Through a number of ads appearing in college newspapers on campuses that saw Israeli Apartheid Week activity, a group of African American students lambasted Israel Apartheid week organizers for abusing the term.
In the ads entitled “Words Matter” which appeared on April 7, members of The Vanguard Leadership Group accuses Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) of a “false and deeply offensive” characterization of Israel.
“SJP has chosen to manipulate rather than inform with this illegitimate analogy,” Vanguard says in the ad, signed by its members attending a number of black colleges. “We request that you immediately stop referring to Israel as an apartheid society and to acknowledge that the Arab minority in Israel enjoys full citizenship with voting rights and representation in the government.”
Vanguard, a leadership development group for students from historically black universities, has recently built a relationship with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, with many members visiting Israel.