e (Jerusalem Institute of Justice) recently completed a series of events on San Francisco Bay campuses titled “The Palestinian Human Rights Week.” The events, held at Berkeley, Davis, and San Jose Universities were aimed at broadening the academic discourse in campuses known to harbor anti-Israeli sentiment.
Over the past two years JIJ has published three reports on human rights issues in the region, which are the result of thousands of hours of research and countless interviews. Having done our ‘homework’ on the topic, allows us to speak with authority, and chip away at the skewed narrative prevalent on these campuses. We’ve found that much of the discussion related to events in the Israeli-Palestinian relationship are superficial and one sided, even in academic settings. This has resulted in a growing animosity towards Israel, which is clearly seen in the substantial following the BDS (the anti-Israeli Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions) campaign receives.
You can watch one of the events below:
Our main partner in this year’s events was Dumisani Washington, the founder of the Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel, who’s working to change the tide in the black Christian community in the US. Dumisanis’ ability to link the Black civil rights movement with our call for a factual discussion of human rights in the region delivered a unique message we believe impacted those who attended the events.
Our unique approach to the topic wasn’t missed by Israeli media sources. In the last week we’ve been featured in the leading newspaper in the country, several television channels, radio channels, and websites. It would be fair to say this has been the most media coverage we’ve ever received at once.
We’d like to ask you to stand with us in prayer for an advancement of human rights in our region, especially for the Palestinian people; and for US campuses to pursue a balanced approach, one based on facts.
Mati Shoshani is the COO of The Jerusalem Institute of Justice (JIJ)