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Successful advocacy for Israel requires three things:
- A forum to advocate in.
Information Sources on Israel and the Middle East
Here are some links to websites that will keep you up to date on the information you need.
- Arutz Sheva Israel Broadcasting Network
- Israel Radio (Audio news three times a day in English. Other languages also available.)
- Globes (Israel’s answer to the Financial Times or the Wall Street Journal)
- Jerusalem Post
- Ha’Aretz English
- Jewish Telegraphic Agency
- News From Israel (Clearing house for Israel news from the Israel Information Office in Scotland)
- IDF (News & analysis of all IDF operations and activities, special events, dealing with terrorism, IDF training, military cooperation, myth busting and more.)
- Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs (detailed information on Israel’s foreign relations, International law and much more.)
- World Zionist Organization Hasbara page has news and resources on countering anti-Jewish bias.
- Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs Bland title masks unexcelled site for in-depth briefing papers. The pro-Israel policy wonk’s dream! (JCPA)
- The Middle East Media and Research Institute (monitors Palestinian and other Arab Media) (MEMRI):
- Palestine Media Watch Translations and access to video and text material from the Palestinian Authority
- Independent Media Review and Analysis (interviews and surveys take you behind the headlines) (IMRA)
- Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA)
- American Israel Public Affairs Committee
- Anti-Defamation League (One of the oldest human rights organization in the world also supports the rights of the Jewish people to national self-determination
- CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy on Mid-East Reporting in America holds the media to account in their coverage of Israel and the region)
- Honest Reporting media monitoring group with an international perspective
- AICE (American-Israel Cooperative Enterprise) Home of the online Jewish Virtual Library, a wide-ranging resource on Israel, the Middle East and antisemitism
- The David Project grassroots pro-Israel advocacy with an accent on the broader issues of the conflict.
- Mid-east Truth Cartoons collection of editorial cartoons about Israel and the middle-east (not all are subtle!) with links to even more.
Organizations Working with Students on Israel Advocacy
- Hasbara Fellowships Offers high-level training missions to Israel, activism conferences in North America, speaker and trainers for your campus, films, advice and other resources.
- Stand with Us (in addition to the “adult” site listed above, the campus department offers specialized guidance, ideas and materials for the student advocate.
- Israel on Campus Coalition (ICC) Source for grants and support from an organization that seeks to mobilize students and faculty in support of Israel.
- NSW Jewish Board of Deputies (Australia)
- UIA Australia
- Jewish Community Council of Western Australia (Perth)
- State Zionist Council of Victoria (Melbourne)
- Zionist Federation of Australia
- Zionist Federation of New Zealand
- South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD)
- I.U.A.-U.C.F (Keren HaYesod)
- Zionist Federation
- SAUJS (South African Union of Jewish Students)
- Board of Deputies of British Jews
- Zionist Federation (UK)
- Zionist Central Council of Greater Manchester (UK)
- UJS (Union of Jewish Students of the UK and Republic of Ireland)
- Israel Information Centre (UK)
- Jewish communities of Copenhagen (Denmark) Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo (Sweden), Helsinki (Finland).
- ADL (Anti-Defamation League of B’nai Brith)
- CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Mid-East Reporting in America)
- Hasbara Fellowships
- JCRCs (Jewish Community Relations Councils)
- Jewish Federations
- JNF (the Jewish National Fund)
- Stand With Us
- State of Israel Bonds
- USD-Hagshama (University Services Department of World Zionist Organization)
- Students on more than 500 campuses
- International Institute of the Histadrut
- The IDF Spokesman’s Office
- The Foreign Ministry
- Ministry of Defense
- Ministry of Police
- Ministry of Tourism
- Schools, Universities, and Yeshivot
- UJC and KHY missions
- WZO Course for schlichim
- WZO Information Department
- WZO Hagshama Department
- WZO Education Department
- Hundreds of youth and adult groups visiting Israel
- UJC and Keren HaYesod Missions visiting Israel
ABOUT DAVID OLESKER
David is the founder and director of JCCAT: Jerusalem Center for Communication and Advocacy Training. A former student leader in the UK, David has become one of the world’s top advocacy trainers. He works with students, community activists and the staff of professional Israel advocacy organizations around the world. His clients have included major organizations such as the ADL, as well as grassroots groups. Based in Jerusalem, David Olesker travels often to North America and other countries.
WHAT IS ADVOCACY?
Advocacy is the art of presenting a case—in a court of law, in the media, or just to a friend or colleague. Lawyers, journalists, and other effective advocates are trained in specialized communications skills, and advocates for Israel also need specialized skills in order to defend Israel’s image and promote the truth about the Middle East.
The Jerusalem Center for Communication and Advocacy Training (JCCAT) is a communications training and consulting service that specializes in serving the pro-Israel community. Under its director, David Olesker, its workshops have assisted a wide range of groups, including Israel’s Foreign Ministry and major Jewish Organizations on five continents.
J.C.C.A.T’s advocacy training workshops teach supporters of Israel how to:
- understand how perceptions of Israel are formed
- appreciate the problem of negative perceptions
- present a new, positive image
We achieve these goals by teaching the most advanced forms of:
- media relations
- debate skills
- counter propaganda techniques