Alpha Epsilon Pi at UNLV Helps Lead the Way to Promote Vote Against Anti-Semitism
Friday, March 27, 2015
Posted by: Vanessa Lao
ALPHA EPSILON PI AT UNLV HELPS LEAD THE WAY TO
PROMOTE VOTE AGAINST ANTI-SEMITISM
(Las Vegas, NV) Undergraduate Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) brothers at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas (UNLV), working with Hillel and other Jewish student groups, have gotten the UNLV Student Senate to adopt a very clear policy statement against anti-Semitism.
Following a speech by AEPi President Nathaniel Saxe about the rising tide of anti-Semitism on college campuses, the student senate unanimously adopted the “motion of Semitic tolerance.” The statement has five key conclusion:
- A recognition of the right of Israel to exist as a nation.
- A recognition of the right for Israel to defend itself against threats to its existence.
- A belief that Palestine and Israel should exist in peace and resource equality with one another.
- A condemnation of the actions of violent terroristic organizations.
- A proclamation to actively boycott religious persecution and discrimination at every level.
“It seems hard to believe, in this day and age, that we have to pass resolutions on campuses simply to condemn hatred and recognize the right of Israel to exist but, sadly, that’s what Jewish college students are facing today,” said Andrew Borans, AEPi executive director. “We are enormously proud of the leadership role that our undergraduate brothers took at UNLV to get this passed.”
“AEPi led the charge on this pro-Israel activity and I would like to thank our national office for all the support and help throughout the years. I definitely used tactics learned at a couple of AEPi leadership institutes I have attended,” said Saxe. “I’m proud that my fraternity has helped lead this fight on our campus and I’m proud of my fellow UNLV students for taking a stand against hate.”
Jonathan M. Pierce, APR
Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) is the world’s leading Jewish social fraternity, operating chapters on more than 180 college campuses in seven countries. Founded in 1913, AEPi has more than 90,000 living alumni. While non-discriminatory, the fraternity’s mission – developing the future leaders of the Jewish communities – is demonstrated every day through acts of Brotherhood, Tzedakkah (charity), social awareness and support for Jewish communities and Israel.