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Hasbara: Personal story

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Hasbara: Personal story

  1. 1. Hasbara A Personal Story Presented by: Jeremy Dery
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>The Road to Academic Public Diplomacy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Drew University’s Study Abroad Program 2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unforeseen Challenges </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rallying Support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Confronting University Administration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Positive Outcomes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Building a Career in Government Diplomacy </li></ul>
  3. 3. Study Abroad- Spring 2008 <ul><li>Birthright Experience </li></ul><ul><li>Sophomore at Drew University </li></ul><ul><li>Applied to study abroad at Tel Aviv University </li></ul><ul><li>Classes applied to major and minor </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Middle East Politics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hebrew/ Arabic </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Drew’s Refusal <ul><li>2008 Petitioned and applied to study abroad program offered on Drew’s website </li></ul><ul><li>Accepted at Tel Aviv U for spring 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Early October- head of study abroad says “NO” because of US State Dept travel warning list </li></ul><ul><li>Double Standard; Egypt, Lebanon- on study abroad list </li></ul><ul><li>Administration feared “liability issues” due to terrorist threats in Israel </li></ul><ul><li>If I persisted in going - No academic credit or financial aid support </li></ul><ul><li>No waiver form </li></ul>
  5. 5. Immediate Impact of Drew’s Decision <ul><li>No opportunities to visit a country with tons of educational benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Middle East Politics’ and Jewish Studies’ students could only study abroad in Arab countries </li></ul><ul><li>Narrow minded University Administration – out of touch with reality and hint of “anti-semitism” </li></ul><ul><li>Used terrorist threats to guide University decision, but only towards studying in Israel and not Middle East in general </li></ul>
  6. 6. Allies +Supporters <ul><li>President of Hillel </li></ul><ul><li>Supportive student- petition </li></ul><ul><li>Local and State Media </li></ul><ul><li>Seminar at David Project- Orgs </li></ul><ul><li>Israeli Consulate </li></ul><ul><li>Local and Federal Jewish Agencies </li></ul><ul><li>Advisor- Prof. Taylor </li></ul>
  7. 7. Strong, Coordinated Response <ul><li>Spoke directly to President and Dean of University </li></ul><ul><li>Acorn- University Newspaper </li></ul><ul><li>Star Ledger, Jewish News, Jerusalem Post </li></ul><ul><li>Israeli Consulate- Methodist Church divest Israel </li></ul><ul><li>Emails- Jewish Organizations and parents </li></ul><ul><li>Governor of NJ </li></ul>
  8. 8. Unforeseen Challenges to Drew Administration <ul><li>Potential Student Boycott </li></ul><ul><li>Jewish families threaten to stop University contributions </li></ul><ul><li>International negative media awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Blacklisted on anti- Zionist blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Backlash of Jewish organizations support </li></ul><ul><li>Possible reduction of incoming students </li></ul>
  9. 9. Positive Outcome <ul><li>Changed Study Abroad Policy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Waiver form- anybody can study in Israel </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Raised Campus and Community awareness of study abroad issues dealing with Israel </li></ul><ul><li>Amazing semester at Tel Aviv University!!!! </li></ul><ul><li>Re-affirmed conviction to continue </li></ul><ul><li>to advocate on behalf of Israel </li></ul><ul><li>Continued onto Graduate studies </li></ul><ul><li>at TAU </li></ul>
  10. 10. Operation: Magic Carpet Drew University after the conflict <ul><li>Promote study, travel, and internships in Israel </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinated major Jewish on-campus event </li></ul><ul><li>Representatives from 20 Jewish organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Featured Israel “beyond the conflict”…. food, music, dancing, and comedy </li></ul>
  11. 11. More Problems on Campuses <ul><li>Divestment </li></ul><ul><li>Anti-Israel Speakers </li></ul><ul><li>Professors with bias views </li></ul><ul><li>Students with bias views </li></ul><ul><li>Rallies on campus </li></ul><ul><li>Books with wrong info </li></ul>
  12. 12. Ongoing Personal Advocacy <ul><li>Facebook page - Peace for Israel: Stand Against Terror </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Daily updates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2373 members </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Started during Cast Lead </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Forgotten Refugees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Presentation on the Jews from the Arab world </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DAVID Project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pro Israel group in America </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Petition and Rallies <ul><li>Online Petitions or surveys </li></ul><ul><li>Israelpetitions.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.gopetition.com/petition-campaigns/Israel/ </li></ul><ul><li>Examples- Kassams/ releasing soldiers </li></ul><ul><li>Political rallies showing support to Israel </li></ul>
  14. 14. Ongoing Public Diplomacy <ul><li>Drew and Beyond </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Government Internships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Activism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Journalism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Graduate School TAU </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Internships: Deputy Minister Ayoob Kara <ul><li>Connections with Evangelical groups/Pro- Israel/Congressmen </li></ul><ul><li>Assisted writing/translating documents into English fromTurkey during first Flotilla crisis </li></ul><ul><li>Attended Knesset sessions </li></ul>
  16. 16. GLORIA Center <ul><li>Assisted Jonathan Spyer gather articles for his website </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinated largest and highest-level group of Chinese scholars and business experts- symposium at IDC </li></ul><ul><li>Met with Israeli experts- Moshe Yaalon, Eitan Ben-Eliezer, Shabtai Shavit </li></ul><ul><li>Part of situation room in Hertzliya during 2 nd Flotilla </li></ul><ul><li>GLORIA Center contact with Ministry of Defense- receiving live updates </li></ul><ul><li>Contact with French pro-Israel groups-send them accurate/timely info </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare Gregg Roman’s presentation on Al-Jazeera </li></ul>
  17. 17. Hadar Israel <ul><li>Pro-Israel org based in Jerusalem </li></ul><ul><li>Teach Anglo Olims how to promote Israel </li></ul><ul><li>Hebrew University event </li></ul><ul><li>Yigal Palmor, Michael Dickson, Jason Edelstein-guest speakers </li></ul><ul><li>Anti Apartheid info – videos of Arab Israeli’s support Israel, info Israel facts </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t Stay Silent: Tell Truth Israel </li></ul>
  18. 18. 2011-2012 <ul><li>TAU Graduate Student </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Masters Program, Conflict Resolution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anticipated graduation August 2012 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tel Aviv Salon participant </li></ul><ul><li>Board member of Connect Israel </li></ul><ul><li>Work with Philippe Karsenty </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Al-Dura Hoax </li></ul></ul><ul><li>GLORIA Center- Branding </li></ul>
  19. 19. Ways to Promote Israel <ul><li>Social Networks-Twitter, Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>Up to date on news </li></ul><ul><li>Write articles/blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Israel Achievement Events </li></ul><ul><li>Israel Diversity Programs </li></ul><ul><li>International Speaker Events </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pro Israel </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>IT TAKES ONLY ONE BRAVE SOUL TO CREATE CHANGE </li></ul>

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