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Honoring Activism

At the 2017 Annual Gala, CAMERA will recognize outstanding student leaders with its David Bar-Illan Awards and honor its Letter-Writer of the Year.
 
 
Outstanding Campus Activism
 
At this year's annual CAMERA Gala, the David Bar-Illan Award for Outstanding Campus Activism will be awarded to CAMERA-supported Kings College London Israel Society. The KCL Israel Society had a full and eventful year, starting with Hen Mazzig's CAMERA event hosted at University College London and co-sponsored by CAMERA-supported UCL Friends of Israel Society. Hen only managed to speak for 15 minutes due to violent protesters outside who intimidated and physically blocked students in the event room. KCL Israel Society's impressive lineup of speakers this year has included Sir Eric Pickles, Dan Schueftan, Jonathan Elkhoury, Bassem Eid, and Nir Boms.

Hadar Sela

KCL Israel Society President Hadar Langerman will accept the award on behalf of the society, which aims to foster a greater understanding of social, political, and cultural aspects of Israel for all students as well as represent the interests of Israeli students and academics at KCL. Furthermore, the Israel Society publicly advocates for the State of Israel in the University whenever the need arises. An all-inclusive society, it organizes speakers and social events for both intellectual engagement and fun communal interaction.
 
 
Outstanding Student Leadership
 
CAMERA Fellow Jody Miller of California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo will accept the David Bar-Illan Award for Outstanding Student Leadership on behalf of CAMERA-supported group Mustangs United for Israel. Jody, a third-year journalism student, tirelessly advocates for Israel as a Fellow for CAMERA and an executive board member of Mustangs United for Israel.
 

Jody Miller

In the two years since its founding, MUFI has grown to an 18-person board with 440 students involved; won "Club Event of the Year" on campus for their Seth Siegel Water Summit event, an event co-sponsored by CAMERA; sent 20 students to AIPAC's Policy Conference; co-sponsored and made connections with the Black Student Union, engineering clubs, Greek life, AMSA and more; worked with local news outlets including the SLO Tribune and Mustang News; and hosted many CAMERA speakers including Jonathan Elkhoury, Hen Mazzig, Gilad Segev, and Gil Cohen-Magen.
 
 
Letter-Writer of the Year
 
Toby F. Block started writing pro-Israel letters as a teenager. A Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator at Georgia Institute of Technology, she had many letters published in the campus newspaper. Through this, she was asked to join a local media monitoring group which focused on local outlets including the Atlanta Journal Constitution and Atlanta Jewish Times, as well as the Associated Press, which supplies articles to hundreds of news outlets and NPR. In working with this local group, headed by CAMERA’s 2004 Letter-Writer of the Year, Doron Lubinsky, Toby heard of and became active with CAMERA.
 
Toby Block

Full of carefully gleaned information, Toby’s letters educate not only the readers but the editors and journalists who all too often promote a narrative rather than reporting the news. By actively engaging so effectively with the press, she corrects the erroneous coverage of the past and possibly prevents more misrepresentations in the future.
 
 
For more information about the Gala and to register, click here

 

 

 
 

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