AIPAC 2013 Collage

2,000 Faces of AIPAC

Some 2,000 student delegates converged on Washington, DC, to attend AIPAC’s annual Policy Conference, part of a 13,000-strong show of support for a strong US-Israel relationship. They included student government presidents, Jews and non-Jews, returnees and first-timers, and the broadest imaginable cross-section of campus supporters of Israel. Israel Campus Beat reporters interviewed many of them, [...]

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Ask Herzl Awards

Ask Herzl Culminates Successful First Semester with Theo Awards

Since its launch last fall, Ask Herzl has built a large and varied database of program ideas and practical advice on Israel programming that pro-Israel student leaders can spread on campus. The website, a project of the Israel on Campus Coalition, uses crowd-sourcing by reaching pro-Israel student leaders, pro-Israel campus organizations and Israel or Jewish educators, [...]

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Classroom

Why Israel Studies Matters, Part II

This is part two of a two-part series. You can find part one here. In 2002, a clash between pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian student groups at San Francisco State University (SFSU) had to be investigated by city and campus police. For many years thereafter, the school was considered one of the most anti-Israel campuses in the [...]

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Classroom

Why Israel Studies Matters

This is part one of a two-part series. An Anti-Defamation League study spanning the first two years of the new millennium found a shocking 320% increase in anti-Semitic and anti-Israel incidents on campus in the beginning of 2002, with 63 reported incidents nationwide in the first five months alone. The incidents, according to a recent [...]

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Improv, College Advocacy’s Best-Kept Secret

Click to enlarge – illustration by Daniel Ackerman The connection between Israel advocacy and improv may not be immediately clear, but a growing number of student activists are realizing that they can learn a lot by harnessing their inner improvisational performer. Last month, The David Project and Boston’s Combined Jewish Philanthropies sponsored an event for [...]

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Joe Wants to Talk Israel with You – Everywhere

“My name is Joe, and I’m tired of people bashing Israel on campus,” the YouTube video begins, as a teenager fresh from a summer Birthright trip speaks into his video camera. These words may seem like the start of several videos posted by a young Israel activist looking to spread his message through online media, [...]

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From Coast to Coast, Students Battle Apathy

Political apathy and disengagement on the part of many college students has led some to dub them “the Apathetic Generation.” This reality poses serious challenges for student Israel activists, as previously reported in ICB. But campus apathy need not prevent Israel activists from achieving their goals. Indeed, campus activists have found creative ways to combat [...]

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