The Hasbara Campus Blog
Mar 7, 2014
By: Yael Steinberg
On February 20th, pro-Israel students creatively appealed to the members of their beach loving community by screening the film, “Promised Land: Israel Through the Eyes of Surfers.” The event went incredibly well. Over 250 students and members of the community from all different faiths and backgrounds came to see what life was life for surfers living in Israel.
Feb 27, 2014
By: Nicole Bayat Grajewski, Hasbara Fellow '14, George Washington University
In 1948 President Harry Truman recognized the state of Israel, a mere 11 minutes after the signing of its Declaration of Independence. Despite serious objections from Secretary of State George C. Marshall and the “Arabists” in the State Department, the Truman Administration approached the Israel question as one, beyond latent military power and hegemonic supremacy. The United States and Israel shared a common narrative in their struggle for independence; moreover, both states grew stronger in the face of adversity.
Feb 26, 2014
By: Jonathan Dress, Original Creator of Israel Peace Week & Hasbara Fellow '09, University of Cincinnati
In just a few years since its conception, Israel Peace Week (IPW) has reached over 75 campuses! For all of you that have helped make this happen, celebrate your achievement. And for all of you who will be joining the IPW initiative for the first time, get excited, because IPW has the potential to personally engage millions of students! Once we consider that the future leaders of tomorrow are students on our campuses today, we are able to fully grasp the powerful impact of IPW. Let this grand vision motivate us to reach as many students as we can and spread the mission of Israel Peace Week.
Feb 25, 2014
By: Sahar Farahi, Hasbara Fellow '13
Feb 24, 2014
By: Anna Richlin, Hasbara Fellow '10, University of Rochester
It’s hard to believe that it was almost 5 years ago that Israel Peace Week was born. Israel Peace Week was the brain-child of 4 ambitious pro-Israel students looking to make a change. It all began in Israel, January 2010, after participating in Hasbara Fellowships. We were sitting in Japanika in Jerusalem reflecting on the last two weeks of intensive Israel Advocacy Training, discussing what it would be like when we returned to campus. Hasbara had charged us with going back to campus and implementing Israel Advocacy programming. Rather than doing something ordinary, we wanted to do something extraordinary. We discussed the anti-Israel presence on our campuses, and our fear of the upcoming annual Israel Apartheid Week, a global movement that denigrates Israel as an Apartheid State. We realized that there had been no unilateral initiative to combat this widespread hatred and we saw it as our responsibility to make a change, and fast.
Feb 20, 2014
By: Emily Stigall & Doron Feur, Hasbara Fellows '14
Broncos for Israel and Hillel of Cal Poly Pomona are proud to celebrate our amazing success in a first joint philanthropy event for Save A Child’s Heart, an Israel-based organization that helps provide life-saving open-heart surgery for children from developing countries.
Feb 17, 2014
By: Yael Rabin, Hasbara Fellow '13
On Wednesday, February 12 the Haifa Symphony Orchestra performed at Binghamton University’s Anderson Center. The Haifa Symphony Orchestra has been the focal point of musical life in northern Israel since its founding in 1950 and facilitates educational musical programs catering towards all of Israel’s youth.
Feb 12, 2014
By: Joey Rubinstein, Hasbara Fellow Winter '13/14
“The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness; it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy; it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death; it's indifference.” I saw this quote, attributed to Elie Wiesel, once a day for two years in my Jewish day school history classroom. The message that apathy is destructive and negative is something that really resonates with me to this day. Often instead of paying attention to American history, I would think about this quote and what it meant within the context of the Jewish people (having come fresh out of my days worth of Judaic courses), and within the context of my personal conduct. Every time I would come to the conclusion that helping the Jewish state of Israel should be one of my and the Jewish people’s greatest priorities. My opinion of how to help has radically changed since those days in history class.
Feb 6, 2014
By: Dor Cohen, Hasbara Fellow '14
Having spent the first five years of my life in Israel, the idea of Israel, and advocating for it, was always of deepest importance for me. In my first year of my college I got involved with BIPAC, AIPAC’s affiliate group at Brandeis University, and this year I joined the executive board of Students for Accuracy about Israeli & Palestinian Affairs, a group that endeavors to ensure that only factually accurate statements are made by all groups on campus involved in the Israel debate. However, after some time, I noticed that advocating for Israel had become monotone; I knew the talking points, but had lost some of my passion while discussing them. My Israel advocacy had become reactionary, more of a necessity than a pleasure, and I realized that I needed to do something to change this. After being told about Hasbara Fellowships by a friend who had participated in the program the year before, I decided to apply. And applying was one of the greatest decisions I have made for myself.
Feb 5, 2014
By: Luba Ismakov, Hasbara Fellow & Marketing and Publicity for Bruins for Israel
Bruins for Israel is so excited to present our Third Annual Achy Breaky Heart charity event this Sunday, February 09, 2014, co-sponsored with GlobeMed at UCLA! This event aims to raise critical funds in support of Save a Child’s Heart, an Israeli-based organization that helps provide highly-subsidized open-heart surgery for children from developing countries.
Feb 3, 2014
By: Rebecca Kraut, Hasbara Fellow '13-14, Student at University of Maryland
This past week I spent an afternoon visiting my high school, Beth Tfiloh. It is always a wonderful experience to reunite with teachers that have helped to shape me as a student, and to recognize their love for imparting knowledge to students. Once a student, always a student; so upon hearing about the Hasbara Fellowships trip in which I had participated, my Government and Politics teacher began to tell me about a fascinating article he recently read.
Feb 3, 2014
By: Justin Goldstein, Hasbara Fellow
The United Nations Human Rights Council was originally established in 2006 replacing its predecessor, the United Nations Human Rights Commission. The replacement was made necessary due to the heavy criticism leveled against the Human Rights Commission of allowing member states with poor human rights records to be members of the commission. However, in about eight years, the Human Rights Council (UNHRC) seems to become as bad as its predecessor was. The most recent example of their bigotry is their “Year of Palestinian Solidarity.”
Jan 24, 2014
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.
Nov 12, 2013
By: Galia Nurko
Hasbara Fellows and pro-Israel students across the Mid-Atlantic region have really kicked into gear this past month. Their events were diverse and helped highlight the uniqueness of the State of Israel. This week we highlight the unique achievements in Florida!
At Florida Atlantic University(FAU), Andrew Einbinder and Nadav Alkoby hosted an event called “Israel Advocacy and You.” The goal of the event was to help illustrate to students at FAU how easy it is to get involved and be a pro-Israel advocate on campus. Andrew told his personal story and involvement with Hasbara Fellowships and also invited the Director of Academic Affairs and Deputy Consul General of the Consulate of Israel to speak about other opportunities.