Christian Group seeks to combat Anti-Semitism at UCI

Combating campus anti-Semitism

Bill Bumpas – OneNewsNow – 4/16/2010

Gaza Israel mapIn response to the growth of anti-Semitism on college campuses across the U.S., one organization is looking to music to create awareness for support of Israel.

Laurie Cardoza-Moore, president of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, tells OneNewsNow that “Israel Apartheid” demonstrations popping up around college grounds originated at the University of California-Irvine.

“The campus unfortunately has a growing number of anti-Israel students [who] have leveraged these Israel Apartheid demonstrations on the campus of UC-Irvine,” she explains, “and more and more campuses are starting to participate in similar events.”

Earlier this year, a group of Muslim students on the Irvine campus heckled the Israeli ambassador to the U.S. during a campus address. And in 2007, commentator Daniel Pipes — on campus to speak on “The Threat to Israel’s Existence” — was just minutes into his speech when students began chanting phrases such as “anti-Israel” and “anti-oppression.”

Laurie Cardoza-MooreCardoza-Moore says it is time to educate Christian students about their biblical and moral responsibility to stand with fellow Jewish students on campus and defend the legitimacy and sovereignty of the state of Israel. She says her group has a goal of launching a pilot program on the campus of UC-Irvine that includes a concert with the Newsboys.

“And then we’re going to take that program to campuses across the United States and around the world because the Newsboys are recognized all over the globe,” she shares. “In fact, they are the only Christian band that’s ever performed in Israel.”

Proclaiming Justice to the Nations is currently seeking funding to bring the Newsboys to UC-Irvine on May 16.

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