ReFuel - June 6, 2017

ReFuel

Welcome to the official newsletter of Fuel For Truth, ReFuel. On the first Tuesday of each month, be sure to check your inbox for the latest edition. To provide feedback or suggestions, please reach out to Tali Snow Schwartz, talis@fuelfortruth.org. 

ReConnect: Events and Announcements

 *** NYC BOOT CAMP APPLICATION PERIOD OPEN ***
Learn more about Boot Camp here

We will be accepting applications until June 27 at 12:00pm
http://www.fuelfortruth.org/nyapp


 NYC Party For Truth! 

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DON'T FORGET TO BUY A TICKET FOR TOMORROW'S NYC PARTY FOR TRUTH!

https://partyfortruth.eventbrite.com/ 
Ticket will be sold up until the event and available at the door.


Save The Date!
FFT-DC Party for Truth

Thursday June 22, 2017 | Time & Location TBD

Please Join FFT-DC for a night of celebrating and “fuel”-ing your curiosity and knowledge about Israel and the Middle East.

 FFT-DC Discussion: 50th Anniversary of the Six-Day War

Join FFT-DC alumni for a discussion of the legacy and impact of the Six Day War featuring Shoshana Bryen, Senior Director of the Jewish Policy Center and Herb London, President of the London Center for Policy Research.
$8.00 for FFT alumni | $10.00 for general public.
Click here to purchase tickets

Thursday June 29, 2017 | 6:30pm – 8:00pm
50 F St NW, Conference Room A

ReTold: Justin Ellis' Story

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As an Israel advocacy educator and the president of Fuel For Truth, my days are happily consumed with studying the national and regional history which brought us to where we are today and keeping pace with the events influencing where we may be tomorrow. Appraising Israel’s future, the majority of what I see is incredibly positive despite our tribally wired and media induced inclination to believe the sky is always falling.

Israel certainly faces challenges, some better known than others and many comparative to fellow developed nations, but the outlook is incredibly promising and certainly far better than those nostalgic for an era long gone would have you believe. However, there is one issue that threatens Israel uniquely and requires immediate action. And no, it's not the Palestinians. It's us. We in the diaspora live in an era in which the Jewish connection to Israel, or each other, is not guaranteed. Nearly seven decades after six million of our brethren were systematically exterminated in the Holocaust, nearly seven decades after 850,000 of our kinsman were ethnically cleansed from Arab and Islamic lands, and nearly seven decades after the establishment of the first Jewish sovereign in 2,000 years, our collective memory is facing amnesia, apathy, and even hostility.

Throughout North America and Western Europe there is a growing number of young Jews who have never... READ MORE...

50th Anniversary of the Reunification of Jerusalem

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War and the reunification of Jerusalem. In June of 1967 Egypt, Jordan and Syria surrounded Israel’s borders and once again threatened the Jewish state with annihilation. Against all odds Israel defeated the Arab armies in unprecedented fashion, requiring just six days to repel the enemy forces. The outcome of the war resulted in Jewish sovereignty over our holiest sites for the first time in 2000 years, and forever changed the dynamic of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

FFT celebrates this historic victory and commemorates those who gave their lives in defense of Israel fifty years ago. We proudly recognize that since liberating Jerusalem, Israel has respected the rights of all peoples to access and worship at their respective holy sites. Following the war, in pursuit of peace, Israel offered much of the land it had conquered, culminating in the 1979 peace treaty with Egypt, which holds to this day.

ReLearn: Advocacy Tips & Resources

Advocacy Tip

Take a deep breath. In advocacy, we have a biological flight or fight response when we hear something that offends us, especially when it’s a conversation about something as existentially important as Israel. We need to remind ourselves to shut off that evolutionary ingrained response, take a deep breath, and respond respectfully. Always make sure you’re engaging in a civil conversation.


Ron's Book Selection
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Behind the Silken Curtain

by Bartley Crum

A Personal Account of Anglo-American Diplomacy in Palestine and the Middle East.

In 1946, the US government requested that 100,000 Jewish refugees be admitted immediately to Palestine from the DP camps. The British government resisted and at last set up a committee to investigate and recommend a decision. The British thought it almost impossible that the group would unanimously vote for letting them go - which in turn happened. This book is the personal account of one of the members appointed to that committee, following him from DP camps in Europe, to Cairo, and then to Jewish and Arab cities in Palestine during 1946.

ReView & ReThink

Can't-miss articles to keep you up-to-date. Plus! FFT Boot Camp style advice for how to frame some of the topics mentioned within.

NETANYAHU: ISRAELI LAND SWAPS WITH PALESTINIANS WON'T BRING PEACE 
by ARIEL WHITMAN – May 30, 2017

If it were as simple as land: If asked why Israel doesn’t just pull out of the West Bank, remind them what happened in Gaza. Israel unilaterally withdrew and gave full control to the Palestinians as a gesture toward peace and it resulted in a Hamas coup, tens of thousands of rockets, terror tunnels, and a humanitarian crisis. What would prevent that from happening again?


 ISRAELI MINISTER HALTS GAZA ELECTRICITY REDUCTION 
by TOVAH LAZAROFF  – June 1, 2017

There are Palestinian problems that don’t involve Israel: The Palestinian Authority is trying to deprive the people of Gaza of electricity in order to undermine the ruling Hamas. Ending the PA-Hamas conflict is an essential ingredient for making peace with Israel.

Support Fuel For Truth

Volunteer Opportunity!

FFT is currently looking for volunteers to assist with the accounting/finance function of its operations. CPA or CFA is helpful but not required. Please contact ellisj@fuelfortruth.org if you are interested in helping out the organization! 

Earn Money for Fuel For Truth when you Shop on Amazon Smile!
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STEP 1: Go to: smile.amazon.com where you will be prompted to choose a charity to support.

STEP 2: Search for Fuel For Truth and click "support this charity".

STEP 3:  Important! In order for FFT to receive the automatic donations, you must start your shopping at the address smile.amazon.com (not amazon.com). You will see the same site, same products, and your same account - but this special URL will register your purchases for a donation back to FFT.  

STEP 4: Shop away! The more you buy, the more gets donated back. Thank you for supporting Fuel For Truth!

Acknowledgements

Joe Richards & Jon Loew - Fuel For Truth Co-Founders
Ron Wasserman - Chairman & CEO 
Justin Ellis - President
Jeremy Meller - COO
The Newsletter Team - Tali Schwartz, Ariel Kreisler,
Zach Schaffer, Josh Offit, Arielle Holstein


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