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Straight Facts #5

The facts that you need to know! WIZO is committed to helping you to become great Ambassadors for Israel.
Edition #5

July 21, 2016

Dear Chaverot,

Welcome to the latest issue of Straight Facts. I am delighted to announce the launch of our brand new series, “Talking Tachlis” which aims to empower our chaverot around the world with the tips and tools needed to become superstar pro-activists for Israel.  We will be interviewing experts, politicians, movers and shakers to motivate you and arm you with the facts. You can view the first videos below – don’t forget to share them!

In this edition we honour  Elie Wiesel z”l, take a look at where the funding that NGOs receive from foreign governments go, look at a few facts about the United Nations as well as the central charge that BDS alleges against Israel – that of practicing Apartheid.

We have included a real treat – Theodore Herzl’s seminal work, The Jewish State that formed the blueprint for the creation of the modern State of Israel.

It is a jam-packed issue! As always, your feedback and suggestions are welcome at


Warm regards,

Rolene Marks

World WIZO Executive: Public Diplomacy & Hasbarah


What impact do NGOs have on Israel?

NGOs (non-governmental organizations), and specifically those that are funded by foreign governments, often play a role in trying to influence events.

Read the 2015 annual report from NGO monitor here:


Myths and Facts about the United Nations:


What you need to know about BDS – Israel stands accused of Apartheid

The next chapter in the BDS Toolkit deals with the central charge


Read Herzl’s seminal work – The Jewish State:

He was the founding father of modern Zionism and his tome "The Jewish State" became a blueprint of sorts for the creation of the State of Israel. Read Herzl's manuscript below – it is a fascinating insight into the mind of the man who famously said, "If you will it, it is no dream".


Remembering Elie Wiesel z”l


We remember Holocaust survivor and prolific author, Elie Wiesel z"l, who passed away at the age of 87. One of humanity's greatest sons and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Wiesel taught us about the importance of remembrance, bearing witness and to never remain indifferent to human suffering. We will continue to honour his legacy by being voices and witnesses for those who perished during the Holocaust. Read more here:

Introducing: Talking Tachlis

I am delighted to introduce a brand new series called "Talking Tachlis". View the promo and the first interview:

Interview with HonestReporting:

Talking Tachlis interviewed Simon Plosker, the Managing Editor of media watchdog, HonestReporting. See the interview to find out more about what you can do to help fight media bias in your county. You can also visit their website:

Do you have any questions or guests that you would like to see featured on Talking Tachlis? Email me at