Israel Advocacy News March 31, 2013: York University’s student association endorses BDS Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel

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Canada’s largest student association endorses Israel boycott

Source: JTA, 3-31-13

The largest student association in Canada passed a resolution endorsing the global boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel.

With the passage late last week of the resolution, York University’s student association joins two others in Canada — the University of Toronto and Montreal’s Concordia University graduate student associations — in endorsing the BDS campaign, according to the York University Excalibur newspaper.

The York Federation of Students voted 18-2 in favor of the resolution, but it has no actual bearing on the university’s investment portfolio….READ MORE

Israel Advocacy News March 12, 2013: The Shame of Israel Apartheid Week

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The Shame of Israel Apartheid Week

Source: Arutz Sheva, 3-12-13

The blood libel seems to have gained respectability in the halls of academia now that Israel Apartheid Week has become an annual rite on college campuses across North America….READ MORE

Israel Advocacy News March 11, 2013: Israel Apartheid Week at Carleton University quieter this year, students say

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IAW at Carleton quieter this year, students say

Source: Canadian Jewish News (blog), 3-11-13

Speaking before the week’s activities, Emile Scheffel, Israel advocacy co-ordinator at Hillel Ottawa, said he wasn’t expecting IAW to be as loud as it has been in the past on campus….READ MORE

Israel Advocacy News March 8, 2013: Positive activities counter “Israel Hate Week” on Illinois campuses

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Positive activities counter “Israel Hate Week” on Illinois campuses

Source: Jewish United Fund, 3-8-13

Every year campuses throughout the country, including Illinois, are confronted with an organized week of events aimed at delegitimizing Israel. Labeled “Israel Apartheid Week” and arranged by anti-Israel organizations….READ MORE

Israel Advocacy News March 8, 2013: Loving Israel, The AIPAC Way — AIPAC Policy Conference 2013

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Loving Israel, The AIPAC Way

Source: The Jewish Week, 3-8-13

It’s been almost forty years since the Yom Kippur war, and advocating Israel’s cause has only become more difficult with the passage of time….READ MORE

Israel Advocacy News March 8, 2013: Israelis combat Apartheid Week with words

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Israelis combat Apartheid Week with words

Source: The Catholic Register, 3-8-13

A week before Israeli Apartheid Week is set to send Canadian universities into their annual turmoil over the Middle East, a group of young Israelis are storming campuses armed with a capacity for conversation….READ MORE

Israel Advocacy News March 7, 2013: Jewish Harvard University Students Receive Mock Eviction Notices as Part of Israel Apartheid Week

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Jewish Harvard Students Receive Mock Eviction Notices

Jewish students at Harvard University receive mock eviction notices in light of “Israel Apartheid Week.”

Source: Arutz Sheva, 3-7-13

The campaign, organized by the Harvard Palestine Solidarity Committee, distributed notices at the beginning of March which read, “We regret to inform you that your suite is scheduled for demolition in the next three days”, a reference to the group’s views regarding Israel’s treatment of the Arab population….READ MORE

Israel Advocacy News March 7, 2013: Eviction notices in Harvard promote ‘Israel Apartheid Week’

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Eviction notices in Harvard promote ‘Israel Apartheid Week’

‘Your suite is scheduled for demolition,’ says mock notice posted on Harvard student dorms, promoting ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’; ‘Trying to silence Israeli support,’ says enraged Jewish leader

Source: Ynetnews, 3-7-13

The battle for the American student public continues, with pro-Palestinian Harvard students posting mock eviction notices on the doors of student dorms on campus, warning students their homes are scheduled for demolition.

“This may seem harsh, but this is the state of affairs in the West Bank,” say the notices posted on March 2, promoting the “Israeli Apartheid Week” organized by the Harvard Palestine Solidarity Committee.

Rabbi Jonah Steinberg, head of the “Hillel” Jewish students organization in Harvard, said this is an all too familiar tactic: “Had the group placed its flyers on bulletin boards, there would be no violation of University policy, no warning from administrators in reply, and no big story about ‘Israel Apartheid Week’ in the campus or national news.”…READ MORE

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Israel Advocacy News March 5, 2013: Countering Israel Apartheid Week on Canadian University Campuses

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What students are talking about today (March 5th)

Source: Macleans, 3-5-13

It’s Israel Apartheid Week again and both Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney and Prime Minister Stephen Harper condemned the annual hate-fest on Monday. So did at least one student op-ed, in Trent University’s Arthur, whose author argues the term apartheid is inaccurate. There was also a review of a film that compares Israel and apartheid South Africa in The Concordian.

Here’s part of Jason Kenney’s statement:

“I share the concerns of other Canadians about the reckless and overheated rhetoric associated with anti-Israel activities on many Canadian university campuses, and the toxic manner in which these activities are often carried out. There is no better example than the so-called ‘Israel Apartheid Week’ (IAW). Its organizers and participants have a regrettable history of promoting and holding events in ways that disregard the security and rights of Jewish faculty and students, censor other points of view, and limit academic discourse. The disproportionate vitriol directed against the democratic State of Israel during ‘Israel Apartheid Week’ stands in stark and ironic contrast to the silence of IAW organizers on the ongoing atrocities committed by the Syrian regime against its own citizens, and on the rampant brutalities and denial of rights in non-democratic countries in the Middle East, and elsewhere in the world…. Operating under the guise of academic freedom, Israel Apartheid Week is a misleading attempt to delegitimize and demonize the only true liberal democracy in the Middle East.”