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.
Hasbara Fellowships, Day Two
May 24, 2011
Acclimated to our new surroundings, we hit the ground running, starting the day with a strategic tour of Jerusalem. We visited various locations, deciphering how the city’s borders have changed from 1948 to 1967 to today. The stories of bravery and sacrifice from soldiers and civilians alike recounted by our tour guide, Jonty Blackman, were inspiring. In particular, the town of Giloh, which overlooks Bethlehem, was established to protect the more populated areas of Jerusalem and is today a thriving and vibrant community integrated into the city.
Following our tour, we heard some inspiring words regarding pro-Israel activism on campus and also explored the root causes of anti-Semitism. By understanding the origins of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism we can better combat these occurrences on our campuses. I and the other fellows are excited for the next two weeks and will surely return to campus better equipped to advocate for Israel.
York University, Canada