Israeli Apartheid Week or Hebrew Liberation Week? At Columbia U., It Depends Where You Stand
Sun Apr 07 2019
Israeli student Ofir Dayan sat behind a large wooden table on the Columbia University campus last week with a sign behind her reading: “Jews are indigenous to the Land of Israel. Change my mind.”
No one was really going to convince her the statement was false. “The sign is more of a conversation starter,” Dayan tells Haaretz. “And it has indeed started some great conversations.”
The daughter of Dani Dayan, Israel’s consul general in New York, she is the president of the Columbia chapter of Students Supporting Israel — an organization aiming to serve as a “pro-Israel voice on campus that strengthens the Zionist community.”
Last week, SSI organized its biannual Hebrew Liberation Week — the group’s response to Israeli Apartheid Week, which is dedicated to promoting the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement on campuses worldwide.
Dayan and other members of her organization set up shop on one of the campus’ central lawns, displaying their logo and some artwork relating to Zionism and the Jewish people....