This summer, students from across North America are taking the initiative to get involved with Israel advocacy on their campuses. Seven hundred university students have been chosen to participate in 2- and 3-week programs in Israel which includes Israel activism training provided by Hasbara Fellowships, a project of Aish International. Programs will be running from May through August 2011.
Hasbara Fellowships was founded in 2001 as a partnership between the Israeli Foreign Ministry and Aish International, when it became evident that anti-Israel propaganda on college campuses was a force to be reckoned with. Overt displays of anti-Israel sentiment grew into a burgeoning trend on campuses, creating a need for students to stand up for Israel. Since its inception, over 2,000 students have participated in the Hasbara Fellowships Israel Activism Training Program.
Hasbara Fellowships takes students on an intensive 2-week program with the goal of educating, training and motivating them to become pro-Israel activists on campus, as well as teaching the students to effectively combat wide-ranging anti-Israel propaganda.
Participants hear from an array of historians, journalists, military personnel, politicians and academics from across the political spectrum. Students have the unique opportunity to go on strategic tours of Sderot and the Israeli borders with Syria and Lebanon. Participants will also meet with members of Knesset, receive top briefings at the Knesset and the Israeli Foreign Ministry, and visit high-tech start-up companies to learn about Israel's economic advancements.
A key component of the program is training students to run successful programming upon their return to campus. Participants receive support from professional Hasbara Fellowships staff to help facilitate pro-Israel programs back at their university.
For inquiries about the summer programs:
Atara Jacobs, Community & Public Relations Coordinator
Visit Hasbara Fellowships online at hasbarafellowships.org.