Next week on college campuses around the world, Israel-haters will once again launch the annual circus known as “Israel Apartheid Week,” filled with non-stop anti-Semitism and anti-Israel hatred, depicting Israel as an “occupation” which has no right to exist, falsely accusing Israel of “ethnic cleansing,” and urging participants to wage economic war (boycotts, divestment & sanctions) against the Jewish State.
Last week, a similar event on a smaller scale took place at the University of Pennsylvania, which hosted a major national three-day “Penn BDS” (boycott, divestment and sanctions) conference. What was the reaction to this of the University of Pennsylvania’s president, Amy Guttman? Well, she extolled the virtues of a “free exchange of ideas.”
Pro-Israel activist Elizabeth (Liz) Berney expressed shock and disgust at the whole situation in a recent op-ed:
Free exchange of ideas? Since when is a professionally-organized 3-day hate-fest filled with the…
Several Molotov cocktails crashed through the window of a northern New Jersey synagogue last month, setting fire to the second floor of the building which houses the rabbi, his wife and his five young children. The rabbi woke up to find his bedrooms in flames and suffered mild burns while attempting to putting out the fire which had caught onto his bed-sheets. Fortunately, no one else was physically injured in the incident.
The attack on the synagogue in New Jersey is the fourth in a stream of attacks targeting Jewish institutions in northern New Jersey. On January 3, a synagogue in Paramus was deliberately set on fire, while synagogues in Hackensack and Maywood, New Jersey, were spray-painted with graffiti bearing anti-Semitic slurs.
Please join us is praying that the wave of anti-Semitism which has already swept through Europe and other parts of…
As the Jewish state continues to suffer unfair criticism for her efforts to defend herself and anti-Semitism is on the rise worldwide, it is more important than ever that friends of Israel speak out on her behalf. We recently asked one student at Oral Roberts University to tell us her story of love for the Jewish people and why it is so critical for this generation to support for Israel.
On college campuses across the country Jews and Latinos are joining together as part of the Latino-Jewish Student Coalition, a project that aims to establish a partnership between Hispanic and Jewish students to support Israel on campus, and further the Latino community’s interests.
After starting a coalition on her campus, University of Texas senior Melissa Macaya says she is often asked, “Jews and Latinos — how did you put the two together?” But Melissa says that Jews and Latinos are natural partners. “We share many common things such as the experience of being minorities, the idea of wandering and displacement, the search for belonging, the desires for better, more secure lives, and success and stability for our children and our children’s children.”
The director of AJC’s Latino and Latin American Institute, Dina Siegel Vann, said that the idea for this project…
Students from all over the world are embracing their Jewish heritage, thanks to Taglit-Birthright, an organization which offers diaspora Jews free trips to Israel. Over the next year some 40,000 Jewish young adults, ages 18 to 26 from over thirty countries will have the amazing experience of visiting Israel for the first time, travelling to sites like Masada, Yad Vashem and the Western Wall.
Last week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to some 3,000 young adults at Taglit-Birthright Israel’s winter Mega Event in Jerusalem, urging them to become advocates for Israel and to embrace their connection to the Jewish people and the State of Israel.
“You all come from great countries, but you all come from here,” he said to the packed auditorium.
Watch the video of the Prime Minister: