UCLA STUDENTS HOLD ISRAEL PRIDE WEEK IN RESPONSE TO NSJP CONFERENCE ON CAMPUS
CAMERA was proud to provide mentorship and educational displays for pro-Israel students at UCLA who held an Israel Pride Week leading up to the National Students for Justice in Palestine (NSJP) conference on campus. Pictured above, left: CAMERA Fellow Justin Feldman (left) engages with students on campus as he holds a “This is what a Zionist looks like” sign.
In the months leading up to the conference, CAMERA staff worked vigorously with students and others to bring their concerns to the UC Regents and UCLA Chancellor Gene Block. This included submitting a petition on behalf of over 9,000 signatories, in addition to a letter signed by 31 pro-Israel campus groups. Unfortunately, CAMERA did not receive a response from Chancellor Block or the Regents.
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PROMINENT CANADIAN-ISRAELI ENERGIZES BRITISH & IRISH STUDENTS ON CAMERA TOUR
Canadian-Israeli LGBT activist and celebrity designer Shai DeLuca-Tamasi traveled to campuses across Ireland and the United Kingdom this month, inspiring pro-Israel students.
DeLuca-Tamasi, also an IDF veteran, left a lasting impression on students at each stop of his tour, organized by CAMERA on Campus UK. He spoke at Maynooth University, the University of Birmingham, the University of Glasgow, Nottingham University and University College London. The latter three were co-sponsored by the Union of Jewish Students (UJS).
“When he stood up to all of the threats he received as an Israeli presenter on North American television during Operation Protective Edge, he showed students the importance of standing up for their identities on campus, no matter how hard it may get,” reflected Tamara Berens, UK Associate for CAMERA on Campus.
UK STUDENT UNION BACKS PROTEST COMMEMORATING PALESTINIAN TERRORISTS
On Tuesday November 13th, KCL Action Palestine staged a protest against invited guest Ambassador Mark Regev, at King’s College London. The KCL Israel Society invited the Israeli Ambassador to the UK to speak, but was forced to reduce the audience to a maximum of 20 attendees as their event was deemed to be “controversial” by the KCL Student Union.
The event, which was kept under the radar to ensure no disruption would occur, was dubiously protested in a well organized manner by KCL Action Palestine and several of their allied societies on campus. It appears that the KCL Student Union was included in that group of protesters, as their branded logo appeared on one of the protest’s major displays, a large banner commemorating the Palestinians killed during the Great March of Return in Gaza.
After thoroughly researching the names listed on the banner, CAMERA’s Arabic department found that 19 of the names included Palestinians who were directly or indirectly involved with international recognized terrorist organizations, including Hamas, Fatah, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
Read more at JNS.org here.
CAMPUS OUTREACH COORDINATOR BEN SUSTER VISTS
NEW YORK STUDENTS
Campus Outreach Coordinator Ben Suster attended the Chabad on Campus Pegisha Shabbaton, where he spoke to a group of students about the importance of being pro-Israel on campuses with little anti-Israel activity. Ben also taught the over 1,000 students in attendance abut CAMERA’s campus programs.
Next, Ben attended the Yeshiva University Kumzitz, in honor of Ari Fuld z”l, where approximately 100 students and many more New Yorkers participated in an Israel party in the middle of Times Square, an unforgettable experience.
To wrap up his visit to New York, Ben visited St. John’s University, where he was the keynote speaker to 60 students at CAMERA-supported group Jewish Students Association’s General Body Meeting. His keynote covered how CAMERA fights anti-Zionism on college campuses, and included a Q&A session.
CAMPUS COORDINATOR ALEX RITTENBERG TOURS
This month, Campus Coordinator Alex Rittenberg visited students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ohio University, The Ohio State University, the University of Cincinnati, and Emory University, where she strategized with students and provided guidance on CAMERA Fellow articles, goals for the upcoming semester, and BDS resolutions.
CAMPUS COORDINATOR YONI MICHANIE SPEAKS ON
NY & NJ CAMPUSES
Campus Coordinator Yoni Michanie visited Rockland Community College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Drew University, where he gave his talk, “Obstacles to Peace,” which addressed his experience serving in the IDF, and how three factors, the international community, Palestinian leadership, and the anti-Israel establishment, enable one another to perpetuate the conflict further.
Prior to speaking at Drew University, an anonymous Op-Ed was published in an attempt to smear Yoni and CAMERA. During the talk itself, a few protesters had to be removed, while a few others holding Palestinian banners and signs stood silently at the back of the room. The more respectful protesters remained in the room and participated in a respectful question and answer period following Yoni’s talk.
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