Pro-Israel students across the US and Canada have launched a powerful and innovative campaign to communicate important messages about Israel's efforts for peace. The initiative also focuses on existential threats to the Jewish state, and the values and accomplishments of a thriving democracy in an otherwise despotic region. Known as "Israel Peace Week" (IPW), the campaign is being hosted at nearly 50 universities across North America. IPW also seeks to counter a disturbing trend called "Israel Apartheid Week" (IAW). During each spring since 2005, the dishonest and vitriolic IAW campaign sweeps across university campuses and urban communities. Last year events were conducted throughout North America and across the world, with organizers in more than 40 cities.
Responses from the Jewish community generally range from 'quietly observing' to 'strategically ignoring' the increasing parades of biased academic panels calling for Israel boycotts, guerilla theater displays like 'apartheid walls' and 'die-ins,' and 'Palestinian solidarity demonstrations' featuring veterans of the anti-apartheid movement in 1980's South Africa that constitute IAW.
The concept of 'Israel Peace Week' is simple: focus on a few basic messages, agreed upon by virtually everyone in the pro-Israel movement, and communicate them widely to the campus community during the week preceding 'Israel Apartheid Week.' Instead of avoiding difficult topics, the pro-Israel students feel that truth is on their side and they can tackle the Arab-Israel conflict head-on.
In little over a month, pro-Israel students from more than 20 other universities organized 'Israel Peace Week' programming to their campuses in spring of 2010, and this year the number will reach nearly 50.
Please click on the following video and you will be amazed at what Israel has been able to accomplish in the last 60 years!