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, [email protected]
ReConnect: Events and Announcements
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Celebrate Jerusalem with CAMERA Young Leadership
Jerusalem Post Conference 2017 - 6th Annual Conference in New York City
Sunday May 7th | 9:00am-5:30pm | Purchase Tickets Here!
ReTold: Michael Camhi's Story
Last month, I attended my first AIPAC Policy Conference. Throughout my college years in DC, the influx of the pro-Israel community was infamous, and some referred to it as the “Jewish Super Bowl.” As is common for some to have “chili cook-off” competitions during the Super Bowl, complete with a concoction of spices that provide the special “kick” or “punch,” I found myself in an AIPAC equivalent: a cholent (traditional Jewish stew) of people representing the entire spectrum of society, gathered for an awe-inspiring and admittedly intimidating event. Of the estimated 19,000 attendants, about 4,000 were students. This cholent consisted not only of older Jewish men and women, of day school students proudly sporting pins from their schools—their proverbial Jewish mothers not too far in tow—and young Jewish professionals, but also of church delegations in cowboy hats, women in hijabs, fraternity/sorority members with logos proudly on display, and even some people decked out in dashikis. Beginning to fathom the astounding operations and logistics necessary to run an event of this magnitude, I realized how truly impressive of a feat Policy Conference is. As the soundwaves of thousands of conversations reverberated off the walls and thumped against my chest, and as ushers hurriedly directed people to their sessions, the energy was palpable, the ebullience almost visceral. I was certain I was embarking on an extraordinary experience.
My college days were when I discovered an interest in Israel and became intrigued by its divisiveness and disproportionate attention it garnered on campus. I suddenly found myself back on GW’s campus, enjoying a Friday shabbat meal at Chabad Jewish Colonials, surrounded by students who knew I was in town for the conference. One student inevitably asked me how I could continue to support “the occupation.” Without getting involved with Fuel For Truth, an organization that works to strengthen Israel’s image around the world by equipping young leaders with facts and historical analysis about the Middle East, an impetuous response would likely have come out of my mouth without too much thought into the efficacy of the message I was trying to deliver. Something continually emphasized throughout FFT was that tone, delivery, and even silence could be more effective tools than the actual substance of an argument when communicating to a peer (or to those around you listening). Surely not as slyly as those who taught during Boot Camp, I found myself framing the conversation with carefully selected questions and did my best not to interrupt him (for those that know me, it wasn’t easy). The conversation ended pleasantly, with him, and others, hopefully rethinking previously held narratives and misconceptions. All too often, I feel strongly about Israel yet have difficulty articulating sound pro-Israel arguments, especially in social settings. FFT afforded me, not only the confidence to engage, but also the manner in which to engage. Boot Camp provided me the substance to back up the spirit, and I was certain that this new-found confidence influenced my decision to make my first foray into AIPAC.
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ReLearn: Advocacy Tips & Resources
Always seek common ground in every advocacy conversation. The more mutual understanding you can come to with an individual, the more affinity they have towards you and the more they trust you. It’s okay to make small concessions in a conversation and to focus on areas of agreement, rather than disagreement. This allows you to frame the conversation as a shared challenge you are working to overcome together, rather than as a contest between two adversaries.
Ron's Book Selection
Terror Out of Zion
by J. Bowyer Bell
This is the definitive story of desperate, dedicated revolutionaries who were driven to conclude that lives must be taken if Israel were to live. The dynamite bombing of the King David Hotel and the assassinations of Lord Moyne in Cairo and Count Bernardotte in Palestine were but a few acts of terror which forced the British out of the Middle East. Terror Out of Zion evaluates whether these acts were extremist or necessary, and whether these men and women were fanatics or freedom fighters.
Terror Out of Zion serves as a primer for those who would understand contemporary political divisions in Israel. It is based on careful historical research and interviews with surviving members of the Irgun, chronicling bombings, assassinations, prison escapes, and endless cycles of retaliation in the terror that gave birth to Israel, but, no less, continues to inform its political relations. Bell has fashioned an adventure story that also explains the sources of current tensions and frictions within Israel.
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.
All 100 senators sign letter asking for equal treatment of Israel at the U.N. by Anne Gearan – April 27, 2017
Bipartisanship in the Senate: Even in today's hyper-partisan world, Democrats and Republicans still agree on at least one thing…there must be relentless support of Israel.
Podcast: Yossi Klein Halevi on Ze’ev Jabotinsky’s “The Iron Wall” by Tikvah Fund – April 26, 2017
A look back on competing Zionist philosophies: When discussing internal Israel perspectives, it's okay to agree on the ends but disagree on the means. The most important thing is making the person offering an opposing viewpoint feel heard and respected.
Gaza’s only power plant has shut down. Who will pay the bill? by Hazem Balousha and Ruth Eglash – April 20, 2017
Palestinian Authority ultimatum: The power struggle between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas has caused, and now intensified, the dire situation in Gaza. Any conversation on Gaza must distinguish between those causing the hardship (Palestinian leadership) and those enduring it (the Palestinian people).
ReCap: FFT Last Month
Fuel For Truth and CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America) Young Leadership co-sponsored a 3-part workshop series, bringing together 150 young professionals.
The first session gave attendees the tools needed to respond to bias in the media. The second session focused on how to conduct a persuasive discussion on conflicts relating to Israel. The third and final workshop focused on the United Nations and its turbulent relationship towards Israel. The speaker of this session, pictured above, was Nadav Yessod – Human Rights Advisor, Permanent Mission of Israel to the UN – and FFT Boot Camp Graduate!
For any questions about the series, please contact CAMERA's Young Leadership Director, Allie Zur: [email protected]
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