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The Detroit Jewish News, 2006-01-26

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SUNVAY, FEBRUARY 12., 2004
11:00 A.M. 3:30 P.M.

New chapter of pro-Israel group
spotlights campus Israel-bashing.

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John McCain, R-Ariz.
The report surveyed graduate stu-
proactive Israel education
dents at Harvard, MIT, Columbia,
organization is launching a
Georgetown, George Washington, Johns
Michigan chapter to counter
Hopkins, UCLA, the University of
the trend of recent college graduates in
Chicago and Northwestern. The Israel
America having warped impressions
Project, a nonpartisan pro-Israel media
about Israel and Jews. This trend,
outreach organization, commissioned it.
StandWithUs/Michigan insists, will dis-
The Michigan chapter is a partner-
tort hoW young adults, who represent
ship between StandWithUs and local
tomorrow's opinion shapers, view for-
pro-Israel advocates, including Linda
eign policy and America's role in the
Stulberg of Farmington Hills.
Middle East.
"In response to the escalating propa-
The kickoff event of
ganda that demonizes Israel,
StandWithUs/Michigan this Sunday will StandWithUs/Michigan will dedicate
highlight the findings of a new report
itself to focused, high-impact education
on the Israel attitudes of non-Jewish
and strong pro-Israel advocacy"
graduate students at nine
Stulberg said. "Leveraging
top U.S. universities. The
the expertise and demon-
survey found anti-Zionist
strated track record of
sentiment morphing into
StandWithUs internation-
similar feelings about
ally, our Michigan chapter
American Jewry and its
will be effectively posi-
influence.
tioned to make sure that
The report declares: "It's
Israel's side of the story is
time for American Jewish
told on campuses, to the
leaders and the Jewish com-
media and to the public at
munity in general to wake
large!'
up and face facts: many of
"College students need
Michael Wissot
the young elite in America
the community's sup-
are openly hostile toward
pore,' said SWU/Michigan
the perceived power of Jews in America. board member Matt Engelbert, director
This project was designed to examine
of the Benard L. Maas Foundation,
attitudes of elite graduate students
which gave funding for the Sunday
toward Israel, not toward the Jewish
event. "Fortunately, StandWithUs is
community. However, when their atti-
there to respond to this call all around
tudes. were expressed, the comments
the country, and now here in Michigan.
made by some of our participants
This organization will make a differ-
would make otherwise secure Jews
ence! ,
shudder!'
Students from the University of
The report concludes: "Virtually every Michigan, Michigan State and Wayne
student interviewed said he or she had
State will follow Wissot with updates on
drifted away from Israel and toward the
their respective campus climates.
Palestinian point of view over the past
The America 2020 report sounds this
few years!'
alarm: "There is growing support
The event's keynote speaker, Michael
among elite graduate students for a 'one-
Wissot, will examine the report
state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian
"America 2020: How the Next
dispute. Even when told that such an
Generation Views Israel." Combating
outcome would potentially destroy the
anti-Israel bias on campus and else-
Jewish nature of Israel, opinions did not
where is a core mission of Los Angeles-
change." II
based StandWithUs. Wissot will offer
ways to reverse this troubling trend.
Wissot is co-author of the America
The free .StanclWithUs program
2020 report with pollster Frank Luntz.
takes place at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan.
Wissot is a political analyst for KABC in
29, at the Holocaust Memorial
Los Angeles, an adjunct professor at
Center, 28123 Orchard Lake Road,
Pepperdine University and a communi-
north of 12 Mile, in Farmington
cations consultant to Fortune 500 com-
Hills.
panies. He is a former aide to U.S. Sen.

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