Welcome to ReFuel, the monthly newsletter of ZOA's Fuel For Truth. Check your inbox on the first Tuesday (minus this special Wednesday edition) of each month to find out what's happening in the FFT universe. Let us know what you love/hate by reaching out to Arielle Holstein.
ReConnect: Announcements & Events
BOOT CAMPS LAUNCH!
It's the most... wonderful time... of the year... No, not Christmas—the return of our Boot Camp program!!! After a summer hiatus, our Boot Camp classes kick off this month in New York, DC, Miami, and Boston! More than 135 young professionals applied for the limited seats we offer and the chosen few will now begin their Boot Camp journey - as they did in NYC last night - to gain the facts, skills, and confidence to be vocal and persuasive advocates for Israel, while becoming part of a community and something greater than themselves. Best of luck to all our Boot Campers. Enjoy the ride.
JOIN US AT THE ZOA GALA
The fall's biggest gathering of Zionists is less than four weeks away!
Get your tickets to the ZOA's Justice Louis D. Brandeis Award Dinner, aka ZOA Gala, aka Zionist Prom, to celebrate Israel and honor some of the most committed supporters of the Jewish state.
HONOREES & PRESENTERS INCLUDE:
Amb. John Bolton, United States National Security Advisor
Amb. Danny Danon, Israel's Permanent Representative to the UN
Amb. Richard Grenell, United States Ambassador to Germany
Alan Dershowitz, Harvard Law Professor & The Case For Israel author
Sunday, November 4
4:30 - 10:30 PM
Marriott Marquis Hotel
1535 Broadway, NYC
**Special drink reception for young professionals following the program**
FFT Members: Check out the FFT Members-Only Facebook group for your city or email Justin Ellis to learn about your special discounted rate
Non-FFT Members: Register here for general admission, as well as discounted young professional and student tickets
ReCap: September 2018
CELEBRATING ONE YEAR WITH ZOA!
We want to take this opportunity to acknowledge a very special milestone. In September 2017, we entered into a one-year strategic partnership with the Zionist Organization of America in order to expand our Boot Camp program around the country. This past year was a monumental success as we were able to provide the amazing experience of Boot Camp to more than 200 young professionals in our previously existing markets of New York and Washington, DC, as well as our new chapters in Miami and Boston. We would like to thank ZOA for their incredible support and look forward to continuing our partnership in this bold mission.
ReTold: Yoni Michanie's Story
In the spring of 2015, my unit was dispatched to Hebron to guard a small road which connected Kyriat Arba to the Cave of the Patriarchs. Since the Second Intifada (2000-2005) terrorist attacks highly increase during Passover, when thousands come from around the world to pray in one of the four holiest cities in Judaism. Our job was simple, protect those who were praying and prevent the outbreak of violence.
After a long week in one of my outposts, I was nearing the end of my guard shift. As I looked over a distant alleyway, I saw a young Palestinian teen approaching my outpost with what I perceived was a weapon. I proceeded to follow the IDF’s rules of engagement, which consist of giving warning screams in Arabic and aiming the loaded weapon to the air in the attempt to scare the teen away. It did not have the intended effect. He continued to approach me, and I shot a bullet in the air, hoping it would do the trick. It did, and I reported the incident to the higher-ranking officer who oversaw our operations on the ground.
It was not even a real weapon; it was a toy gun used to instigate soldiers and cause unnecessary violence. What was most disturbing about this incident was not the age of the young teen who sought to provoke me rather than learn in a classroom. Nor was it the hate that I saw in his eyes. It was the UN patrol car who saw the entire scene unfold that I found most disturbing. The UN reporters did not leave the vehicle to cover the legal procedures of engagement which I undertook or to photograph the teen with a weapon in his hand. They only got out of the car to photograph me, an IDF soldier, loading the weapon.
It was later, through Fuel For Truth, that I was able to understand such instances and the realities on the ground. From understanding the role of the Palestinian Authority and Hamas to dissecting the true goals of the anti-Israel establishment in the United States, I came to realize that the teen in that alleyway was a victim of the institutionalized Palestinian indoctrination of hate. He was not born with a genetic tendency to hate Israelis and Jews; he was taught to deny Jewish connection to Israel and the atrocious historical crimes against the Jewish people.
Fuel For Truth allowed me to see that the UN reporters that photographed me were not at fault. They were simply pawns in an agency which seeks to perpetuate the Palestinian refugee problem and reward terrorism with sympathy. They belong to a system designed to outcast Israel in the international community. It was not their fault. It was the UN’s.
The Boot Camp program unpacked some of the most controversial misconceptions and distorted historical contexts surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Perhaps most importantly, I learned the importance of communicating in a manner in which others will want to listen. It is about developing sympathy while remaining consistently accurate in our analysis of the conflict’s dynamic. As an alumni and Israel professional, the FFT was an incredibly rewarding experience.
ReLearn: Advocacy Tips & Resources
Don't be too eager in an advocacy encounter. Keep a "present desk" and a "future desk" in your mind. If something does not need to be said in any moment, save it for later. The goal is not to say everything you want to say—it is to nudge them in a different direction and to ensure you have future opportunities to continue nudging.
Ron's Book Selection
From Time Immemorial
by Joan Peters
This monumental and fascinating book, the product of seven years of original research, will forever change the terms of the debate about the conflicting claims of the Arabs and the Jews in the Middle East.
The weight of the comprehensive evidence found and brilliantly analyzed by historian and journalist Joan Peters answers many crucial questions, among them: Why are the Arab refugees from Israel seen in a different light from all the other, far more numerous peoples who were displaced after World War II? Why, indeed, are they seen differently from the Jewish refugees who were forced, in 1948 and after, to leave the Arab countries to find a haven in Israel? Who, in fact, are the Arabs who were living within the borders of present-day Israel, and where did they come from?
Rabin in His Own Words
What to Watch
Rabin in His Own Words is an “autobiography” of sorts, the story is told entirely in Rabin’s own voice.
Through a combination of rare archival footage, home movies and private letters, his personal and professional dramas unfold before the viewer's eyes—from his childhood as the son of a labor leader before the founding of the State of Israel, through a change of viewpoint that turned him from a farmer into an army man who stood at some of the most critical junctures in Israeli history, through his later years during which he served as Prime Minister and made moves that enraged a large portion of the public, until the horrific moment when his political career and life were suddenly brought to an end.
RePost: Articles Published by FFT Members
by Yoni Michanie, Boston Boot Camp graduate - September 26, 2018
"The status quo exists due to certain historical events. If you disregard those events, no lasting negotiation will succeed."
by Yoni Michanie, Boston Boot Camp graduate - August 8, 2018
"The upcoming national SJP conference at UCLA will serve as fuel for those committed to the demonization of students across the country who are supportive of Israel. The UCLA administration must be held accountable for providing a space that allows Jewish students to feel and be threatened."
by Michael Yadov, NYC Boot Camp graduate & class instructor - October 4, 2018
"Beyond a nearly universal approval of Israel’s existence, Jews outside of Israel have to reconcile Israel’s political necessities and national interests with those of their home nation, very often putting them at odds."
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