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Let my people go!!

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Let my people go!!

  1. 1. LET MY PEOPLE GO!! Created by: Jeremy Dery
  2. 2. Study Abroad- Spring 2008 <ul><li>Tel Aviv University </li></ul><ul><li>Visited Campus with Birthright </li></ul><ul><li>City- next to beach </li></ul><ul><li>Classes applied to major and minor </li></ul><ul><li>Middle East Politics </li></ul><ul><li>Hebrew/ Arabic </li></ul>
  3. 3. Refusal <ul><li>Petitioned and applied using Study abroad Program on Drew Website during summer </li></ul><ul><li>Accepted into Tel Aviv U by September </li></ul><ul><li>Early October- head of study abroad says no because travel warning list </li></ul><ul><li>Egypt, Lebanon- on study abroad list-Fear as Jew/Hezbollah </li></ul><ul><li>Fear of liability –terrorist acts like bombings </li></ul><ul><li>No credit or financial aid support </li></ul><ul><li>No waiver form </li></ul>
  4. 4. 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 </li></ul><ul><li>Religion- Islam, Christianity, Judaism </li></ul><ul><li>Study Hebrew- only country in the world </li></ul><ul><li>Let the terrorists win the war- fear and discouragement </li></ul>
  5. 5. Allies + Advantages <ul><li>President of Hillel </li></ul><ul><li>Supportive student- petition </li></ul><ul><li>Seminar at David Project- Orgs </li></ul><ul><li>Israeli Consulate </li></ul><ul><li>Jewish Agency </li></ul><ul><li>Advisor- Prof. Taylor </li></ul><ul><li>Karma- FOR YOU  </li></ul>
  6. 6. Plan of Attack <ul><li>Speak 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>
  7. 7. David Project Connection <ul><li>Rachel Dor- contact for NJ </li></ul><ul><li>Rachel Fish story- inspiration </li></ul><ul><li>President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheik Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, gave Harvard $2.5 million to fund a chair of Islamic studies </li></ul><ul><li>Zayed Center offered programs - &quot;Zionist Collusion With the Nazis,&quot; &quot;Jewish Control of the American Government and Media. </li></ul><ul><li>Rachel wanted Harvard to revoke the Zayed fund </li></ul>
  8. 8. Impact of My Struggle <ul><li>Boycott </li></ul><ul><li>Jewish families pull out funds </li></ul><ul><li>International awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Blacklist- anti- Zionist blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of Jewish organizations support </li></ul><ul><li>Possible reduction of incoming students </li></ul>
  9. 9. Outcome <ul><li>Changed Policy- waiver form- anybody can study in Israel </li></ul><ul><li>Raised awareness level of study abroad issues dealing with Israel </li></ul><ul><li>Amazing semester at Tel Aviv University!!!! </li></ul>
  10. 10. 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>
  11. 11. Ways to Promote Israel <ul><li>Social Networks-Twitter, Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>Up to date on news </li></ul><ul><li>Israel dance/food party- </li></ul><ul><li>Israel Diversity Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Speakers- Pro Israel </li></ul><ul><li>WHAT DO YOU THINK? </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>IT TAKES ONLY ONE BRAVE SOUL TO MAKE CHANGES IN THE WORLD </li></ul>

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