Dec 3, 2013
By: Miranda Lapides, Hasbara Fellow '13
It’s been quite an exciting semester for the pro-Israel community here at George Mason! The Israel Student Association has had two big events this semester, our first one being a fundraiser for Syrian refugees called Step Up for Syria. We had papers face down and for every $5 that was donated to a paper, we would flip that piece over. Ultimately, the flipped papers created a larger image of a Syrian child, a fact about the conflict, and an inspirational quote by Anne Frank. We raised about $360 that would go to the Red Cross to improve the quality of life for refugees. Our group along with members of Alpha Epsilon Pi and Sigma Alpha Epsilon helped make this successful event possible.
Nov 13, 2013
By: Ron Feingold '13 & Shira Frishman '12, Hasbara Fellows
One of the most basic concepts discussed in an introductory economics class is that people respond to incentives. Whether they are used to reward positive and wanted behaviors or to punish unwanted ones, incentives play a major role in the decision making of individuals.
Governments oftentimes use incentives to promote a certain policy amongst their citizens. Last week, for example, the Israeli government released 26 Palestinian prisoners — all convicted murderers — as a goodwill gesture to encourage and expedite the American-brokered peace talks.
New York Update
It’s been a busy couple of weeks for students in the New York area and it’s only going to get busier!
Take Back Zionism, an amazing campaign launched by Birthright Israel Alumni in collaboration with Hasbara Fellowships among many other wonderful organizations, was launched at a gala in NYC early February. The Take Back Zionism campaign is a campaign designed to help young Jews define what Zionism means to them. Elie Weisel, who was supposed to be the main speaker at the event was unfortunately ill and unable to attend but was replaced by Michael Oren who gave a speech via webcam. Michael Steinhardt, the co-founder of Birthright Israel was also in attendance among the hundreds of students and young professionals who came to re-define what Zionism means to them.
What does Zionism mean to you? Check out TakeBackZionism.org and let the world know.
New Yorkers also had the privilege of attending an exclusive screening of Iranium, the most talked about film in the press the moment, at an AMC theatre in NYC. This event, which was co-sponsored by Aish Connections in conjunction with Lionpac, was highly successful with over 200 students in attendance.The director, Alex Traiman, also joined us for a gripping Q & A session after the film. Students also had the pleasure of attending an Israel pre-party where they mingled, ate falafel and drank some amazing wine.
Haven’t seen the film yet? It might be coming to a campus near you, so stay tuned! And keep checking the Hasbara calendar of events to find a screening near you.
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