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Fellows in Focus: Marcell Horvath

Marcell Horvath is originally from Budapest, grew up in the United States and currently resides in Scotland. He studied law at the University of Glasgow and history at the University of Maryland. He is now pursuing a postgraduate qualification in law at the University of Strathclyde. Marcell has held positions in both Jewish and pro-Israel student societies. He rides a bicycle during the week and enjoys reading and musical activities in his spare time.

CAMERA Fellow Marcell Horvath.

Fellows in Focus: Emma Enig

CAMERA Fellow Emma Enig is a sophomore at the George Washington University, and is double majoring in Political Science and Jewish history. Before college, she was the co-founder and co-president of her high school’s Israel advocacy club and became a dedicated pro-Israel advocate. After graduating from her Jewish Day School, she briefly lived in Israel, where she traveled around the country and learned about the history, culture, and politics of the land.

Around campus, Emma is known for combating anti-Israel media bias with the truth, and (much to the dismay of her roommates) she spends most of her time watching the news and debating with others. She is currently a board member for her Israel group, GW for Israel, the largest pro-Israel group on campus, and interns for the Republican Jewish Coalition.

Jerusalem’s Student Ambassadors for Israel

It is important to speak up for Israel around the world. We want the true story of our land to be known worldwide and to ensure that there is a response when falsehoods about Israel are spread. International opinion can influence government policy, sometimes even in wartime decisions, and therefore it is crucial for Israel to be engaging people with its story, around the world.

CAMERA is an international media watchdog active in confronting biased media coverage of Israel, and prompting corrections when falsehoods or inaccuracies are presented as news. The organization is 35 years old, and it prompts tens of corrections a month. CAMERA on Campus is a subsidiary of the organization, and it is active on 70 campuses around the world – last year, CAMERA organized more than 600 Israel-themed events on campus. About a year ago, together with a group of motivated and visionary students, CAMERA founded FOCUS at HUJI, the first Israeli student group of its kind, dedicated exclusively to telling Israel’s story both within and outside Israel. The group is different than other Israeli student groups (which are often political in nature) because it is heterogeneous, with students with various political views, but who all share a commitment to sharing the truth about Israel. “We felt that there is a vacuum here – how can it be that we Israelis are not doing more to help Diaspora Jewish communities, and supporters of Israel around the world, to fight delegitimization of Israel?” said CAMERA Fellow Lee-El Hayun, Director of External Relations for FOCUS.

Introducing the first CAMERA-sponsored group in Israel

FOCUS, now in its second year of existence, contains fifty students, who receive professional training on how to represent Israel, engage students groups from around the world through joint events, and are also active in telling Israel’s story on social media.

On January 5th, FOCUS hosted a talk by Member of Knesset Michael Oren, former Israeli Ambassador to the US, on the topic of the Security Council Resolution 2334. The talk was for students from Hebrew University, as well as a delegation from the University of Kansas, allowing students from the USA and Israel to meet one another. “The build we can bridge between us allows for a flow of new ideas and activities to make real change,” said CAMERA Fellow Eden Adler, President of FOCUS.

MK Michael Oren speaking at the packed FOCUS event

On the educational front, FOCUS hosted a lecture by Dr. David Gurevitch, a researcher and lecturer in the field of Media and Communications, who explained how Israeli history is perceived by anti-Israel groups, deepening students’ understanding of those who seek to harm Israel’s image around the world.

Dr. Gurevitch speaking to Hebrew University students

On International Holocaust Memorial Day (which often is not marked in Israel, as Israel has its own Holocaust Memorial Day) FOCUS members took part in a lecture hosted by The Israel Project. Dr. Ephraim Zuroff gave a unique and important lecture on his life’s work as a Nazi hunter.

The group uses social media, particularly Facebook, to expose students to blatant errors that are made in the international media about Israel, something which is not covered too often in the Israeli media. Recently, a Danish journalist made false claims about Elor Azaria, and FOCUS students responded online, and their response was also shared on social media.

FOCUS provides students the opportunities to receive practical training in the field of Israel activism, hear engaging lectures about Israel, interact with students and campuses around the world, take part in delegations to campuses around the world, and most importantly, to engage international students in direct, face to face conversation.

Contributed by Bar Sheleg, member of CAMERA-supported group FOCUS at HUJI.

CAMERA Fellows In Focus: Jason Storch

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 Jason Storch.

CAMERA Fellow Jason Storch.

Meet Jason Storch.

Currently a junior pre-med student at Vassar College, Jason studies Chemistry, Russian Studies, and History. He hopes to one day be a cardiovascular surgeon. Very focused on his studies, Jason always makes time to advocate for Israel in his personal life as well as on campus. In the past, he has written on Israel-related topics in the Times of Israel as well as the Jewish Daily Forward.  He is very excited to be a CAMERA Fellow and promote a positive and accurate view of Israel on his campus.

SJP and Trump at George Washington University

Noa Levin, 2016-17 CAMERA Fellow

Noa Levin, 2016-17 CAMERA Fellow

Passing by Kogan Plaza during the anti-Trump rally held November 15th, I was struck for the first time with the feeling that I may not be safe at GW. At a rally supposedly about love for one another, I was shocked to hear anti-Semitic rhetoric, hate, and demonization coming from my peers. The list of demands protesters presented to GW administration included a call for divestment from Israeli companies due to “colonialism and apartheid in Palestine” and “escalating state-sanctioned genocide.” While the demands included a statement urging protection of Jewish students from anti-Semitic behavior, this is proven insincere by the intrinsic anti-Semitism in the document.

Among the list’s sponsors was Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), which is known for co-opting rallies around the country for the purpose of promoting their hateful anti-Israel message. SJP has been active at GW in the past; in February, a campaign and event were organized to teach participants how to boycott Sabra Hummus. This past October, SJP held a general body meeting promoting the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement (BDS). BDS involves boycotting Israeli products, urging the withdrawal of investments from Israeli companies, and pushing governments to impose sanctions on Israel. BDS is nothing more than a tactic to vilify Israel, and in fact coincides with the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe. In reality, SJP and other BDS proponents are usually blind to the fact that economically destroying Israel hurts the very populations they want to save. As Bassem Eid, Palestinian activist, wrote for The Washington Institute:

“Israelis continue to come to the West Bank to do business, and most Palestinians continue to buy Israeli goods. Indeed, if you ask Palestinians what they want, they’ll tell you they want jobs, secure education, and health. And the people who are failing them in this regard are their own leaders: Fatah in the West Bank, and Hamas in Gaza. The focus of PA leaders is on enriching themselves and their families, rather than serving the interests of the Palestinians.”

Why does SJP neglect to condemn this corruption? Acknowledging the reality of everyday Palestinian life is essential to helping them.

Politics aside, how is this related to an anti-Trump protest? Unfortunately, it is nothing new to see anti-Israel activists take over unrelated rallies. SJP at CUNY colleges hijacked the Million Student March, blaming “the Zionist [CUNY] administration” for tuition hikes, and Jewish students were called names I refuse to repeat. How is this productive? How does this maintain the safety of all students?

The rally against Donald Trump at GWU

The rally against Donald Trump at GWU

Above all, I am disturbed that SJP’s BDS agenda was included in what was to be a peaceful protest. Although the original wording was taken from a national list and then open sourced, thirteen GW organizations still signed their agreement. At the most politically active campus in the US, do we really condone anti-Semitic and blatantly false rhetoric? As GW students we must condemn anti-Semitism and never permit it in future rallies.

Contributed by Noa Levin, CAMERA Fellow at George Washington University.

This article was republished in the Algemeiner.

CAMERA Fellows In Focus: Eliav Terk

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.

Meet Eliav Terk.

Eliav TerkCurrently a freshman at the University of Texas, Eliav is studying Economics.

During high school, he became interested in Israel advocacy and interned for StandWithUs. Before beginning his first semester at the University of Texas, he spent the summer studying at the University of Haifa in Israel, preparing academically for college as well as immersing himself in Israeli culture. By living in Israel for the summer, he became more fluent in Hebrew and more capable of speaking accurately about life in Israel with fellow students at his campus in Texas.

Eliav is new to college life but has wasted no time to become involved with the pro-Israel activism on campus. In addition to being a board member of the Texans for Israel, a pro-Israel, Jewish-culture campus organization, Eliav is very excited to represent Israel this year as a CAMERA Fellow! He hopes to promote truthful and balanced discourse about Israel and the Middle East conflict among his peers. CAMERA on Campus is very excited to welcome Eliav to the CAMERA community and looks forward to seeing him develop as an Israel advocate.

CAMERA Fellows in Focus: Jonathan Manevitch

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.

Meet Jonathan Manevitch.


Many of the CAMERA Fellows advocate for Israel on American campuses and some speak up for Israel at their Israeli university campuses. Many work together with other Israel advocates or students who are very educated about Israel to counter anti-Zionism on their campuses. Over in Scotland, Jonathan stands very independently as a CAMERA Fellow and as a representative of Israel in the face of anti-Israel rhetoric at the University of Glasgow. His task is not easy in the slightest and his dedication to be the pro-Israel voice of his region is not to be overlooked.

Currently a fourth year student at the University of Glasgow, Jonathan studies Political Sciences.

Jonathan is a graduate of the EUJS seminar at the United Nations where he first developed a passion for international humanitarian law under the auspices of Ido Rosenzweig of Haifa’s Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions.

Jonathan has always been interested in politics. As his knowledge and perspective on political issues have developed, his interest in Israeli and Middle Eastern politics grew. However, Jonathan did not remain solely intellectually curious about Israel-related issues. Soon enough, he took action and gradually rose as a student leader in his Jewish student community.

As he came to understand that Israel is often held to a much higher standard than comparable nations involved in similar situations, Jonathan felt increasingly compelled and passionate about defending Israel and sharing the truth on his campus and in his community. In addition, Jonathan eventually came to the realization that the United Nations have abandoned principles formulated in the UN Charter, making it unfit for function, especially with regards to Israel.

Jonathan has studied Israel and Israeli politics very thoroughly on his own. He is very excited to now be involved with CAMERA on Campus. As a CAMERA Fellow, he knows he will be an even more successful Israel advocate on his campus this year. Oftentimes Israel advocates feel overwhelmed and intimidated by opposing views from their fellow students. Between his advanced and vast knowledge about Israel and now the support of the international CAMERA community, CAMERA on Campus knows Jonathan will make a great impact at the University of Glasgow and respond knowledgeably and appropriately to conflicting views–CAMERA on Campus is very excited to see his progress!

CAMERA Fellows in Focus: Lily Greenberg Call

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.

Meet Lily Greenberg Call.

Greenberg Call Lily fellowBorn and raised in California, Lily Greenberg Call is a rising sophomore at the University of California, Berkeley and is studying Political Science.

Lily’s interests in Israel advocacy began in high school. She was elected the president of her high school’s Israel advocacy club, and has been involved with AIPAC since her freshman year of high school.

After high school, she began to cover the events leading up to Operation Protective Edge during the summer of 2014. Lily continued to report throughout the operation as part of Write on For Israel, an Israel journalism and advocacy program. Following that summer, Lily spent a year in Israel on the Young Judea gap year program which incorporates trips around Israel, educational courses, and volunteer work around the country.

With a passion for Israel, Lily now serves on the Board of Bears for Israel, a CAMERA-supported group. This September, she was quoted in the Algemeiner following the discovery of a controversial anti-Israel course called “Palestine: A Settler Colonial Analysis.” She is excited to be a CAMERA Fellow this coming year and strengthen her abilities to advocate and defend Israel on a campus with such a harsh anti-Israel bias.

Criticize David Myers’ Evaluation of the Israel-Palestine Conflict

CAMERA Fellow Aviya Zarur

CAMERA Fellow Aviya Zarur

On Sept. 20, the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University brought a Board Director of the New Israel Fund, Prof. David Myers, to speak about the Arab-Israel conflict and who is responsible. Myers’ goal was to take a step back and analyze the events leading up to creation of Israel in 1948. Although the discussion was presented as an academic lecture, it was actually, in my opinion, a one-sided, biased outlook on the conflict. Myers attempted to present a three-dimensional approach to blame Israel, Palestine and Europe for the Israel-Palestine conflict, but his stance on the issue failed to accurately consider all sides of the conflict.

Myers used his focus on Europe to ignore parts of history. He spoke about Europe’s responsibility and the affect the Holocaust had on the current state of Israel without taking note of everyone who was involved. For example, according to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the highest-ranked Muslim religious leader of Jerusalem, the Grand Mufti, Haj Amin al-Husseini, met with Hitler, ideologically supported Hitler’s “final solution” and considered spreading it to the Arab countries during World War II. In a Nov. 2, 1943 address in Berlin, the Grand Mufti stated, “But most of all they [the Nazis] have definitely solved the Jewish problem. These ties, especially the last, make our friendship with Germany not a provisional one, dependent on conditions, but a permanent and lasting friendship based on mutual interests,” according to an Aug. 22 piece published by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.

Myers not only left out this critical part of history but also disseminated extreme statements about Israelis such as implicitly comparing Israeli-Jews to Nazis by saying that the oppressed had become like their oppressors in behavior and attitude. While Israel is not perfect, this comparison is flawed, and it misrepresents the facts. Regardless of one’s stance on the Israel-Palestine conflict, it is clear that Israeli policies cannot be described as ethnic cleansing or genocide. Although some point to the high numbers of Palestinian deaths as an indication of genocide, these people fail to acknowledge that these death tolls result from differences in military strategies, among other things ― not genocide. This double standard often presented by the UN fails to address the country’s right to self defense. Never in any point of Israel’s history has there been a mandate calling for murder of all Palestinians as there was for Jews in Germany under Hitler’s “final solution.” Such absurd claims diminish the significance of the Holocaust and suggest hostility towards Jews and their history.

Myers’ entire presentation focused on where the responsibility for the Israel-Palestine conflict lies, and while he attempted to put forth a “three-dimensional” approach that applied blame to Europe, Israel and Palestine, he failed to distribute the blame adequately. By not considering the Hebron massacre of 1929, during which 67 Jews were murdered by Arab terrorists, Myers left out crucial parts of history that contribute to the blame. Similarly, he did not explain that the campaign of anti-Jewish violence across the British Mandate Palestine in 1936 was led by Grand Mufti al-Husseini.

Worse, the terrorism that Myers avoided discussing did not decline in the 1950s and 1960s. Israelis suffered mass-casualty attacks by the Egyptian Fedayeen and the founding of the Palestinian Liberation Organization. Even today, there is raging anti-Semitism in the Middle East, stemming from the Palestinian Authority and Hamas. This past summer, the U.S. State Department accused the PA media of promoting anti-Semitism through the dissemination of “religiously intolerant material,” like television programs that “denied a historical Jewish presence in Jerusalem” or even went as far as calling Jewish people “evil,” according to an Aug. 17 Jewish News article.

In addition to ignoring a lot of harm caused by some Palestinians, Myers ignored the actions of many Palestinians who risk their lives trying to end the conflict and expose the corruption of the PA and Hamas. Instead of supporting this community of Palestinians, Myers presented the insulting portrayal that Israel has complete control of all Palestinians. To say that Myers effectively advocates for the Palestinian community is as misleading as saying he advocates for Israelis.

Looking at the bigger picture, zooming out the lens and including Arab responsibility in the conflict, it is clear that it is not correct to refer to this conflict as only between the Palestinians and Israelis but rather between the larger Arab and Muslim world and Israel. Israelis are not the majority population of the Middle East. If Israel had the upper hand, it would not constantly be living in fear of state-sponsored terrorism coming from Saudi Arabia and Iran. More specifically, existing as a majority population might reduce the fear of complete destruction by nuclear weapons in the hands of Hezbollah in Lebanon or Hamas in Gaza who want to see Israel destroyed. Israel and its people are a minority in a region full of irrational hostility and hate toward the Jewish people, especially from its neighboring countries such as Syria and Jordan. According to Israeli Defense Forces, since 2005 alone, more than 11,000 rockets have been fired by terrorists into Israel, putting 5 million Israelis in constant threat of rocket fire. Half a million of these citizens only have 60 seconds to find shelter.


Myers asked Israel to self-destruct by suggesting it grant citizenship to Palestinians ― thus disrupting the balance of Israel’s democracy and reducing the political power of Jewish-Israelis in their own asylum. I ask him to reconsider his absurd “three-dimensional” approach, which fails to fully analyze the conflict and adequately recognize the needs of both Israelis and Palestinians. I also ask for the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University to host another lecture about the Israel-Palestine conflict that is not riddled with biased misinterpretations caused by blank gaps of hidden history.

Originally published in The Justice.

Contributed by Brandeis University CAMERA Fellow Aviya Zarur.

CAMERA Fellows in Focus: Orly Margulis

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.