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Columbia Political Review: Response to “The A-Word”

Posted by Ben Lewinter on March 17, 2013 @ 12:04 am

This piece was featured in the Columbia Political Review on Friday, March 15, 2013. It was written by Ben Lewinter, LionPAC Deputy of Public Relations.

The apartheid analogy is in no way apt.

Students for Justice in Palestine have set up a protest this week on College Walk as part of their annual Israel Apartheid Week. Conversely, Omar Abboud lamented in a CPR column that the word “apartheid” has been universally rejected as a basis for criticizing Israel. While legitimately highlighting how criticism of Israel can be rejected by some circles, Mr. Abboud fails to explore the actual meaning of apartheid and the factual evidence that shows how it does not apply to Israel. Attempts to describe the situation in Israel as “apartheid” adversely oversimplifies and cheapens what is a significantly complicated conflict that demands honest intellectual discourse, not name-calling and rejection.

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AIPAC Policy Conference 2013 Reflections

Posted by Anna Etra on March 7, 2013 @ 2:40 pm

It is a rare thing to enjoy being just a number. This weekend, I was just that, one of 13,000 Pro-Israel activists attending AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington D.C., one of 2,000 students from all over the country and one of 10 students from Columbia. Sometimes it is important to be just a number, and in this case, I was representing those three groups. AIPAC Policy Conference was an incredible, eye-opening experience, where I got to see how what I did on campus matters.

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