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August 26, 2012 12:31 am

Students no Longer ‘Feel Alone’ as Pro-Israel Activists After CAMERA Conference

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articipants of CAMERA's Aug. 19-21 student conference in Boston. Photo: CAMERA.

The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) recently held its second annual student conference “to instill courage and empower the students to be strong, pro-Israel activists,” according to the media monitor group.

Activities for about 40 students at the Aug. 19-21 Student Leadership and Advocacy Training Conference at Boston University Hillel included discussions on the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and event-planning strategies to be implemented on college campuses, as well as writing and role-playing workshops.

“No longer do any of us feel alone in the fight,” said conference participant Yoni Kaplan, president of the CAMERA-supported Campus Activist Project (CCAP) at Tulane University. “We have met our allies in Boston, we know that CAMERA has our backs, we have met the non-Jews who believe in us and are willing to fight by our side.”

Rita Usher—who attended the conference from Alabama State University, where she was told that “this isn’t your fight” when writing in support of Israel for her campus newspaper—said she gained encouragement for her cause from CAMERA’s training.

CAMERA, in its 30th year, has 65,000 members.

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