CUFI wins big at conference
Published: Monday, September 24, 2012
Updated: Monday, September 24, 2012 18:09
The registered student organization, Christians United for Israel (CUFI), won the National Award for outstanding new CUFI chapter while attending the CUFI Summit conference.
The conference was held this past summer in Washington, D.C.
“We were able to do a lot of networking from students from all over the country,” Sarah Grubbs said, a chemistry graduate student of Jonesboro. “We met people who had the same views of Israel as us.”
According to the student organization details on the ASU website, CUFI provides on-campus association for people to speak and act in support of Israel in matters related to the Bible and politics.
“Right now Iran, is the biggest threat facing Israel,” Korey Speaight said, a sophomore accounting major of Camp. “They are working on nuclear weapons capabilities. Israel is such a small nation that if they just shoot one nuclear missile in the middle of Israel it would devastate the economy as well as destroy almost the whole country.”
Students who became a part of CUFI have biblical reasons and political reasons for their support towards Israel, Grubbs said.
“I like this organization because I love America, and Israel is an ally to the U.S.,” Grubbs said.
Josh Waters, a senior economics and pre-law major of Jonesboro, said he is part of the organization because of the biblical mandate that supports Israel.
“My pastor started getting involved and then I went to a summit. I learned so much about the political side as well,” Waters said.
“I really like how this organization brings people together,” said Rebekah Dancy, a sophomore nursing major of Sherwood. “I would have never met these people if it wasn’t for this organization. These are people I will be friends with for a very long time and they understand me.”
“(CUFI) has given me a median to push my support towards Israel and see results,” Speaight said. “Going to Washington was the greatest thing because we got the speak with our representatives about the cause.”
“There was so much we learned at the summit,” Grubbs said.
“There was a session about the Israel and Palestinian conquest,” Waters said. “It was good for me to learn that the media portrayed Israel differently than what actually occurred.”
“I’ve learned a lot about the cause and I got to go to Israel with the organization in August,” Grubbs said. “The military over there gets so much negative publicity, and I was able to see that they actually go to great lengths to protect their citizens.”
According to Waters, said he hopes that the U.S. will begin to support Israel.
“With how dangerous the Middle East is right now and how small Israel is, I am now aware that the U.S hasn’t been supportive of Israel, our biggest ally,” Waters said. “This semester we are looking to have Irving Raw, a holocaust survivor who is tentatively scheduled, to speak on Nov. 15, but it’s not confirmed yet.”
“What we do is not a charity organization,” Grubbs said. “We are just seeking to educate people about the state of Israel.”