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‘This is Zionism’ campaign seeks to ‘instill confidence’ in students

The initiative provides “a simple message: You are not alone, and the facts are on your side,” said Douglas Sandoval of CAMERA on Campus.

University campus. Credit: Islandworks/Pixabay.
University campus. Credit: Islandworks/Pixabay.

A new effort from a watchdog group aims to strengthen and motivate student activists combating antisemitism on the front lines of American academia.

CAMERA on Campus announced its new “This is Zionism” initiative on April 9.

“Our campaign seeks to instill confidence in Zionist students worldwide during a period of rampant campus antisemitism. Empowering students through education is the cornerstone of our campaign,” emphasized Douglas Sandoval, managing director for CAMERA on Campus, to JNS.

“Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace have fueled antisemitic attacks against Zionist students through their doubling down on the false and ludicrous equation of Zionism to something harmful and nefarious,” said Sasha Chernyak, content and campaigns manager for CAMERA on Campus.

She said the new website (www.zionism.me) would provide students “with the facts about Zionism and Israel, enabling them to tackle head-on the most common attacks we see on Zionism.”

Chernyak noted that following Oct. 7, “students are facing an uphill battle with hate groups like SJP and JVP attempting to vilify and intimidate Zionist students like never before.”

The campaign “strengthens Zionist students worldwide with a simple, yet important message: you are not alone and the facts are on your side,” Sandoval told JNS.

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