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.
Think Green, Think Blue, Think CUNY!!
By: Batya Reyz
On Tuesday, NYSIPAC (the Brooklyn College Israel Club) joined together with the Food Sustaibablility Club to hold a tabling event educating the student body on the numerous ways that Israel works to protect the environment.
The “Think Green Think Blue” materials from Hasbara Fellowships really suprised a lot of people who knew very little about the all of the contributions Israel gives to the planet each and every day! This includes everything from battling global climate change, to finding clean energy solutions, to conserving water, and much more! The attractiveness of the materials brought in many curious onlookers, and we distributed many organic lolipops (together with "Did You Know" cards about Israel) provided by the Food Sustainability Club!
Together with Food Sustainability, were able to show the importance of preserving and protecting the environment, as well as understand and appreciate Israeli innovations and productivity.
On Thursday, “Students United for Israel” brought Noam Bedein from Sderot Media Center to speak about the Iranian threat to Israel’s security. By telling stories about his personal experiences living under the constant threat of rocket attacks, and showing some powerful videos of the faces of Sderot, he demonstrated the human struggles that Israeli citizens face in their daily lives living in such close proximity to Hamas.
The audience was 40% non-Jewish and many of them had never heard of the situation before because of the lack of media coverage. Many in the audience were extremely disturbed by the disproportionate coverage, and some even expressed plans to write to their local community leaders about the issue. Other schools hosting Serot Media Center are Queens College and Baruch!
More from the CUNYs to come!! Can’t wait to see what next week has in store!