Students Supporting Israel (SSI) at Columbia University have come up with an excellent initiative to counter the odious “Israeli Apartheid Week” – Hebrew Liberation Week, which seeks to “empower Jewish and pro-Israel students to feel proud of their history, culture, identity and values.”
Hebrew Liberation Week “is a positive celebration of the connection between the Jews and Israel,” said Rudy Rochman, president of the school’s chapter of Students Supporting Israel (SSI), contrasting the negative messages repeatedly conveyed by certain elements on campus.
To this end, he said, a series of large canvases and panels, depicting various aspects of Israeli culture and history, were displayed on a campus square. These included artwork of IDF soldiers; a drawing of a young person dressed like the Lion of Judah; and a written description of the relationship between antisemitism and anti-Zionism. The installation was purposely placed near an “apartheid wall,” glorifying violent “resistance” against Israel
According to Rochman, reactions to the endeavor have been overwhelmingly positive. “Jewish students on both the Right and Left are absolutely shocked and amazed that something like this is possible at our school,” he said. “Causing many to come to our display instead of the ‘apartheid wall’ one.”
Check out our sky banner!!SSI: JEWS INDIGENOUS TO JUDEA – HEBREW LIBERATION WEEK
Posted by Students Supporting Israel at Columbia University – SSI Columbia on Tuesday, February 28, 2017
We are proud of the students at Columbia University who are fighting back against the lies spread by the BDS movement and who proudly portray the real story of Israel on campus.SSI decided that they wouldn't sit quietly by as BDS activists attempted to smear Israel during so-called "Apartheid Week." They set up displays throughout their campus portraying the truth– how Israel respects different communities in our country and how they're integrated into society. Please share the truth!Students Supporting Israel at Columbia University – SSI ColumbiaAssaf WeissRudy Rochman
Posted by Israel at the UN on Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Mohammad Kabiya at Columbia University 2017
Posted by Students Supporting Israel at Columbia University – SSI Columbia on Monday, February 27, 2017
Rudy himself had the following debate with a student who identifies as palestinian but grew up in Syria. And I have to say, this is how it’s done.
Best conversation I had today, during Hebrew Liberation Week at Columbia University, with a Palestinian woman who was raised In Syria.
Posted by Rudy Rochman רודי רושמן on Monday, February 27, 2017
Well done to SSI for being proactive and proud.