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Advocating for Israel

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Joe Richards

on 9 October 2016

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Advocating for Israel
N
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S
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Assuming the best advocates for Israel are Jews, how many Jews do you think there are in the world today?
But first...we need some perspective
GDP of $30, 108
...and Jews, peace, freedom & democracy everywhere
a) 6 million
b) 16 million
b) 20 million
c) 80 million
d) 180 million

16 million
5.8 million
6.1 million
290,000
1,200
478,000
12,000
28,000
118,000
17,400
How can we effectively advocate for Israel if there are
simply so few of us
out there?
There are 7.1 billion people on Earth
Jews constitue less than 1% of the world population
STICK TOGETHER
HOW?
LEARN TO RESPOND
TO
ONLY

3
ISSUES
HUMAN RIGHTS
"ISRAEL IS AN APARTHEID STATE"
OCCUPATION & SETTLEMENTS
"ISRAEL OCCUPIES THE WEST BANK WITH SETTLEMENTS"

"CHECKPOINTS MAKE LIFE UNBEARABLE FOR
PALESTINIANS"
"ISRAEL STOLE THE LAND FROM THE PALESTINIANS "
STOLEN LAND
1947 U.N. Partition Plan
U.N. recognizes Israel by a vote of 33-13 (Britain abstains)
5 Arab armies attack
After troops from surrounding Arab countries amass on Israel's borders, Egypt shuts down vital shipping lanes to Israel
Israel is caught off-guard on a surprise attack from Egypt and Syria
After proving her fortitude for survival, against all odds for 3 decades, Israel is no longer seen as the underdog
After defending herself in 3 major wars from complete annihilation, Israel proved she was stronger than her enemies and the narrative emerged that Palestinians were now the underog
Before we get into the issues...we have to stop and ask,
"Wasn't Israel the underdog?"
"How did they go from being David to Goliath?"
Arab League unanimously rejects it
80% of the land Jews received was desert
1948 War of Independence
Approximately 700,000 Jewish refugees are displaced from surrounding Arab countries -- they find haven in Israel
Palestinian refugees amount to the same but nearly 156,000
remain in Israel and become citizens
1967 Six Day War
The "West Bank" is formed (the West Bank of Jordan)
Israel pre-emptively strikes in all directions and secures the West Bank from further attack
Arab response "3 No's":
No peace
No negotiation
No recognition
1973 Yom Kippur War
Facing significant loses, Israel manages to counter-attack and secure the Sinai Peninsula (land they give back to Egypt in hopes for peace in 1979)
Humiliated, this is the last major war the Arab countries initiate
So Israel's enemies begin a campaign of terrorism, international delegitimization, attempts at boycotts, divestment and sanctions
We have to treat Israel as a product,
not an apology
1st Rule of Advocacy:

Know your audience
It's a waste of time to engage people on the far left or far right
Anti-Israel
Pro-Israel
The vast majority of people in the world on this topic
No Clue
You want to spend your time
talking to these people
Context is EVERYTHING:
We're on the defensive because the FACTS are being taken out of context

Do you start reading a book from the middle?

So why do we keep falling into the trap of answering questions out of context?
We're on the defensive because the FACTS are being taken out of context

Let's check out a real-life example relating to our issue...
Caption:
An Israeli policeman and a Palestinian on the Temple Mount
The FACTS
The young boy is Tuvia Grossman, a
Jewish
yeshiva student from Chicago

He was dragged from a taxi -- beaten and stabbed by a mob of Palestinians

He was able to ran away and found an Israeli border policeman that protected him from the mob
BECAUSE WE DON'T KNOW THE BASIC FACTS OF OUR HISTORY
TO CORRECT MISINFORMATION
Learn the 3 Topics We Will Cover Extremely Well

STOP BEING DEFENSIVE (
answering
questions)
GO ON THE OFFENSIVE (
ask
questions!)
SOLUTIONS
"Let me ask you...why do
you
think there are checkpoints?"

"Why do
you
think Palestinians rejected 3 offers for their own state?"

"Why do
you
think Israel is so concerned about her security?"
"Israel is an Apartheid State"
This is unequivocally a
FALSE
accusation
"Israel stole the Palestinian Land"
There has been a Jewish presence in the land of Israel for more than 3,000 years
"Israel treats Palestinians inhumanely with checkpoints"
Response
: "Yes, checkpoints are an inconvenience to innocent Palestinians, but let me ask you this...why are they there in the first place?

Checkpoints prevent terror and save lives on both sides. As soon as terrorism stops, they will be removed just like Israel gave back the Sinai to Egypt in 1979 and all of Gaza in 2005."
3 Misconceptions You Need to Know How to Answer
Most of the anti-Israel arguments you will hear will revolve back to these 3 points
source: http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/myths3/MFroots.html#1
We are called "Jews" because we come from the land of
Judea
; the Israelite tribe of Judah. Judea still exists today but is referred to as "The West Bank"
source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judea
also..."Israel built an apartheid wall"
Response
: "As I explained, there is no Apartheid. Second, 97% of that 'wall' you claim is actually a FENCE. The only places there is concrete is where Palestinian terrorists shot directly into the homes and cars of women and children."
"The fence will come down when terrorism stops"
(because it always comes back to these 3)
Language Usage
It's not what you say, it's what people
hear
People remember
ideas
, not facts
Try using these words when starting a discussion:
1. Hope
2. Peace
3. Imagine
4. Committed
5. Equality
6. Dignity
7. Evil
8. Return
9. Dream
10. Partner
"Imagine a world where Palestinians gave up violence as a means for peace."
"We dream of peace. Help me defend the hope of equality for both people."
"Teaching Palestinian children to murder innocents is evil."
"We want to return the hope of peace between our people. "
Words to Use...and Words to Lose
LOSE
Use
"Israeli Civilians"
"Terrorism"
"Security"
"Israel attacked last night"
"Settlements"
"Israeli Army"
Children, families, women
Senseless killing
The right to live without fear
Israel responded to an attack...
Communities
Israeli Defense Forces
We must become experts in the
3 following categories
.

If we are not clear on the facts, who can we rely on?
The U.N. voted in 1947 to give land to both the Jews and Palestinians - Israel accepted and the Palestinians rejected it.
source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Partition_Plan_for_Palestine
Here's a fantastic video that clears up 10 of the biggest misconceptions about the Israeli Palestinian Conflict
Language & Advocacy Tactics
Don't take my word for it...

Check out this video with Wafa Sultan, a Muslim doctor, debate an Egyptian professor on Al Jazeera about her view of the 'clash of civilizations'
Review
Focus learning more about the 3 Misconceptions
Treat Israel like a product, not an apology
Know your audience - avoid people of extremes
Context is everything - don't fall into the trap
Always ask, "Why do you think that's it's that way?"
Go on the offensive by
asking

questions!
Remember...if you think you are too small to have an impact, try sleeping at night with a mosquito in the room.
(that's 7,100,000,000)
Chabad of Belgravia
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