Campus Warrior For Israel

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In the past two years, I have been involved in bringing about a change in the atmosphere during IAW and have seen the administration’s approach improve significantly.  This year during IAW four pro-Israel groups set up displays throughout the week, protected by the campus security and police while anti-Israel displays were only seen for 2 hours during the entire week.  Furthermore, the anti-Israel group only made a minor contribution to the main article covering IAW in the York student newspaper.  The anti-Israel groups were also forced to pay for their security needs, (thus treated with the same standard as the pro-Israel groups) which lead to them canceling the only IAW event planned at York.  Essentially the pro-Israel voice was the loudest and the strongest and the atmosphere on campus was one that fostered respectful dialogue instead of divisive rallies.

FP: What advice would you give to students who would like to stand up against intimidation of Jewish students and anti-Semitism during Israel Apartheid Week and beyond?

Chiasson: Students must be committed to respecting others and being solution-oriented.  Students can lobby the administrations of their university to implement the code of conduct, to increase security presence on campus during events like IAW, to hold accountability meetings between the administration and the student leaders involved in Middle-East politics.  Actively and consistently reporting discrimination or anti-Semitism to campus authorities is also important because complaints are recorded and reviewed by the University.  Students should also pay attention to anti-Israel groups and seize opportunities to expose their rhetoric by involving student newspapers or other media sources as much as possible (like in the flag dispute situation mentioned earlier).  Students should also be intentional about establishing open communication and partnering with key members of the administration throughout the year.

Students should to establish unity within pro-Israel groups by focusing on common goals.  These groups can pool resources and support each other’s events.  This applies especially to pro-Israel Christian and Jewish groups who can be great sources of support for one another.

When dealing with students, listening before responding is the key.  I have spoken with Radical Muslims, anti-Israel Palestinian Christians, Humanitarians and many other people with opposing viewpoints and have found that the more I am willing to listen and to respectfully disagree, without getting emotional or too passionate, the more people are willing to hear what I have to say.  Furthermore, establishing friendship with people of opposing points of view and who hold prejudice is a great way to break down the stereotypes and misconceptions which divide us.

FP: Expand for us a bit on your own efforts and the changes you have helped put into place.

Chiasson: I have been heavily involved in lobbying the administration of York University to change the name of Israel ‘Apartheid’ Week (IAW) to something like ‘Middle-East Peace Week’.  I wrote a letter to the administration and included statements from a diverse group of students including Jewish, Christian, South African and emotionally unattached students.  I also found a professor who was willing to lobby the administration from a faculty member’s perspective. While the administration did not see itself forcing the group Students Against Israeli Apartheid to change the name of IAW, the idea was planted and the topic is still on the table for discussion.

As president of Christians United For Israel, I successfully built a relationship with the presidents of Jewish groups at York like Hasbara, B’nai Brith and Hillel by meeting with them, building friendship, supporting each other’s events and standing by them in rallies and during IAW.  I also partnered with other Christian groups and together we held several Israel-focused events like a Day to Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem.  I also brought Jews and Christians together in coordinating an educational series to teach students about Israel from various perspectives. As the number of pro-Israel Christians began to grow, we established a weekly prayer meeting focused just on Israel.

FP: Josee Chiasson, thank you for joining Frontpage Interview. And thank you for your valiant fight for Israel, freedom and the truth.

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  • Chezwick_mac

    This young lady inspires even a pessimist like myself to have at least a little hope for the future. Keep up the good work Josee!

  • jordi

    a great person, also by the way she’s gorgeous…

  • http://www.a-zara.com/ zaramart-kippot

    For the Jewish people to find its spiritual balance, we will need to work on personal spiritual development and purity; and also on strategies that are grand enough to allow all of us to stand together in the presence of God. Moadim leSimha.

  • IamJoseph

    Clearly, Muslims are emilating medevial Europe today – and Europe is having a ball of it – not realizing her own weapons are attacking Eurostan. Ironically, America rebuffed medevial Europe, basing her Constitution on the Hebrew laws, becoming the stounchiest ally of Israel. The Campus filth is a backdoor by an exposed criminal culture, the rage of a cornered wild cat making payola grants to cover its shame. 'GOD BLESS AMERICA' was penned by a Jewish refugee who fleed Europe.

  • LindaRivera

    Wow! A very courageous Campus Warrior, indeed! She is the perfect role mode for University students. And when Josee stands up for Israel, she is standing up for Canada, America and the entire Free World. Every non-Muslim is targeted for Muslim conquest. The hate, blood libels and demonization of Israel is all part of global jihad.

    • couchtripper

      The only logical defence of your claims is that you're insane. I'd go into why this fact is obvious, but it would mean engaging you in debate, when you're clearly not capable of logical or critical thinking.

  • LindaRivera

    "when Hasbara Fellowships at York showed the movie Iranium they received bomb threats and Iranian students protested outside the event."

    Violence and bomb threats (and Muslim terror attacks) is what happens to countries when they take in large numbers of Muslims.

    • couchtripper

      Your attitude is laughable. If you want to challenge this fact, go and look at the statistics for terrorist threats in the USA and Canada over the last 5 years. I know you won't though – people like you will never submit to education.

      • JoeAmerica

        Hey couchtripper – why is your reputation score so low. Your opinions must not be held by very many other people. Maybe you should just go back to your local Hamas group and be surrounded by the people you love so much. At least they'll make you feel at home.

  • Fred

    You are to be commended Josee. Hard to believe this kind of stuff goes on at universities in Canada and America. Why doesn’t the governments deport this radical trash who speak out against Canada, Jews, America and Israel?

    If I was still in college I would be in fights everyday after seeing and hearing this radical hate filled trash. They only respect strength and people who are not afraid to speak and fight.

  • winoceros

    Would that campus Jewry were as determined and married to the true history of the region as she.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Praying for the Peace of Jerusalem and all of Israel is and important part of
    Christian life and it is noteworthy that this young woman has her priorities
    straight. As we live in a day of spiritual and moral darkness it is wonderful
    to see aspiring youth in University with ideals and courage of convictions,
    that Josee attracts other students and emboldens them to stand up for
    what is right encourages me to think maybe our youth are not all a lost
    generation. Hopefully more attention can be given to good students who
    affirm what should be American educational values and are friends of
    Israel…………………………………………………………………………….William

  • Michael

    Violent Muslim students mast be removed from Canada.Christians and Jews unite against common enemy.

  • Bonnie

    Christians like this woman are not Israel's friends because they enable Israel's self destructive policies of betraying Jewish humanitarian ideals by supporting or, at minimum, excusing,the oppression of Palestinians. Many Christians base their support for Israel on what they think must be in place for the second coming of Christ — the Jewish return to Israel, and then the destruction of the Jews after Christ returns. Too many members of the Jewish community fall for this false support and also rely on the anti-Muslim attitudes of these so-called Christians to form a bond. What Israel is doing IS Apartheid and should be labelled as such. As an American Jew I fear for the state of Israel's future mostly because of the Jewish idealogues and Christian zealots who are her worst enemies. As the saying goes, "with friends like these, who needs enemies"?

  • Vivek Golikeri

    Regardless of which party is right or wrong, the very idea that some can assault or threaten others because they don't like their views is an outrage. Let the police get all the facts, and let the aggrieved file hate crime charges. Insulting issues is free speech, but persecuting someone one-on-one is criminal harassment. Those Jewish students have every right to refuse to tolerate such treatment.