By Gabriella Hoffman, UCSD student and Washington Times blogger
“For the people of Israel and America are historic partners in the global quest for human dignity and freedom. We will always remain at each other's side.” – President Ronald Reagan
Israel continues to face attacks here in the United States and abroad. In May 2011, President Obama declared that Israel return to her pre-1967 borders—a move that would make the nation’s borders indefensible. Virulent anti-Semitism is on the rise at our nation’s universities. Furthermore, Israelis are constantly attacked by “Palestinian” terrorists.
The question beckons: how should young people stand with Israel on campus?
Conservative activists, compelled to challenge the status quo, can present alternative viewpoints to their student peers. Here are three ways to be an Israel advocate on your campus:
1) Bring a YAF speaker to campus
The best way to stand with Israel on campus is to bring a pro-Israel speaker to campus. Young America’s Foundation boasts a fantastic speaker list, including pro-Israel speakers like David Horowitz, Nonie Darwish, Dennis Prager, and Robert Spencer.
With the help of Young America’s Foundation, I hosted David Horowitz to campus (UC-San Diego) in May 2010. The famous exchange between Horowitz and a female member of the Muslim Students Association made Fox News’ Beck and Hannity shows.
2) Host a ‘Stand With Israel Week’
If you really want to impact your campus, host a week dedicated to Israel in March or May. Events for the week can include: building a Wall of Lies to counter your campus’ “Apartheid” wall, inviting Israeli Consulate Generals or IDF soldiers to speak on campus, and showing the documentary “Iranium.”
Foundation activist Mike Cunningham held a weeklong event at Purdue University and succeeded in delivering a pro-Israel message to campus. Amid criticism, he persevered and held great events. Watch the video here.
3) Write a pro-Israel Op-Ed
Holding a successful pro-Israel event cannot be accomplished without good press. Write a column for your campus paper or local newspaper to promote pro-Israel events on campus.
Foundation activist Aaron Marcus has been a tireless fighter for Israel at Rutgers University. As the “Marcus My Words” columnist for the Daily Targum, Marcus has challenged and equally succeeded in countering anti-Semitic, anti-Israel views on campus.
There are many ways to be an Israel advocate on campus. Start a CUFI chapter, work with Zionist Organization of America, or go to an AIPAC conference. The possibilities are endless.
Be sure to stand with Israel this school year!
Gabriella Hoffman is a student at the University of California in San Diego and a blogger for the Washington Times. Gabriella has hosted numerous conservative events on her campus and attended many of the Foundation's conferences and seminars. Follow her on Twitter @Gabby_Hoffman.