Monthly Archives: October 2016

The Truth Is On Our Side – And The UCL Protesters Know It

October 31, 2016

Somehow this will become our fault.

On the evening of October 27th, London students were trapped in a room on University College London’s campus until the police deemed it safe enough to let them out. Protesters banged on the doors, jumped through the windows to get inside, tackling students on their way in, and hurled slanderous epithets against the Zionist students and their guest speaker, Hen Mazzig.

At the end of the event, Hen had to be rushed out of the room with a police coat cloaked over his body. It was only when Hen got to the street outside the university that the police announced to him that they were now safe.

Some will ask why CAMERA would host such an event if we knew this could happen.

The student union at UCL originally canceled the event, decrying Hen as “controversial” due to him being protested against heavily at King’s College London in 2014.

Why are we, Zionists causing such controversy on campus with our events supporting Israel when we know that it angers so many people? Why can’t we just be quiet? It’s bad enough, opponents will say, that we support such a country — do we need to display it so publicly?

The sad truth is that it’s not just the bigots who will be questioning us. It will be the moderates, the pacifists, even other Zionists.

But we refuse to sit idly by while Israel is slammed over and over again from the university level to the UN. The truth is on our side and these aggressive, violent protestors know it.

They know that Hen Mazzig, an openly gay Israeli of North African and Iraqi heritage, whose survival of a terrorist attack at age 12 led him to serve in the COGAT unit, hoping to connect and build relationships between Palestinians and Israelis, is exactly the kind of person that needs to be silenced. He is exactly the person who will easily unravel their web of lies against the Jewish state.

Despite the many ways the UCL Palestinian Society and their supporters worked to keep Hen off campus, they failed. The UCL Friends of Israel Society and the KCL Israel Society hosted a successful event. Hen specifically spoke against what the Palestinian Society was pushing for. He spoke for dialogue and the importance of ignoring the thugs, who, without facts, can only turn to intimidation tactics.

What’s sad is that many of those students on the outside of the room, those supporting the bigots banging on the doors, screaming in support of the Palestinians, have no idea that they have put themselves on the side against peace, on the side that hurts the Palestinian cause, on the side for continued conflict in the region.

Aviva Slomich

CAMERA’s International Campus Director

 

CAMERA Fellows in Focus: Orly Margulis

October 28, 2016

The CAMERA Fellowship supports student leaders in developing and strengthening their pro-Israel activism on campus. With the school year underway, InFocus is giving you an inside look into the lives of the 2016-17 CAMERA Fellows who are working hard to promote the facts about Israel on campus.

Meet Orly Margulis.

Margulis Orly fellowOrly Margulis was born and raised in Venezuela. Growing up, she was an active member of the Jewish Community of Caracas, Venezuela where she learned all about Zionism, Jewish history, and Judaism.

Now a rising junior at Drexel University, Orly is studying Public Relations with a double minor in writing and marketing. When she became a Drexel Dragon, Orly yearned to once again be involved in Israel and Jewish activism as she was growing up. She soon joined CAMERA-supported group Dragons for Israel and participated in Chabad and Hillel. Orly volunteered to update Drexel Hillel’s social media pages and helps to organize pro-Israel events. In addition, Orly has written blogs in the Times of Israel about her college experience as a Jew and about the importance of Israel.

In the following quick question-answer session, Orly shares some of her experiences, on and off campus, regarding anti-Semitism and thoughts about this year’s Student Leadership and Advocacy Training Conference:

In Venezuela, did you face anti-Zionism or anti-Semitism? How did you react at the time?

I have never experienced anti-Semitism myself, but my community has faced it a lot. In 2009, some people broke in into one of the synagogues in Caracas, and defaced the entire place. The Torah books were stepped on and left on the floor, swastikas were drawn all over the walls and a lot of documents were stolen. President Chavez was extremely anti-Semitic, and he constantly targeted the Jewish community of Venezuela. More than once he cursed Israel and the Jewish people.

What kind of anti-Semitic and/or anti-Israel issues have you faced on campus?

One time, I met another student at a party and we were just talking while other people were playing some drinking games. He saw my Magen David (Star of David) necklace and immediately called me a “baby killer” and an “effing Jew.” Then, a few months later, one of my friends walked into his room, and saw a swastika painted beside his Israeli flag.

What prompted you to become involved in Israel advocacy?

I grew up going to a Jewish school and being part of the Jewish community of Venezuela, so I was always learning about Israel and the great things that Israel does. For me, being Zionist was never a question, but something innate. I was extremely involved with Jewish memorial ceremonies, Israel activism and the Jewish youth movement in Venezuela. I felt that I needed to continue this path once I started my college career. I also wanted to make my grandmother proud. She was such a Zionist—a pro-Israel activist who spoke about the Holocaust—that I wanted to give her nachas, or joy, in how I follow her example. I know she is looking down at me from heaven and is proud of my Israel advocacy work.

What do you think you gained at the conference? Do you feel more prepared now to respond to anti-Zionism? And if so, how exactly are you more prepared now?

I learned a lot during this conference! I met incredible people who gave me ideas for events and tables on campus. I became part of the greater CAMERA network—it is a support system in which I can request advice from expert Israel advocates on how to reply to an anti-Semitic comment on social media or just talk to when I am having a bad day. I am more prepared to react to anti-Zionism not only because I have a booklet full of strategies and information, but because I can depend on CAMERA’s support system. I am more confident now about how to set up a successful Israel advocacy table on our campus, how to speak up for Israel in front of a big crowd and how to be an advocate without fear.

What surprised you or what did you find particularly interesting at the conference?

The amount of questions anti-Israel activists ask! We had mock sessions in order to practice reacting to questions or statements against Israel. The same ridiculous questions kept coming up. The arguments against Israel are so far from the truth, yet anti-Israel activists hide behind them and refuse to listen to the whole story about Israel. Thankfully, Drexel is a university where that does not often happen so I had never been exposed to these kinds of outrageous questions before.

Most of the attendees at the conference were American-born. What do you think you contributed to the conference from your non-American perspective?

Because I go to college in United States, I don’t consider my non-American perspective as relevant to the conference. I am still a proud Venezuelan, but the strategies and ideas I learned at the conference are geared to help me advocate better at my university in America.

Since I now live in America, I did not feel very different from the mostly American group of advocates at the conference. But, of course, I have a great accent, which makes me a bit different from the American-born students.

As a Venezuelan, do you feel you bring an interesting perspective as an Israel advocate on campus? If so, how does this influence other students?

Venezuela, as many other Latin American countries, faces a lot of anti-Semitism. I went to a Jewish school my whole life, so I never encountered the misfortune of someone screaming anti-Semitic things at me in a school hallway. I feel that rather than bringing a different perspective, I bring my energy and eagerness to do more for Israel.

Do you think there are any Israel or advocacy-related issues that were not covered and discussed at the conference but that are still very important and should be taken note of?

Not really. The CAMERA conference was a great opportunity for me to learn a lot and be part of something bigger. I learned immensely from each session, the CAMERA staff, and my fellow students.

Celebrating Our Best Year of Israel Activism Yet

October 27, 2016

At Oral Roberts University, before September even started, CAMERA-supported group ORU United for Israel catapulted into its best year of Israel support yet. The group has already joined together many students on campus on behalf of Israel several times, including during at the Partiestival Club Rush event, the group’s trip to the local Jewish Museum, their kick off meeting, the AIPAC Tulsa Annual Event, and the Zionism-themed meeting.

As a classic kickoff festivity to celebrate the start of the new school year, the ORU Partiestival Club Rush is the premier recruitment event of the year and the main way to show other students our passion for Israel. Strategically placed on the first few days of school, when the freshmen and returning students are still establishing their collegiate interests, goals, and schedules, this event is placed at the ideal time to glean active club participants and potential Israel supporters. At the Partiestival Club Rush, each active campus club is invited and encouraged to express themselves in a way to attract potential club members. The focus of the Partiestival Club Rush event was spreading our love for Israel in an attractive way during the largest recruitment opportunity of the year.

Students at ORU for Israel's Partiefestival event.

ORU United for Israel students at ORU’s Partiefestival event.

“We met and exceeded our goals for the Partiestival Club Rush event. Our booth attracted the attention of countless students, consistently surrounded by at least ten prospective students while many of the other Club Rush booths only had one or two students at them. In the context of the Club Rush booth alone, I believe we acquired at least 150 additional email signups for our club,” said Connie Hammond, ORU United for Israel president.

“Also, as a result of the Club Rush, many students have been asking me about the importance of supporting Israel since they met me at the Club Rush. The Club Rush event ignited passion inside the hearts of many ORU students, encouraging them to support Israel on campus through the context of our club and for the rest of their lives,” she continued.

After the Partiestival, ORU United for Israel followed up its recruitment efforts directly by hosting a trip to the local Jewish museum for both returning club members and new recruits, especially freshmen. At the Jewish Museum, we toured the different galleries, learned about history, art, and the Jewish community in Tulsa and Oklahoma. The museum brought together students who are interested in going deeper into the history of the Jewish people and Israel. It was a good field trip to go on before the school year kicked off.

A few days later, on the Tuesday after Partiestival, the group had its kickoff meeting, which attracted over 30 new members!

“One of our most successful events of the year so far came during the weekend after our Kick Off meeting.  We brought a large delegation to the local AIPAC annual event, the Tulsa Annual Event. In a room of a little over 100 people, over 30 of them were ORU students who are affiliated with our Israel club. In addition to bringing a large delegation, we invited our Student Body President and the Head of Freshmen and New Student Experience within the Student Government to attend and they both attended,” said ORU United for Israel President Connie Hammond.

After the Tulsa Annual Event, ORU United for Israel held its weekly Tuesday night meeting. Many students came and celebrated the importance of supporting the Jewish Homeland, Israel. Students watched two short, engaging video clips which were discussed. The group discussion was successful and the students in attendance were able to internalize their Israel support in their own hearts. Connie notes that “It was lovely seeing such Israel support bubble up within them.” “Here’s to our best year of Israel activism on campus yet!” she added.

Contributed by President of CAMERA-supported group ORU United for Israel Connie Hammond.

CAMERA Fellows in Focus: Matan Lifshitz

October 26, 2016

The CAMERA Fellowship supports student leaders to develop and strengthen their pro-Israel activism on campus. With the school year underway, InFocus is giving you an inside look into the lives of the 2016-17 CAMERA Fellows who are working hard to promote the facts about Israel on campus.

CAMERA Fellow Matan Lifshitz

CAMERA Fellow Matan Lifshitz

Meet Matan Lifshitz.

While students are combating anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism on campuses across the world, Matan Lifshitz among others, is working hard to educate Israelis on the BDS movement and how they can help combat anti-Israel activity around the world.

Currently a second year student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Matan is studying International Relations and Communications.

Like most Israelis, Matan drafted into the Israel Defense Forces at age 18 and was accepted into the Oketz Unit, a unit that works with dogs to search for explosives and mines in the field or within cities.

During his first year at Hebrew University, he was a StandWithUs Fellow. Matan also writes a column for The Scholar Web. As Matan wrote in The Scholar Web, Israel is not only home for him–he explains that the country is also a beacon of democracy and hope for the future of the Middle East. This past year, Matan also helped lead CAMERA at Hebrew University and is excited to serve as a CAMERA Fellow this year. CAMERA on Campus is excited for Matan to develop his pro-Israel skills as a CAMERA Fellow and looks forward to seeing his contributions to Israel activism on campus.

UNESCO Validates Religious Discrimination in Jerusalem

October 25, 2016

CAMERA Fellow Suri Bandler

CAMERA Fellow Suri Bandler

Resolution denies Jewish, Christian ties to Jerusalem and defends terrorism

The Temple Mount, called Har HaBayit in Hebrew and Haram al-Sharif in Arabic, refers to the hill in Jerusalem on which the Jewish First and Second Temple stood in the years 957 – 586 BCE and 516 BCE – 70 CE, respectively. It is the holiest site in the world for Jews. The Al-Aqsa Mosque rests on the Mount and is considered the third holiest site for Muslims, after Mecca and Medina. The Temple Mount also plays a significant role in Christianity, as it is noted in the New Testament as the site of several events in Jesus’s life.

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Extensive archaeological evidence ties the Jewish people to this site, including, most famously, the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City and the recently discovered seal of the prominent Biblical King Hezekiah. Aref al-Aref, the Arab mayor of East Jerusalem during the Jordanian occupation of the West Bank wrote in a 1924 pamphlet that the Temple Mount’s “identity with the site of Solomon’s temple is beyond dispute.” There even exists evidence outside of Jerusalem itself: the Arch of Titus that stands in Rome commemorates Titus’s Siege of Jerusalem in 70 CE and depicts the spoils taken from the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. The Menorah, or golden candelabrum, is its main focus.

 

The stated mission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) includes “building intercultural understanding: through protection of heritage and support for cultural diversity” and “protecting freedom of expression.” Additionally, UNESCO boasts that it is “known as the ‘intellectual’ agency of the United Nations” and asserts that “peace must be established on the basis of humanity’s moral and intellectual solidarity.” One would think, therefore, that protecting Jewish ties to the Old City of Jerusalem and supporting the cultural diversity that exists in Jerusalem would fall neatly within UNESCO’s mission.

Recently, however, UNESCO drafted a resolution that is entirely antithetical to this proclaimed purpose and ventures into the absurd for a group that claims to be intellectual, freedom-oriented, and peaceful. The resolution, preliminarily passed on October 12 and approved this Tuesday:

—Ignores historical Jewish ties to the Temple Mount,

—Calls for the safeguarding of an ambiguous “status-quo” that enforces religious discrimination against Jews and Christians, and

—Implicitly justifies the violence that is directed against the people of Israel.

While the resolution claims to affirm the “importance of the Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls for the three monotheistic religions,” the rest of its contents prove otherwise. The resolution never once refers to the location as The Temple Mount and strictly uses the Muslim name, and it puts the name of the surrounding vicinity, the Western Wall Plaza, in quotations. Similarly, the resolution refers to the “so-called ‘Israeli Antiquities’ officials” as if the Israel Antiquities Authority, founded in its original form right after Israel’s re-establishment in 1948, is illegitimate.

Ironically, the resolution “condemns the escalating Israeli… measures against… freedom of worship and Muslims’ access to their Holy Site.”  However, it is only forbidden for non-Muslims to pray or make religious displays on the Temple Mount. Access to non-Muslims is restricted to the Mughrabi Gate, which has previously fallen into disrepair and which the UNESCO resolution also claims cannot be renovated by Israel.

More broadly, the resolution calls on Israel to restore the “historic status quo… under which the Jordanian Awqaf (Religious Foundation) Department exercised exclusive authority on Al Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Al-Sharif.” Yet it ignores that the status quo of the site has been in flux for a century and suggests that ideally, Muslims would have exclusive rights to pray on the Temple Mount. Meanwhile, non-Muslims would risk arrest, escalating tension, and violence if they even so much as move their lips in a suspicious manner.

Repeatedly, the accusation that Israel violates “the status quo” is used to rationalize terrorism. Notably, Yassar Arafat used Ariel Sharon’s visit to the Temple Mount as reason to instigate the Second Intifada, in which Palestinian terrorists killed over 1,000 Israeli citizens. The day after Sharon’s visit, the Palestinian Authority’s official radio station sent out calls “to all Palestinians to come and defend the al-Aqsa Mosque.”

To this day, Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, instigates violence by claiming Jewish desecration of the Temple Mount and Jerusalem. Starting last fall, Israel saw an increasing number of knife attacks by Palestinian terrorists. Abbas encouraged this “Stabbing Intifada,” stating that “Every drop of blood spilled in Jerusalem is pure, every martyr will reach paradise… The Al-Aqsa Mosque is ours. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is ours as well. [Jews] have no right to desecrate the mosque with their dirty feet.” Attacks continue over a year later, with a foiled suicide bombing attempt and a stabbing attack in Jerusalem occurring just last week.

The UNESCO resolution contributes to hostile efforts like those of Arafat and Abbas. Providing internationally backed “evidence” that Jews and Christians have no ties to the Temple Mount grants legitimacy to the artificial status quo that is repeatedly tied to terrorist acts. The UNESCO resolution “Deeply deplores the new cycle of violence, going on since October 2015, in the context of the constant aggressions by the Israeli settlers andalso asks the Israeli authorities to prevent such aggressions.

Yet absolutely no blame is assigned to the Palestinian leadership’s calls to violence and the actions of individual terrorists. By reinforcing the idea that Jewish presence on the Temple Mount somehow justifies violence, the resolution makes the belittling, dangerous, and incorrect implication that Palestinians cannot be expected to refrain from terror if provoked by others’ prayer.

The resolution also stresses “the urgent need of the implementation of the UNESCO reactive monitoring mission.” However, Israel and Jordan both agreed to a proposal, worked on by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, to install security cameras to monitor the Temple Mount to defend or refute claims made by all parties. It was due to Palestinian pressure the Jordanians reneged on the agreement.

Multiple Israeli and U.S. officials from across the political spectrum have condemned the UNESCO resolution. After Israel cut ties to the U.N. cultural agency on October 14 in protest, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova issued a statement about the agency’s dedication to “peace and dialogue,” asserting that “To deny, conceal or erase any of the Jewish, Christian or Muslim traditions undermines the integrity of the site.” However, Bokova did not even address the divisive resolution explicitly in her response. The Palestinian Authority, meanwhile, commended the member-states’ decision to “uphold the principles upon which UNESCO was founded.”

Until the resolution is repealed, the Director-General’s words are meaningless. UNESCO has demonstrated that the principles it actually stands for are sophistry, revisionist history, discrimination, and terror.

Originally published in The Tech.

Contributed by MIT CAMERA Fellow Suri Bandler.

Emet Israel Hosts Annual BBQ

October 24, 2016

On Monday, September 12th, CAMERA-supported group Emet Israel had their first event, their annual BBQ.  At the event, Emet Israel gave away free tshirts, served kosher food, and took the opportunity to speak about upcoming programs and events, including Israeli-Arab diplomat George Deek’s tour, Canes Night Live, and Israel Day.  

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Emet Israel met their goals, with a large turnout of people who were genuinely interested in learning about the group, and signed up for their fellowship program. A lot of the students who asked questions were not affiliated with Israel or of Jewish decent; they were intrigued by the amount of activities and educational aspects Emet Israel holds. Numerous students applied for the fellowship program following the event. Many freshmen attended the BBQ, and following the event, “What Exactly is EMET?” emails were sent to the attendees. Every student that attended the event was so happy to receive an IDF-Emet shirt. Since the event, students wearing Emet shirts can be seen all over campus.

CAMERA Fellows in Focus: Eden Adler

October 21, 2016

The CAMERA Fellowship supports student leaders in developing and strengthening their pro-Israel activism on campus. With the school year underway, InFocus is giving you an inside look into the lives of the 2016-17 CAMERA Fellows, who are working hard to promote the facts about Israel on campus.

Meet Eden Adler.

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CAMERA Fellow Eden Adler

While students are combating anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism on campuses across the world, students in Israel like Eden Adler are working hard to promote Israel from within Israeli campuses as well.

A second year student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Eden is studying Political Science and International Relations.  He was born in Israel and grew up in the community of Kfar Roses. Like most Israelis, Eden drafted into the Israel Defense Forces at age 18 and was accepted into the 101st Paratroopers Brigade. Following rigorous combat training, Eden went onto become an officer. By the age of 20, Eden commanded and trained over 40 soldiers. In the summer of 2014, he led his soldiers into Gaza during Operation Protective Edge.

Eden Adler has been featured in two Jerusalem U films, Beneath the Helmet and Mekonen, which present the intimate stories of a few IDF soldiers. As the films portray, Eden Adler experienced a challenging, emotionally-charged, yet extremely meaningful military service.

Upon completing his military service, Eden continued to defend and promote Israel. Following his service, he began to work for Israel’s public relations and speak on behalf of Israel in the United States, Canada, and Geneva. During the past school year, Eden served as president of the newly founded CAMERA at Hebrew University HUJI.

Eden is excited to be a CAMERA Fellow this coming year. He enjoyed attending the 2016 CAMERA Student Leadership and Advocacy Training Conference in Boston this past summer and now feels more prepared to advocate for Israel at Hebrew University. The conference provided him with a unique opportunity to talk to students from across the world and learn about Israel advocacy in the context of American campuses. Eden returns this year to Hebrew University with a lot of new ideas for CAMERA at HUJI, and is prepared to help American and British students combat anti-Israel activity in any way he can. CAMERA on Campus welcomes Eden to the CAMERA community and is excited to see how he develops as a CAMERA Fellow and Israel activist.

CAMERA Fellows in Focus: Joshua Kauderer

October 20, 2016

The CAMERA Fellowship program supports student leaders in developing and strengthening their pro-Israel activism on campus. With the school year underway, InFocus is giving you an inside look into the lives of the 2016-17 CAMERA Fellows, who are working hard to promote the facts about Israel on campus.

CAMERA Fellow Joshua Kauderer

CAMERA Fellow Joshua Kauderer

Meet Joshua Kauderer.

Currently a Sophomore at Dartmouth College, Joshua is studying History and Government.

As a child, Joshua attended Jewish day school at The Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County. There, his passion for Israel began to bloom.

Throughout high school, Josh participated in Write On For Israel, a program that educates high-school students about Israel and effective speaking and advocacy skills. After completing Write On For Israel, Joshua felt like a capable Israel advocate, but understood that advocating for Israel is not a simple task; there is always more to learn about Israel advocacy. Independently, he researched media bias against Israel and studied the correlation between anti-Israel views and anti-Semitism. Just as he did in high school, Joshua tries his best to stay informed about Israel and understand the pro-Israel, anti-Israel dialogue on a higher academic level.

Now at Dartmouth, Joshua serves as an editor of The Dartmouth Review. He participates in the Dartmouth Students for Israel organization and is a founding member of the TAMID campus chapter at Dartmouth, a student program which collaborates with Israeli startup companies.

Joshua looks forward to developing his Israel Advocacy skills this academic year as a CAMERA Fellow. With the support of the CAMERA Fellowship, Joshua is confident he can make a big impact on campus and raise awareness about Israel among the Dartmouth student body. CAMERA on Campus is excited to see the progress Joshua will make!

CAMERA Fellows in Focus: Josh Elkouby

October 19, 2016

The CAMERA Fellowship supports student leaders in developing and strengthening their pro-Israel activism on campus. With the school year underway, InFocus is giving you an inside look into the lives of the 2016-17 CAMERA Fellows who are working hard to promote the facts about Israel on campus.

CAMERA Fellow Josh Elkouby

CAMERA Fellow Josh Elkouby

Meet Josh Elkouby.

Now a sophomore at Cornell University, Josh is studies at Dyson Business School. He is concentrating in Finance and minoring in Real Estate.

Josh grew up with a strong Jewish identity and is now a proud, vocal Zionist. He attended a Jewish day school, Rambam, where he served as student body president during his high school career there. In addition, Josh created several Israel clubs. Collaborating with fellow students in these clubs, he organized pro-Israel rallies, fundraisers and care-package assembling events for IDF soldiers.

After graduating high school, Josh decided to spend a gap-year in Israel before beginning college. He attended Yeshivat Torat Shraga, a Judaic Studies program in Jerusalem. As he delved into the ancient, sacred books of Judaism, Josh was also able to see and travel through the land which these texts describe and discuss. After his full-year experience in Israel, Josh can speak first-hand about Israel and the day-to-day life there.

At Cornell University, Josh serves as Treasurer for Cornellians For Israel (CFI). He also participates in the Hillel Finance Committee, combining his pro-Israel interests as well as his business-oriented mind. In addition, Josh is an active member of the Center for Jewish Living on campus.

Josh makes Israel advocacy a priority during the semester. He understands the need to stand up for Israel and to speak about Israel in a knowledgeable and unbiased manner. As a CAMERA Fellow, Josh hopes to challenge himself this year to learn more about Israel and its history as well as to develop his skills as a pro-Israel advocate on campus. CAMERA on Campus is excited to see Josh progress as a CAMERA Fellow! Between his business skills, passion for Israel, and strong voice, Josh has great potential to represent Israel at Cornell and beyond.

CAMERA Fellows in Focus: Ariel Avgi

October 18, 2016

The CAMERA Fellowship program supports student leaders in developing and strengthening their pro-Israel activism on campus. With the school year underway, InFocus is giving you an inside look into the lives of the 2016-17 CAMERA Fellows who are working hard to promote the facts on Israel on campus.

professional-photosMeet Ariel Avgi.

A sophomore at The City College of New York, Ariel is studying International Relations and Applied Mathematics. She attends the The Macaulay Honors College at The City College of New York.

Growing up in Queens and Long Island, New York, Ariel was raised with a love for Israel and a strong connection to her family’s Israeli roots. Over the years, she has visited Israel on multiple occasions. Ariel’s devotion to Israel and Israel advocacy work is mainly inspired by a sense of moral obligation to help Israel and a desire to express her love for Israel from afar. Since she always enjoys returning to Israel and considers the country her second home, Ariel promotes Israel on campus and tries to spread knowledge about the wonderful, developing democracy of the Middle East as much as she can.

On campus, Ariel serves as an active member of City College’s chapter of the Roosevelt Institute. This past year, she wrote and published a policy proposal in its 10 Ideas Journal for Defense and Diplomacy.  Ariel is also a co-founder of the Students Supporting Israel chapter on her campus.

As a CAMERA Fellow, Ariel plans to further develop pro-Israel advocacy and to grow as a student leader and influential voice for Israel. With the support of the CAMERA Fellowship, Ariel now feels fully capable of educating fellow students and faculty on Israeli history and culture. CAMERA on Campus is excited to support Ariel in her endeavors!