What likes it hot, spits, has hair and humps?
The furry creatures that visited Western Michigan University’s campus on Wednesday.
Hillel @ WMU, the Jewish student organization at WMU, organized the event, “Save a Horse, Ride a Camel” Wednesday that provided free camel rides to the Kalamazoo community and WMU students in celebration of WMU’s second annual Israel Peace Week.
“We are here raising awareness and promoting Israel’s democracy and peace in the Middle East,” said Caryn Zeitlin, a student at WMU and representative of Hillel @ WMU. “Since not everyone has the opportunity to travel to Israel, we are providing students the chance to see what Israel has to offer.”
WMU is one of seventy campuses across North America that is participating in Israel Peace Week this year.
The camel rides, located in the Valley III parking lot where over 200 people rode the camels and learned about Israel Peace Week.
Despite the cold and snowy weather, the camels continued to provide rides to the community and line of eager people, most who have never rode a camel before.
“Camels are used to the cold,” said Andreas Georgiades, owner of the camels and representative of Camels USA. “Deserts get really cold at night, and the camel is the only animal that fluctuates its own body temperature. [At times] the temperatures in the desert can reach as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit.”
Zeitlin said she thought that the event was a great success that relayed Hillel @ WMU’s cause to the community and hopes that the community will join in and celebrate Israel Peace Week.
“Israel needs a partner for peace,” said Zeitlin. “There are a lot of great inventions that came out of Israel, such as the cell phone, drip irrigation and many vaccines. We need to support Israel because Israel will be supporting us in the long run.”