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April 10, 2017 4:30 pm

Camel Visits University of Georgia Campus as Part of ‘Israel Fest’

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Dromedary camel. Photo: Wikipedia.

A University of Georgia (UGA) Zionist student group brought a camel to campus as part of their major Israeli cultural event of the year, the Atlanta Jewish Times reported on Monday.

UGA Dawgs for Israel hosted “Israel Fest 2017” on Friday, which featured an appearance by Oscar, a 10-year-old dromedary camel, who stood in a small enclosure on a rug, ready to be pet, fed and photographed.

Students drawn by the spectacle reported sticking around to taste the pita bread and falafel balls and talk with Dawgs for Israel representatives manning booths focusing on various accomplishments and characteristics of the Jewish state.

Booths included one focused on Israel’s technology sector, another on the country’s humanitarian aid work and a third selling challah loaves — a weekly effort by the campus Hillel to raise proceeds for local organizations fighting hunger. According to the report, Israel Fest participants collected stamps on an activities card for each table they visited, with a certain number of stamps adding up to free food or a T-shirt.

The Atlanta Jewish Times reported that one table was staffed by members of Christians United for Israel, which has plans to open a campus chapter at UGA.

Members of the UGA’s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine protested on the sidelines of Israel Fest, according to the school’s independent student newspaper Red and Black, waving a Palestinian flag and chanting, “Stop the killing, stop the hate, Israel is a racist state.”

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