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12:58 (11/09/14) אורית לסר

Israeli Apartheid Week, 24th-28th February 2014 Dear student, Please see below for a list of helpful resources which are available for you to use for reference; educational material, or for distribution should you wish to coordinate any counter initiatives during Israeli Apartheid Week this year. Interesting resources: § UK Taskforce information on issues affecting Arab citizens of Israel: Israel’s Arab Citizens: Key Facts and Current Realities The Bill on the Arrangement of Bedouin Settlement in the Negev Higher Education for Arab Citizens of Israel § ADL resource on Apartheid slur § Some simple headlines on the main issues can be found at Truth in context (these won’t deal with the depth of the complicated situation in the territories or the challenges facing Israel’s Arab minority – that is included via BICOM and the UK Taskforce links above. However, there are some sound bites on key topics that may be helpful. § Some good sites for general Israel information/stories that aren’t about the conflict: Size Doesn’t Matter Israel 21c Israel 360 Some posters on coexistence in Israel Potential speakers for your campus: § Professor Alan Johnson, author of the BICOM report and editor of Fathom, please contact stefank@bicom.org to enquire about Alan’s availability § Joel Meyer, JAFI, Israel Emissary of the Jewish Agency for Israel, working with Students and young adults. Joel's educational background is in History, Politics and Political Science which has served him well in his career as an educator and professional tour guide in Israel. As both an educator and as an engaged Israeli, Joel is happy to speak about a range of topics that explore the complexity of Israeli identity, society and its place in the wider Middle East. Examples include: 1) It's not as simple as that: breaking down the claims and assumptions surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 2) What is Zionism, where does it come from and what's it got to do with Judaism? 3) Legitimate critique or 'baseless hatred'? Where do we draw the lines on Israel Approaches: § Distinguish between Israel proper and the territories; Israel proper: articulating there is equality under the law and proactive policies to address the disadvantages of Arab Citizens that Israel is honest enough to recognize Territories: offer context of the security situation, highlight role of Israeli institutions in balancing security needs with protecting rights of Palestinian population (e.g. Supreme Court and route of the fence) § Reframe the debate. Start with stating the assumption that for anyone discussing this issue, the solution they are seeking is peace and security for both Israelis and Palestinians. Framing the conflict as one between two legitimate claims for national self-determination, rather than between an oppressor and a victim, is in keeping with how the UN, EU, USA and even the Arab League now view the conflict. Of course we need to address specific problems and infringements that elements within either side commit. Nevertheless, the simplistic attitude associated with the Apartheid slur does not lend itself to engaging with the complex nature of this conflict and strengthening the voices on both sides seeking mutual recognition. § Ignore the specifics and simply offer broader info about Israel. This will not work in certain settings, and you will need a standard answer as to why you are not addressing the specific charge, you could adapt the following: Those who see the conflict as between one wholly innocent side and one wholly responsible side are taking a simplistic stance on the complicated conflict, we can’t address all those complications but instead want to offer some broader information about Israel that at the very least will add to the misguided and selective information others are sharing as you form your own opinions on the good and bad within Israeli society. § Organise self-aware and sophisticated discussions primarily aimed at Jewish students, think ‘Israel - the good, the bad and the ugly’ or ‘The search for Peace’ § The voices of Israelis (Arabs and Jews) as well as moderate and balanced Palestinians can offer perspectives that are genuine, critical, yet don’t resort to simplistic blaming of one side – are there people you can bring together for dialogue rather than debate/demonization? Can you work with UJS/JAFI to invite Israelis to your campus? § Focus on other stuff, this may not be a big deal on your campus, and there’s plenty of fun to be had enjoying Jewish (and wider) student life (we can help here too, let us know if there are some programmes/resources you want for other events) This is not about convincing the proponents of the Apartheid analogy that they are wrong, but ensuring others on campus hear counter perspectives, and/or at least Jewish students are offered the space to consider this complicated issue in a nuanced and balanced way. No one ever listens to the loudest or angriest person in the room. Whatever information you are presenting, stay calm, positive and respectful of divergent opinions. Please remember that no student should ever feel obligated to engage or carry on these conversations, especially if they feel uncomfortable. If you don’t want to participate or find yourself in a conversation that is leading nowhere, you have no obligation to carry on the discussion. Israe Appartheid Week.docx

 
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