Michanie presented on the relationship between the Palestinian leadership and the United Nations at Harvard Law School and UC Berkeley. Pictured: Yoni with students at UC Berkeley.
HARVARD UNIVERSITY HOSTS
“BLACK-PALESTINIAN SOLIDARITY” EVENT
Campus Coordinator Zac Schildcrout attended Harvard University’s Palestine Solidarity Committee’s event “IAW 2019: Black-Palestinian Solidarity,” which featured speakers Temple University professor Marc Lamont Hill, Princeton University emeritus professor Cornell West and activist/attorney Dima Khalidi. Schildcrout writes that the speakers “spent nearly two hours regurgitating slander, conspiracy theories and even outright antisemitism about not just the State of Israel and its policies, but Zionism and Zionists writ large.”
CAMERA FELLOW ALIYAH JACOBSON EXPOSES ANTI-ISRAEL HATRED AT BROOKLYN COLLEGE
Following the dissemination of hatred-filled fliers targeting Israel on her campus during “Israeli Apartheid Week,” CAMERA Fellow Aliyah Jacobson jumped into action, and with the help of CAMERA, brought education and awareness about the Jewish state to Brooklyn College students. Read coverage from JNS here.
A few weeks earlier, Jacobson responded to Brooklyn College students who chanted for an Intifada at a vigil organized for the 50 innocent Muslim worshippers killed at a New Zealand mosque. Read CAMERA’s response here.
Pictured: Jacobson (right) with displays provided by CAMERA at Brooklyn College.
BDS VOTE FAILS TO PASS AT CORNELL UNIVERSITY
Cornell rejected BDS by a vote of 13 opposed, 14 in favor, and one abstention, with two community votes being awarded in opposition of the vote. This brought the final tally to 15 opposed, 14 in favor, and one abstention, a narrow victory for the pro-Israel community. The vote took place via secret ballot—in violation of the Cornell Student Assembly constitution—after assembly members spoke out about several concerns.
Read CAMERA Fellow Josh Eibelman’s piece in JNS calling on his peers to reject the divisive BDS campaign and further reporting here.
SHAI DELUCA-TAMASI TOURS NORTH AMERICAN CAMPUSES
CAMERA brought IDF veteran and television personality Shai Deluca-Tamasi to five campuses including California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo, the University of Arkansas, the University of Colorado at Boulder, York University and the University of Victoria.
Students were thoroughly impressed and asked Shai many in-depth questions about Israel and the conflict.
Pictured: Shai with students at California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo.
STUDENTS: DISCOUNTED TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR
CAMERA’S ANNUAL GALA (JUNE 2)
Discounted CAMERA Gala tickets are available for past, current and future CAMERA Fellows and students! This year’s CAMERA Gala will be held on June 2nd in New York City. Please email email@example.com for more information.
CAMERA FELLOWSHIP – APPLY BY JUNE 1ST!
If you didn’t get a chance to participate in the Fellowship last year, now is the time to apply for next year! All CAMERA Fellows will receive a stipend upon completing the requirements. To learn more about the Fellowship, click here. The application deadline is May 1st.
If you are already in the midst of the Fellowship or won’t be able to apply for next year, please help us share this opportunity with your friends and Israel club members.
JULY OPPORTUNITY: THE LEADERSHIP PROJECT AT
ORANIM COLLEGE IN ISRAEL
Interested in honing in on your knowledge of Israeli history, Zionism and learning some leadership skills? Then apply here by June 1st to study at Oranim College in Israel this summer! Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details and/or to confirm that you have applied so we can help get you registered and approved faster. This is applicable for anyone between the ages of 18-25.
STUDENT LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
Every year, CAMERA hosts student Israel activists from across North America, Europe and Israel for an all-expenses paid conference in Boston. Exclusively for CAMERA Fellows and CAMERA-supported group activists, the conference teaches students how to effectively combat anti-Israel and biased propaganda on college campuses. Register here for the ninth annual Student Leadership Conference!
WE’RE HIRING IN THE US AND THE UK!
Are you a recent graduate looking to begin your career in Israel activism? Please submit your resume, CV and a writing sample to Lia@camera.org if you are interested in applying for either of our open positions. We are hiring a Campus Coordinator based in Boston and a Campus Associate who will be based in the UK.
Click here to read the job descriptions for both of these positions.
BOOST YOUR ISRAEL GROUP ON CAMPUS – OR WE’LL HELP YOU CREATE ONE FROM SCRATCH!
Our CAMERA-supported group program provides educational and financial resources for student activists who want to either create a new Israel group on campus or strengthen their existing, but under-funded Israel group.
Groups and societies supported by CAMERA receive up to $4000/£3000 a year in resources for speakers, films and other programming. Our resources and guidance help you build an effective, autonomous Israel group on campus. Members of CAMERA-supported groups learn life-long skills in debate, writing and public speaking, and benefit from close collaboration with CAMERA scholars. Students receive intensive training at CAMERA’s all expenses paid annual Student Leadership Conference in Boston, where they connect with an international community of like-minded students and activists.