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Religious organizations, particularly Jewish student groups, have played an active role in campus activism. Jewishstudent groups became especially active in advocating for political and social change in the 1980s, and their activitiesare highlighted in the Jewish student newspaper Mitzpeh. Other religious groups likely participated in student activismas well, but the advocacy of Jewish students is particularly well documented by Mitzpeh. Jewish student groups havebeen active on issues of Israel-Palestine relations, in advocating against anti-Semitism on campus, and in internationalissues related to the Jewish diaspora.
1984 - Jewish students took part in a National Soviet Jewry Lobby Day. Students lobbied congressmen to protest the treatment of Jews in the Soviet Union and called for the United States to relax restrictions on Soviet emigration.
1986 - Jewish students protested when Black Power advocate Kwame Ture was invited to speak on campus by the Black Student Union. In his speech Ture condemned the U.S., Israel, and Zionism and Jewish students protested his comments as anti-Semitic.
1988 - Jewish students and faculty on campus formed the Jewish Committee for Justice and Peace to counter right-wing voices in the Jewish community on campus. The group promoted leftist views on a variety of social, political, and economic issues.
2007 - UMD students joined Christians United for Israel, an evangelical group supporting Israel. Both Christian and Jewish students on campus had mixed reactions to the arrival of this group on campus.
1990 - Jewish students involved with Hillel and the Jewish Student Union confronted the missionary group Jews for Jesus, arguing against their efforts to convert students at the University of Maryland.