ReFuel - November 1, 2016

Welcome to the brand new, official newsletter of Fuel For Truth, ReFuel. In 2016, information flies into our lives from 360 degrees, and too often we find ourselves reading an amalgamation of conflated ideas, forced conclusions, omitted facts and lost truths. Without the right tools, you walk away either confused, misinformed or tragically both. 

We, at FFT, want to change that for as many of our contemporaries as we can, especially when it comes to the gross misrepresentation of Israel in today's media and public discourse. Our organization is built on the idea of spreading truth. When you read the news, we want you to have the historical context, the facts, and the community so that you understand the full picture. 

This is our newsletter. These are our stories and the things we care about. Every first Tuesday each month, be sure to check your inbox for the latest.

 ReConnect - events and announcements

New Website!

We are proud and excited to announce the launch of Fuel For Truth's new and improved website. 

Almost 50 applicants were interviewed for the 25 spots in the 11-week program.
Join us at Penny Farthing (103 Third Avenue) at 9pm tonight to welcome the new class and catch up with FFT alumni.

Our Washington D.C. Boot Camp is growing faster than ever and has already needed to find a bigger classroom to be able to keep up with the number of applicants!

New partners!
Fuel For Truth and CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America) will be partnering for a 3-part speaker/writing workshop series. Save these dates and be on the lookout for more details to come: February 7, March 7, and April 4.


 ReTold - our advocate's stories

Red in the face and profusely sweating through my olive green IDF t-shirt, I sat on the floor in a bomb shelter, taking cover from incoming rockets launched by the terrorist group Hamas. I shared this particular shelter with a group of children in bathing suits, many of them still wearing floaties and dripping from the pool that they were splashing around in moments before hearing the shrill alarm. This was July 2014 and I was in Israel on Birthright; afterwards, I extended my trip to stay with family. Being in the Middle East during these tumultuous weeks, I spent a fair share of time in underground shelters built to protect innocent lives from indiscriminately fired rockets, many of which were launched from civilian areas like hospitals and schools. Read more...

 


 ReView - what you need to know

Below are this edition's need-to-read articles. As important as it is to know history and the facts, it's equally as important to be knowledgeable about current events. Each edition, will include three to five articles consisting of short, medium and long reads each selected to keep you informed about the latest developments. Click here for the website version.

October 20, 2016

Jerusalem's Walls, Breached Again - Jonathan S. Tobin (Commentary)
In a saner era, the latest archeological discovery in Jerusalem would be the sort of thing only academics or ancient history buffs would care about. But in a month when UNESCO has voted repeatedly to treat Jerusalem’s holiest spots as if they were solely Muslim, the dig that located the site where the Romans breached the capital’s walls during the great Jewish revolt in 70 C.E. is of more than academic interest. It is not only yet another reminder of the insidious nature of the war still being waged to extinguish the rebirth of Jewish sovereignty in the Jewish homeland.

 
October 25, 2016

For Iran, Exerting Force While Making Nice Is Part of the Plan - Thomas Erdbrink (New York Times)

TEHRAN — Just as conservative opponents of the nuclear deal with Iran had warned, Tehran seems to be moving aggressively to expand its regional influence while working to counter American interests throughout the Middle East.

Yet, just as proponents of the deal had promised, Iran is also slowly opening up, cutting deals with Western businesses, establishing phone links with the United States, speeding up the internet, welcoming hordes of European tourists and relaxing some social restrictions on its own people.

 
October 27, 2016

Keep calm and work with Israel to defeat the security threat from Islamic State - Lord Trimble and Robert Quick (Telegraph)

Given the slanders against Israel - which emanate not least from the same Islamist propagandists residing here in the United Kingdom who hate the West and this country also - it is perhaps surprising to some that we found Israel to be a beacon of hope in this fight on a recent fact-finding visit.


October 27, 2016

Foreign-Policy Debate Scrambled by 2016 Election - Jay Solomon and Laura Meckler (Wall Street Journal)

The 2016 presidential campaign has thoroughly scrambled traditional positions on foreign policy and international intervention, obliterating many of the usual partisan distinctions and presenting political challenges for whoever wins in November.

Hillary Clinton, if elected president, would take a more aggressive posture than President Barack Obama on the international stage, according to her public statements and top aides. That would set her apart from the liberal wing of Democrats led by Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has called her too quick to back military force, as well as the anti-interventionist approach advocated by Republican nominee Donald Trump and a growing number in his party.



 ReLearn - advocacy tips and resources

Even if you're a bootcamp graduate, it always helps to review some of what you learned on those late Tuesdays nights so many months or years ago. For this first edition, we wanted to share with you a list of videos we compiled as a refresher course in some of the basics that we teach and learn at Fuel For Truth. 

Acknowledgements

Special thanks to:

Joe Richards - Fuel For Truth's co-founder
Jon Loew- Fuel For Truth's co-founder 
Ron Wasserman - Fuel For Truth's CEO and Chairman
Alex Kantor
 - Fuel For Truth's visionary President
Jeremy Meller - Fuel For Truth's COO and technology backbone
The Newsletter Team - Adam Engel, Ariel Kreisler, Erica Sperber, Chriss Williams, Geoff Hecht
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