CAMERA Brings One of the First Zionist
and Israeli Speakers to Irish Campuses
Photo: Israeli Ambassador to Ireland Ze’ev Boker during his meeting with Tal Hagin.
At age 18, Tal Hagin is one of the first Zionist and Israeli speakers to present his message on university campuses in Ireland, a country where many observers believe the environment for supporters of Israel can be hostile.
With mentorship and funding from CAMERA on Campus UK, Hagin used Israel as a case study on overcoming media bias during a speaking tour from Oct. 23-27 that included talks at Maynooth University, University College Dublin, Stratford College, meetings with the Israeli Ambassador to Ireland, the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention, and a radio interview on Maynooth University’s radio station.
“I went with the hope of changing opinions, helping the students to question the media in what they see of coverage of Israel, and I was able to do that,” Hagin told JNS.org. “I could tell people were influenced.”
To continue reading about Tal Hagin’s Ireland CAMERA on Campus UK tour, click here.
Is there a contradiction between being a Zionist and a journalist? Are Zionism and the Jewish state founded on racist ideals? Are Jews in Israel institutionally racist?
These are some of the questions that Lahav Harkov, the Knesset Correspondent for the Jerusalem Post, was asked at Nottingham University, where CAMERA Fellow Daniel Kosky organised an event that was attended by over 70 students. The event was part of a week-long CAMERA speaking tour that included events at UCL, Maynooth University, Glasgow University, as well as a community event co-sponsored with the Zionist Federation at Finchley Synagogue in London.
Co-hosted with the Culture, Film and Media Society, the Nottingham event touched on Lahav’s success as a journalist early on in her career and went on to discuss Israel’s political makeup and history.
Click here to continue reading this article covering Lahav’s tour by UK CAMERA Campus Associate Tamara Berens.
Free Speech on Campus? Only for Extremists.
A plethora of anti-Israel figures have recently spewed their lies about Israel on campuses across the UK. At the University of Cambridge, CAMERA Fellow Shlomo Roiter responded to a panel on BDS consisting of Omar Barghouti, the founder of the BDS campaign, former National Union of Students President Malia Bouattia, and the new Executive Director of War on Want, Asad Rehman.
At the University of Nottingham, CAMERA Fellow Daniel Kosky covered an event featuring Palestinian Christian Revd Dr. Fadi Diab which turned into a platform for Israel bashing. Recently at a UCL Friends of Palestine event on campus, held on a Friday night, Israeli-born Miko Peled compared Zionists to Nazis. Alongside him, prominent Hamas supporter Azzam Tamimi defended Palestinian terrorism, stating: “Of course they will rebel, they will fight”.
UCL CAMERA Fellow Alex Taic writes that, “It is simply unacceptable that a man who has voiced anti-Semitic views and an academic associated with terrorism directed against Jewish people are allowed to speak on a Friday night, the Jewish Sabbath, depriving the vast majority of Jewish students of the opportunity to challenge hatred likely directed against them.”
What Does the Balfour Declaration Mean for Students Today?
On campus and in the media, the meaning of the Balfour Declaration is being widely distorted.
Palestinian Societies across campuses in London are misrepresenting the letter by hosting events designed to put forward the Balfour Declaration as evidence of the ‘settler-colonial’ nature of Israel’s founding.
Click here to continue reading this article by UK Associate Tamara Berens.
Informational fliers were also created by our staff to aid students in combating misinformation on campuses.
Trinity College Dublin Sponsors Anti-Israel Hate Fest
“Come question time, I took it upon myself to reference [Salaita’s tweet]. So I asked him, ‘Do you still stand by what you said?’ I then read out the tweet, ‘You may be too refined to say it, but I’m not: ‘I wish all the f*****g West Bank settlers would go missing.’ I gave context to the crowd, the tweet was posted at a time in which three Israeli settlers went missing in the West Bank and were found murdered by Hamas days later. What came next was not only shocking but also terrifying on many levels.”
Click here to continue reading this article on anti-Israel activist Steven Salaita at Trinity College Dublin by Maynooth University CAMERA Fellow Alan Lyne.
International Campus Director & UK Staff and Students Featured in Israeli Media Piece on “Israel’s Defense Network”
International Campus Director Aviva Slomich, UK CAMERA Campus Associates Khulan Davaajav and Tamara Berens, and UCL CAMERA Fellow Alex Taic were profiled in Hebrew in Israeli media outlets Israel Hayom, NRG, and Makor Rishon. CAMERA is featured in the story “Israel’s Defense Network” which showcases nine organizations working hard to counter the BDS campaign.
An English translation of Slomich’s interview can be found here.
Students on 83 Campuses Now Receive Support from CAMERA!
We support Israel societies and CAMERA Fellows at eight universities throughout the UK and Ireland (highlighted in bold).