Israel Advocacy News February 13, 2012: The 2012 Young Zionist Leadership Conference brings together the ‘Zionist leaders of tomorrow’

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Conference brings together the ‘Zionist leaders of tomorrow’

Source: Jewish Journal, 2-13-12

Participants at the 2012 Young Zionist Leadership Conference gather on the beach in Miami. Photo courtesy of WZOParticipants at the 2012 Young Zionist Leadership Conference gather on the beach in Miami. Photo courtesy of WZO

For Rebecca Schwab, senior advisor to the Midwest board of Young Judea, the lack of Israel engagement on college campuses is one of the primary challenges facing Zionist youth movements in America.

“A lot of campuses talk about anti-Semitism and how to overcome it in a politically correct way,” Schwab said. “But really the problem is under-engagement, because you’ll have a lot of dreamers who really want to put on these Israel advocacy events, [including] training seminars and bringing in speakers, but the [student] population doesn’t show up.”

That was just one of the contemporary issues on the table for more than 150 Jewish college students and 30 on-campus professionals discussed last month in Miami at the 2012 Young Zionist Leadership Conference (YZL), a three-day leadership training and professional development gathering sponsored by the World Zionist Organization (WZO). According to Samantha Vinokor, WZO’s communications director, Zionist groups from across the spectrum of political and religious affiliation were able to find out “‘Where are you coming from, where am I coming from?’ and happily meet in the middle under this cause.” Groups such as the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), Stand With Us, The David Project, J Street, and others were “brought together for one of the first times ever that we’re aware of,” Vinokor said.

“We literally sat in that room, and the discussion was, ‘We are the Zionist leaders of tomorrow,’” said Schwab, who is from the University of Wisconsin. “And someone said, ‘Oh wow, it’s so cool, I already know you guys, so when you’re huge in the Jewish community, I’ll already know who you are.”

The conference’s keynote speaker was Israel Maimon, who served as cabinet secretary under former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Sharona Whisler, who represented the Southeastern Region of ZOA at the conference, said she asked Maimon if Sharon, at the time, believed the 2005 disengagement from the Gaza would bring about Israeli-Palestinian peace….READ MORE

Efraim Inbar: Top professor Bar-Ilan University ‘only Zionist’ institution in Israel

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Efraim Inbar: Top professor Bar-Ilan University ‘only Zionist’ institution in Israel

Efraim Inbar says Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University house many ‘Bolshevik post-Zionists,’ adding: An evil wind is emanating from these places.

Source: Haaretz, 11-21-11

“Bar-Ilan University is the only Zionist university left in Israel,” – this was the bald assertion made by Professor Efraim Inbar, Director of Bar-Ilan’s Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, at a gala dinner of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) held Tuesday night in New York.

Contacted by Ha’aretz, Inbar stood by his claim, saying that Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, for example, were “not Zionist” in his opinion. “There are many Bolshevik post-Zionists at these universities, who pack their faculties with similar-minded lecturers. The Israeli universities are overflowing with post-Modernists who undermine not only Zionism but academic truth itself.”

Benjamin Netanyahu - Avi Ohayoun - 2009 Benjamin Netanyahu during his speech at Bar-Ilan University, June 2009.
Photo by: Avi Ohayoun

Inbar said that although he knows that there are also Zionist lecturers at the various Social Studies faculties, they are outnumbered. “An evil wind is emanating from these places,” he said.

Inbar’s comments, made during a short introduction of one of ZOA’s principal donors, were received warmly by the 800-strong audience that came to the Grand Hyatt Hotel in midtown Manhattan to honor controversial conservative talk-show host Glenn Beck, who received the “Dr. Miriam & Sheldon Adelson Defender of Israel Award” as well as US Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), who received the ZOA’s “Dr. Irving & Cherna Moskowitz Award for Promoting Strong US-Israel Relations.” Adelson and Moskowitz are both renowned donors to right-wing and other causes….READ MORE

Efraim Inbar Professor Efraim Inbar.