Israel on Campus- a Student’s Perspective

The following article was written by Jen Weintraub- a junior at Manhattanville college. Jen is an active student leader through Hillel and StandWithUs and has been active on her campus and in the community, engaging students and the general public on Israel matters. 

Join us on Wednesday June 3rd at 7:15 at the JCC Mid-Westchester for the screening of “Crossing the Line 2” and a follow up discussion with Hillel professionals and participants from the film. For more information and tickets- click here.  

Anti-Semitism is alive and well on college campuses all around the country.  Just read most daily newspapers and online news sources.  On college campuses,  such Anti-Semitism can take the form of overt expressions such as Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (“BDS”) protests by Students for Justice in Palestine (“SJP”) or more subtle messages of college professors that promote their personal Anti-Israel agenda presented as classroom material.  For me, Anti-Semitism is personal and real.

Anti-Semitism on my college campus has been perpetuated through professors in the classroom. It is no secret that college professors want to promote their agendas in the classroom to intellectually eager and naive college students. I have seen many incidents of professors spewing their own agendas about Israel that are absolutely false. Specifically, one of my professors was defending the actions of Hamas during the Gaza war this past summer. He said there was never any evidence that Hamas hid rockets in U.N. schools and hospitals. Meanwhile, the U.N. came out and condemned these actions of Hamas hiding rockets in these schools and hospitals. Another professor on my campus blamed Israel for the war this past summer and failed to mention why the war had started.   Without giving any context or history to the Gaza war, this professor gave students a biased and inaccurate view of why Israel felt compelled to act to protect it’s citizens.   Students look up to professors for guidance and learning. Professors have power and are taking advantage of the power dynamic in the classroom.

I am not the type of  student to sit and watch students be indoctrinated. As an advocate, I raised my hand and spoke up for the voice of Israel that was not being heard. I admit it is not easy speaking up for the truth, but I feel stronger knowing that I am doing the right thing for Israel and for the Jewish people.

The movie Crossing The Line 2 is an insightful  movie that portrays the evil lies about Israel being spread on college campuses. Groups such as SJP are no better than the professors indoctrinating  students on campuses that don’t know better.  In order to stand up for Israel one needs to know the context and facts.

My advice would be educate yourselves on the truth about the history of Israel. Knowledge is power. This movie is an eye opener for students all over the United States because it sheds light on fallacies spread about Israel. As Zionists we need to be prepared to stand up for Israel and the Jewish people.

 Views and opinions are independently represented and do not officially represented the Shlichut initiative. 

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One response to “Israel on Campus- a Student’s Perspective

  1. FYI

    From: unityday2015@gmail.com Reply-to: unity-day-2015-global-forum+owners@googlegroups.com To: unity-day-2015-global-forum@googlegroups.com Sent: 5/26/2015 3:44:49 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time Subj: Unity Day 2015 Update 1 Dear Unity Day event leader, Thank you for participating in Unity Day 2015. As we just finished celebrating the holiday of Shavuot where all of the nation of Israel came together as one at Mount Sinai, your participation in perpetuating the memory of Eyal, Gil-ad and Naftali in our efforts to highlight and promote the value of Jewish unity carries even more significance. As you may have seen on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/JerusalemUnityPrize?fref=nf ), we released a short video last week trying to encourage even more participation in Unity Day. Please feel free to share the video on Facebook from your organization’s Facebook page. The video has also been uploaded to youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hcxSBzwPks . Along those lines, if you know of other communities who might be interested in participating in Unity Day, please send them our contact information. If you have any questions, or if we can help you with your events in any way, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Just to update you, as of now, over 200 Unity Day events will be taking place in 15 countries around the world from China to Brazil and from Australia to the US with over 30 cities participating in the US already. Over the next two weeks, we will use this medium to both send you the short video which we hope you can screen at your unity day event as well as provide you with details of where to send the pictures and/or videos of your Unity Day event so that we can create a “post Unity Day” clip for the families and for next year. If you are intending to have your event filmed professionally, please be in touch with us so we can coordinate. Also, if you have not yet sent in your organization’s logo please do so to one of the email addresses below. Once again, thank you. Sincerely, The Unity Day International Team Martin Yafe, Director of International Partnerships, North America email: martin@gesherusa.org Gila Brill, Director of International Partnerships, EMEA and South America email: gila@gesher.co.il

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