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March 28, 2014  RSS feed

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USF wins AIPAC’s Activist Campus of Year award – again

For the second year in a row, University of South Florida students were honored at the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference, and presented with the “Activist Campus of the Year” award.

This year 26 USF students attended the conference, including USF Hillel members, student government members, Christians United for Israel (CUFI) members, and leaders of the USF College Democrats and USF College Republicans.

The USF delegation received the award at the annual student awards dinner attended by more than 2,400 college and high school students from around the country.

During the conference, USF students met with seven members of Congress on Capitol Hill to discuss three bills and letters on the floor regarding the Middle East, including Iranian sanctions, U.S. foreign aid to Israel, and the U.S.-Israeli strategic partnership.

“Winning this prestigious award for a second year in a row is a testament to the incredible work our students, and Anat Valdman, program director at USF Hillel, have done at USF, and their dedication to strengthening the US-Israel relationship,” said Rabbi Ed Rosenthal, executive director for Hillels of the Florida Suncoast and USF campus rabbi. “Through their hard work and commitment, the students have made a tremendous impact on how Israel is viewed on campus. I am incredibly proud of them all and am comforted knowing that they are the future of the Jewish Community in Florida.”

Daniel Shapiro, a junior at USF, accepted the honor on behalf of the USF students. “We’ve worked tirelessly to ensure that all of the student leaders on campus are involved with pro-Israel activism and support the bipartisan U.S.- Israeli relationship,” Shapiro said. “However, our work is never done and we will re-double our efforts to ensure that USF, once a haven for anti-Semitic rhetoric, is the most pro-Israel campus in the nation.”

The mission of AIPAC, an international pro-Israel organization with more than 100,000 members worldwide, is to strengthen, protect, and promote the U.S.-Israel relationship in ways that enhance the security of Israel and the U.S.

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