Students from the United States, the United Kingdom, Israel, and elsewhere gathered online for the annual CAMERA on Campus conference, which aimed at empowering young adults to be advocates for Israel in an increasingly hostile environment and amidst rising antisemitic incidents.
“Students around the world are experiencing anti-Semitism, and they’re asking us how to respond to it,” said Aviva Rosenschein, CAMERA’s international campus director. “Our conference is addressing an organic need among students by providing them with high-level, content-rich strategies for pro-Israel activism.”
As a speaker, professor and author Gil Troy told the students, “When you stand up on campus and increasingly in the public square these days, and when you stand up with CAMERA, it takes a huge amount of courage. … All of you have tremendous courage.”
During the conference, there were workshops on writing news articles for school and local media, hosting events on campus, and boosting a pro-advocacy presence on social media. All of these practices were stressed upon as the most effective measure of combatting the growing pro-BDS stance in universities across the globe.
The speakers also stressed on the fact that Jews need to stand with Jews, against the hatred thrown at them, and form a strong network in colleges, so that no student feels like they’re alone.