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Screening of The Forgotten Refugees at Ohio State University

CAMERA Fellow Madelyn Grant of Ohio State University recently organized a screening of The Forgotten Refugees with a dinner and discussion. Over 35 students attended from various sectors of campus life, such as LGBTQ, Israel groups, and Greek life. The students enjoyed the film and engaged in a thought-provoking discussion following it.

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Students were thinking and talking about the event long after it happened, asking Madelyn questions after the event, and wanted more information about it. As a result of the diversity of the students, this event can be used as a springboard for other events that can educate college students at Ohio State University about Israel.

Contributed by CAMERA Intern Eli Cohn.

CAMERA Intern Honored with “Love of Israel” Award at High School

Eli Cohn, a recent graduate of Maimonides School and an intern at CAMERA, has been honored with the Ahavat Yisrael award by the Maimonides faculty. The award is given for Israel advocacy and activism on behalf of Israel. Eli not only interned at CAMERA for the past summer and for his senior community service project, and will be continuing to do so this summer, but his senior independent study featured curriculum design for an Israel history class. Eli is also an avid reader of pro-Israeli literature, and will be going to Israel at the end of the summer to study in Yeshivat Har Etzion for a year.

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New Social Media Sites

In response to Operation Protective Edge, Israel’s defensive operation against Hamas in Gaza which has fired hundreds of rockets in the past week into Israeli civilian areas, several new social media campaigns and pages have been created. Among them are #KidsAreNotTargets, Israel Under Fire, and Israel Facing Terror. All three different sites accomplish the same task of showcasing the conflict though they focus on different aspects of it.

Israel Under Fire shares articles about the conflict and also has graphics showing the conflict in a larger context of rockets being rained down on cities. This page also shares quotes, such as one from Tony Blair, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, shown below. Israel Under Fire is, on July 14, the most popular of the three with over 60,000 likes.

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Israel Facing Terror showcases Israeli civilians affected by the rockets being shot from Gaza. It also promotes the hashtag #WeAreNotTargets when it shows examples of Israelis affected by the rocket attacks, showing pictures of Israeli civilians taking cover from rocket attacks. In addition, this page shares televised interviews of Israeli government members, such as Naftali Bennett.

#KidsAreNotTargets is similar to Israel Facing Terror, however, it focuses on how the conflict has affected kids, by showing kids in bomb shelters or being sheltered by their parents. It has also shown pictures of people holding up handmade signs which say, “Children are not weapons.”

Overall, social media is being used in an effective manner to showcase the conflict and show the facts on the ground as well as the broader view of the conflict. Showing pictures and graphics that showcase the the conflict help people to understand and internalize what’s going on in Israel right now, especially if they are not in Israel themselves.

Contributed by CAMERA intern Eli Cohn

#ChildrenAreNOTWeapons

This piece has been republished in The Algemeiner.

Just two months ago, Nigerian girls were kidnapped by Muslim extremists in Nigeria.

Just last week, three Israeli boys were kidnapped by Muslim extremists in Israel.

The world responded with tremendous support for the girls in Nigeria, especially on social media, with the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls. The world did not respond with as much support for the Israeli boys, but still, on social media, there was tremendous support with the take on the girls’ hashtag, and #BringBackOurBoys was created.

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CAMERA, The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, and CAMERAonCampus launched a new pro-Palestinian and humanitarian campaign called #ChildrenAreNOTWeapons. This campaign aims to highlight the fact that Palestinian leaders teach their children to hate. Whether in TV shows for young children, UN supported textbooks, or elsewhere, Palestinian children are bombarded with anti-Israel propaganda. The campaign’s symbol, a child in a Chamsa (a religious symbol, guarding against the evil eye), is meant to unify both Muslims and Jews in this. The Chamsa is universal to both Judaism and Islam, and the child shows that we must protect children against the “evil eye” of incitement.

The child used in the campaign image above is signaling a three-fingered “victory” sign. Many children have been used by Palestinian groups to display pride in the kidnapping of the three Israeli boys in Israel last week. A recent piece in the Algemeiner, Why Child Support for Kidnapping Israelis Must be Widely Publicized, by Brian Thomas, highlights this issue.

Help us to end the use of Palestinian children as weapons. Share the photo.

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Contributed by CAMERA Intern Eli Cohn.

Benjamin Anthony Visits UC Berkeley

On May 8, 2014, Sgt. Benjamin Anthony was brought to speak at the UC Berkeley by Tikvah and our CAMERA Fellow. Many of the participants were part of Tikvah, but other students from Christians United for Israel also attended. There were many who, at first, thought they did not have enough time to stay for the whole event, but due to Sgt. Anthony’s inspiring message, everyone stayed until the end. In addition, many attendees said that hearing Sgt. Anthony speak was their favorite and what they thought was the best event of the year that Tikvah had put on.

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CAMERA Fellow Alana Corre, who organized the event, remarked, “What made this event so special was how humble and passionate [Sgt.] Benjamin Anthony was.” He was open to answering personal questions, and was very honest with his answers on such broad questions as what he thought the biggest problem facing Israel is. He also explained, regarding issues he wasn’t familiar with, that he was interested in learning more about those issues.

Contributed by CAMERA Intern Eli Cohn

Happy Shavuot (Feast of Weeks)!

Tomorrow and Thursday, June 4-5, is the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. This holiday dates to biblical times and celebrates both the bringing of the first fruits to the Temple and the giving of the Torah to the Children of Israel. This holiday is also an official holiday in Israel, where government offices and schools are closed and most public buses do not run.

Photo by Nir Kafri

Photo by Nir Kafri

The holiday has an agricultural focus, and dairy such as cheese is traditionally eaten. Check out this piece about how Shavuot is celebrated on the Kibbutz.

Chag Sameach! (Happy holidays!)

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Graphic contributed by CAMERA Intern Aaron Marks

Contributed by CAMERA Intern Eli Cohn

A Night to Honor Israel at Mississippi College

On April 8, the CUFI Chapter at Mississippi College presented A Night to Honor Israel, co-sponsored by CAMERA. The keynote speaker at the event was Pastor Lyndon Allen, the CUFI Central Regional Coordinator, who oversees CUFI in twenty states. Pastor Allen has worked since 2003 as a minister and teacher, and specializes in pastoral marriage counseling.

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The event gathered over fifty attendees for a student-led prayer, dinner, speech, and Q&A session with Pastor Allen. According to one event participant, the crowd was “very interactive.” In addition to celebrating Israel, the event publicized CAMERA and its mission of spreading accurate information about Israel. The President of CUFI at Mississippi College has made it his “personal mission” to tell people about CAMERA.

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Contributed by CAMERA Intern Eli Cohn

 

Jeff Jacoby comes to the University of Pittsburgh

On April 6, CAMERA Fellow Lauren Barney brought Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby to speak at a breakfast event at the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Jacoby spoke about what Zionism really means. He also stressed that people should view the term “Zionism” as a positive term, one to be proud of. The event gathered student journalists, leaders of Israel activities on campus, and even members of the greater Pittsburgh community. Barney said that she is “proud to stand up” and call herself a Zionist. When organizing the event she said that she “wanted the attendees to understand that Zionism is not racism and should not hold back someone from claiming” that they are Zionist.

Students were very involved in the discussion, and the conversation went over the scheduled end time by an hour! Mr. Jacoby made the event more personable by talking with students both before and after his talk. During his talk, Jacoby made a parallel between the West Bank and Pittsburgh, asking whether the Pittsburgh government should segregate a specific neighborhood from the rest of the city. He continued to say that if that idea, to segregate a neighborhood in Pittsburgh, is radical, then why isn’t it a radical idea to segregate Arab areas from Israel?

According to Barney, the event is going to be used to further connect more with the UPitt community.

Contributed by CAMERA Intern Eli Cohn.

The Israel Journey at FAU and The Forgotten Refugees

At Florida Atlantic University on April 3, students, many of whom knew little or nothing about Israel, were about to learn more about it from a map of Israel and the screening of The Forgotten Refugees. The Forgotten Refugees is a film which features the plight of the Jewish refugees who were expelled from Arab countries after the founding of the State of Israel. Students were able to learn about different parts of Israel from the map featured, such as that the valedictorian at the Technion was a Muslim woman, showcasing the freedoms afforded to everyone in Israel.

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Students really loved the map because it allowed them to learn about Israel “in” Israel. In addition, over 60 people learned about Israel from the map and film screening. Educating students, especially those who know little or nothing about Israel is vital, as college campuses are the place where students’ opinions and positions are often formed.

Contributed by CAMERA Intern Eli Cohn.

 

Elad Seker speaks at Florida Atlantic University

On April 7, CAMERA Fellow Abraham Mercado at Florida Atlantic University organized an event featuring Elad Seker. The event attracted over 25 people, including a few professors. People were able to learn from Elad, who volunteers to travel to other countries in order to help with disaster relief, about the difficulties involved in traveling and being involved in such work. According to Abraham, people were “in shock” of Elad’s work.

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One of the most emotional and memorable moments during the event was when an attendee asked “If you aren’t getting money, why do you volunteer to go all the way across the world to help people? It’s amazing, and thank you, but why do you do it?” Elad answered the following while holding back tears, “My grandmother was a Holocaust survivor. When I was little, she told me, ‘When I was in the graves of Auschwitz, I reached my hand out and there was no one there to help me. You have to go help people’. And that is why I am a volunteer rescue commander.”

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Elad’s speech showed the attendees what it is like to live in Israel and volunteer to give disaster relief to other countries. Such a moving speaker could change someone’s impressions and beliefs about a certain place that is involved in controversy, like Israel.

 Contributed by CAMERA Intern Eli Cohn.