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ReConnect: Events and Announcements
Congratulations to the latest graduates of the NY Boot Camp!
FUEL FOR TRUTH EVENTS
A Conversation with Palestinian Human Rights Activist Bassem Eid
- February 21st | 7pm | Click here to purchase your ticket before they sell out!
- Get an inside perspective of the core problems facing Palestinian society that you won't hear about on the news, at the United Nations, or on college campuses. Palestinian Authority corruption, lack of civil rights and liberties, poor employment and educational opportunities, and the BDS and other anti-Israel groups masquerading as pro-Palestinian
Speak Up for Israel - 3-part workshop series. A joint effort of Fuel For Truth and CAMERA Young Leadership
- Part II: Social Media and Israel | March 7th, 7:00 PM | Click here for tickets.
- MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE | Light dinner provided | Contact: Allie Zur, email@example.com
- Save the Date! Part III: April 4th - The U.N. and Israel
OTHER EVENTS OF INTEREST
Dror Winter Happy Hour! | February 8th @ Lovage NYC | Event Details Here
Israeli UN Ambassador Danny Danon | February 13th @ Columbia University | Event Details Here
Shalva’s Young Leadership Full House | February 23rd @ The Prince George Ballroom | Event Details Here
ReTold: Michelle Soffen & Zach Schaffer's Story
It’s easy to post, but it’s not as easy to act. Social media platforms have become another source of news consumption for many users; reading articles and thoughts posted by friends, organizations, and brands. While it’s quite simple to like, share, or comment on content within your newsfeed, the interaction often ends there. Not for Michelle Soffen and Zach Schaffer, two FFT members that participated in NYC’s Boot Camp in 2015 & 2016, respectively.
Driven by conversations that developed on Soffen’s Facebook posts, Soffen saw an opportunity to take the conversation offline in hopes of finding a solution to the challenges Zionist progressive individuals face when it comes to supporting Israel. She shared, “I haven’t felt fully welcome in either circle. I feel like a lot of Zionist advocacy has become very right-winged and though there’s a place for that, it doesn’t totally align with my perspective.” She suggested a live meeting to discuss these issues, and many people expressed interest - including Schaffer who helped Soffen recruit for the event. Schaffer was excited to help out, “I thought this was an awesome idea, and I’m really excited to see what kind of conversations come out of this and how we can continue beyond this. This is hopefully just a start and not a one off event to support each other and to find ways for Progressive Zionists in NYC and our own networks stand up for all of the causes that we believe in all at the same time.” ... READ MORE...
ReLearn: Advocacy Tips & Resources
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ReView, ReThink, Respond
Can't-miss articles to keep you up to date. Plus! FFT Boot Camp style advice for how to tackle some of the topics mentioned within.
The Way Forward on Settlements: Advice for Trump From Two Veteran Mideast Negotiators by Dennis Ross & David Makovsky - January 23, 2017
Remember! This topic is polarizing. The international community has decided to adopt the settlements issue…so we just have to deal.
Key points when discussing settlements:
-- 80-90% of settlers reside in the 5 blocs, which is also where the majority of the construction takes place;
-- both sides publicly recognize the 5 blocs will be excluded from any future Palestinian state;
-- settlements are not legal or illegal - Judea & Samaria (West Bank) is disputed land.
Don’t Defund the U.N. — Find Other Ways to Help Israel by Daniel Runde - January 9, 2017
When asked: Should the U.S. defund the UN because Obama abstained?
Positive messenger response: The U.S. should always defend Israel, its greatest ally and only true democracy in the Middle East, in any international arena. Regarding the U.S. funding the UN, we believe it should take a wholistic approach as the world’s democratic leader.
Why Israel has the most technologically advanced military on Earth by Yaakov Katz - January 29, 2017
Key Take-Away: Israel continues to be on the cutting edge of technology advancement and remains committed towards helping contribute to the evolution of critical world industries. Read Startup Nation.
Diaspora Jews Have No Right to Impose Our Policy Preferences on Israel by Benjamin Gladstone - January 30, 2017
2 Critical Elements: While it is important to be informed on current affairs and formulate opinions with regards to Israeli policy,
-- We must always be conscious of the company with which we reveal our criticisms of Israeli politics. People not educated on the topic or familiar with the rhetoric may mistake our criticism of Israeli politics, for criticism of the Nation. Context is critical.
-- Its easy to comment on Israeli policy when you live thousands of miles away.
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