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IDF draft dodgers embark on US college speaking tour. Campus advocates worry this will only fuel anti-Israel sentiment
Jerusalem Post - Jerusalem
Author: Solomont, E B
Date: Sep 15, 2009
Start Page: 2
Section: News
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"I definitely do not agree with what they're trying to do because I think they're misguided," said Dani Klein, the North America campus director for StandWithUs, which advocates for Israel on campuses. Klein said if the campaign gains traction, it could backfire by further empowering anti-Israel students.

He compared their campaign to Breaking the Silence, a group of former Israeli soldiers who openly criticized Israel's treatment of Palestinians. "I definitely understand that Israelis have the right not to agree with their government. That's fine," Klein said. "Every citizen in a democracy has that right. But you take that up in your country. Once you take that abroad, what does that gain you?"

"Last year sort of motivated Israel's detractors to be more vocal and do more programs," said Lawrence Muscant, deputy director of The David Project. "My feeling is we're going to see the same thing carry over into this semester."

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