Monthly Archives: February 2014

BDS Fails at UCLA Thanks to Help from CAMERA Supported Bruins for Israel

February 27, 2014

On Tuesday February 25th, in the UCLA Ackerman Grand Ballroom, CAMERA supported CCAP group Bruins for Israel fought against a Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) resolution against Israel brought by Students for Justice in Palestine.

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From 7 PM until 6 AM the next day, students for and against the bill gave two minute speeches and debated on the resolution. In a vote of 7 to 5, the BDS resolution failed to pass.

Bruins for Israel, the pro-Israel group on campus, live tweeted the event with the hashtag “#Bruinsforpeace.” Students for Justice in Palestine at UCLA also followed the event, using the hashtag “#UCLA Divest.”

The UCLA student council listened to representatives from all sides of the debate speak on the BDS bill. Dina, a Students for Justice in Palestine alumna, spoke in favor of BDS, claiming that “a resolution that does not attack any individual people or ethnicity, [seemingly forgetting that BDS is attacking the Jewish ethnicity and the individuals working in Israeli companies.

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She cited solidarity with other student groups, such as the African Students Union, Pakistani students and Jewish students. Other Palestinian activists used spoken word poetry to get their emotional points across.

Words were passed on with sentences like “this is not about being pro Israeli but on human rights.” The Students for Justice in Palestine representatives fought against their tuition going toward what they considered an injustice.

Bruins for Israel fought hard, bringing together the Pro-Israel community to come out against the bill.

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“I am a Bruin for Israel, and I support Peace” was repeated after their statements. Angelina, a Bruin for Israel, said that “Nonviolence and Peace are not synonymous.”

Ben Shapiro, an alumnus of UCLA, came to refute the bill.

“To pretend this is about occupation, to pretend this is about peace, to pretend this is about anything but vile and despicable Jew hatred is a lie.” He said to the student council and students.

Bruins for Israel stressed harassment they had experienced on campus for being pro Israel. “I have been called anti human rights because I want my people to have a home. Do not tell me I am a bigot because I want a homeland for my people,” said one BFI supporter.

Emanuel Hodara, a Jewish girl fighting against BDS, spoke about her past in France, saying she fled Europe when the anti-Zionism in her country showed its face as antisemitism.

Although Bruins for Israel won their battle, BDS is not leaving anytime soon. Activists on campus need to prepare for debates that may last until the next day, a stronger activist base for BDS, and a fight that will need to be fought over and over again.

TruthRevolt.org Editor-in-Chief and UCLA alum Ben Shapiro
 

By CAMERA Intern Lindsey Rivka Liron Cohen.

Read more by Lindsey Rivka Liron Cohen:

Corruption in the Palestinian Authority

A Stand Against Boycotts

Erasing the Jewish Connection to Israel

Inciting Violence Through Inaccuracy

Not Making The News

Not Making The News

February 26, 2014

On March 11, 2011, The Fogel family was massacred in their home in Itamar, a town near Nablus.

Ehud Fogel, Ruth Fogel, and three of their children, including a three month old infant, were murdered in their beds by Palestinian terrorists. Amjad Awad and Hakim Awad, from the town of Awarta, were arrested for the killings. The killers expressed no remorse at their wrongdoing and were found guilty of the charges.

The Fogel family.

Those murdered in the Fogel family.

The Palestinian Authority publicly condemned the attack but continued to incite Palestinian violence by paying terrorists in prison and airing programs on state-run television praising the attack. Even worse, a third of Palestinians supported the attack.

On February 14, 2014, four terrorists attempted to infiltrate the town of Itamar.  They carried knives and equipment for breaking into homes with them. Three years have passed and little has changed regarding threats from the neighboring Palestinian town of Awarta.

The village of Itamar.

The town of Itamar.

The planned attack only made it into the Jewish press. No other American news source wrote about the event.  While the New York Times routinely condemns Jews living in Judea and Samaria for building houses, it often neglects to mention both successful and unsuccessful Palestinian terrorist attacks.

Abbas recently spoke in front of Israeli students in Ramallah. The crowd applauded as the Palestinian leader spoke of the negotiations with John Kerry. Even while condemning the Fogel attack, the Palestinian leadership continued to incite violence among the Palestinian people. The Palestinian Authority gives medals of honor to terrorists and pays terrorists many times more than the average Palestinian. How then, today, can students trust a leadership that continues to say what it does not mean and do what it does not say?  How much longer can Israel negotiate with a two faced partner that condemns terrorist attacks in front of the world while rewarding those same terrorists?

By CAMERA Intern Lindsey Rivka Liron Cohen.

Read more by Lindsey Rivka Liron Cohen:

Corruption in the Palestinian Authority

A Stand Against Boycotts

Erasing the Jewish Connection to Israel

Inciting Violence Through Inaccuracy

CAMERA’s Regional Campus Coordinator Tours the Northeast

February 25, 2014

CAMERA’s Regional Campus Coordinator Gilad Skolnick has been traveling across the northeast, speaking about recognizing media bias and CAMERA’s work. At the Chabad Rohr Center for Jewish Life, catering to Swarthmore, Bryn Mawr, and Haverford Colleges, students who had recently returned from a CAMERA supported Birthright Trip had the opportunity to learn more about CAMERA as well as about common misconceptions and inaccuracies about Israel.

Campus Coordinator Gilad Skolnick presenting about CAMERA at the Rohr Center for Jewish Life

Campus Coordinator Gilad Skolnick presenting about CAMERA at the Rohr Center for Jewish Life

At Cornell, our CAMERA supported pro-Israel group, CIPAC, met with CAMERA’s Regional Campus Coordinator and discussed strategies for this coming semester. Last semester, they brought Israel’s highest ranking Muslim diplomat to their campus.

Visiting with our CCAP group CIPAC at Cornell

Visiting with our CCAP group CIPAC at Cornell

At the Israel Campus Summit taking place at Northeastern, Skolnick spoke to a crowd of over 100 about media bias and how to defend Israel on campus. The Israel Campus Summit introduced incoming Consul General of Israel to New England, Yehuda Yaakov, and was cosponsored by CJP – Greater Boston’s Jewish Federation, Consulate General of Israel to New England, Northeastern University Hillel, The David Project, Hasbara Fellowships, and CAMERA.

Speaking at Northeastern

Speaking at Northeastern

Bottom Left: CAMERA's Gilad Skolnick Right: CAMERA intern & Boston University student Lindsey Cohen

Bottom Left: CAMERA’s Gilad Skolnick Right: CAMERA intern & Boston University student Lindsey Cohen

Meet the incoming Consul General of Israel to New England with this clip below:

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CAMERA’s Gilad Skolnick is featured on http://trichabad.org/.

The Amazing CAMERA on Campus Sodastream Giveaway!

February 24, 2014

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Announcing CAMERAonCampus’s Sodastream raffle! Starting now, you can enter our raffle for a chance to win a Genesis Soda Starter Kit by the one and only Sodastream! You can enter the raffle here — it will only take a minute!

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Sodastream is an Israeli company that produces home soda making machines. Homemade soda is not only delicious, but it is also better for the environment than store-bought soda is, since it means you won’t be buying a steady stream of plastic bottles to quench your soda thirst. Sodastream has been in the international spotlight since mega-star Scarlett Johansson signed on to be the spokesperson for the company.

We are running this raffle not only so that one of you can enjoy refreshing soda, but also to get the buzz going online about the crucial work that CAMERA’s students carry out on their campuses day after day. We are proud of CAMERA fellows and CCAP leaders who dedicate themselves to educating their peers on the facts regarding Israel and her neighbours.

We want as many people as possible to “Like” CAMERAonCampus on Facebook so that more and more people can learn and share about Israel, and most importantly, stand up against the lies and bias directed against Israel. Please be sure to enter the raffle for a chance to win a Sodastream kit, and please share this with all your friends!

Letter to the Editor: In Response to a Petition to Boycott Israeli Companies

February 20, 2014

This piece was written by CAMERA Fellow Danielle Haberer of the University of South Florida, and was originally published in The Oracle on February 18th.

You may have been approached in the Marshall Student Center, enticed by the offer of a free slice of pizza. Or maybe it was in the Library, as you were studying for an upcoming test.

Danielle Haberer

Danielle Haberer

Do you support human rights, they ask? Do you support the ideals of Martin Luther King, Jr.?

Well, of course, doesn’t everyone?

You’re then told that Israeli companies are responsible for the death and suffering of the Palestinian people and that in support of human rights, you must boycott them. You don’t know much about Israel, and you’re not really sure what this is all about, but you’re being handed a clipboard with a petition attached, so — why not — you add your name to the list.

But what did you actually just sign?

Don’t be fooled when you see #USF4HumanRights on social media.

The movement promoting boycott, divestment, and sanctions of Israel, BDS, is not concerned with violations of human rights and international law.

The movement does not focus on North Korea or Sudan, known human rights violators whose oppressive governments subject political dissidents to inhumane imprisonment and torture. Nor does BDS focus on Syria, which is experiencing a brutal civil war, with more than 100,000 causalities and the death toll continuing to rise. It doesn’t focus on Iran, China, Saudi Arabia or Pakistan.

BDS compares itself to the boycott of South Africa’s apartheid, claiming that Israel is an “apartheid” state.

Israel is a democratic state and strong ally of the U.S. Israeli Arabs serve as Supreme Court justices and as legislators in the Knesset. Israel simply cannot be referred to as one of the world’s most egregious human rights violators, nor can it accurately be called an “apartheid” state.

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You’re fed the false claim that the Israeli army targets civilians, while you aren’t informed that Israel faces threats to its existence on a daily basis. You aren’t told that Hamas, the Palestinian militant group in control of Gaza, has fired hundreds of thousands of rockets into Israel, aimed at civilian targets. But BDS doesn’t focus on human rights violations perpetrated by Hamas.

So before you sign a petition and lend your support to a cause, especially one regarding an issue as complex and controversial as this, make sure you are well-versed in the facts.

Danielle Haberer is a junior majoring in mass communications.

She has been published in such publications as The Algemeiner. More by Danielle Haberer:

Letter to the Editor: ‘Battle of the Bulls’ event spreads falsehoods about Israel

Con: Palestinian ‘Nakba’ event misconstrues history

 

American Support for Israel is now at 72%

February 19, 2014

Support for Israel in the United States has been steadily increasing, according to a poll released today by Gallup.

There is a significant difference between the favorable opinion on Israel for Americans who are 55 and older (81% favorable opinion) versus that of 18-34 year old Americans (64% favorable opinion). Yet it is still much higher than American opinion of the Palestinian Authority, which is at 24% for Americans who are 18-34, and 16% for Americans who are 55 and older.

Especially encouraging, support among younger adults for Israel has increased. It was at 58% in 2011 for those who are 18-35 according to the 2011 Gallup pollToday, support for Israel among younger adults is 6% higher than it was back in 2011. 

February 2014 Gallup Study

February 2014 Gallup Study

Overall favorable opinion on Israel has steadily climbed over the past four years to 72% from 67%, and slowly approaching the all time high over 20 years ago.

Source: http://www.gallup.com/poll/116308/americans-support-israel-unchanged-gaza-conflict.aspx

Source: http://www.gallup.com/poll/116308/americans-support-israel-unchanged-gaza-conflict.aspx

It is certainly the highest it’s been this century:

Source: 2010 Gallup Poll http://www.gallup.com/poll/126155/support-israel-near-record-high.aspx

Source: 2010 Gallup Poll http://www.gallup.com/poll/126155/support-israel-near-record-high.aspx

Favorable opinions on other neighboring countries and entities have remained similar aside from that of Iran which has moved up to 13% from a 9% low last February. Favorable opinion of the Palestinian Authority has slightly increased from last year but is similar to where it was in 2010.

Another key finding was that liberals are over 50% more likely to have a favorable opinion of Israel than they are of the Palestinian Authority, with 30% holding a favorable opinion of the Palestinian Authority versus 49% holding a favorable opinion of Israel. This might be due to the liberal values that the United States and Israel have in common such as minority, lesbian and gay rights, a free and open press, environmental regulations, etc.

Source: TimesofIsrael photo credit: Courtesy JUF Chicago/JTA

Source: TimesofIsrael photo credit: Courtesy JUF Chicago/JTA

By Gilad Skolnick

Abraham Lincoln The Zionist

February 18, 2014

We hope that you all had a great George Washington’s and/or Presidents Day!

American Presidents have a long history of supporting the Jewish State, including long before Israel declared her independence. According to the Jewish Virtual Library, “not long after the Emancipation Proclamation, President Abraham Lincoln met a Canadian Christian Zionist, Henry Wentworth Monk, who expressed hope that Jews who were suffering oppression in Russia and Turkey be emancipated ‘by restoring them to their national home in Palestine.‘ Lincoln said this was ‘a noble dream and one shared by many Americans.‘”

Source: blog.eretzyisrael.org

Source: blog.eretzyisrael.org

Even before that, John Adams stated, “… I really wish the Jews again in Judea an independent nation,” and John Quincy Adams wrote that he believed in the “rebuilding of Judea as an independent nation.”

A statue of Abraham Lincoln in a suburb of Tel Aviv.

A statue of Abraham Lincoln in a suburb of Tel Aviv.

Learn more about U.S. Presidents & Israel: Quotes About Jewish Homeland & Israel here: Jewish Virtual Library 

Corruption in the Palestinian Authority

February 14, 2014

WALTHAM, MA- What does state building entail? Is it permission from a higher authority to declare yourself? Is it a line in the sand drawn by other powers? Or is it leaders ready to build a nation and a nation ready to follow suit?

Students for Accuracy about Israeli and Palestinian Affairs (SAIPA), a student group at Brandeis supported through CAMERA’s CCAP program, brought Dr. Jonathan Schanzer on February 4 into the Lown Auditorium to discuss the building of a nation.

spring 2014Dr. Schanzer, Vice President of Research for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, spoke about the Palestinian narrative and where state building has failed and why. He also covered the development of the corrupt Palestinian leadership and how it has failed the Palestinian people.

Jonathan Schanzer speaking at Brandeis.

Jonathan Schanzer speaking at Brandeis.

The crowd listened intently while Dr. Schanzer gave his speech. Dr. Schanzer rarely spoke about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, instead choosing to focus primarily on the corrupt Palestinian leadership.

It was refreshing to hear a talk not focused on the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians but instead looking at the internal conflicts within the Palestinian people. Dr. Schanzer said that “the tough questions about Palestinian nationalism are rarely ever asked in Washington or on campus” and that he “was pleased to be able to discuss this important issue.”

Usually, when speaking about Palestinians, people have to connect it to Israelis. Dr. Schanzer was able to give a talk focused on the Palestinians while still remaining balanced.

Group president and founder Daniel Mael introduces the speaker.

Group president and founder Daniel Mael introduces the speaker.

Schanzer spoke about Yassar Arafat, former president of the Palestinian National Authority. Citing a long list of corrupt activities, Schanzer exposed the corruption in the Palestinian leadership and how it has prevented Palestinian statehood since it took power.

SAIPA - Students for Accuracy about Israeli and Palestinian Affairs, together with CAMERA's Samantha Mandeles and Gilad Skolnick.

SAIPA – Students for Accuracy about Israeli and Palestinian Affairs, together with CAMERA’s Samantha Mandeles and Gilad Skolnick.

Daniel Mael, the group’s founder and current president, stated that “SAIPA was created to make sure that information on campus was accurate. The club is dedicated to bringing truth into the conversation about the Israeli Palestinian conflict.”

SAIPA students listen to the speaker.

SAIPA students listen to the speaker.

Dr. Schanzer, when asked about SAIPA, said he “found SAIPA to be a diverse and engaged group of students and was very impressed with the questions posed and the responses.” The SAIPA event with Dr. Schanzer proved that, while the Palestinian people may not have the most credible leadership, SAIPA surely does.

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By CAMERA Intern Lindsey Rivka Liron Cohen.

Check out the following to learn more about Palestinian Authority Corruption:

Palestinian Corruption — Again

Where’s the Coverage? Palestinian Leaders Allegedly Pocket Hundreds of Millions in Aid Money

How The Palestinian Authority Fights Corruption