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Straight Facts #7

The facts that you need to know! WIZO is committed to helping you to become great Ambassadors for Israel.
Edition #7

November 23, 2016

Dear Chaverot,

The New year is off to a great start - Israel has just celebrated our very first Yom Aliyah, we continue to make phenomenal strides in all fields including technology, medicine, science and others.

We have bid farewell to the last of our founding fathers, former President Shimon Peres (more in next edition) and we are watching a pivotal US election and what it means for Israel.

In this edition of Straight Facts, we bring you a special Talking Tachlis double feature as well as gain a better understanding of the Iranian nuclear programme, see how Breaking the Silence has been exposed and more!

As always, your comments and feedback is welcome at rolenemarks@yahoo.com

Warm regards,

Rolene Marks

World WIZO Executive member: Public Diplomacy & Hasbara

Office of the Chairperson


Stand With Us – Resources available!

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Stand With Us have been at the forefront of Zionist education for the last 15 years. They provide excellent resources and material on virtually every conceivable topic related to Israel and Zionism to ensure that we stay informed and up to date. Check out our interview with Executive Director, Michael Dickson under Talking Tachlis below but in the meantime, enjoy the variety of materials available for download here:

https://www.standwithus.com/resources/

 

The Iranian Nuclear Programme – how well do we understand it? 

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How well do we really understand the Iranian nuclear programme? The Clarion Project draws together Middle East experts, scholars, human rights activists and Muslims to promote tolerance and moderation and challenge extremism. They have prepared a fact sheet to help you with the basics:

http://www.clarionproject.org/sites/default/files/Iranian-Nuclear-Program.pdf

 

Exposing "Breaking the Silence"

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In a democracy like Israel, criticism is healthy and nobody does it better than Israeli society. Where is the line between criticism of honest mistakes and fabricated stories to discredit national institutions like the IDF? Controversial NGO, Breaking the Silence was recently exposed for providing false testimonies. NGO Monitor, an organization that exposes lies and misuse of funding published this report:

http://www.ngo-monitor.org/nm/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/BTS-Ch.-10_final.pdf

 

10 False assumptions against Israel

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We are often confronted with a lot of accusations against Israel – some of which are bordering on hate speech. The JCPA debunk those accusations in the document below and provide salient arguments that you can use when confronted with these accusations. Read more here:

http://jcpa.org/article/ten-false-assumptions-regarding-israel/

 

Talking Tachlis

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It is a Talking Tachlis double feature!

It was such a pleasure to interview Arsen Ostrovsky, the Executive Director of the Israeli Jewish Congress. We spoke about lobbying efforts, BDS and how YOU can be a digital diplomat.

https://rorosrantings.wordpress.com/2016/08/29/talking-tachlis-episode-3-arsen-ostrovsky-executive-director-the-israeli-jewish-congress/

 We were so excited to sit down with the executive director of Stand With Us, Michael Dickson and talk about how to be pro-active on social media, how to help the next generation of students and leaders feel more confident and empowered and a whole lot of other topics..

Don’t forget to visit: http://www.standwithus.com and follow on Facebook and Twitter

https://rorosrantings.wordpress.com/2016/09/12/talking-tachlis-episode-4-michael-dickson-stand-with-us/

Stay tuned for the upcoming interview with Natan Sharansky, Chairman of the Executive, JAFI and our own Rivka Lazovsky, Chairperson, World WIZO.