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Canada students counter 'Israel Apartheid Week' with controversial campaign PDF Print E-mail
Mar 03, 2010 at 12:00 AM

By Haaretz Service

A controversial pro-Israel campaign was launched in universities across Canada last week, in an attempt to counter the global pro-Palestinian campaign, "Israel Apartheid Week," launched on Sunday.

The campaign, named "Size Doesn't Matter," was initiated by the Canadian Federation of Jewish Students, and is taking place in 23 universities across Canada, according the official "Size Doesn't Matter" website.

An especially peppery video ad posted on the campaign website displays a young couple in bed, with the young woman complaining of the "size" of what turns out to be a map of Israel. 

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