AIPAC Campus Initiatives

2016 Spring Campus Initiatives

At the 2015 Winter Saban Leadership Seminar, Leadership Development issued the following campus initiatives for the 2016 Spring Semester:

Demonstrate Bipartisanship

Since passing critical legislation that strengthens the U.S.-Israel alliance is AIPAC’s core mission and cannot be accomplished without support from both Democrats and Republicans, AIPAC campus activists have always worked to engage members of College Democrats of America and the College Republican National Committee. This semester, redoubling their efforts to forge a bipartisan consensus in support of the U.S.-Israel relationship, AIPAC-trained activists will:

  • Solicit and publish Bipartisan Leadership Statements in support of a strong U.S.-Israel relationship, to be sent to members of Congress
  • Engage both progressive and conservative campus opinion-leaders in order to emphasize the pluralistic nature of the pro-Israel movement
  • Recruit robust delegations of College Democrats and College Republicans to attend the AIPAC Policy Conference, March 20-22nd, 2016

Strengthen Alliance

Maintaining and strengthening the U.S.-Israel alliance is more important than ever, and that makes it imperative that AIPAC-trained students deliver the campus as a tangible political asset to the wider pro-Israel movement. This semester, AIPAC student activists will work to secure a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Washington and Jerusalem by harnessing and projecting the political support of campus leaders as well as the broadest possible number of their peers. AIPAC-trained students will:

  • Organize diverse lobbying missions to Congressional district offices
  • Grow their social media presence in order to engage members of Congress digitally  
  • Broaden the base for support for this initiative by bringing significant numbers of new students into the AIPAC NGauge community

Celebrate Israel

As Israel approaches its 68th year, AIPAC-trained activists have the opportunity to educate campus leaders about the intrinsic value of the U.S.-Israel alliance. A greater focus on Middle East issues by the media and academia will help pro-Israel activists engage their peers on this issue, demonstrating the natural affinity that has always existed between the United States and Israel. This is based on shared values and common interests and has been enhanced by American support for Israel’s right to a secure and vibrant future. Detractors of the US-Israel relationships use the anniversary of the founding of Israel to undercut campus affinity and support, but pro-Israel students will turn this challenge into an opportunity to mobilize and broaden their base for greater activism. They will:

  • Host educational events on the U.S.-Israel alliance for campus leaders throughout the semester
  • Invite members of Congress to send messages of support for distribution to those on campus celebrating the U.S.-Israel alliance
  • Plan and execute large-scale iFest celebrations as the culmination of a successful semester of activism