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Straight Facts #11

The latest intsallment of hasbarah-related information

March 28, 2017

Shalom Chaverot

2017 is a year where we will mark some very significant dates. We will celebrate 100 years since the Balfour Declaration and among many other important dates, the 50th Anniversary of the 6 Day War and re-unification of Jerusalem.

Prof. Asher Susser talks about this watershed moment in Middle Eastern politics below. We also hear from Chloe Valdary on how to engage the millennial generation, Amb. Alan Baker and more.

Your comments and feedback is always welcome and if there are any articles that you would like to see published in the next edition of Straight Facts, please email me at

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families, Chag Pesach Sameach!

Warm regards

Rolene Marks

World WIZO Executive: Public Diplomacy & Hasbarah: Office of the Chairperson

+ 97 52 582 9090

We must speak louder against BDS:

The battlefield against BDS has moved on to college campuses, bringing with it a horrible climate for Jewish students. We need to speaking out more loudly against this dangerous movement. Read why here:


The Six day war – A watershed in Middle Eastern History:

For six days, the world was enthralled as Israel battled against the odds to emerge victorious in a war that could have destroyed the Jewish State. Prof. Asher Susser examines how the iconic Six day war changed the landscape of Middle Eastern politics here:

What does a Two State Solution really mean?

Will a Two State Solution be the result of peace negotiations and what would this mean in reality? The premier think tank, the Jerusalem Centre for Public Affairs expert, Ambassador Alan Baker weighs in. Read more here:

Who is responsible for rising anti-Semitism in the USA?

The recent spate of threats and acts against Jewish installations in the USA has exposed a rise in anti-Semitism and many experts are weighing in on who exactly is responsible for this.  This op-ed in the Algemeiner raises the question, is it coming from the left or the right. Read more here:

How should we be engaging the next generation about Israel?

How should we be talking to and educating the next generation about Israel? This social media savvy generation responds to different medium and we need to learn how to engage with them in a way that they identify with. Activist extraordinaire, Chloe Valdary, sat down with Howard Feldman on Johannesburg’s Chai FM. Listen to the podcast of the interview below:


Talking Tachlis: A conversation with Rivka Lazovsky and Natan Sharansky

I am delighted to introduce the latest episode of Talking Tachlis which features a conversation between two great organisations. World WIZO Executive Member: Public Diplomacy & Hasbara, Rolene Marks and I sat down with Chairman of the Executive for the Jewish Agency for Israel and human rights icon, Natan Sharansky for a conversation about our organizations, defining anti-Semitism through “the 3-d lens”, special friendships with Nelson Mandela and a whole lot more.

Video clip is in English and available with English, French and Spanish subtitles: