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he last week of 2008,
Israel began Operation
Cast Lead, entering the
Gaza Strip for the first large-scale
operation since the 2005 disen-
MSU Jewish students hear about the Middle
gagement. The following weeks
East from professors Yael Aronoff and Ken
led to a mixed response among
Waltzer.
media and communities around
the world.
At Michigan State University, before
The Hillel Grinspoon intern, Geoff
classes resumed Jan. 12, members of the
Levin, received a large grant from the
Jewish Student Union and Spartans for
Israel on Campus Coalition to run a
Israel met for an emergency strategy
campus advocacy training program.
session to discuss the most effective way
Twenty students will attend five ses-
to respond to the pro-Palestinian dem-
sions, learning about the history of
onstrations organized by Students Allied
Israel and campus advocacy skills.
for Freedom and Equality (SAFE), a pro-
Another 12 students will attend five dif-
Palestinian student group.
ferent sessions on planning events.
Former president of Spartans for Israel
Through the informational sessions, the
Eric Dropkin, who recently returned from flyers and advocacy training, MSU Hillel
an AIPAC advanced advocacy mission
is broadening its base of support. From
to Israel, said, "It was important to meet
the 60 students who attended an educa-
the Sunday night before school started
tional forum in Case Hall, we signed up
because as a pro-Israel student body, we
25 new members to Spartans for Israel, of
had to decide how we wanted to handle
whom 15 came to the next meeting and
the response to the conflict in Gaze
were elected to board positions.
he said. "It's important to frame our
We also signed up 40 students to
responses and debate on the subject of
receive e-mail updates about the con-
Israel's retaliation against Hamas rockets
flict. Our Team Israel cultural student
bombing southern Israel."
group has also grown from the visibility
After much discussion of the best way of our pro-Israel programming with 30
to explain and justify Israel's retaliation, active participants. I I
as well as how to respond to the anti-
Israel events on campus, it was decided
Dan Kuhn is an MSU senior majoring in inter-
to implement a semester of pro-Israel
national relations.
programming.
A series of informational sessions were
planned to address many of the myths
MSU Events
about the Gaza operation. A myths-and-
Feb. 10, Tuesday, 7 p.m. Wii
facts sheet was created and passed out all
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Israel's efforts to let humanitarian aid into
to Sherm@msu.edu .
Gaza, response to the accusation of is-
proportionate force and the aggressive
Feb. 18, Wednesday, 2 p.m. Video
events that necessitated the operation.
conference with kidnapped Israeli
This semester, student leaders will be
soldier Gilad Shalit's IDF unit.
available to individual student groups
RSVP to israelfellow@msu.edu .
to discuss the conflict. Pro-Israel speak-
Feb. 21, Saturday, 4 p.m. Slade
ers will be brought to campus through
Matzah Bailers 3-on-3 Basketball
partnerships with the Israel on Campus
Tournament. Register at plotkin@
Coalition and Stand With Us. MSU Hillel
msu.edu .
will host an Israeli scholar on campus
through a partnership with the Jewish
Feb. 25, Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Career
Studies Program. The goal is to reach as
workshop: guidance counseling,
many students as possible in a variety
resume writing. Contact gordonr6®
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msu.edu .

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