Israel Advocacy 101 February 5, 2013: Israel Action Network Advocacy group releases manual IAN FACTs to fight delegitimization of Israel



Advocacy group releases manual to fight delegitimization of Israel

Source: JTA, 2-5-13

Click here to download FACTs

The Israel Action Network released a new manual aimed at fighting the delegitimization of Israel.

The advocacy group created by the Jewish Federations of North America put out a document called IAN FACTS aimed at countering efforts to isolate the Jewish state….READ MORE

Israel Advocacy 101: JUF’s Israel Education Center Tackling the Delegitimization of Israel on Campus with Programs & “The Playbook” Manual



Tackling the Delegitimization of Israel on Campus

Over the last ten years the battle for support of Israel has been fought on college campuses across the country.  During that time, Israel’s detractors have become more nuanced, coordinated and hateful.  “Occupy” style protests, boycott divestment and sanctions movements, cultural activities and Israel Apartheid Week (scheduled for the last week of February) are tactics used to achieve one goal: to delegitimize the existence of a Jewish state.

For that reason, JUF’s Israel Education Center has crafted a comprehensive manual entitled “The Playbook” JUF’s Israel Education Center to tackle the delegitimization effort head-on.  The goal of  The Playbook, is not only to provide students with a resource they can turn to when different forms of anti-Israel activity flare up, but ultimately to serve as a comprehensive tool that will motivate students to take back the conversation about Israel with tenacity, perseverance, and professionalism. If student advocates throughout the nation are equipped with a game plan that addresses the movement as a whole, they will be empowered to stand up and speak out for Israel. The Israel on Campus Coalition and the Israel Action Network have signed on as co-sponsors.

JUF’s Israel Education Center (IEC) supports year-round programming for initiatives which promote the positive aspects of Israel and is on the front-lines with students when anti-Israel activity occurs.  It is because of the positive, constant stream of pro-Israel activities that we are not losing hearts and minds on campus.  In the next two weeks DePaul University, Columbia College, School of the Art Institute, Bradley University, University of Illinois Chicago, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and University of Chicago will be holding Israel Peace Weeks.  The programming is a grassroots initiative, in concert with Hasbara Fellowships, to counter anti-Israel propaganda with a simple, positive message: Israel wants peace and has demonstrated its willingness to make painful sacrifices for peace.

Activities including movie screenings, tabling with educational materials, social media campaigns, lectures, and petitions are scheduled to occur across the state.  The majority of these programs are co-sponsored by multiple non-Jewish student groups, an effective tool for gaining wide-reaching support for Israel.  The efforts of Israel Peace Week are designed not only to educate students, faculty and staff but to off-set any negative messaging presented during Israel Apartheid Week.

The Israel Education Center is an arm of JUF’s Department of Campus Affairs and Student Engagement

Israel Advocacy News February 22, 2012: The David Project: Anti-Israel attitudes spreading at U.S. universities, report says



Anti-Israel attitudes spreading at U.S. universities, report says

The David Report says that while anti-Semitism is less of an issue for U.S. Jewish college students, negativity about Israel threatens to erode bipartisan support.

Source: Haaretz, Forward, 2-22-12

A report released February 8 by The David Project, one of a handful of Jewish groups devoted to campus activism on Israel, paints a nuanced picture of the challenges Israel faces on U.S. university campuses. Called “A Burning Campus? Rethinking Israel Advocacy at America’s Universities and Colleges,” the paper claims that universities are host to the worst anti-Israel behavior in America, even as the American public, more broadly, is supportive of the Jewish state.

But veering from the Israel advocacy world’s frequent position, the report makes a strong distinction between “anti-Israelism” and anti-Semitism on campus. Conflating the two does not “jive” with the experience of Jewish students who feel largely comfortable in American universities, the report warns. The problem, it stresses, is not anti-Semitism; it’s a “drip-drip negativity” about Israel that, according to the David Project’s Executive Director David Bernstein, threatens to erode support over the long term.

U.S. university students. University students in the U.S.
Photo by: Courtesy of the David Project / Forward

“The chief concern, therefore, is not the welfare of Jewish students,” the report states, “but that a pervasively negative atmosphere will affect the long-term thinking of current college students, negatively affecting strong bipartisan support for Israel.”

The way the new David Project sees it, a subtle problem deserves a subtle response. Its new agenda focuses on selling Israel rather than on reaming out its critics. Rather than counter anti-Israel speech on campus with flashy events featuring big-name speakers, the group proposes a kind of pro-Israel diplomacy in which students “map” their campuses to find and influence thought leaders — namely, other students and faculty members….Read more at the Forward. and Alan Dershowitz Gather Organizations and Individuals Around the World to “Step Up For Israel”


ISRAEL & ZIONIST EDUCATION and Alan Dershowitz Gather Organizations and Individuals Around the World to “Step Up For Israel” to Launch an International Step Up For Israel Campaign at Park Avenue Synagogue in New York City

Source: Business Wire, 10-3-11 ( ), a leading online source for Jewish and Israel learning worldwide, announces the launch of “Step Up For Israel,” a national, grassroots Israel education campaign ( ).

The campaign launch will take place on October 3rd at 7pm, at Park Avenue Synagogue, 50 E. 87th St., New York City. It will feature a screening of Crossing the Line, a short film produced by Raphael Shore that exposes the organized movement on North American campuses to delegitimize Israel. Shore will introduce the film, and Professor Alan Dershowitz will speak after the screening. The event is free and open to the public.

Step Up for Israel, chaired by Professor Dershowitz and former Israel Ambassador Dore Gold, is designed to create broad awareness of the growing anti-Israel movements on college campuses and hopes to provide all Jewish high school students with a minimum 4 hours of basic Israel education.

“Anti-Israel propaganda, pressure, and intimidation are the norm in college, not the exception, and it has become vital that parents and their children understand what is occurring and know how to respond effectively before they experience it themselves, as was the case for me and many others,” said Jessica Felber, West Coast Director,

Amy Holtz, president of, advises, “Many parents don’t realize that their children could be confronted by a one-sided, anti-Israel perspective when they get to college.” While Holtz says that the problem does not exist on all campuses, she believes that “responsible Jewish parents must prepare their kids for what they might see and hear about Israel, just as they prepare them for other challenges they might face on campus.”

Recognizing how crucial it is that American Jews actively confront the movement to delegitimize Israel, leaders from the successful Soviet Jewry movement are actively promoting the campaign. “We have great hopes for this campaign, the film, and for the recognition it can drive home to the public…” said Pam Cohen, Former National President of The Union of Council for Soviet Jews.

The campaign is receiving broad participation. Step Up For Israel is being run by The Greater Miami JCRC; The United Jewish Communities and JCRC of Metro-West; The Albuquerque Federation; the Atlanta community; and synagogues, churches, and organizations across the world.

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