Monthly Archives: January 2014

Monitoring the University of Calgary campus club “Solidarity for Human Rights in the Middle East” (SPHR) and the Canadian charitable organization that funds it, “Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East” (CJPME) for hate speech, libel, and defamation

January 31, 2014

SPHR & CJPME Watch

Monitoring the University of Calgary campus club “Solidarity for Human Rights in the Middle East” (SPHR) and the Canadian charitable organization that funds it, “Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East” (CJPME) for hate speech, libel, and defamation.


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CAMERA Wins Hasby Award

The following post has been reposted from CAMERA’s blog, Snapshots

CAMERA is delighted that popular blogger Elder of Ziyon has selected CAMERA as the 2014 winner of the Hasby Award in the category of Best Mainstream Media Watchdog.

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Elder writes:

Besides having a stellar year with dozens of articles showing bias in the New York Times alone (and forcing many corrections), CAMERA also freely released its monograph on that paper detailing its bias during 2011. They were in the forefront of identifying systemic Christian anti-Zionist trends. And they also oversee their fellow nominees, the excellent CiFWatch and BBCWatch, as well as Presspectiva and a couple of other specific sites for Spanish speakers and college students.

In addition to our successful Spanish site, ReVista de Medio Oriente, and our popular student site, CAMERA On Campus, CAMERA also has a Six Day War site, another valuable resource. New York Times corrections prompted by CAMERA are available here.

CAMERA wishes Elder of Ziyon continued success with his influential blog.

Correction in Weekly Portuguese Paper Thanks to CAMERA Israel Trip Participant

January 30, 2014

Contributed by Former CAMERA Israel trip participant Romeu Monteiro: 

The weekly newspaper Expresso is one of Portugal’s largest and most influential newspapers. Earlier this January, it ran two articles on its website with titles and headers claiming that Israel had announced 1400 new settlements: one of the articles relating this statement with John Kerry’s visit just before the announcement, and the other article claiming the Portuguese Foreign Minister was concerned with the new settlements.

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Romeu Monteiro

This seemed to be false information. There was no quote of any document or of declarations from the Foreign Minister mentioning new settlements. Furthermore, I had learned during my trip to Israel with CAMERA that Israel had not built new settlements for years. In spite of this, licenses for new houses are often approved in settlements for which there exists a general understanding that these will remain within Israel’s territory in any peace agreement with the Palestinian Authority.

A survey of other news websites from Portugal and other countries allowed me to quickly verify that there were no new settlements, but simply 1400 homes in already existing settlements. I e-mailed the director of Expresso about one of the incorrect articles and the article appeared corrected some time later. I then sent a new e-mail mentioning the other incorrect article and that one got corrected as well. In spite of the corrections, none of the articles mentioned that they had been changed, even though I sent another e-mail specifically alerting for the need to let the reader know how and when an article was edited after being published.

In spite of everything, it is clearly positive that Expresso corrected the articles.

Bellow you can see one of the articles before and after the corrections, with the parts that were changed underlined:antes_e_depois

Romeu has been published in numerous publications. His piece Israeli Inspiration, Portuguese Citizenship was published this past June in The Algemeiner. His blog is updated regularly.

Chloé Valdary Speaks on Canada’s Sun News about how CAMERA Helps

January 29, 2014

Check out the great work that Allies of Israel is doing at the University of New Orleans (fast forward to 3:36 to hear from Chloé Valdary about how CAMERA is helping her campus pro-Israel group).

 

Learn more about Allies of Israel and Chloé Valdary from the links below.

Declare Your Freedom Pro-Israel Rally Planned for New Orleans

Student Perspective: The 2013 CAMERA Israel Trip

The Problematic UN

The University of New Orleans

The Tripod: CAMERA Links in 3 Languages Jan. 10-27

January 28, 2014

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Spanish Posts

Journalistic reaction: voluntary or involuntary?
A chain of events becomes news whenever Israel is involved. Israel’s involvement seems to spur journalists into action. (ReVista de Medio Oriente)

Based on reality
Taking off from an actual event, Euronews created a story that was more fictional than true. (ReVista de Medio Oriente)

The importance of a headline
The Mexican newspaper El Informador apparently tried to create an alternative reality regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with the use of a biased headline. (ReVista de Medio Oriente)

Who does not want to negotiate? 
The Spanish-speaking media seems to prefer to present a false scenario in which Israel , a priori, is the very “cause” of the conflict and, therefore, the “obstacle” to peace. (ReVista de Medio Oriente)

Negev Bedouin: what the Spanish speaking press didn’t tell
A backgrounder about the historical, legal and socio-economic context of the existing problem between the Bedouin of the Negev and the State of Israel. (ReVista de Medio Oriente)

How to write an inaccurate text in a few steps
The headline of a report by the Argentinean news agency Télam presented as fact an allegation by the partisan NGO Peace Now that was refuted by official sources. (ReVista de Medio Oriente)

Middle East headlines in the Spanish speaking press
Read the headlines of the week in papers from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Spain, Venezuela, and others. (ReVista de Medio Oriente)

Palestinian terrorists receive monthly salaries from Palestinian Authority, while the press remains silent
Palestinian terrorists with “blood on their hands” imprisoned in Israel receive a higher monthly income than Palestinian civil servants, but this doesn’t seem to be an interesting subject for any of the Spanish speaking media when they talk about Palestinian prisoners. (ReVista de Medio Oriente)

Silence of the journalists
When it comes to reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, there seems to exist a non-written canon among Spanish media, stipulating that nothing should be published that questions the “victimhood” of the Palestinians. (ReVista de Medio Oriente)

Definition and verdict
The Spanish speaking media, self-appointed judges, designate the disputed territories as “Palestinian territories”, feigning ignorance of the historical and legal facts. (ReVista de Medio Oriente)

The Trial
The media coverage of Ariel Sharon’s death reveals that Israel, and its leaders, can always be blamed — even if accusations are completely false, as in Kafka’s novel. (ReVista de Medio Oriente)

Imagine
A journalist must tell readers what has actually happened, not what he believes should happen. But the latter is precisely the case in the Spanish newspaper El País, reporting on the death of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. (ReVista de Medio Oriente)

So what does Mahmoud Abbas want to discuss with Israeli Leaders?
In recent statements, PA President Mahmoud Abbas has made it clear that he has no authority to negotiate peace with Israel. (ReVista de Medio Oriente)

Rewriting History
Spanish News Agency Europa Press shapes the facts surrounding the Arab-Israeli Conflict according to the Palestinian narrative. (ReVista de Medio Oriente)

Simplification and misrepresentation 
Argentinean news agency Télam whitewashes the actions of Palestinian terrorist groups, while simultaneously labeling the State of Israel as having “aggressive policies of reprisal”. (ReVista de Medio Oriente)

Where’s the coverage?
Spanish speaking journalists have had enough time to notice the constant incitement against Israel by the Palestinians. This contradicts the notion that they are seeking peace with their neighbor. But the media prefers not to hear. (ReVista de Medio Oriente)

Taking sides
The Argentine news agency Télam has endorsed the Palestinian speech on the disputed territories, leaving aside the journalistic professionalism. (ReVista de Medio Oriente)

For Europa Press, the Israeli version is unnecessary
The Spanish news agency reproduced as an unquestionable fact the statements of a Jordanian official regarding the rejection of Israel’s plans to build an airport in Israeli territory, while obviating the version of the Jewish State. (ReVista de Medio Oriente)
English Posts

Review of Fall Semester 2013: Sgt. Benjamin Anthony at the University of Delaware
Read on to learn about Sgt. Benjamin Anthony’s Lecture at the University of Delaware. (in Focus)

Brooke Goldstein at CUNY Baruch College
Read on to learn about Brooke Goldstein’s Lecture at CUNY Baruch College. She 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. Brooke also produced an award-winning movie entitled Martyr, which investigates juvenile suicide terror. (in Focus)

Building Peace at USF
A piece by the CAMERA Fellow at the University of South Florida, Danielle Haberer. (in Focus)

United Nations Human Rights Council: Is it legitimate?
The United Nations Human Rights Council doesn’t seem to care too much about the plight of the Syrians. Our CAMERA Fellow at UMass-Amherst writes about the legitimacy of this branch of the UN. (in Focus)

BBC exploits Sharon’s death for more promotion of second Intifada falsehood
BBC coverage both before and after the death of Ariel Sharon showed intensive promotion of the myth that his Temple Mount visit started the second Intifada. (BBC Watch)

Breaches of editorial guidelines in BBC WS ‘Newshour’ special Sharon broadcast
Just one hour after the announcement of the death of Ariel Sharon, the BBC World Service opened its coverage with defamatory remarks from Mustafa Barghouti. (BBC Watch)

Goodbye, Harriet Sherwood: Three years covering Gaza and no lessons learned.
Harriet Sherwood’s latest ‘love letter’ to Gaza perfectly illustrates the egregious pro-Palestinian bias in her coverage of the region during her three years as the Guardian’s Jerusalem correspondent. (CiF Watch)

CAMERA Partners with Drexel Hillel on Birthright Trip
CAMERA partners with Drexel Hillel to encourage Birthright students to get involved with Israel activity on campus. (in Focus)

Who is Edward Said and why is his picture on a mural at Cesar Chavez Center?
Kayla Wold, our Fellow at San Francisco State University, writes about the mural on her campus devoted to a man who wanted Israel destroyed. (in Focus)

Hebrew Posts

Ma’ariv’s Archeological “Discovery
Ma’ariv publishes a story on a newly found water tunnel. They apparently forgot that they already “just found” the same tunnel nine months ago. (Presspectiva)

Every Paper Has Their Own “Nazi”
The pictures used to illustrate the coverage of a suggested bill to prohibit some uses of the word “Nazi” reveal each paper’s own bias (Presspectiva)

Israeli Demography 101
What are the actual statistics about the Israeli birthrate? (Presspectiva)

Did Ariel Sharon Ignite the Second Intifada?
Examining the claim that Sharon’s visit to the Temple Mount is to blame for the Second Intifada. (Presspectiva)

Ha’aretz Buys Into Palestinian Double Speak
Is a Ha’aretz editorial correct in claiming that no senior member of the Palestinian Authority has called for the destruction of Israel? (Presspectiva)

Did Netanyahu invent the demand that Israel be recognized as a Jewish state?
The short answer is no. The longer answer is still no. (Presspectiva)

What was the update to the Canadian policy paper regarding Israel?
Ha’aretz stresses the fact that Canada had just updated their policy paper on Israel. We checked what the changes were. The result may surprise you. (Presspectiva)

Why did President Truman cross out the words “Jewish State” from the USA recognition of Israel?
The Palestinian Authority claims President Truman intentionally removed the words “Jewish State” from the US recognition of Israel. An Israeli paper repeated the lie without any fact-checking. The truth is a charming story from the first minutes of the new Israeli state. (Presspectiva)

A Tough Legacy for a Tougher Man

This piece was written by Alisa Rudy and first published in “The Ticker.” Alisa is a junior majoring in Middle East Studies at Baruch College, and is the current President of the CCAP group Youth Organization For Israel, Baruch’s student pro-Israel club.

Whenever a noteworthy figure passes away, the entire social network inevitably morphs into a news channel, as Facebook friends instantly become professional political analysts, their “statuses” bearing the final word on the deceased.

Comments range from praising (“Rest In Peace to a true hero <insert public figure here> who gave his life to <insert music genre, political party, nationality here> and changed <insert country, state, planet here> forever”) to scathing (<insert scathing post-mortem comments here, disparaging any idolization of the deceased, like “I don’t know why everyone is so upset over X’s passing>. Or better yet, It’s as if they don’t realize he <insert controversial actions of deceased, which may or may not include: drug addictions, obscure infidelity accusations, unpopular political actions>).

With the passing of Ariel Sharon, former prime minister of Israel, public backlash has not been in short supply—and it is a wide spectrum of responses to such a crucial figure in Israeli history. Sharon, whose actions during and even before his political career were confident and bold, set off a lot of criticism from Israelis and the rest of the world.

Beginning in the Haganah, the paramilitary, pre-independence predecessor to the Israel Defense Forces, Sharon was a staunch, unapologetic supporter of Israel’s right to exist, so much so that he became the embodiment of a new Israeli. Changing his name from Ariel Scheinermann to Ariel Sharon, he left behind his Eastern European origins—his Belarusian parents, running in fear from Russian persecution and anti-Semitism—for a new Israeli name, referencing biblical Israeli geography and embodying his name, lion. He would later make a career out of that combative personality. After his start in Haganah at 19, Sharon was involved in a series of military operations that played crucial roles in almost every major Israeli war of the 20th century.

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Sharon at the Battle of Abu-Ageila 1967
Taken from “Key to the Sinai, The Battles for Abu-Ageila in the 1956 and 1967 Arab-Israeli Wars” In: Combat Studies Institute, Research Survey no.7 by G.W. Gawrych.

Sharon was a part of the generation of Israeli leaders who saw their country from birth to fruition, from a weak state on the defensive to a stature of power and careful security. In his autobiography, he wrote, “We had become skilled at finding our way in the darkest nights and gradually we built up the strength and endurance these kind of operations required.

Under the stress of constant combat we drew closer to one another and began to operate not just as a military unit but almost as a family.” It was this personality of necessary resilience and endurance that Sharon kept in mind as he embarked on a political career of controversy and questionable bloodshed, fielding intense public outrage and scolding for his failure to prevent the Sabra and Shatila massacres by Christian Philangists in 1989 as well as the unilateral disengagement from the Gaza Strip in 2005.

Sharon upheld the conservative end of Israeli parliament for most of his political life. Many claim his decision to visit the Temple Mount in 2001 to be an encouragement of settlement expansion, and his invasion of Lebanon in an attempt to eliminate Palestinian Liberation Organization forces to be the actions of a person opposed to peace and negotiation. However, his ordering of the Disengagement Plan a year before he fell into a coma quickly undermined almost everything it seemed he had embodied in the years of his activity.

His constant frankness and candidness and his deliberate actions showed that he didn’t quite fit into the mold of a standard right wing “Likudnik”, like the pro-settlement, anti-concession party he led at the height of his career.

Sharon, whose actions over the course of his life were dissected thoroughly, managed to survive the post-mortem criticism. He is now hailed by U.S. House Speaker John Boehner to be “one of the greatest warrior-statesmen in modern history … and his devotion to peace undisputed” and by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon as “a hero to his people”.

It seems that although he was subject to criticism and attack while he was alive, the almost glowing obituaries world leaders and Facebook friends alike gave seem to indicate that a staunch military leader, intent on performing a duty to his country—however painful—is respected across the board.

During the life of a politician, disapproval and reproach is naturally part of the job description—a near-constant stream of voices in the ear, not likely to end even after the relationship with politics does. It is after death that a more generous analysis of the deceased’s impacts on the world raises voices of admiration to creep through, respecting what they once condemned. For Sharon, popular respect is obligatory to mourn the loss of a true visionary, at his core a true hero for the state of Israel.

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Learn more from CAMERA.org:

With Ariel Sharon’s Death, Expect the Usual Falsehoods

The Significance of Who Attended Ariel Sharon’s Funeral

Ariel Sharon Corrections

Inciting Violence Through Inaccuracy

January 27, 2014

On August 24, 1929, 67 Jews were killed in what later came to be known as the Hebron Massacre.

Prior to that, the Jewish Community of Hebron had coexisted for hundreds of years along with the Arab residents of Hebron. The Jewish community was convinced that the Arab community, with whom they had enjoyed friendly relations, would continue with such relations. Aharon Reuven Bernzweig, who had been visiting with his wife in Hebron, remembered his encounter with the Jewish community there, saying he was assured by the community that “in Hebron there could never be a pogrom, because as many times as there had been trouble elsewhere in Eretz Israel, Hebron had remained quiet. The local population had always lived very peacefully with the Arabs.”

Tensions had been increasing between the communities as the efforts toward establishing the Jewish state increased. Feeling threatened by these endeavors, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem falsified reports to his followers saying that the Jews were planning on overtaking the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Dome of the Rock and that the blood of the Arabs ran through the streets of Jerusalem.

 

David Roberts 1839 painting of Hebron

David Roberts’ 1839 painting of Hebron

The Arabs in Hebron went door to door, staging a pogrom on the Jewish community.  More than 400 Jews were saved by two dozen Arab families who chose to hide and protect the Jewish families they had come to know. After the massacre, the Jewish families were evacuated to Jerusalem, temporarily putting a halt to the Jewish presence in the area.

On January 17, 2014, the Middle East Monitor released the article Israeli Settlers Storm Al Aqsa Mosque and Climb Dome of the Rock, claiming that Jews had “stormed” the Temple Mount on a Friday. The Temple Mount is the most holy site in the world for the Jewish people and the third Holiest site for Muslims. This article, which circulated the internet as people tried to discern whether or not it was accurate, appeared to be a provocation for more violence in Israel. It also served as an exaggeration by a news source that falsely identifies the Israeli Defense Forces as the “Israeli Occupation Forces.” Like the Grand Mufti’s announcements in Jerusalem in 1929,  the article was intended to incite violence and spread hatred among the communities.

Dome of the Rock

Dome of the Rock

Yehuda Glick, director of the LIBA initiative for Jewish Freedom on the Temple Mount, and mentioned in the article, also clarified the inaccuracy of the article. According to Glick, The Temple Mount has 10 gates. Nine of these gates are open seven days a week for Muslims. One of these gates is open three hours a day, five days a week for Jews. The article maintains that Glick entered the mount on Friday, while in actuality it is forbidden for a Jew to enter the Temple Mount on this day.

According to Natan Epstein, a videographer living in Jerusalem, the article was a falsification and a provocation. Most observant Jews will not enter the Dome of the Rock as it is where the “Holy of Holies” from the Temple once stood.  Security in the area, he says, is also “very tight.”

Today, the Jewish people are prohibited from praying at their holiest site. The Jordan Waqf retains control over the Dome of the Rock.  As tensions continue to rise in Israel over the current Peace Process, the Temple Mount remains a source of conflict among the communities living in Israel.  While the Jewish people fight for a basic right to be able to pray at their holiest site, news media outlets such as the Middle East Monitor use this issue to stir up further violence and tension between people living in Israel.

Contributed by CAMERA Intern Lindsey Rivka Liron Cohen, a Film and Television Major at Boston University. This piece has been republished in The Algemeiner.

Learn more here about the Hebron Massacre: http://www.jpost.com/Features/In-Thespotlight/This-Week-in-History-The-1929-Hebron-Massacre

Learn how you can bring Less Hamas More Hummus to your campus and teach others about incitement.

Learn How to Table With Israeli Alliance at McNeese!

January 23, 2014

Trying to figure out how to start this semester off with a bang? Want to grow membership and increase publicity for your pro-Israel group?  Take a hint from our CCAP group at McNeese State University in Louisiana, and TABLE during activity fairs, lunchtimes, and in lots of public spaces around campus!

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Including large Israeli and American flags (if your campus is in the United States) is a great start, because it sends a universal message of patriotism while emphasizing the connection Israel has with democratic societies like ours.

Have some photos of places in Israel, too! (Israeli Alliance uses a photo of the Kotel to emphasize Jerusalem’s importance to the Jewish people.

Israeli Alliance has also given out food, giveaways, and included Israeli music with portable speakers in their tabling efforts.

Don’t forget to include CAMERA materials (both informational and fun), and always include sign-up sheets, your social media plug-ins, and ways to get in touch with group leaders to become more involved.

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Don’t forget to let us know if your campus pro-Israel group wants a box of CAMERA materials and swag, and we’ll send one right away!

 

 

Jon Haber Relaunches His Blog

January 22, 2014

Jon of Divest This has relaunched his blog. Read his first entry below:

so did I miss anything?

Sorry for the hiatus. It was mostly work related, although as I mentioned as Divest This! was winding down last year, it’s not clear that a blog (with its reverse chronological nature) is the best format for the kind of arguments I have been building over the years regarding the true nature of BDS and how to fight it.

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But blogging is a great way to get news and analysis into the conversation quickly without having to ask anyone’s permission. And given some of the recent goings on in BDS-land (especially with misbehaving academics), it seemed appropriate to revive the site (for a while anyway) to see if a bit of historical perspective can supplement some of the important work that has already made great strides in ensuring any recent BDS successes are Pyrrhic ones.

Every year usually contains one or two major BDS fights, along with a few skirmishes, and 2013 was unusual only in that there were three stories that drew media attention.  In order of increasing significance these included: (1) some student governments within the University of California system finally passing (rather than rejecting) divestment resolutions; (2) Stephen Hawking’s decision to say “Yes” to those who urged him to blow off Shimon Peres’ Fifth Annual President’s Conference, and (3) the American Studies Association (ASA) voting in an academic boycott of Israeli universities.

It was actually that last story that pulled me out of retirement, not because there is an imminent threat of widespread academic boycotts breaking out around the planet, but because the ASA boycott demonstrates – yet again – the willingness of Israel haters to demolish important cornerstones of civic society (in this case academia) in order to have their way.

Click here to continue reading. 

UMass Amherst Chancellor Condemns Academic Boycotts of Israel

January 21, 2014

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AMHERST, Mass. – The following is a statement from University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy regarding the call for an academic boycott of Israel:

“The University of Massachusetts Amherst is opposed to academic boycotts of any kind. The current boycott of academic institutions in Israel by several academic associations is no exception. While individuals have the right to express their views, we believe that academic boycotts undermine the fundamental principles of free expression and inquiry that are central to our mission of teaching, research and service.”

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We wrote to our alma mater. Below is their response and our letter. Write to your current university or alma mater to find out their reaction to the ASA boycott.

 

Dear Ms. Aviva,

Chancellor Subbaswamy has asked me to respond to your recent inquiry.  The Chancellor’s statement on the boycott can be found at http://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/article/statement-umass-amherst-chancellor-kumble.

Regards,

Susan Pearson

Associate Chancellor

University of Massachusetts Amherst

301 Whitmore Administration Building

Amherst, MA  01003

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January 6, 2014

Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy

Office of the Chancellor

UMass Amherst

374 Whitmore Building

Amherst MA 01003

 

Dear Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy,

As proud Alumnae of UMass Amherst, we were shocked and saddened to read that seven professors from our alma mater had endorsed the boycott of Israeli academia brought by the American Studies Association (ASA). These professors include: Professor Mary Wilson, Professor Ruth Jennison, Professor Jordana Rosenberg, Professor Hoang Phan, Professor Gina Ocasion, Professor Asha Nadkarni and Professor Agustin Lao Montes. This abhorrent and discriminatory boycott, which singles out Israeli scholars specifically because of their identity, has been condemned by over 100 American Universities. We urge you to join your colleagues who refuse to stand idly by when an entire nation is maliciously attacked. Do not let the reputation of UMass Amherst be defined by a few who deem it acceptable to impose institutional censorship.

We thank you in advance for your statement of condemnation of the ASA boycott, a virulent hate decree against the Jewish state.

Sincerely,

Aviva Slomich                              Gilad Skolnick

UMass Amherst ’08                      UMass Amherst ’06

Hila Tabib                                    Rafael Yagudin

UMass Amherst ’08                      UMass Amherst ’08

Deena Neustadter Mindel            Allison Medoff

UMass Amherst ’08                     UMass Amherst ’08

Rebecca Barkai Ovadia                Jonathan Bress

UMass Amherst ’08                     UMass Amherst ’08

Morris Singer                              Joel Menasha

UMass Amherst ’06                     UMass Amherst ’06

Steven M. Spiegel                           Raphael Lior

UMass Amherst ’06                        UMass Amherst ’10

Helena Slomich Bloomingdale      Joshua Slomich

UMass Amherst ’99                     UMass Amherst ’95