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Israel Advocacy skills training for your community: plan ahead for November 2017

Plan ahead for Israel Advocacy Skills Training

Advanced workshops from an Israeli expert
Book now for November 2017

 

BDS is on the Run

BDS Fails Headlines

The campaign to demonize Israel to the point that people will boycott, divest from, and sanction the Jewish state has been running for nearly two decades. At least in the US and Canada it is now being beaten again and again. Legislatures around the United States have passed anti-BDS laws and resolutions, as has the Canadian Province of Ontario. Many campus BDS resolutions have been defeated (even in the UC system where they usually succeed). Even the hip young Canadian Prime Minister has condemned the antisemitic movement.

Justin Trudeau anti-BDS Tweet

Victories don’t just happen

BDS has been pushed back by the hard work of a number of national organizations in the US and Canada along with front line campaigning by grass roots activists. Anti-Israel groups are not, unfortunately, giving up, and continued success against them demands dedication, information and skills. I have more than three decades of experience teaching Israel advocacy skills to groups ranging from the staff of major Jewish organizations to campus volunteers.

I will be in North America in November, running Israel advocacy skills training workshops for campus and community groups who want to upgrade their abilities to advocate for Israel. Among those who have profited from my workshops are

I will be in North America from at the beginning of February, running
Israel advocacy skills training workshops for campus and community
groups who want to upgrade their abilities to advocate for Israel. Among those who have profited from my workshops are

  • Israel’s diplomats and emissaries,
  • the staff of major Jewish organizations,
  • Jewish Federations and JCRCs, as well as
  • student and community activists around the world.

Subjects covered include:

  • Why is it so hard to get people to accept our messages? How can we make them compelling? Learn about CENTRAL versus PERIPHERAL PROCESSING OF INFORMATION and ANALYTICS versus HEURISTICS.
  • CONCEPTUAL FRAMING: How to go off the defensive and seize the initiative.
  • CAMPAIGNING: How to move from events to sustained campaigns.

Dates and details

I know that some organizations plan their events well in advance, so I’m sending you this “heads up” to let you know that I’ll be in North America from November 12 through 22, 2017. If you would like me to visit your community, organization or school, please be in touch regarding fees, available dates and logistics.

David Olesker
Director
J·C·C·A·T
Jerusalem Center for Communication and Advocacy Training
Training advocates for Israel and public speakers for over three decades
POB 2534 · Jerusalem 91024 · Israel
Tel. +972-2-651-2610 · Fax +972-77-470-2844
e-mail: jccat@iname.com · Website · About.me · LinkedIn · Facebook

David’s workshop brings a new and thoughtful perspective to advocacy. His presentation on having the information to advocate, techniques to convey the information, and a forum to advocate in, equips communities with the tools they need to become effective Israel advocates.

Carol Brick-Turin, Director
Jewish Community Relations Council, Greater Miami Jewish Federation


In my 25 years of work with media, communications, education and training within the Jewish community, I have met no one who does what David does even half as well.

Of the plethora of Jewish- and Israel-oriented educational programming I have implemented in forty states and a dozen other countries, David Olesker’s programs were the ones students most told me they found to have fundamentally changed and enhanced their understanding.

Alan Oirich
Director of Production at Shalom TV

Israel Advocacy skills training, last chance for this year: March 2017

Fake news? For Jews that’s so old!

 

Israeli expert will train you in Israel advocacy skills
March 2017

 

Lies that have legs

 

So, the rest of the world is waking up to the perils of unsubstantiated accusations. Whether it’s weird conspiracy theories about a pizza store or major news outlets publicizing an uncorroborated “dossier,” many are starting to realize what we Jews have known for a long time: an allegation doesn’t need to be proven in order to be dangerous. From Josephus having to explode Greek libels, through The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, down to allegations that Israelis plant knives on dead Palestinian Arabs to justify their murder, Jews have paid with their lives when the gullible accept the lies of the malicious.

Refuting these lies needs not only information, but the skills to use it effectively. That’s where I can help you.

The skills you need to succeed

When Israel’s supporters work skillfully and consistently, they have proven that they can effectively refute the lies and roll back the tide of BDS and other manifestations of Jew hatred.

With more than three decades of experience teaching Israel advocacy skills to supporters of Israel around the world, I can be an important resource to your community.

I will be in North America from at the beginning of February, running
Israel advocacy skills training workshops for campus and community
groups who want to upgrade their abilities to advocate for Israel. Among those who have profited from my workshops are

  • Israel’s diplomats and emissaries,
  • the staff of major Jewish organizations,
  • Jewish Federations and JCRCs, as well as
  • student and community activists around the world.

Subjects covered include:

  • Why is it so hard to get people to accept our messages? How can we make them compelling? Learn about CENTRAL versus PERIPHERAL PROCESSING OF INFORMATION and ANALYTICS versus HEURISTICS.
  • CONCEPTUAL FRAMING: How to go off the defensive and seize the initiative.
  • CAMPAIGNING: How to move from events to sustained campaigns.

Dates and details

This will be my final trip of 2016-17 to North America and I’ll be there from March 19 through 29, 2017. If you would like me to visit your community, organization or school, please be in touch regarding fees, available dates and logistics.

(PUBLIC SPEAKING WORKSHOP! I’m going to be offering hands-on training in public speaking. Details are here.)

David Olesker
Director
J·C·C·A·T
Jerusalem Center for Communication and Advocacy Training
Training advocates for Israel and public speakers for over three decades
POB 2534 · Jerusalem 91024 · Israel
Tel. +972-2-651-2610 · Fax +972-77-470-2844
e-mail: jccat@iname.com · Website · About.me · LinkedIn · Facebook

David’s workshop brings a new and thoughtful perspective to advocacy. His presentation on having the information to advocate, techniques to convey the information, and a forum to advocate in, equips communities with the tools they need to become effective Israel advocates.

Carol Brick-Turin, Director
Jewish Community Relations Council, Greater Miami Jewish Federation


In my 25 years of work with media, communications, education and training within the Jewish community, I have met no one who does what David does even half as well.

Of the plethora of Jewish- and Israel-oriented educational programming I have implemented in forty states and a dozen other countries, David Olesker’s programs were the ones students most told me they found to have fundamentally changed and enhanced their understanding.

Alan Oirich
Director of Production at Shalom TV

Resolute confusion

UNSC votes to condemn Israel.

On December 24, 2016, the UN Security Council voted on one of its routine resolutions (this one numbered 2334) condemning Israel. What made this one unusual was that, for the first time in eight years, the Obama administration reneged on its oft stated commitment that it “has Israel’s back,” and it abstained on the vote. As a permanent member of the Security Council, the US has the power of veto and its abstention therefore allowed the resolution to pass.

In the days following the resolution, passions were aroused and a lot of things were written and said that were soon revealed to be either inaccurate or incomplete. Let’s take a look at some of them and see what we can learn from the episode.

How bad is the resolution?

You can read the full text of the resolution here and it’s certainly bad.

  1. It perpetuates the assumption that it’s only Israel that is required to do anything. It specifically names Israel as the villain of the story and insists that continued building over the “Green Line” is not only responsible for the lack of progress in peace negotiations but is also illegal.
  2. It makes no specific critique of the actions of the Palestinian Arabs, contenting itself with a reminder to “the Palestinian Authority Security Forces to maintain effective operations [against] terror.” It also condemns “all acts of violence against civilians, including acts of terror, as well as all acts of provocation, incitement and destruction” without specifying that it is the Palestinian Authority and other Palestinian groups that are responsible for such murderous acts.
  3. While paying lip service to the need for solutions to proceed from direct negotiations between the parties, the resolution is, in and of itself, an attempt to impose a solution by an outside party.

So it’s bad, but not as bad as some early reactions claimed. Specifically, some critics asserted that it made the acts of individual Israelis (residents of the Territories, military and government personnel) “criminal” and subject to prosecution. The resolution does nothing of the sort.

Chapters matter

The UN Charter (the world body’s constitution) consists of various chapters. Resolutions are adopted under specific chapters, usually Chapter VI, occasionally Chapter VII.

Chapter VI deals with the “Pacific Settlement of Disputes” and designates the UN as a facilitator of conflict resolution. Chapter VII deals with “Action with Respect to Threats to the Peace, Breaches of the Peace, and Acts of Aggression” – an altogether more serious matter. Resolutions made under Chapter VII are enforceable as international law; those made under Chapter VI are essentially declarative and unenforceable. This resolution, number 2334, was made under Chapter VI, and is therefore unenforceable.

The law isn’t everything

Even if the legal implications of the resolution have been overstated, the political and diplomatic problems caused by it are real. But they are not new. For decades, the overwhelming majority of countries in the world have, at least formally, viewed Israel’s building over the “Green Line” as illegal under Article 49 of the Geneva conventions.[1] This is a view that is at odds with every Israeli government, regardless of its political color, since 1967. The significance of this vote is that the US, Israel’s closest ally, allowed the world body to make another statement of its well-known position when it could have stopped it.

How bad is Obama?

Without minimizing the degree of betrayal by the administration in forsaking its oft repeated commitment to “having Israel’s back,” we should bear in mind that it stood by that commitment for almost eight years and that even presidents widely accepted as “pro-Israel” – such as Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush – both permitted and sometimes voted for anti-Israel motions at the UN. It’s also true that Obama championed the new strategy of relaxed sanctions on Iran, opposed by most Israelis as a potential existential danger to the Jewish state. As I write this post it is still to be seen whether withholding the US veto is a parting shot or a harbinger of further hostile policies. With only three weeks to go of the current administration it cannot indicate a long-term shift in policy.

Who else is bad (and why don’t we care)?

Referring to the UN’s inbuilt anti-Israel majority, Abba Eban famously said, “If Algeria introduced a resolution declaring that the earth was flat and that Israel had flattened it, it would pass by a vote of 164 to 13 with 26 abstentions.” All that has changed since his days at the UN are the reduction in numbers of abstentions.

The roll call of the fourteen states that voted on resolution 2334 runs like this:

For Against Abstention
Angola United States*
China*
Egypt
France*
Japan
Malaysia
New Zealand
Russian Federation*
Senegal
Spain
Ukraine
United Kingdom*
Uruguay
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)

(* Permanent members of the Security Council with power of veto.)

What leaps out of the list is that countries with which Israel has excellent relations (like the UK, China and Russia) not only failed to veto the resolution but voted for it. Yet all the initial outrage and feelings of betrayal were focused on the US. Why? Quite simply because we have come to expect almost all countries, even our close allies, to adopt a common front with the Arab and Muslim states, as long as the resolution is merely declamatory. I find this tolerance for hypocrisy distressingly similar to the “racism of low expectations” in which most of the world doesn’t expect Arab and Muslim states to respect the human rights of their own citizens. Why do we expect so little of some of the most developed democracies in the world?

The realpolitik that motivates such votes is obvious. Countries like the China, France, New Zealand, Russia, Spain, and the UK enjoy broad security cooperation as well as trade relations with Israel. Countries like Senegal enjoy trade and economic aid. Supporting Chapter VI resolutions – which are not enforceable and do no significant harm to the Jewish State – may go down well with Arab and Muslim countries, so there’s no downside in supporting them. Apart, that is, from the perpetuation of a delusional narrative of the conflict.

How different is it to be an Israeli?

The Resolution, as is the norm, refers to “Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem.” As is routine, the international community makes no distinction between the Western Wall and Jerusalem neighborhoods like Ramat Eshkol on the one hand, and isolated Jewish communities in the Territories on the other. That distinction does exist in Israeli political discourse, and there is an almost complete consensus of right and left in Israel that the Old City, the new suburbs around Jerusalem and most of the large settlement blocs must remain part of the Jewish State even if territorial concessions might be made elsewhere to make room for a Palestinian Arab state. Indeed, the consensus is so widespread and deeply rooted in Israel that it literally goes without saying. But ignoring the gap between the way the international community talks about what concessions they think Israel needs to make, and the way Israeli proponents of concession talk about the same issue, is to ignore a crucial issue.

The Churvah Synagogue in the Old City of Jerusalem, destroyed by Jordan during their occupation.
A “flagrant violation of international law”?

The international community continually speaks in terms of legality. The resolution states that everything that Israel has built across the Green Line – in Jerusalem or outside it – is all illegal.  This resolution speaks of settlement activity as being a “violation of international humanitarian law.” It “reaffirms that the establishment by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law.” That reference to “including East Jerusalem” sounds absurd to an Israeli, but on this point the UN is right, there is no meaningful legal basis to distinguish between rebuilding the Hurva Synagogue in the Old City of Jerusalem (destroyed by the Jordanians) and erecting a contentious settlement in the middle of Hevron. Either both are legal or neither is.

When Israelis accept our claim to the Kottel they are (implicitly) accepting our claim on the whole of Judea and Samaria. Yet political opposition to settlement activity outside Jerusalem makes some reluctant to assert the legal right to build. As I’ve written elsewhere, there is a reasonable argument to be had as to the wisdom of Israel’s settlement policy, but when we question its legality we are questioning Israel’s right to rule over what almost every Israeli regards as an inseparable part of our homeland.

Framed!

The principle of framing predicts that whoever controls the conceptual frame controls the outcome of the communication interaction. By refusing to consistently challenge the assertion that any Israeli activity over the “Green Line” is illegal, we have ceded the conceptual frame to those who want to portray Israel as an outlaw state, one who routinely breaks the law and should be held in contempt by rule of law nations. The assumption has become so widespread that even states that count themselves friends of the Jews will go along with declarations that say building in our own capital is illegal.

It’s incumbent on all supporters of Israel, regardless of how we stand on the wisdom of the settlement enterprise, to continuously assert Israel’s legal claims to all the Territories, or we will lose our right to any of them.
[1] The Western democracies have, on the whole, not condemned the “occupation” as such as being illegal. This in contrast to the Arab and Muslim world who routinely use just this epithet.

Israel Advocacy skills training in the UK – February 2017

Staying on Message

An expert from Israel will help you perfect your Israel
advocacy skills in February

You may have been distracted…

…but Israel’s enemies have remained on message.Ismamists on message

While the rest of the world focused on “trivial issues” like Brexit and the US elections, those who hate the Jewish people and their state have stayed focused on their message of hate. Wrapping themselves in the false flags of human rights, they have taken antisemitism out of the lunatic fringe of Western politics and are attempting to spread it to rational people.

It’s our job to keep antisemitism in the dark and distant corner where it belongs.

The skills you need to succeed

When Israel’s supporters work skillfully and consistently they have
proven that they can effectively stem the tide of BDS and other
manifestations of Jew hatred. But to be effective our advocates need to be well informed and, even more importantly, have the skills to use their knowledge successfully.

With more than three decades of experience teaching Israel advocacy skills to supporters of Israel around the world, I can be an important resource to your community.

I will be in the UK in February, running Israel advocacy skills training workshops for campus and community groups who want to upgrade their abilities to advocate for Israel. Among those who have profited from my workshops are:

  • Israel’s diplomats and emissaries,
  • the staff of major Jewish organizations,
  • Jewish Community organizations in North America, the UK and Europe, as well as
  • student and community activists around the world.

Subjects covered include:

  • Why is it so hard to get people to accept our messages? How can we make them compelling? Learn about CENTRAL versus PERIPHERAL PROCESSING OF INFORMATION and ANALYTICS versus HEURISTICS.
  • CONCEPTUAL FRAMING: How to go off the defensive and seize the initiative.
  • CAMPAIGNING: How to move from events to sustained campaigns.

Dates and details

I’ll be in Britain in the first half of February 2017. If you would like me to visit your community, organization or school, please be in touch regarding fees, available dates and logistics.

(NEW WORKSHOP! For the first time ever on an overseas trip I’m going to be offering hands-on training in public speaking. Details are here.)

David Olesker
Director
J·C·C·A·T
Jerusalem Center for Communication and Advocacy Training
Training advocates for Israel and public speakers for over three decades
POB 2534 · Jerusalem 91024 · Israel
Tel. +972-2-651-2610 · Fax +972-77-470-2844
e-mail: jccat@iname.com · Website · About.me · LinkedIn · Facebook

David’s workshop brings a new and thoughtful perspective to advocacy. His presentation on having the information to advocate, techniques to convey the information, and a forum to advocate in, equips communities with the tools they need to become effective Israel advocates.

Carol Brick-Turin, Director
Jewish Community Relations Council, Greater Miami Jewish Federation


In my 25 years of work with media, communications, education and training within the Jewish community, I have met no one who does what David does even half as well.

Of the plethora of Jewish- and Israel-oriented educational programming I have implemented in forty states and a dozen other countries, David Olesker’s programs were the ones students most told me they found to have fundamentally changed and enhanced their understanding.

Alan Oirich
Director of Production at Shalom TV

Israel Advocacy skills training: January-February 2017

Staying on Message

 

An expert from Israel will help you perfect your Israel
advocacy skills in February

 

You may have been distracted by the elections…

 

…but Israel’s enemies have remained on message.Ismamists on message

While the world’s leading democracy has been trying to decide what kind of leadership it wants (and the rest of the world has been trying to make sense of it) those who hate the Jewish people and their state have been focused on their message of hate. Wrapping themselves in the false flags of human rights or conservative values, they have taken antisemitism out of the lunatic fringe of western politics and are attempting to spread it to rational people.

It’s our job to keep antisemitism in the dark and distant corner where it belongs.

The skills you need to succeed

When Israel’s supporters work skillfully and consistently they have
proven that they can effectively stem the tide of BDS and other
manifestations of Jew hatred. But to be effective our advocates need to be well informed and, even more importantly, have the skills to use their knowledge successfully.

With more than three decades of experience teaching Israel advocacy skills to supporters of Israel around the world, I can be an important resource to your community.

I will be in North America from at the beginning of February, running
Israel advocacy skills training workshops for campus and community
groups who want to upgrade their abilities to advocate for Israel. Among those who have profited from my workshops are

  • Israel’s diplomats and emissaries,
  • the staff of major Jewish organizations,
  • Jewish Federations and JCRCs, as well as
  • student and community activists around the world.

Subjects covered include:

  • Why is it so hard to get people to accept our messages? How can we make them compelling? Learn about CENTRAL versus PERIPHERAL PROCESSING OF INFORMATION and ANALYTICS versus HEURISTICS.
  • CONCEPTUAL FRAMING: How to go off the defensive and seize the initiative.
  • CAMPAIGNING: How to move from events to sustained campaigns.

Dates and details

I’ll be in North America from January 29 through February 8,
2017. If you would like me to visit your, community, organization or
school, please be in touch regarding fees, available dates and
logistics.

(NEW WORKSHOP! For the first time ever on an
overseas trip I’m going to be offering hands-on training in public
speaking. Details are here.)

David Olesker
Director
J·C·C·A·T
Jerusalem Center for Communication and Advocacy Training
Training advocates for Israel and public speakers for over three decades
POB 2534 · Jerusalem 91024 · Israel
Tel. +972-2-651-2610 · Fax +972-77-470-2844
e-mail: jccat@iname.com · Website · About.me · LinkedIn · Facebook

David’s workshop brings a new and thoughtful perspective to advocacy. His presentation on having the information to advocate, techniques to convey the information, and a forum to advocate in, equips communities with the tools they need to become effective Israel advocates.

Carol Brick-Turin, Director
Jewish Community Relations Council, Greater Miami Jewish Federation


In my 25 years of work with media, communications, education and training within the Jewish community, I have met no one who does what David does even half as well.

Of the plethora of Jewish- and Israel-oriented educational programming I have implemented in forty states and a dozen other countries, David Olesker’s programs were the ones students most told me they found to have fundamentally changed and enhanced their understanding.

Alan Oirich
Director of Production at Shalom TV

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David Olesker has three decades of practical experience training advocates for Israel. He can help you develop the skills necessary to run a successful campaign, communicate effectively and take back control of the discourse about the Middle East.

November 2016, Israel Advocacy Skills Training

Standing up to the BDS bogey man

Prepare your community with Israel advocacy skills

Battles and warsWe are rightly outraged by the lies told about Israel. Some of these are easily refuted (like the teenaged terrorist allegedly “executed” by Israel, who nonetheless lived and admitted to his crime). Others require more time and effort (like the allegation that Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza is illegal). But we shouldn’t let our outrage fool us into thinking that the liars are winning. Despite their “best” efforts,

  1. Cultural boycotts have had little impact.
  2. Attempts at academic boycotts seem to backfire.
  3. Economic and political ostracism has little or no impact.

If that’s the case, if the BDS campaign has had such little effect on Israel they have had to invent victories, why do we pay so much attention to them?

Bullies at work

The BDS movement is one manifestation of the campaign to delegitimatize the Jewish State and its supporters. They have two immediate goals:

  1. Just as Holocaust deniers deem it a victory when they make the reality of the Final Solution the subject of debate, so too do the new anti-Semites claim victory when they call the national rights of the Jews into question.
  2. Since the BDSers can’t harm Israel directly, they seek to intimidate and bully Israel’s supporters abroad. The worst examples of this appear on campus but the problem isn’t limited to students.

Skills

When Israel’s supporters work skillfully and consistently they can effectively stem the tide of BDS. But to do so our advocates need to be informed and, even more importantly, have the skills to use that information effectively.

North America in November 2016

With more than three decades of experience teaching Israel advocacy skills to supporters of Israel around the world, I can be an important resource to your community.

I will be in North America in November, presenting Israel advocacy skills training workshops to campus and community groups who want to upgrade their abilities to advocate for Israel. Among those who have profited from my workshops are Israel’s diplomats and emissaries, the staff of major Jewish organizations, Jewish Federations and JCRCs, as well as student and community activists around the world. Subjects covered include:

  • Why is it so hard to get people to accept our messages? How can we make them compelling? Learn about CENTRAL versus PERIPHERAL PROCESSING OF INFORMATION and ANALYTICS versus HEURISTICS.
  • CONCEPTUAL FRAMING: How to go off the defensive and seize the initiative.
  • CAMPAIGNING: How to move from events to sustained campaigns.

Dates and details

I’ll be in North America from November 6 through 16, 2016. If you would like me to visit your school, community or organization, please be in touch regarding fees, available dates and logistics.

David Olesker
Director
J·C·C·A·T
Jerusalem Center for Communication and Advocacy Training
Training advocates for Israel and public speakers for over three decades
POB 2534 · Jerusalem 91024 · Israel
Tel. +972-2-651-2610 · Fax +972-77-470-2844
e-mail: jccat@iname.com · Website · About.me · LinkedIn · Facebook

David’s workshop brings a new and thoughtful perspective to advocacy. His presentation on having the information to advocate, techniques to convey the information, and a forum to advocate in, equips communities with the tools they need to become effective Israel advocates.

Carol Brick-Turin, Director
Jewish Community Relations Council, Greater Miami Jewish Federation


In my 25 years of work with media, communications, education and training within the Jewish community, I have met no one who does what David does even half as well.

Of the plethora of Jewish- and Israel-oriented educational programming I have implemented in forty states and a dozen other countries, David Olesker’s programs were the ones students most told me they found to have fundamentally changed and enhanced their understanding.

Alan Oirich
Director of Production at Shalom TV

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Upcoming Trips

2017-18

If you are already planning your activities for after the summer, you should know that David Olesker plans to be in the US and Canada from November 12 through 22, 2017. Bookings for this trip are already open, please be in touch if you are interested in bringing Mr. Olesker to you community, campus or organization.