AIPAC Special Session for Christian Zionists Students
New Trend Magazine May 31, 2011
Special Session for Christian Zionists
The conference included a special luncheon for Black Zionists (and
pro-Zionists), as well as a session for Christians, called "Understanding Christian Support for the Jewish State" geared at examining “the roots of Christian Zionism.” The latter targeted the sixty-six pastors in attendance.
Zionist Student Leaders in Attendance
The conference included a special session recognizing student Zionist leaders. One thousand five hundred students, most of them white, attended the conference. These included 215 elected student government presidents(numbers from AIPAC’s website). The student government presidents came from campuses including the University of Chicago, UC Berkeley, Columbia, and Vanderbilt. Interestingly, Brigham Young University, a Mormon institution, and Morehouse College, a historically black college, also had Zionist student body presidents in attendance at AIPAC’s conference.
Zionist students from the U. of Florida were awarded for “developing new models of pro-Israel leadership on and beyond their campus,” and for soliciting letters of support for Israel from campus leaders, as well as for lobbying local Congress members on “issues of concern to the pro-Israel community.”
Additional student leaders at UCLA, Indiana University, the University of Oklahoma, and Liberty University received “Activist of the Year” awards in recognition of their pro-Israel political activity. The question of why they, as American students should expend such energies building support for a foreign power, seemed absent from the dialogue. One group of student Zionist leaders working on blackballing Iran to Congress was given an award. Another group of student
Zionists were recognized for their efforts at countering the
characterization of Israel as an apartheid state. Both the College
Democrats of America and the College Republican National Committee received awards from AIPAC.