Members of Vanderbilt’s Commodores for Israel organization have been honored as “Activists of the Year” by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, commonly known as AIPAC.
Over the past year, students at Vanderbilt University expanded pro-Israel political activism on campus by building on the excitement of the 2008 presidential campaign, convening high-profile campus forums and implementing a media strategy to highlight bi-partisan support for Israel in press coverage of a presidential debate hosted at nearby Belmont University.
In the wake of the recent conflict in Gaza, the activists mobilized to urge students to express support for Israel to Congress, holding educational events to engage pro-Israel students and using new media tools in efforts to broaden the pro-Israel base of supporters on campus.
I don’t know what pro-Israel groups are like at other universities, but I would say CFI deserves this award. They are certainly a presence on campus and did not shy sway from the controversy of supporting Israel while so many other groups on campus were leaning a bit more the other way. Good work and congratulations to them.