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The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America’s (CAMERA) Annual
Dinner on April 22 at New York City’s Chelsea Piers will include the first-ever
presentation of two awards in memory of the late David Bar-Illan, recognizing
outstanding student leadership and activism on behalf of Israel on
The former editor of The Jerusalem Post, who was also a
renowned concert pianist and an adviser to Binyamin Netanyahu during his first
term as prime minister (1996 – 1999), was the author of the Post’s popular
weekly column, “Eye on the Media.”
“David tackled misinformation and bias
with great wit and intelligence. He was a role model of powerful defense of
Israel,” said CAMERA executive director Andrea Levin.
and encouraged CAMERA in its work, so we are extremely proud to honor
outstanding campus activists with these awards in his memory,” she
“The first recipients, to be spotlighted at the annual dinner,
will be Micah Toll of the University of Pittsburgh and Dragons for Israel (DFI)
at Drexel University, led by Shoshana Weiss,” said Aviva Slomich, the head of
CAMERA’s campus programming.
“Micah Toll was a CAMERA Fellow at the
University of Pittsburgh,” Slomich noted. “In addition to organizing guest
lectures and being a frequent letter-writer to The Pitt News
, the university
student newspaper, Micah developed an effective student-to-student grassroots
public relations campaign.”
He also “used parody as an effective tool for
debunking anti-Israel propaganda on campus, and expanded that effort to
Hampshire College,” Slomich said.
For his accomplishments, Toll will be
recognized with the David Bar-Illan Award for Outstanding Student
Shoshana Weiss, a CAMERA Fellow at Drexel, took advantage of
support from the CAMERA Campus Activist Project (CCAP) to launch the
University’s DFI organization, Slomich said.
“DFI organized programs with
a range of student groups. For example, it cosponsored an event featuring
Ethiopian Israeli refugees with the Black Student Association, and worked with
student environmental organizations to showcase Israel’s sophisticated
energy-efficiency products and programs.”
One result of Weiss and DFI’s
efforts has been that approximately 20 Drexel students have studied, interned or
visited in Israel. For her achievements, Weiss will receive the David Bar-Illan
Award for Outstanding Campus Activism.
CAMERA’s annual dinner will be
keynoted by former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani and Representative Eliot Engel
will deliver greetings to the attendees. CAMERA will also recognize Amy Lipton
as the Letter-Writer of the Year. The dinner honoree will be Andrea Levin, who
will receive the organization’s Emet Award.