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Students Set Example With Their Support of Israel

Students Set Example With Their Support of Israel
In March of 2008, pro-Israel supporters demonstrated in front of the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles, Calif., this in support of Israel and her war against Hezbollah. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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In recent days, I've watched as throngs of supporters of Israel unloaded from buses, blanketing Capitol Hill to meet with their members of Congress. They have a singular goal in mind. Strengthen America’s relationship with our beloved ally — Israel.

Of course, this is nothing new. Strong support for Israel is one of the only remaining bipartisan issues left in a country otherwise deeply divided in so many ways.

For me, the most inspiring sight was the thousands of college and high-school students who were beginning their involvement in the political process, exercising their democratic rights to engage with their elected representatives.

Their excitement was palpable, and reminded me of the impact that every individual, including our young people, are able to make on our incredible democracy.

At its annual gathering this week, the AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) policy conference, there were tens of thousands of attendees, including 4,000 students.

It is heartening that so many young people would take time out of their studies, advocating a strong U.S.-Israeli relationship. But what's even more striking is what it hopefully means for the future of this relationship, that the next generation is growing increasingly engaged, and that they are ready to fight for what is right — standing with Israel.

Despite our many differences and policy disagreements on how best to achieve a bright American future, support for Israel still remains an issue rooted in consensus in this country, one uniting liberals and conservatives; Democrats and Republicans.

After all, this makes sense. Israel is a beacon of American values in an oppressive region locked in a Dark Ages mentality.

The very things that make America great also make Israel great.

I also observed this week that at the very same time so many Americans were coming together to celebrate our ties with an important ally in a crucial region, there were angry and misguided people protesting and challenging Israel's very right to exist.

It was a stark reminder that Israel’s enemies are there, and they are trying to make some noise. And young students are increasingly on the front lines of the battle to stand with Israel.

Those who would like to see Israel disappear from the map are constantly coming up with new, cynical methods to delegitimize and demonize the only Jewish state. Today, the conflict is being fought through the spreading of misinformation and the drowning out of dissenting voices.

At the epicenter of this brawl is the college campus.

College campuses these days are frequently contentious places.

If you dare vocalize your support for the only democratic nation in the Mideast you are likely to be accused of being racist, of trampling human rights, and of supporting an "apartheid" regime.

You are also likely to be told that your views are not valid.

Those who loathe Israel refuse to see what is so plainly obvious: Israel remains a land of hope, innovation and the rule of law; one that champions human rights — the very things we Americans hold most dear.

The college campus is where the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement has sought to entrench itself and infect young minds with its poison. At universities across the nation, Israel haters hold Israel Apartheid Week demonstrations, and dress as Israeli soldiers that harass students on their way to class.

The shameful bullying and crass attacks on Israel’s supporters are not only tolerated, but far too often encouraged. Unbelievably, students who speak up in support of Israel often become the targets of verbal and even physical assault.

Thankfully, there is a strong and vibrant community of young pro-Israel activists who refuse to believe the lies and who refuse to be cowed or silenced.

A strong, unbreakable bond with Israel is absolutely critical for Israelis and Americans alike. Though Israel’s detractors scream moral outrage, the truth is that supporting Israel is the only moral action.

Israel faces enemies supporting and employing terrorism, seeking destruction and death.

Supporting Israel means supporting a democratic government that is a lone island in the midst of a sea of totalitarian regimes. Supporting Israel means advocating for a society that cultivates innovation instead of stifling it.

It means supporting a government that promotes free speech, rather than quashing challenging voices with threats or imprisonment.

And, supporting the Jewish state means supporting a values system placing life above all else; instead of championing a culture of death and martyrdom employed by Palestinian terrorist groups, like Hamas and their allies.

Let's be clear. The threats Israel faces from radial Islamist terrorists and nefarious dictatorial regimes are unrelenting and should be taken seriously.

After all, they are the same ones that we ourselves now face.

Continuing to stand together, America and Israel can and will overcome.

For young supporters of Israel, that is a message they must keep close to their hearts, and continue to make their mission.

Armstrong Williams is the author of "Reawakening Virtues." He is a political commentator who writes a conservative newspaper column, hosts a nationally syndicated TV program called "The Right Side," and hosts a daily radio show on Sirius/XM Power 128 (6-7 p.m. and 5-6 a.m.) Monday through Friday. He also is owner of Howard Stirk Holdings Broadcast TV stations. Read more reports from Armstrong Williams — Click Here Now.

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The threats Israel faces from radial Islamist terrorists and nefarious dictatorial regimes are unrelenting and serious, employing terrorism, destruction, and death. America and Israel will overcome. For young supporters of Israel, that is a message and mission they must continue.
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