More than 100 U.S. campuses marking Israel’s Independence Day

An aerial demonstration on Israel's Independence Day. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( As Israel celebrates its 67th birthday with Wednesday’s Independence Day, students and faculty members across more than 100 American college campuses are marking the day known in Hebrew as Yom Ha’atzmaut.

According to a recent report by the Israel on Campus Coalition (ICC), despite the growth of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel on university campuses, there is still a significant amount of support for Israel on campus.

“The diversity of the students and campuses holding Israel Independence Day events this year only solidifies what our research has been saying for months—pro-Israel students will not allow the hatred of anti-Israel activists to divide their campuses,” said ICC Executive Director Jacob Baime. “These students, backed by a strong coalition of national organizations, faculty, and alumni, are enlarging the pro-Israel movement’s campus footprint every day.”

Israel Independence Day events are being sponsored by Jewish and pro-Israel organizations including the ICC, Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, A Wider Bridge, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, Chabad on Campus International, Christians United for Israel, The David Project, Hasbara Fellowships, Hillel International, Jewish National Fund, Jerusalem U, and StandWithUs.

Posted on April 21, 2015 .