Monday, April 11, 2011

Black student group slams ‘apartheid’ abuse

Israeli Apartheid Week is an international annual series of events endorsed by the US Campaign. Click here for more information about the definition of Israel as an Apartheid state, and how to work against apartheid.
Note that on its web site, the Vanguard Leadership Group lists members who attended AIPAC functions, including a Campus Allies Israel Trip. It also lists Jerusalem and the Israeli Knesset as educational missions done by VLG members, and cites its earning of the AIPAC Ally of the Year Award.

April 8, 2011

(JTA) -- An African-American student group took out ads in college newspapers blasting Israel Apartheid Week organizers for abusing the term.

In a full page ad titled "Words matter" and appearing in newspapers on April 7, the Vanguard Leadership Group accused Students for Justice in Palestine of a "false and deeply offensive" characterization of Israel.

"SJP has chosen to manipulate rather than inform with this illegitimate analogy," Vanguard says in the ad, which is signed by members who attend several historically black colleges. "We request that you immediately stop referring to Israel as an apartheid society and to acknowledge that the Arab minority in Israel enjoys full citizenship with voting rights and representation in the government."

The ad appeared in newspapers on campuses that saw Israel Apartheid Week activity in February, including Brown University, UCLA, Columbia University and the University of Maryland.

Vanguard, a leadership development group for students from historically black universities, in recent years has forged ties with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and its members have visited Israel.